The $2 Sandwich Lady

The Subway at State and Pearl is mobbed as usual, so what does one do about a quick lunch?

Around the corner, just off the lobby in the Bank of America at 69 State Street, there’s a little lunch counter run by one of the nicest people you’ll find downtown: the $2 sandwich lady.

She puts out a simple selection of lunch basics, but as you may have gathered, the $2 sandwiches are the highlight.


What do you get for $2? Well, don’t expect things like roasted red peppers, pesto aioli and crusty ciabattas. No, these are the sandwiches your mother used to stick in your lunchbox: two pieces of bread a few slices of meat and/or cheese, and a smear of mustard or mayo. Period. They’re waiting for you in a flap-top baggie, not those new fangled ziplock ones, so grab a bag of chips or a little container of salad and you’re good to go.

I swear that the whole thing makes you feel like a kid again when you sit down and open your brown paper bag. This isn’t just downtown’s least expensive lunch, it’s a trip back in time. And if you close your eyes, that simple sandwich tastes a little like love.

I don’t expect you’ll find that at Subway.

6 thoughts on “The $2 Sandwich Lady

  1. What? No potato sticks?? Sounds like a sweetheart. Just hope the OGS doesn’t read this and try to run her out as an unlicensed vendor… 😉

  2. You should mention that her hours are Mon-Fri from 6 am-2 pm. She even has breakfast sandwiches, soups, salads, fruit cups, cookies etc.

    1. I din’t realize until recently that she served breakfast. A few weeks ago I picked up a hard-boiled egg (pre-peeled!) and a banana for just a couple of bucks.

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