What does your ideal lunch look like? Now, don’t list soup, salad and other such healthy items.
How about the good ‘ol sandwich? Maybe.
Sandwich with simple ingredients and complex flavours? Sure.
Warm, freshly made sandwich? Definitely!
Definition of the perfect sandwich changes from person to person, day to day and even mood to mood. What make the perfect sandwich are not ingredients but feelings! Feelings with which the sandwich is made and the feelings with which the sandwich is relished.
On a sunny afternoon, one of our sandwich expeditions ended at Number E. More like #e. While chatting and eating, we learned so much about our new partner that we had to share with you.
To begin with, there’s an interesting story behind their name. Glenn, founding owner of Number E, narrated how the name came from an eatery he frequented in Ottawa. He said, “the store had the menu board by letters. All items were listed with alphabets instead of numbers. The older gentleman working there would always shout out who ordered the Number E, the letter of the meal I regularly ordered”. He further added how #e has stuck with him even before the hashtag craziness came into being. When Glenn founded the eatery, he was looking for a name that could be a symbol and would become a brand. Hence, Number E or #e was born.
Number E promotes healthy, clean eating sans additives and preservatives. All their items are store made with bread baked daily in house. “We do not use any frozen items and do not reheat or microwave orders. If we cannot make it in-house, we do not do it”, says Glenn. He adds that their store motto is to eat clean food without additives, just real food.
This really made our superficial health conscious selves happy. If you are into clean, healthy eating then make #e your new hangout.
For all those of you who think clean, healthy eating is boring and bland, think again.
A bite into Number E’s Lemon-Rosemary Chicken Sandwich will change your mind and beliefs for good. This also happens to be their best selling item. It has to be! You know the meal is delicious when you want to eat it slower just so you can enjoy it longer. Perfectly grilled juicy pieces of chicken on freshly baked Tuscan bread with baby greens, pickled jalapenos (made in-house) and avocado, this sandwich from #e gets 2 thumbs up from us.
While discussing their best selling item, Glenn said, “People love our chicken. It’s fresh as it’s from a local farm. We buy all our meats from local farms. The idea is to try to keep our money in our region and to support local businesses”. As a local startup, we support and preach this idea, too.
Discussion about food is always incomplete without us quizzing the Owners/ Founders about their personal favourites. Glenn responded to this query of ours with Reuben Sandwich. What makes Reuben his favourite?
“It’s in the way we prepare it”, he says. He explained how this idea, too, came from little eatery in Ottawa that he visited often.”The older Italian gentleman at the shop would throw the smoked meat on his flat top, put it in a Hoagie bun, garnish it with some mustard and pickle and the sandwich was ready! It was great. Simple but great”, said Glenn almost picturing the sandwich. Their Reuben sandwich is definitely one of a kind with simple ingredients yet powerful flavours. This could be one of the reasons why someone once placed an order for it right from the airport!
Making it to the list of most memorable experiences at work, this incident made Glenn happy and proud. Giving us more details about the incident, Glenn said, “I was preparing to close the restaurant on a Saturday evening when a guy called me from the airport at about 4:15pm saying he is on his way and would arrive by 5pm. He called at 4:40 again telling me where he was and ordered a Reuben and a Chicken Sandwich. The two showed up just before 5pm, sat in and enjoyed their sandwiches. Infact, he loved the Reuben so much that he ordered another one! Not only that, he came in 2 other times before he went back home to Sacramento”.
Now that you know that Number E’s Rueben sandwich has international fans, too, you have to try it if you still haven’t. Then there’s our favourite Lemon-Rosemary Chicken sandwich. Oh, you cannot miss the Meatloaf sandwich. It’s a meat lover’s heaven! Apart from sandwiches, #e’s menu boosts a delicious selection of soups and take-home meals. The choice of drinks at #e does not end at water and pop. They have different teas, smoothies and lattes on their menu. If that’s not enough, they even have various pickles and spreads available on sale in store. So much deliciousness under one roof? Yes, that’s #e for you.
With eyes set on expansion, all Glenn wants is to keep cooking and making good food that makes people happy!