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Crispy Softshell Crab Sandwich from The Dutch, $18
STUFF INSIDE :: fried softshell crab, tobiko, tomato
Poor, poor softshell crab. Poor, poor, delicious softshell crab. If the world were indeed created by an omnipotent bearded dude that lives in the sky, then he must’ve created the softshell crab the morning after way too many PBR and pickle-back specials with the party archangels. Seems like a complete lapse in judgment that a shell would be well…soft. (It’s probably the same day he made these fainting goats) It seems this poor crab was made solely for delicious purposes. As demonstrated by this sandwich. The batter adds some crispness to the already nice bite from the soft shell. The tobiko explodes to release the refreshingly salty flavor from the sea. Though it doesn’t come off being overly fishy. A simple but satisfying sandwich. Sorry, softshell crab. You may come from the seafood version of The Island of Misfit Toys, but you’re definitely appreciated. In my mouth.

    Crispy Softshell Crab Sandwich from The Dutch, $18

    STUFF INSIDE :: fried softshell crab, tobiko, tomato

    Poor, poor softshell crab. Poor, poor, delicious softshell crab. If the world were indeed created by an omnipotent bearded dude that lives in the sky, then he must’ve created the softshell crab the morning after way too many PBR and pickle-back specials with the party archangels. Seems like a complete lapse in judgment that a shell would be well…soft. (It’s probably the same day he made these fainting goats) It seems this poor crab was made solely for delicious purposes. As demonstrated by this sandwich. The batter adds some crispness to the already nice bite from the soft shell. The tobiko explodes to release the refreshingly salty flavor from the sea. Though it doesn’t come off being overly fishy. A simple but satisfying sandwich. Sorry, softshell crab. You may come from the seafood version of The Island of Misfit Toys, but you’re definitely appreciated. In my mouth.

     
  2. May 26th, 2012     softshell crabseafoodsohothe dutchsandwichtobiko
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    Tilapia Melt from No. 7 Sub, $9
STUFF INSIDE :: tilapia, havarti, shredded cabbage, fried garlic
I’m utterly impressed about how often No. 7 changes up their menu. On any given day, they have like two or three sandwich specials that sound just as delicious as the next. This leads to a total #firstworldproblem where you spend ten minutes debating the merits of duroc pork vs. Mongolian tofu in your head, while simultaneouly trying to check-in to 4square on your iPhone. Then a starving street urchin with emphysema, teleports from 1890s London, punches you in the face and snaps you back into reality. This day, I decided on the tilapia melt and wasn’t disappointed. As the fish flaked, the havarti melted its way into every crevice. The shredded cabbage added a nice crunch, while the fried garlic brought smokiness. If you’ve been to No. 7, you know their subs are not small. But this sandwich was comparatively pretty light. Light enough that I was able to go for a run two hours later. In your face, Jared and your stupid $5 footlong.

    Tilapia Melt from No. 7 Sub, $9

    STUFF INSIDE :: tilapia, havarti, shredded cabbage, fried garlic

    I’m utterly impressed about how often No. 7 changes up their menu. On any given day, they have like two or three sandwich specials that sound just as delicious as the next. This leads to a total #firstworldproblem where you spend ten minutes debating the merits of duroc pork vs. Mongolian tofu in your head, while simultaneouly trying to check-in to 4square on your iPhone. Then a starving street urchin with emphysema, teleports from 1890s London, punches you in the face and snaps you back into reality. This day, I decided on the tilapia melt and wasn’t disappointed. As the fish flaked, the havarti melted its way into every crevice. The shredded cabbage added a nice crunch, while the fried garlic brought smokiness. If you’ve been to No. 7, you know their subs are not small. But this sandwich was comparatively pretty light. Light enough that I was able to go for a run two hours later. In your face, Jared and your stupid $5 footlong.

     
  4. May 24th, 2012     fishseafoodsandwichNo. 7 Subtilapiagreenpointflatiron
  5. Madrileño from La Churreria, $9.50
STUFF INSIDE :: fried calimari, aioli, pimiento
All you need to know is that this place serves churros stuffed with dulce de leche, chocolate and fresh whipped cream. If a creepy man dangled that churro in front of me from the manual-operated window of a beat-up 1987 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme, I wouldn’t scream stranger-danger. Just sayin’. I came for the fancy churros and was nicely surprised to find La Churreria also serves some simple, tasty sandwiches. This particular one stood out just because it’s rare anyone serves fried calamari in a sandwich and I have no idea why. The calamari wasn’t greasy, nicely crisp in fact. The batter was savory like a really good fish-n-chips. They don’t treat you like a tourist from Boise and serve you the tentacles too, so bonus points for that. The aioli is creamy and vinegary and just enough to add some moistness, freshness and spice. La Churreria is from the owners of the best paella place ever Socarrat. You know the ingredients here are legit. Like if they could talk, they’d roll their rrrrr’s while juggling chorizo and mock you with their Catalan lisp. 

