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Lunch at Fairway, Plainview

At Fairway in Plainview, a turkey-avocado-sprout sandwich is

At Fairway in Plainview, a turkey-avocado-sprout sandwich is served on Eli's Health Pullman bread. (Aug. 1, 2012) Credit: Newsday/Erica Marcus

I’ve been shopping regularly at Fairway in Plainview since it opened in 2001, but I never stopped into the cafe for a meal until today. The modest eatery consists of about 20 self-serve hot entrees and sides, pizza, sushi, chopped-to-order salads, and wraps, sandwiches and pannini (served hot or cold.)

From the hot side I got a little container of “Korean chicken” ($6.99/pound), boneless, skinless thighs in a good sweet-hot marinade.

I also bought a turkey-avocado-sprout sandwich from which I immediately removed the sprouts. (I mean, blech.) The highlight of this sandwich was the bread, dense, hearty and seed filled. After I ate half my sandwich I marched over to Fairway’s bakery and the woman behind the counter helped me ID the loaf. It turned out to be Eli’s Health Pullman, $3.99 for a 1-pound loaf, $5.99 for a 2-pound loaf.

From Eli’s website I learned that Eli Zabar  "eats this toasty mosaic of flax, sunflower, and sesame seeds and whole grains for breakfast every day. Try it with fresh butter and smoked salmon later in the day.” Will do.

Fairway is at 50 Manetto Hill Mall, Plainview, 516-937-5402.

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