Grandma’s restaurants have been a Duluth institution since 1976. Heck, they’ve even got their own Marathon. While looking for an economical lunch I decided to try their Black Jack Sandwich, one of the items on their 7 under $7 lunch menu.
[The Bread 7/10] When dealing with roast beef on a sandwich moisture can be an issue. Good thing the Black Jack is served on a buttered and toasted deli bun. The toasted bread of the bun does a good job at keeping the tasty meat juices contained while keeping itself toasty.
[The Meat 7/10] Slow roasted sliced beef is the star of the Black Jack sandwich. It’s warm, moist, and perfectly seasoned. I’m a huge fan of sliced beef sandwiches and the Black Jack sandwich doesn’t disappoint.
[The Toppings 7/10]
When I think of toppings for beef sandwiches, I want them to be things that play nicely with the beef. Caramelized onions and pepper jack cheese, both of which come on the Black Jack sandwich, are ideal companions. The melty pepper-jack holds the meat together and provides a bit of a kick and the caramelized onions provide a rich onion flavor without the sharpness you get from raw onions.
[The Accoutrements 7/10] What better accompaniment to a roast beef sandwich than french fries. Grandma’s does fries right: they arrived both crispy and plentiful. They also do a great job at absorbing any of the delicious roast beef juice that tends to appear on the plate. The Black Jack also came with a side of creamy horseradish sauce for dipping, a requisite condiment for any good roast beef sandwich.
[Conclusion] If you’re looking for a hearty and affordable lunch, this is a no-brainer. The Black Jack Sandwich is the delicious little brother The Godfather didn’t know he had. Entering their 40th year of operation, Grandma’s is continuing the tradition of providing good food to the Northland. Stop in for the 7 under $7 lunch special, or any time. You’ll be glad you did.