    Madrileño from La Churreria, $9.50

    STUFF INSIDE :: fried calimari, aioli, pimiento

    All you need to know is that this place serves churros stuffed with dulce de leche, chocolate and fresh whipped cream. If a creepy man dangled that churro in front of me from the manual-operated window of a beat-up 1987 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme, I wouldn’t scream stranger-danger. Just sayin’. I came for the fancy churros and was nicely surprised to find La Churreria also serves some simple, tasty sandwiches. This particular one stood out just because it’s rare anyone serves fried calamari in a sandwich and I have no idea why. The calamari wasn’t greasy, nicely crisp in fact. The batter was savory like a really good fish-n-chips. They don’t treat you like a tourist from Boise and serve you the tentacles too, so bonus points for that. The aioli is creamy and vinegary and just enough to add some moistness, freshness and spice. La Churreria is from the owners of the best paella place ever Socarrat. You know the ingredients here are legit. Like if they could talk, they’d roll their rrrrr’s while juggling chorizo and mock you with their Catalan lisp. 

     
  6. May 24th, 2012     churrossohosocarratpaellaspanishcalamarisandwich
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    The Salted Sailor from S’more Bakery (Smorgasburg), $3

    STUFF INSIDE :: home-made vanilla bean marshmallow, vanilla bean speckled salted caramel, cinnamon sugar graham crackers

    This s’more is happiness incarnate. It’s like 2 tablespoons baby’s laughter, 1/4 cup rainbows and a 16oz of the final scene in Dirty Dancing. It’s gooey, salty, sweet, vanilla bean and cinnamon sugar perfection. The mallow is pillowy-soft, and blowtorched to order by good-looking people. Not this guy, but photogenic nonetheless! The graham cracker is soft, but solid enough so it doesn’t crumble when you chomp into the salted-caramel cloud. Looks like S’more Bakery doesn’t have a storefront yet, but they’re at foodie-fest Smorgasburg every Saturday. When you go, skip the pig’s head to leave room for like 12 of these.  Also, props to owner Sarah for referencing The Sandlot on her bio page. Love that movie!

     
  8. Apr 9th, 2012     bakerybrooklyns'moresandwichsmorgasburgwilliamsburgmarshmallow
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Croque Madame from Provence En Boite, $9.50
STUFF INSIDE :: ham, gruyere, bechamel sauce, two sunny-side up eggs served open-faced on toasted country bread
Haven’t been to this place since I left Carroll Gardens in 2008, but found my way here in a desperate search for good bloody maries on a Saturday. I guess this is how most of these posts (and alcoholism) starts. In ‘08, the food here was hit or miss. But after Seersucker being closed (what the what?), Jolie Cantina not having their liquor license, and Buttermilk Channel & Prime Meats their usual clusterfuck, I wound up here. Surprisingly, their bloodies were perfectly spiced and this Croque Madame was toasty, crispy, savory, melty and rich. The Voltron of Croque Madames. The eggs weren’t overcooked so the yolk was still nice and runny. The bechamel was subtle and not like a mayo-bomb. My favorite part is when cheese gets a little burnt so the ends of the bread get super-crusty. So nice one, Provence En Boite. I Zou bisou bisou you!

    Croque Madame from Provence En Boite, $9.50

    STUFF INSIDE :: ham, gruyere, bechamel sauce, two sunny-side up eggs served open-faced on toasted country bread

    Haven’t been to this place since I left Carroll Gardens in 2008, but found my way here in a desperate search for good bloody maries on a Saturday. I guess this is how most of these posts (and alcoholism) starts. In ‘08, the food here was hit or miss. But after Seersucker being closed (what the what?), Jolie Cantina not having their liquor license, and Buttermilk Channel & Prime Meats their usual clusterfuck, I wound up here. Surprisingly, their bloodies were perfectly spiced and this Croque Madame was toasty, crispy, savory, melty and rich. The Voltron of Croque Madames. The eggs weren’t overcooked so the yolk was still nice and runny. The bechamel was subtle and not like a mayo-bomb. My favorite part is when cheese gets a little burnt so the ends of the bread get super-crusty. So nice one, Provence En Boite. I Zou bisou bisou you!

