Published: August 15, 2013 at 9:28 AMI tried Earl of Sandwich for the first time a few weeks ago, and while it didn't fully live up to the breathless hype and absurdly long line, my sandwich was rather good. I ordered the special pulled pork sandwich, and it had all the qualities you said make for a good sandwich: contrast between hot pork and cool coleslaw, crispy, airy bread (not the best bread I've ever had, but I'd say better than average), and moist without being sloppy.
I do love the Jazz Kitchen Express. The shrimp po'boy has been my pick, but I'm going to have to try the meal you had because it looks and sounds wonderful.
Published: August 15, 2013 at 10:09 AMI've never been a big fan of Earl of Sandwich -- particularly because the price doesn't quite justify a warmed up sandwich; but I've never been to the Jazz Kitchen before...Ought to change that soon.
Published: August 15, 2013 at 10:16 AMHmmm. I still want to try the holiday turkey sandwich, but I freakin' HATE mayo, so I think I'll be asking to hold that. And maybe half the gravy, if I can swing it.
Published: August 15, 2013 at 10:57 AMHi Robert, if you have patience to try EOS again, try the Cuban. I thought it was delicious. Just the right amount of sauce to moisten, tangy peppers and nice hot chicken inside. Also it's so nice eating in downtown disney and entering Disneyland via the monorail instead of the main gate. A nice little secret I think many visitors don't realize.
Published: August 15, 2013 at 11:51 AMI'm sorry you've had bad experiences at Earl of Sandwich. It didn't have to be this way. All the sandwiches can be customized. Don't like mayo or want it lite? No problem. Just tell them. Like extra pickles? Go for it. Don't want it toasted? Again, just speak up. (Although, because the bread is freshly baked each day, the roll will still be warm whether you want the sandwich toasted or not.)
I've been to locations in Downtown Disney at WDW and at the International Plaza Mall in Tampa and had wonderful experiences. I especially like the combination of Earl Grey Tea and Lemonade. It's very refreshing.
Published: August 15, 2013 at 1:36 PMHey, the Earl of Sandwich is popular because it is cheap!!! The prices are reasonable for that location. This doesn't mean it is necessarily good especially with the volume that must be produced. The mistake is thinking just because everyone is going there, it must be good!!! That's the common mistake that everyone makes.
Published: August 15, 2013 at 2:00 PMNever tried Earl's, but I really like the Jazz Kitchen, it's my go to spot whenever I eat at Downtown Disney!
I do think I'll try Earls' at some point though.
Published: August 15, 2013 at 3:00 PMThanks for that note, Brian.
And, yeah, a Cuban does sound like a good option for this type of set-up, too. If I go again, I'll try that, as well as my custom Holiday Turkey option.
Published: August 15, 2013 at 3:05 PMEarl of Sandwich... well, uh sucks!
It's by far the most overrated, over-hyped sandwich on the market and the arrogance of the company to label it "world's best" is pathetic. When you make the "world's best" claim then you better have something that is exceptional. There is nothing exceptional about what Earl of Sandwich serves.
Published: August 15, 2013 at 3:28 PMWow, Eric G, if it is that bad you better not go within 1000 feet of it or something might happen to you. My family and I have been to the Earl of Sandwich in WDW many times and it is something we enjoy going to. It has never let us down.
Published: August 16, 2013 at 12:53 PMJazz Kitchen Express is one of our favorites, my husband always gets the shrimp po'boy and we will get some beignets to finish off the meal.
Published: August 17, 2013 at 4:23 PMThomas Caselli - That's fine and since you like Earl of Sandwich you probably like Subway and Quiznos too since Earl of Sandwich is pretty much on par with those mediocre sub shops.
I would have liked it more if people wouldn't talk it up like it's the best, when it's not and the company wasn't so arrogant to make a "World's Best" claim.
In the end, Earl of Sandwich is no better, nor worse than a good Subway franchise. Trust me I won't be putting any effort into returning so I don't think I have to worry about getting within a thousand feet of one.
Published: August 17, 2013 at 6:35 PMNo, I do not like Subway. There are much better places that I would go to here where I live. Earl of Sandwich isn't the greatest place ever, but it is better then the average place. It is one thing to have an opinion about a place, but it is a completely different thing to make it sound like a place shouldn't exist because you don't like it.
Published: August 18, 2013 at 2:58 PMSad to hear that the West Coast version of the Earl is not that good. My wife and I loved the East Coast version. I think we ate there almost every evening except for dinner at Jiko. Maybe it's because I ate mostly Full Montague and 1762. My wife's favorite was the Holiday Turkey. We were looking forward to eating there when our little one is old enough to visit Disneyland.
Published: August 19, 2013 at 12:31 PMMy family and I tried out the Earl of Sandwich just for a quick place to eat Downtown Disney. It was the best dining experience of the trip. We enjoyed the sandwich so much we planned to return the fallowing night for dinner. I have told other people going to Orlando to be sure to eat there at least one meal.