Even though Fedora’s is located at the very visible corner of University and McClure, it’s somewhat of a hidden gem here in Peoria. For those in the know, it’s got some of the best homemade pizza and gyros in the area. Recently while falling down the rabbit hole of facecrack I noticed this post:
Did you see what I just saw? Gourmet sandwiches at Fedora’s Pizza & Deli! That can only mean one thing: Stop number 44 in the MBIP A Year In The Life Of A Sandwich!
There’s a drive-by shot of Fedora’s on the corner of University and McClure and as I went to go park I felt a twinge of guilt! Yikes, I didn’t realize it’s been that long! Hopefully they’ll revise this sign after today!
When I traveled over to the door, I noticed the Gyros sign with the woman that looks like Brooke Shields! That’s been hanging there for quite a while and it looks a lot like Brooke Shields but maybe it’s her Greek cousin. Yes, I obsess over this every time I come here...even though it’s been over three years! Okay, in we go for sandwich number 44!
As I made my way up to order I saw a friendly and familiar face behind the counter, it’s Nabil who we met here on our last trip (and yeah, it was over three years ago!) I told Nabil I was there for a gourmet sandwich and after some discussion, I decided on the Spicy Italian sandwich with the works on it. Nabil wrote the order down and then...
He invited me back to the kitchen area to show me how he makes this sandwich. Everything here is cooked to order so it’s always freshly made! Nabil told me that they bake their own bread for the gourmet sandwiches and one trick he does is to hollow out some of the bread inside so he can fit a lot of meat and cheese inside of it. It's kind of like a bread boat, waiting for its passengers.
And here comes the meat and cheese! There’s a whole buffet of meats on this sandwich including ham, pepperoni, salami and roast beef. One meat that goes on the sandwich is something you don’t see too often: Italian Mortadella! He tops the sandwich off with layers of Provolone and Mozzarella cheese and it looks good enough to eat like that. But first he’s going to put the sandwich in the oven, so we’ll go back to the front dining room and take a look around in there for a few minutes while the sandwich makes like Jeff Spicoli and gets baked!
This place does a lot of take-out business, but the front dining room is spacious, clean and nice should you want to relax and dine in with your meal. Oh no, now the TV set is mocking me! I swear I’ll come back sooner next time! There’s a trilogy of reviews from the PJ Star which is impressive. Because as some of us know, you don’t just walk in off the street and write a review for the PJ Star!
Alright, there’s Nabil up at the counter with this week’s sandwich! I decided to sit at this table up front so I could stare at the Brooke Shields gyro woman while I enjoy sandwich number 44!
Wow, this sandwich looks amazing! I got it with the works which is added after it’s done in the oven. That includes lettuce, onion, tomato, mayo and Fedora’s specially made in-house dressing. It came with a pickle, so I gave it the MBIP pickle test and it was crisp and delcious, always a good sign! Now onto the sandwich!
This is one huge sandwich and I love how the bread is so crispy on the outside! As you bite in it’s like an overload for your taste buds! The bread is just a little on the sweet side and crunchy and the meats all have a tasty savory combined flavor with the Italian Mortadella adding a nice spicy zing to the mix. The cheeses are melted and creamy and this is a meal in a bun for sure! It’s really a fantastic and delicious sandwich!
Thanks to Nabil and the Brooke Shields gyro lady for a wonderful sandwich and a great afternoon at Fedora’s! I promise I’ll be back sooner than later this time! We’ll see you all tomorrow!
Four Dagwood Busteads—Homemade bread, fresh meats and cheese, special sauce and it’s all baked up in one delightful and delicious sandwich! If you’ve never stopped in at Fedora’s, now is the time! Go for the sandwich and you also need to sample the pizza and gyros. You might just never leave, but if you do, you’ll certainly be full!
1229 W. McClure Avenue (at the corner of University Street)
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