     
  10. Mar 29th, 2012     croque madamefrenchsandwichbistrocarroll gardensbrooklynsmith st
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Fried Chicken Sandwich from Seersucker, $14
STUFF INSIDE :: fried chicken, buttermilk dressing, lettuce, pickles, house-made hot sauce (optional)
Much like John Edwards’ addiction to being a creephole, I can never resist a fried chicken sandwich. Which you can see by this, and this, and this, and my love of Chik-Fil’A. (Which, for the record, stop being a creephole, Chik-Fil’A). I’ve already had the fried chicken dinner at Seersucker, and that was make-Paula-Deen-sweat-butter-delicious. Therefore, it only made sense to try it in sandwich form for brunch. It was good, but comparatively meh. The chicken was not as flavorful as when it’s on the bone. The dressing was little bland, and I wish the pickles were more tart. All that said, Seersucker’s worth a go. Their fries are good, micheladas are amazing, as is their service. Sandwich-wise, Bobwhite’s fried chicken still gets the win. 

    Fried Chicken Sandwich from Seersucker, $14

    STUFF INSIDE :: fried chicken, buttermilk dressing, lettuce, pickles, house-made hot sauce (optional)

    Much like John Edwards’ addiction to being a creephole, I can never resist a fried chicken sandwich. Which you can see by this, and this, and this, and my love of Chik-Fil’A. (Which, for the record, stop being a creephole, Chik-Fil’A). I’ve already had the fried chicken dinner at Seersucker, and that was make-Paula-Deen-sweat-butter-delicious. Therefore, it only made sense to try it in sandwich form for brunch. It was good, but comparatively meh. The chicken was not as flavorful as when it’s on the bone. The dressing was little bland, and I wish the pickles were more tart. All that said, Seersucker’s worth a go. Their fries are good, micheladas are amazing, as is their service. Sandwich-wise, Bobwhite’s fried chicken still gets the win. 

     
  12. Mar 22nd, 2012     fried chickensandwichsouthernseersuckercarroll gardensbrooklyn
  13. Burger / Big B.L.A.T. from Saxon + Parole, $18 / $12

    STUFF INSIDE (Burger) :: dry-aged angus beef burger, Pennsylvania havarti, maple bacon, fried egg

    STUFF INSIDE (B.L.A.T.) :: bacon, lettuce, avocado, tomato, smoked paprika mayo

    These two sandwiches had the distinct honor of preparing Luis and my stomach for 10 straight hours of drinking on St. Patty’s Day. We both ended the night not regretting any Facebook posts and impressively flossing (!), so for that alone, these are magic sandwiches. Besides that, look at that beautiful, fried egg on that burger. If you stare at it long enough, it’ll wink at you. The bacon on both sandwiches were perfectly salty and sweet, and not overcooked. Best part, these sandwiches are gateway drugs to Saxon + Parole’s true crack - their bloody mary bar. In case, you passed out from happiness, Bloody. Motherf’n Mary Bar!

     
  14. Mar 20th, 2012     burgerbaconfried eggBLTbloody marysaxon + parolenolitabowery
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French Dip from Walter Foods, $18
STUFF INSIDE :: filet mignon, horseradish sauce, au jus
The thing with a lot of French Dips is sometimes even when their flavors are right-on, it’s just so, i guess, wet. Like in the middle of scarfing it down, you Quantum Leaped into Seattle without an umbrella. Now your Dip is drenched-newspaper consistency. Not with this guy. It’s grilled steak instead of a super-wet roast beef. So the baguette isn’t already mush when you douse it in (vegetarians cover your ears…uhh…eyes) meat juice. They have a thinner au jus instead of the heavy oniony gravy you get from lots of places. They keep it simple with some spicy horseradish. Always great with steak. The french dip experience without the soggy baguette. Win and win. Fries are nice and crispy, and perfect to mop up any extra au jus. 

    French Dip from Walter Foods, $18

    STUFF INSIDE :: filet mignon, horseradish sauce, au jus

    The thing with a lot of French Dips is sometimes even when their flavors are right-on, it’s just so, i guess, wet. Like in the middle of scarfing it down, you Quantum Leaped into Seattle without an umbrella. Now your Dip is drenched-newspaper consistency. Not with this guy. It’s grilled steak instead of a super-wet roast beef. So the baguette isn’t already mush when you douse it in (vegetarians cover your ears…uhh…eyes) meat juice. They have a thinner au jus instead of the heavy oniony gravy you get from lots of places. They keep it simple with some spicy horseradish. Always great with steak. The french dip experience without the soggy baguette. Win and win. Fries are nice and crispy, and perfect to mop up any extra au jus. 

