At 3399 Amnicola Hwy. next to the Burger King, is an eatery called 2 Squares A Day. I had never heard of it and I just happened upon it as I was driving. I pulled in wondering just what type of place this was. When I walked in, I noticed, like most of the ‘get it quick’ eateries have - a fountain drink bar to get your own refills and the counter that you place your order. The rest of the place was anything but ordinary though.
There was a coffee and ice cream bar against the far wall with all sorts of flavorings.
I wasn’t quite sure what they offered as far as a meal went, so I asked the young gentleman at the counter. He had dark, curly hair and was the most pleasant young man. When I told him I had never been there before, he actually looked as if he were glad I came in to try them out. He immediately schooled me on what they served as well as how I was to order and get my food.
He even suggested what I might try. He didn’t say it in that rehearsed, careless fast-food way. It didn’t roll off his tongue like at the fast food places where they usher you through quickly - knowing the manager is listening to see if they ask if you’d like fries with that. He was genuine.
He suggested the turkey club, saying it was the most popular. The idea behind 2 Squares, is that they are only open for breakfast and lunch – plus their bread is square. I noticed they had pizza, but as the young man displayed the bread that they make fresh every day, I wasn’t sure I wanted pizza with that thick of bread. I wasn’t really sure that I wanted a sandwich with that thick of bread. But I decided to try it.
As I got my drink, I waited on my sandwich. I was asked three times by different workers what my order number was as they were very attentive and making sure my meal was being prepared and on its way. One of the people that asked me was one of the owners, Jim Garth. He introduced himself to me and even shook my hand and told me to call him ‘Jimbo’. What a nice man. The whole staff was friendly – it just had such a different feel. When you walk into this place you feel very welcomed.
I sat down at one of the ‘square’ tables, with my $9 meal of a drink, sandwich and a bag of chips. But it wasn’t like Subway where you get hoagie rolls that all taste alike. Aside from the flat pickles on the side, the sandwich was very different and indescribable. The bread looked like a thick pizza crust – but it was very soft and melted in your mouth! It had a wonderful texture that surprisingly was not heavy. It was square and it had herbs and flavors that complemented the makings on the sandwich. If you ordered the larger one, it would be ‘2 squares’.
The turkey did not taste like it came out of a package, it had a delicious flavor. The bacon was not greasy or fatty. This was a glorious sandwich! I could have eaten the bread by itself! If the young man had not talked me into the popular sandwich, I may have ordered breakfast. They had some interesting items on their menu - from breakfast wraps called ‘Chattaboogie’ and ‘Whoooo-boy’ to breakfast pizzas, sides and add-ons. You can order breakfast anytime.
I was happy with my turkey club though and glad I ordered it. As I sat there enjoying my meal a loud ruckus came from the kitchen that nearly scared me to death! I was biting into my sandwich and when I jumped I jerked it away from my mouth, almost losing my teeth. Several workers began clapping and whooping, yelling out “Happy Birthday”.
Now, I know other places do this, but I didn’t expect it at this place and the way they were singing was not a usual happy birthday chant. This sounded like some type of scat! This one girl led the song as they serenaded their beloved owner. Everyone in the restaurant had a smile on their face and a look of amazement as they listened to the unique sound of ‘boom shakalaka… something or another’.
The food was excellent but the friendliness of the staff, the family-like feel they displayed and welcoming you would make any one want to go back! Just don’t go on Jimbo’s birthday.