It’s clear from the clientele I saw coming in and out of Huffy’s last week that local folks, from office workers to handymen, have already discovered and embraced this little no-nonsense sandwich shop on Route 1.

There’s no seating inside, unless you want to hunker down on one of the small stools over by the window and eat your lunch out of your lap. But this new place, owned by a local businessman, is perfect for grabbing a classic Italian sandwich, slice of homemade pizza or hearty hot lunch on the go.

The extensive menu is divided into cold and hot sandwiches, hot speciality sandwiches, paninis, salads and sides. There’s even a children’s menu that features kid-friendly items, from peanut butter-and-jelly sandwiches (just $1.79) to chicken fingers ($3.79).

The list of soups on the board the day I visited included clam chowder, lentil, cream of broccoli and pea with ham. Most soups cost $3.95 per cup or $4.95 per bowl, but chowder is a dollar more.

Also on the board was a lobster roll that came in a medium size for $9.99 and — this made me laugh — “huge” for $16.99.

Huffy’s classic cold sandwiches include the usual variations on the Italian. They come in medium and large, and you can double the meat and cheese on your sandwich for a dollar.

Cold specialties include items such as the “Hearty Huffy” ($7.89), a sub roll filled with ham, pepperoni and salami along with American, pepperjack and provolone cheese.

Hot specialties include a steak bomb, a sausage bomb, a reuben, chicken parmesan and a “kraut-strami” that’s made with pastrami, sauerkraut, onions, Swiss and mustard on rye.

I decided to try one of the paninis to go. I ordered the “Greekish” panini ($5.89) on foccacia, and it was filled with half a tender grilled chicken breast, spinach, tomato, red onion, pesto/mayo and feta that was slightly melted from the heat of the grill. The sandwich was larger than I expected, and stayed hot until I got it home.

A sign in the shop warns you that hot sandwiches will take a little longer to prepare, 8 to 10 minutes, so I was ready to wait. When my order was up, I didn’t think it had taken an extraordinarily long time, but the clerk kindly apologized for the wait and handed me a coupon for a future visit.

I also tried the clam chowder, which came with creamy broth and plenty of clams, potatoes and bits of bacon. Maybe they thought the bacon would provide enough flavor, but the chowder was bland and badly needed some seasoning. (I’m not the kind of person who throws salt into everything; if I say it needs seasoning, it really needs it.) But that was easily corrected at home.

If you’re in the mood for something heartier than a sandwich, check the board for the daily hot meals, all of which cost $7.49. I found myself wishing I had visited on a Tuesday, because that’s chicken pot pie day. On Mondays, it’s mac and cheese. Meatloaf is the Wednesday hot meal, and on Thursdays you’ll get a turkey dinner. Fridays? It’s fried chicken.

The hot meal over the weekend is a “Build a Burger.”

Overall, Huffy’s is a great little spot for a quick grab-and-go lunch if you find yourself in the Yarmouth area. Its hot sandwiches and hot meals are sure to warm a lot of tummies this winter.

The Features staff of The Portland Press Herald anonymously samples meals for about $7.

 

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