One of the latest examples of the upgrading trend among chain restaurants is the new line of “breadmaker’s” sandwiches, which debuted this month at Friendly’s. The sandwiches, listed on a separate menu, are made with “artisanal” breads that are baked-off on site, stuffed with what the chain is calling “premium meats” and “fresh crisp vegetables.”
I don’t know about the terms “artisanal” and "premium," but based on the sandwiches I tried at the East Northport branch, I'd venture to say these specialties are light years ahead of the usual artificial-tasting Friendly’s fare. Another nice surprise was how good the new sweet potato fries are. The best part of ordering was the obvious pride the waitress took in the new items.
The cranberry bacon club I had, at $8.59, featured a crusty little multigrain cranberry roll holding thick slices of oven-roasted turkey breast, maple pepper bacon (strange looking but pretty good), lettuce, tomato and cranberry honey mustard (which I found a trifle sweet). A “chipotle firecracker chicken” sandwich, $8.29, had chipotle-spiced grilled chicken breast, Monterey Jack cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and red onions with honey-chipotle sauce on toasted jalapeño cornbread. A zesty choice.
Other sandwiches include “orchard” chicken salad,” chicken rosemary ciabatta, turkey avocado club and ciabatta roast beef.
Friendly's in East Northport is at 361 Larkfield Rd., 631-368-6891, friendlys.com.
Cranberry bacon club sandwich at Friendly's