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Restaurant Review: Otherside Deli Offers Out-of-This-World Pastrami and Corned Beef Sandwiches


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Location: TX-Austin

Story Date: 1/25/2019

Publisher: The Austin Chronicle   

Author: Jessi Cape

John Young, a NASA astronaut on Apollo 16 and commander of the first space shuttle mission, smuggled a corned beef sandwich aboard the Gemini 3 in 1965. Upon revealing his contraband, Young and his sole crewmate, Gus Grissom, chatted briefly about it and Grissom tasted the sandwich, causing crumbs of rye bread to float around the cabin. Naturally, this "$30 million sandwich" sparked a review by the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Appropriations and politicians ranted about the crumbs interfering with spacecraft operations. Why do I possess this trivia nugget? Well, apparently I've developed a mild obsession with the intersection of outer space and deli sandwiches, thanks to Otherside Deli. (Swear to goddess, I just looked down and realized I'm wearing a NASA T-shirt.)

Place Category: Food & Drink

Story Category: Review of a Place

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