I'm always up for trying a new sandwich place for lunch, and I found a great one earlier this week in Erin's Gourmet Sandwiches located in the Republic Plaza Food Court on the 16th Street Mall. (Basically 16th and Tremont.)
Erin's is the first Irish sandwich shop in Colorado, and it was started by three honest-to-goodness Irish guys. John Costelloe joined forces with Celtic Tavern partners Noel Hickey and Terry Brennan to bring this unique endeavor to the Mile High City.
According to Costello quoted here from The Celtic Connection), "The difference between an Irish sandwich and an American sandwich is the bread and filling. Much of the sandwich in America is bread, where in Ireland the emphasis is on the filling."
I myself recommend the Brennan's Chicken Salad sandwich. The chipotle mayo gives it a kick worthy of the high-steppin' Michael Flatley.
Of course, you can build your own sandwich from Erin's fresh ingredients, some of which -- the cheese, specifically -- is imported directly from Ireland.
Cold sandwiches, hot sandwiches ("Toasties") and wraps make this a sandwich shop to please just about everybody.
When it comes to spending your hard-earned dollars, buying local should be high on your list, and Erin's Gourmet Snadwiches makes that decision a real no-brainer.