A little over a month ago I sought out to find the sandwiches that this fine city had to offer.
was the victor and they quickly became the talk of the town. Now I was always raised to believe that there are no losers when you eat a steak and cheese sandwich so I thought no harm could come of my study, but recently that theory was disproved.
Like in any competition, you have your winners and you have your losers. In order for Ford News Diner to enjoy the confetti and champagne from their big win, others had to taste sorrow and heartache.
In particular, Courtside Café (now Cafe 56) & Sammy's Restaurant who have since gone out of business. Courtside Café finished last in a very underwhelming effort and Sammy's Restaurant finished third out five.
I wish the former owners of these two establishments the best of luck in their future endeavors, but when it comes to steak and cheese, the stakes have never been higher and they failed (pun intended and nailed).
I've always told my "out-of-towner" friends that Middletown is a city that knows its steak and cheese and you guys just proved it in spades. You don't settle for mediocrity and I couldn't be more proud of you.
If you want to make it in this city, here's some advice — get some top-quality meat, don't get skimpy with the extras and toppings, and cook from your heart. It'll show in the final product and this city will love you for it.