Loretta Haworth with an Unforgettable Nooner sandwich at High Nooner. - STEPHEN SCHLANGE
Stephen Schlange
Loretta Haworth with an Unforgettable Nooner sandwich at High Nooner.

I first went to the High Nooner in college, a decade into its 20-year run. What I found when I went back this week was the same Southwestern theme, the same pine-pole chairs, the same lavender speckling on the walls, the same slightly bawdy T-shirts, the same Island Cola, the same little chocolate chip cookies with every sandwich and the same Unforgettable Nooner ($7.51 exactly, so that and a medium soda come out to exactly $10). The Unforgettable — the High Nooner’s most popular sandwich — had the same cream cheese I remembered, the same turkey, tomato, sprouts, bacon and avocado on a the same pillowy 12-grain bread.

It’s not like I’ve only been to the High Nooner twice. I’ve been there a bunch of times, but it’s the sort of place that — with its workmanlike regularity — can get forgotten in the shuffle of the next hip downtown thing. Whenever I come back, though, I wonder why I waited so long.

Especially when I see the lady working behind the counter is still ending every sentence with “ya sweetheart!” As in: “that’ll be right up for you, ya sweetheart!” and, “All right, you enjoy your lunch now, ya sweetheart.” They treat everyone like this, and, from my experience, always have.

From the Ashes Idaho @ Settlers Creek

Sat., June 19
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Luke Baumgarten

Luke Baumgarten is commentary contributor and former culture editor of the Inlander. He is a creative strategist at Seven2 and co-founder of Terrain.