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Get a Hero Be a Hero is a super-cool pop-up sandwich shop in the Columbia Room. Created by the one and only Paul Taylor to help essential workers and those without access to food, the concept was inspired by his love of sandwiches, as well as his little sister, Margaret, a Nurse and Naval Lieutenant who was aboard the USNS Comfort assisting the pandemic in New York City.

The concept is simple! Just order a sandwich and Get a Hero Be a Hero will donate a sandwich to either first responders, medical staff, or those in need. In addition to being super tasty, your order helps the community and keeps staff employed. (A win-win-WIN!)

To get you in the sandwich mood (as if you weren’t already), three of our tunes-savvy staff members (aka Alan Zilberman, Phil Runco and Jose Lopez-Sanchez) have created an official musical pairing to elevate your dining experience. Here are their feelings on which songs work well with six of the sandwiches on the current menu:

Caul Me Maybe

Roasted Cauliflower, Duke’s Mayo, Maggi Seasoning, Pickled Daikon & Carrot, “Cukes,” Jalapeño, and Cilantro on a Soft Roll.

Alan says:

This veggie sandwich is the roséwave of heroes. It’s a little on the spicy side, but it’s got a cool refreshing taste that you could see yourself easily enjoy on a park bench or at the beach with friends (at a socially appropriate distance, of course).

Pairs well with…

Carly Rae Jepsen – I Didn’t Just Come Here to Dance
Lizzy Mercier Descloux – Fire
Gino Soccio – Dream On 

Jose says:

Unsurprisingly, this was the sandwich that sang for all of us. Caul Me Maybe is a wonderful combination of flavors, textures, and freshness that I just can’t get enough of. Roasted cauliflower is the ‘it’ vegetable of the last few years, and this banh mi inspired sando gives an Asian twist to a very American phenomenon. It might not seem for everyone – on paper at least – but I’d be amazed if you didn’t crack a smile while enjoying it.

Pairs well with…

Khruangbin – Evan Finds the Third Room
Jay Som – Baybee

Phil says:

I will not claim expertise over sandwiches… with two exceptions: cauliflower and Brussels sprout sandwiches. If I see a sandwich prominently featuring one of these ingredients, I order it. Hearty team players, they are unquestionably the best vegetables to showcase in a veggie sandwich, don’t @ me. In DC, I have eaten them all. With that being said, this is perhaps the best cauliflower sandwich I’ve ever had. The roasted cauliflower is plentiful (but not overwhelmingly so), moist, and flavorful. But partnering the masterstroke is accompanying with our bright, crunchy friends from the Bánh mì: pickled daikon and carrot, cucumber, cilantro. This is a fresh, herbaceous sandwich, with a little tang and spice on the end. Is this it? This is it.

Pairs well with…

The Strokes – Is This It
Ryan Adams – This Is It

Mort and Mootz

Mortadella, Mozzarella, Shrettuce, Onions, Duke’s Mayo, and Pickled Red Pep on a Soft Roll.

Jose says:

I love a good Italian deli sub, and it’s a classic for a reason: the combination of fresh and creamy mozzarella, fatty and mouth-watering cold cuts, and tangy pickled peppers is so well-balanced that it’s hard to beat. It hits in a way that is incredibly satisfying, familiar, and seemingly accessible – it feels like a sandwich you could put together late at night while watching The Sopranos for the third time, even if we know it’s not quite the same. Each bite is deeply comforting and filling. 

Adriano Calentano – Azzurro
Anika – In the City

Chicken Cutlet King

Nonna-Style Chicken Cutlet, Shredduce, B & B Pickles, Buttermilk Ranch, Duke’s Mayonnaise on a Soft Roll.

Alan says:

This chicken cutlet, with its ranch sauce and juicy pickles, is the closest this menu gets to full-on comfort food. Do you need reassurances there is light at the end of this pandemic tunnel? This hero will (stubbornly) provide that.

Pairs well with…

Talking Heads – Life During Wartime
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Keep on Chooglin
The Zombies – This Will Be Our Year

Phil says:

As with my good friend the Club Sub, this is a savory-ass sandwich. I’m not typically here for pickles, but I’m again feeling the sweet, tangy, salty personality they’re bringing to the party. Unsurprisingly, though, Cold Cutlet King is all about the bird — presented here in fat slabs rather than one cutlet smashed pancake flat and too wide. Also, it must be emphasized: this sandwich combines ranch and mayo. So wrong, yet so right.

Pairs well with…

Luther Ingram – (If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don’t Want to Be Right
Hot Chip – White Wine & Fried Chicken

Club Sub

Smoked Turkey, Bacon, Swiss, Duke’s Mayonnaise, Shrettuce, Onions, “Parm”, Dill Pickles on a Soft Roll.

Phil says:

It’s hard to make the club sandwich exciting, but the additions of dill pickle and grated parmesan do just enough to make Club Sub feel delightfully off-kilter. That’s the big takeaway here. On the whole, this is a savory-ass sandwich with gourmet-ass bacon, and if I were hungover (which I usually am) (no judgement in quarantine), it would be balm for my soul.

Pairs well with…

2 Chainz – I’m Different
DJ Quik – Bacon’s Grove

RPG

Char Siu Roast Pork, Garlic Duke’s Mayo, Pickled Bok Choy, and Hot Duck Sauce on a Soft Roll.

Alan says:

This is the opposite of the Cold Cutlet King. It is the happy nihilist of hero sandwiches. With its sharp garlicky taste and plenty of acidity, this the sort of thing you eat when you’re ready to embrace oblivion. It’s that good. 

Pairs well with…

METZ – Mess of Wires
TOMBS – Heroes
LIARS – Plaster Casts of Everything 

The Ham Jam

Parisian Ham, Salted Honey Butter, Blueberry & Red Wine Jam on a Soft Roll

Phil says:

Ham. Honey butter. Blueberry and red wine jam. Keep it simple, stupid. Each bite from the Ham Jam starts light — delicious ham, bright and refreshing fruit — and finishes with a rich buttery rush. It may not seem like a lot, but trust me, it’s plenty.

Pairs well with…

Rick Ross – So Sophisticated
JAY-Z & Kanye West – H•A•M

Jose says:

I ate this sandwich outside, on my balcony, on a perfect 72 degree day. It was a moment of tranquil and quiet bliss and the combination of the ham, butter and jam almost made me forget what else was going on. It was the perfect daytime sandwich (is that a thing? It is for me) and I would happily pack a couple of these in a basket and ride around on my bike and pretend to live in Paris or on Cape Cod or not during a pandemic. 

Pairs well with…

Buscabulla – Vámono
Tryo – Désolé pour hier soir

Get a hero, be a hero, ENJOY!

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