The real mystery is which sandwich to order.
After sampling three possibilities, from a long list of many, it makes sense that return visits to the scene would be necessary.
Our takeout order for Colonel Mustard’s Sandwich Emporium in Colorado Springs was placed online. The smooth process included many options such as adding more meat, requesting gluten-free bread, or making substitutions/omissions. The ability to select the pick up time is also appreciated. This was wise given the queue almost at the door when I arrived. Luckily my food was ready while others had to wait to place orders at the counter.
Many of the ingredients are locally sourced, including its breads, baked goods and more. Most of the sandwiches are made with deli meats and Boars Head cheeses.
Our three sandwiches, two cold and one hot, were filling. Although still hot after arriving at its destination, the Italian meatball sub ($13.95) was not a good traveler. The hoagie bread didn’t disintegrate so much it just got soggy. Despite the mess that followed, the rich, mouth-watering marinara full of chunks of tomato augmented the sweet, herbaceous Italian meatballs (sourced from Polidori in Denver). Creamy, melted mozzarella and provolone cheeses were sprinkled with parmesan.
The Colonel ($12.95) is packed with layers of everything that makes an above-average hero sandwich: thin slices of hard salami, ham, capicola (salty Italian pork), prosciutto, provolone, tomato, red onions, and lettuce. A tangy Italian vinaigrette is served on the side. At first I tried to dip the sandwich in the dressing, but realized that pouring it over everything was the best approach to blending the flavors. Yes, a few drops have escaped, but that’s what towels are for after all.
The turkey wrap ($12.95) includes sliced turkey breast with Swiss cheese, avocado, lettuce and tomato. Smoked bacon is also listed as a featured item, but its presence was barely noticeable. It’s all wrapped, burrito-style, in a spinach tortilla, slathered in “Colonel’s Special Sauce.” It is mainly mayonnaise with a touch of mustard. This can also be ordered as a “sammie” on a choice of bread (hoagie bread or toasted wheat, among others).
We also opted for a non-sandwich option, the Colonel’s House Salad ($7.95 for a small portion; $10.95 for a large). It’s not your typical green salad thanks to tricolor quinoa, feta, red onion, tomato, cucumber, black olives and avocado. It is to be savored with the eyes first, even in a take-out container, before having the first taste. It is served with a sweet and light pear vinaigrette. The variety of textures, from nutty grains to creamy avocado, results in an exceptional salad.
The range of sandwiches is impressive, as are their fun names. Consider The Sgt Pepper, The Best Wurst, or The Potato Chip Crunch, to name a few. There are standards like a club sandwich, ham and cheese, pastrami on rye and a lobster roll. The list continues.
A soup of the day, other salads and a lobster mac and cheese complete the menu. Breakfast is served all day.
Colonel Mustard’s Sandwich Shop
The description: Homemade sandwiches and more.
Location: 1412 S. 21st Street.
Contact: 719-203-4743; colmustardsandwich.com
Prices: $5.95 to $14.95
Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
Details: Credit cards accepted. Alcohol. Wireless. Outdoor dining.
Favourite dishes : The Colonel (sandwich hero).
Other: Gluten-free and vegan options available.