We are not wildly optimistic upon entering Barney Greengrass.
|To Be Honest, Vodka Always Thought This was a Hardware Store|
Plus, we have another full day of eating ahead of us, and we are trying to pace ourselves.
For these reasons, when we approach the counter, Vodka asks the three workers standing behind it if we can have only a half sandwich of the chopped herring salad.
And they stare at us blankly.
Ginger pipes up to help clarify, and the vacant stares only become worse, slowly morphing into confusion.
Vodka, now unnerved by their silence, decides the best way to proceed is to explain exactly what we want accomplished: "One piece of bread, cut in half, so you put the bread, then the salad, then a tomato, then bread...."
In essence, she explains to them how to make a sandwich.
|A How-To Lesson in Sandwich Making|
Problem solved. Except not really.
We return back to the other end of the counter, and it appears that everyone who works at Barney Greengrass has now been told of our antics. After more confusion and consultations with the owner, we manage to procure a small cup of chopped herring salad and one solitary slice of rye bread.
And now we need a tomato. And a knife. Ever the problem children.
|Perfectly Packaged Goods for the Two Pains|
And now, we're the ones who have been silenced.
|"I think that's enough," says Ginger|
|Thankfully, the Tomato Has Taken Over the Proceedings|
|Ginger the Trash Picker|
And this, boys and girls, is why you don't carry trash in your handbag.
Barney Greengrass's Chopped Herring Salad: 2 stars