Summer nights are meant for spontaneity. When a beautiful sunset beckons, why not head to a local favorite restaurant for takeout sandwiches, grab a good bottle of wine, and throw your picnic blanket in the car. Head to your special outdoor spot with a date, a friend, family — or just yourself! Having a spur-of-the-moment takeout summer picnic is an easy way to create a happy memory this July.
West Springfield’s Calabrese Market & Deli has a plethora of enticing sandwiches, including the Chicken Saltimbocca with marinated chicken, prosciutto, sautéed spinach, provolone cheese, and pesto sauce. A great vegetarian option is the Hipster, with fresh spinach, peppers, onions, mushrooms, provolone cheese, and a lemon basil mayonnaise. Meat lovers will enjoy the Paisano, with genoa salami, mortadella, shaved ham, provolone cheese, lettuce, vine-ripened tomatoes, and mayo.
Joey’s Deli in Feeding Hills has unique sandwiches, including the Not Your Mama’s Meatloaf, served warm on a bulky roll with cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, and garlic mayonnaise. The Vermonter elevates the old ham-and-cheese standby with thinly sliced ham topped with Vermont cheddar, maple mustard, and bacon on a bulky roll, with lettuce and tomato. The Somerville Slammer features warm, rare roast beef on an onion roll with American cheese and James River barbecue sauce.
The Steak Tangler wrap at Agawam’s 141 Main Street entices with seasoned steak, crispy bacon, Gold Rush barbecue sauce, onion tanglers, and melted pepper jack cheese. The Cran-Wally Wrap features homemade chicken salad, cranberries, walnuts, lettuce, tomato, and Granny Smith apple. Or try one of their many salads, like the California Cobb with grilled chicken, romaine, avocado, hard-boiled egg, tomato, cucumber, and bacon.
For dessert, grab a grocery fruit salad and brownies, or visit Auntie Cathie’s Kitchen in Agawam for amazing and delicious vegan, gluten-free, and allergy-friendly bakery offerings like maple-glazed carrot bread, cherry cheesecake cake jars, and peanut butter chocolate cupcakes. Bon appetit!