Phillip Daniels isn’t the first Redskins player to have a signature sandwich at Harris Teeter — Andre Carter and Casey Rabach have both also been featured this year alone — but it’s possible that Daniels has put the most thought into the development of his deli-based creation.
“My sandwich has ham, turkey, bacon, avocado slices, pepper jack cheese, lettuce, tomato, banana peppers, mayo, olive oil and vinegar, and it’s on a wheat sub roll,” Daniels says, and these aren’t just ingredients that were foisted onto him by some faceless PR guy at Harris Teeter. “I thought about it, came up with all the ingredients. It’s just stuff I like on my sandwiches, stuff I eat. Turned out great, man. They brought a couple of platters over to the facility and everybody was eating it, they were gone.”
But it wasn’t just a dashed-off list of Stuff That Phillip Daniels Likes put onto a roll. There’s BALANCE here. A plan in place. “I tried to put a little bit of bad fat on there with the bacon and healthy fat with the avocado, so hopefully get the best of both worlds right there,” Daniels said, sitting at a table in a Virginia Harris Teeter. “I was in and out with the bacon. I was like, ‘Should I put bacon or should not?’ But then I was like, ‘Well, what’s a sandwich without bacon?’ They can take it off themselves if they don’t like it.”
Even the sandwich’s name, The Demolition, bears Daniels’ unmistakable fingerprints. “Demolition was a name that I had back in college, man,” Daniels said. “That used to be our intramural basketball team’s name — I came up with it. So I said, ‘Well, I’ll just name my sandwich the same thing.’”
Daniels shrugged off my concerns that maybe the name Demolition didn’t make people think of something they wanted to, you know, eat. “I named it Demolition because it destroys your appetite,” Daniels explained. “You ain’t hungry no more. You eat this, you’re gonna be like, ‘Man, I’m full. I feel good.’ It’s a great sandwich.”
Daniels’ wife Leslie was eating a sample of the Demolition while her husband spoke, so I asked if she was full yet.
“She’s getting there,” Phillip Daniels said, before Leslie finished chewing. Leslie Daniels said that her husband does no cooking whatsoever at home; when Phil claimed that he made the occasional sandwich, she gave him a look of abject disbelief and said, “When’ve you made a sandwich?!?”
“When she ain’t there,” Phil confided in me, with the serenity of a man who is used to facing this sort of skepticism from his wife.
Given that information, and given that she had, in fact, finished the Demolition sample, I asked for a review of her husband’s culinary artistry. “It needs some salt and pepper,” she said.
Phil was quick to his sub’s defense. “That’s all it needs,” he said. “And you’ve got people with high blood pressure to think of.”
I suggested that maybe a sub that already had bacon on it wasn’t for people with high blood pressure anyhow, and Daniels shook his head at my naivete. “Take the bacon off,” he said. “It’s still gonna be the Demolition.”
The Demolition is available at area Harris Teeter locations for a limited time. I can’t give a fair review, because avocado is the one thing on the planet that I simply cannot seem to get myself to like, no matter how often I try it. But if you have one, let me know what you think.
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