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Friday, April 6, 2012

Costco's New Turkey Sandwich Does The Impossible: It's More Disgusting Than Its Predecessor

Posted By on Fri, Apr 6, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Why? - ALEX HOCHMAN
  • Alex Hochman
  • Why?
Farewell carne asada bake, we hardly knew ye. After a nearly eighteen month run, Costco has wisely decided to pull the plug on perhaps one of the nastiest things we've ever eaten. Only one problem: its replacement might be even nastier. 

In theory, a turkey and provolone sandwich should work just fine. Top it off with a few slices of tomato and onion along with a healthy dose of basil garlic mayonnaise and you got yourself a sandwich! Oh yeah, let's not forget what Costco calls "torta bread" to tie it all together. And if this were served cold, it probably would actually taste pretty good.
click to enlarge Turkey sandwiches sweating. - ALEX HOCHMAN
  • Alex Hochman
  • Turkey sandwiches sweating.
But why oh why, Kirkland gang, do you feel the need to torch this thing, first with a trip through the famed carwash oven and then with an extended stay under the heat lamps? The turkey becomes dryer than cotton, the cheese transforms into rubber glop, the tomatoes wilt, and the roll hardens to one stage past chewable. The worst of it though? Piping hot mayonnaise. Oily, drippy, watery mayonnaise sans any hint of the advertised garlic or basil save for a sickly green hue.

In the real world, the $3.99 price tag would constitute a bargain yet at Costco, this tariff makes the hot turkey and provolone sandwich seem ridiculously expensive -- the foie gras of the food court. But unlike foie gras, this sandwich should be banned.

Costco: 450 10th St. (at Harrison), 626-4388.

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