I haven't done one of these yet, but we went to a new place to eat last night. It's just a deli type place but the atmosphere makes it feel a little nicer than that and the food is really good. Newk's is a deli made by the same people who started McAllister's. It started in Oxford, MS, home of University of Mississippi. They offer sandwiches, salads, soups, pizzas, and dessert. You can also combine sandwich and soup, sandwich and salad, or soup and salad. Take your pick. Vegetarian? Have no fear. Newk's also offers a veggie sandwich, pizza, or salads. The sandwich and pizza come with portabella mushrooms, peppers, and basil pesto. It think next time I'll try one of these. Let me just say, it's a great menu; I'll be able to go there many times and not get the same thing.
So, what did we order you ask. Philip, after we convinced him he should stay, ordered a pepperoni pizza. The pizzas are 10 inch thin crust. Pepperoni comes with pepperoni, mozzarella and provolone cheese, roma tomatoes, tomato basil sauce, and fresh basil. It looked pretty good, but I think the mediterranean or veggie would be better.
Daddy got the half grilled shrimp po'boy and bowl of tomato basil soup. The Po'Boy comes with grilled shrimp, olive oil, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, sliced red onion, cocktail sause on the side, and on wheat hoagie bread toasted. Daddy said, and I agree after a small taste, that the shrimp needed a little more flavoring (i.e. spices) on it. However, this was overall a good sandwich. I liked the combination of toppings.
Mama, after deciding she was tired of sandwiches, got the soup and salad. She had the same tomato basil soup that Daddy ordered and a half "Simply Salad." The salad, made of mixed greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, cheddar cheese, and croutons, is placed in a large bowl and tossed with your choice of dressing. Mama really liked that because everything had a little dressing on it but wasn't drenched. The soup tasted good ( I took a taste of hers) but was a little too salty. To me, the salt covered up the tomato flavor a bit. However, on a cold day, I would definitely order this soup.
I, after much debate, decided to get the Newk's Favorite salad. It is made of mixed greens, grilled shredded chicken breast, gorgonzola cheese, dried cranberries, grapes, aritchoke hearts (I didn't have these), pecans, and croutons (I didn't have these either). The dressing it comes with is a sherry vinaigrette. The salad was HUGE. I came home with enough to eat for dinner tonight. This was really refreshing. I would get it again. However, I'm going to try some other things, like the veggie sandwich and pizza, greek salad, and mediterranean pizza, before I get it again.
Newk's is a great place to eat. I'll be going back again with friends. If you have one around you, try it out!