The great early 20th century author Henry James once penned the words: “Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” Truly there are many who share James’ sentiments about summer afternoons – those very words evoke images of the carefree days of childhood spent lounging in the sun, or lingering over a picnic in the shade of an old maple tree. Summers are about sunshine, laughter, lazy days and PICNICS! With summer soon upon us, why not create a delicious picnic of your own with everything you need to make that picnic unforgettable available right at Warwick’s very own Sandwich Junction.
Located right off Kilvert Street and tucked up against the railroad tracks, Sandwich Junction is one of the area’s most popular destinations for all things “summer picnic”. The summery salads are made here from scratch, using only the freshest of ingredients. Whether served up for a picnic for two, or a party of 30, you will enjoy such traditional favorites as potato, pasta, chicken, tuna and seafood salads. These are not the kind of salads that are made in some centralized supermarket kitchen and then trucked across the state! They are made fresh on-site every day by the hands of owner Kathy Ruginski and her dedicated staff of home cooks (including her hardworking mother Nancy Longiaru). These salads are the perfect compliment to any meal, from your graduation party to your beach getaway to a hassle-free evening at your own kitchen table.
The salads aren’t the only thing offered at Sandwich Junction to make your summer special! Their sandwiches are equally as fresh and homemade – and are what Sandwich Junction is most famous for. Inspired by the trains that zoom by this cozy eatery every day, you can find such options as the “Freight Car,” a combination of salami, ham, pepperoni and provolone with lots of tomatoes, onions & pickles – all served on a crusty roll. Try the “Cannonball Express”, the “American Flyer” and even the classic meatball and sausage combo, the “Train Wreck”. Everything is made-to-order from ingredients that Ruginski has hand selected for their freshness, quality and taste. If a hot or cold sandwich doesn’t satisfy your appetite, try something from their fryer or grill – their burgers will beat anything you can find at any quick-serve restaurant.
Finally, don’t even think about leaving Sandwich Junction without grabbing one of their decadent home-baked desserts, including their popular Blueberry Dream (once featured in the Providence Journal). Brownies. Cookies. Cream-filled Whoopie Pies. Now what would Henry James have to say about that?
Sandwich Junction is located at 86 Kilvert Street. Hours are Monday – Friday, 10 am to 4 pm. Cash only please. To place an advance order, call 738-0559.
Caption: Meet the friendly team at Sandwich Junction (l-r), owner Kathy Ruginski with John and Chris standing by.