     
  16. Mar 16th, 2012     French dipsteaksandwichbrooklynwilliamsburgwalter foods
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Reuben from Dickson’s Farmstand Meats, $9
STUFF INSIDE :: pastrami, russian dressing, muenster
A pretty classic reuben classed up by quality farm-fresh ingredients. When ordering, the counter-person had to ask, “Hayo Jimmy! how many of them reubens we have left?” Okay, I made up Jimmy, but it’s true they butcher and smoke all their meat in-house and quickly run out. I lucked out getting the second-to-the-last sandwich and felt I was touched by patron saint of the 1%, Mitt R-money. The pastrami is sliced thin, smoky, with a hint of coriander or fennel seed. It had just the right amount of fat. The russian dressing didn’t just feel like a slop of mayo. Tangy, spicy and a lil garlicky, there was texture. The melty muenster helped keep the sandwich moist. All on rye. And way better than Dickson’s Pulled Pork. 

    Reuben from Dickson’s Farmstand Meats, $9

    STUFF INSIDE :: pastrami, russian dressing, muenster

    A pretty classic reuben classed up by quality farm-fresh ingredients. When ordering, the counter-person had to ask, “Hayo Jimmy! how many of them reubens we have left?” Okay, I made up Jimmy, but it’s true they butcher and smoke all their meat in-house and quickly run out. I lucked out getting the second-to-the-last sandwich and felt I was touched by patron saint of the 1%, Mitt R-money. The pastrami is sliced thin, smoky, with a hint of coriander or fennel seed. It had just the right amount of fat. The russian dressing didn’t just feel like a slop of mayo. Tangy, spicy and a lil garlicky, there was texture. The melty muenster helped keep the sandwich moist. All on rye. And way better than Dickson’s Pulled Pork

     
  18. Mar 6th, 2012     reubensandwichpastramichelsea marketdickson'sbutcher
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Saratoga Club from Parm, $12
STUFF INSIDE :: chicken salad, sweet cured bacon, lettuce, tomato, herbed mayo, thyme, potato chips
People have been raving about this club like it’s this awesome extinct stick insect, that I had to try it. Let’s get this out of the way - the chickie chickie parm parm is still way better. Also from the Torrisi guys, If it’s your first time at Parm, get that sandwich instead. With a side of their roasted brussels sprouts. But if you’re fiending a cold sandwich, the Saratoga’s a good choice. I’m a fan of chunky chicken salad, and this guy delivers. There’s a tartness to it, almost like diced-up pickles, but I’m not sure. The bacon’s cured in maple-syrup and along with the potato chips, rewards you with that epic marriage of sweet & salty. Tomato and lettuce keeps it from feeling too heavy. Like any club, it’s stacked two layers on toasted bread. I got a giant mouth, but the roof of my mouth still got cut up from the shards of toast. So that sucks. Also, twelve bucks is a little steep when the sandwich doesn’t even come with a side. All in all, a great chicken salad sandwich, but probably wouldn’t order it again.

    Saratoga Club from Parm, $12

    STUFF INSIDE :: chicken salad, sweet cured bacon, lettuce, tomato, herbed mayo, thyme, potato chips

    People have been raving about this club like it’s this awesome extinct stick insect, that I had to try it. Let’s get this out of the way - the chickie chickie parm parm is still way better. Also from the Torrisi guys, If it’s your first time at Parm, get that sandwich instead. With a side of their roasted brussels sprouts. But if you’re fiending a cold sandwich, the Saratoga’s a good choice. I’m a fan of chunky chicken salad, and this guy delivers. There’s a tartness to it, almost like diced-up pickles, but I’m not sure. The bacon’s cured in maple-syrup and along with the potato chips, rewards you with that epic marriage of sweet & salty. Tomato and lettuce keeps it from feeling too heavy. Like any club, it’s stacked two layers on toasted bread. I got a giant mouth, but the roof of my mouth still got cut up from the shards of toast. So that sucks. Also, twelve bucks is a little steep when the sandwich doesn’t even come with a side. All in all, a great chicken salad sandwich, but probably wouldn’t order it again.

     
  20. Mar 3rd, 2012     saratoga clubparmtorrisi'ssandwichsohobacon