Go to Town and Find Yourself a Killer Sandwich

Sam Dungan


Grilled cheeses, cheese steaks, and chicken Caesar wraps make up a large part of the typical college student’s diet. Last Thursday, I woke up before twelve and decided to try something a little different than the panini sandwiches at Proctor. I had heard of a deli in town that would exceed my normal expectations of a sandwich. I set my sights on the Noonie Deli or “Noonie’s,” as Middlebury students call it. Located in Marbleworks, Noonie’s has an idyllic outside eating area. The falls of Otter Creek add a lovely backdrop. But let’s get on to the important part, the sandwiches.

Not to disappoint my expectations, my California Roast Beef sandwich on honey oat bread came with thinly-sliced roast beef covered with melted cheddar cheese and topped with tomato, green peppers and jalapeños with ranch dressing drizzled over the bread. For those who enjoy a messy, spicy sandwich and don’t mind further reducing the number of trees in Vermont by using obscene amounts of paper napkins, you should definitely consider the California Roast Beef.

Another monster of a sandwich was the Purple’s Pleasure. With a combination of avocado, bacon, turkey, lettuce, tomato, and hot peppers, all on top of wheat bread covered in a garlic-basil mayonnaise, this sandwich offered a different but equally fantastic taste as the California Roast Beef. My friend Abe and I ordered the sandwiches to go and ate outside on picnic tables overlooking the falls. While the décor of the inside is suitable, the joy of eating Noonie’s sandwiches is found while sitting under the sun, enjoying the weather and the view. My lunch, which consisted of a bottle of Orangina and a sandwich, came out to be a little over eight dollars. For a few dollars more, you can choose from a decent selection of organic chips.

Rarely do you ever come across a perfect dining experience, and my lunch at Noonie’s was marred by just a few things. In a restaurant that takes pride in freshly-baked bread and exotic sandwich ingredients, I found it ironic that the meat, cheese, and toppings of hot sandwiches were simply heated in the microwave as if passing through another part of an industrial assembly line. I understand that a restaurant must offer swift service to attend to the needs of customers with a tight schedule. In their haste, the sandwich-makers switched the bread for the two sandwiches that my friend and I ordered.

Even though Noonie’s doesn’t have the service of a five-star restaurant, it is a lot of fun. The bread amazes, and the abundance of toppings allows one to create almost any sandwich. I went again a few weeks later and ordered a roast beef sandwich with cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise, and bacon. Although not the most complicated sandwich, it surpassed the “specials” I had tried previously. What is the take home message? Noonie’s, like any other deli, needs multiple visits; it has plenty of potential and should be tested. Maybe by experimenting a few times with different sandwiches you can find the right one. Who doesn’t like the idea of finding “the perfect sandwich?” So if you are getting tired of Ross pizza or running out of ideas at Proctor’s panini bar, walk down to Marbleworks on a sunny day and enjoy a sandwich from the Noonie Deli. There’s my opinion for you.


6 Responses to “Go to Town and Find Yourself a Killer Sandwich”

  1. 1 Anonymous December 18, 2007 at 2:25 am

    This is the hard-hitting opinions writing this school — and nation — needs more of! If not for Mr. Dungan’s inspired muckraking, issues as important as the ingredients of a Purple Pleasure or California Roast Beef might not be brought to the fore! Oh, to imagine a world devoid of sandwich diversity! Woe is me.

    Let us all commend Mr. Dungan for having the courage — nay, the daring — to speak up for what he believes in. Behind Dungan’s bold gastronomical leadership, I can already hear the echoing cry…


  2. 2 D. Roberts December 18, 2007 at 4:53 am

    In fairness, Anonymous, I want to remind you that without pieces like this one that are a bit lighter/relaxed and provide a break from the serious political diatribes, the magazine would not be read by many people. We chose to publish this submission because it was interesting, well-written, and provided a bit of a lighter side. I assure you that for each person like yourself who mocks this article and says, “How is this an interesting opinion it’s just about sandwiches,” there would be many who, without pieces like this, would whine: “Debatable is so boring, it only appeals to politically-conscious intellectuals.”

  3. 3 M. Waters December 19, 2007 at 9:15 pm

    You know, Dan, I think in this case I tend to agree with this “Anonymous” character. While he/she does not exactly offer constructive criticism, I do think this article might not really be appropriate for a campus publication intending to foster a higher level of discourse.

    This review of Noonie’s seems better suited for publication in The Campus’ features section, rather than in a magazine devoted to debate. I can certainly see where you’re coming from in trying to make debate more accessible to those who are less politically active, but I’m not sure this will accomplish that. Sure, we all can agree (or maybe not) that Noonie’s sandwiches are delicious, but does that really matter? I doubt that this article will really inspire much discussion or provoke impassioned responses, so in that way I don’t think it’s an appropriate addition to Debatable.

    …Although this is the third response, so, maybe…

  4. 4 Anonymous December 20, 2007 at 1:09 am

    d.roberts – who are you? is this a fascist opinion’s magazine? not to say that the ideas are fascist, but that your reign over this open-sourced blogosphere is rather, well, fascist. it seems you took anonymous’ sarcastic comments to heart, as if the nameless writer was attacking you personally. what hubris. who gives a shit why you and the staff chose the noonie’s article, why don’t you open your ears and hear something that someone else is saying.

  5. 5 sophomore December 22, 2007 at 5:26 pm

    give it a rest. i completely understand dan’s desire to defend the article, and foryou to call him fascist is absolutely ridiculous. if you think he is commenting a bit too frequently on this magazine that’s one thing (but even that is unfair because its completely his right to comment as much as he wants… same goes for ANYONE else. it doesn’t matter if he happens to be the editor or if he’s a 90 yer old woman. anyone can comment here, that’s the beauty of this.).

    BUT the real problem with what you said is “who gives a shit why the staff chose the noonie’s article… hear something someone else is saying” are you referring to what YOU said earlier on this article? your comment, as don pointed out, was stupid and mean. what real point were you trying to make.. other than to make fun of sam dugan? give dan, and give everyone else like dugan and whoever else you wanna trash, a break. if your gonna keep commenting, try and grow up and post maturely like m. water, okay?

  6. 6 anonymous II January 8, 2008 at 3:05 am

    Hi sophmore: you know there are many anonymous people abound, i don’t who that first no-name person was, but the other one wasn’t that person, it was this person: anonymous II, if you prefer, though i kind of resent being the second.

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