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Thursday, June 14, 2007

Spread the Sandwich Love

It's been awhile since I've written a blog about sandwiches. In fact, my last sandwich blog no longer exists, since it belonged to my first myspace incarnation, which I deleted over a year ago in a fit of fed-up-ed-ness with the addictive nature of myspace.

But now that I've recovered from that addiction and have my myspace time down to a reasonable amount, it's high time I post a new blog about sandwiches. I'm excited to do so, since I've discovered some delicious new favorites over the past year.

For anyone who doesn't know about my fetish for sandwiches, let me just say that I could eat sandwiches everyday for every meal. There's something about the combination of breads, meats, cheeses, and veggies that is simply irresistibly yummy. So let's get on with my current sandwich obsessions:

1) Caffe Niche (300 S. 800 E.), which I recently mentioned in my favorite things blog, makes two of my favorite sandwiches. The first is a grilled cheese, with Irish cheddar (a delightful white cheese), mustard sauce, and pecans. The second is a grilled turkey, which happens to be the most unique turkey sandwich I've ever tried. In fact, all of the food at Niche is unique, and you can tell that a lot of thought has been put into how the flavors of the ingredients work together. Anyway, the turkey sandwich dresses its roasted turkey with bacon and radicchio, which looks like purple cabbage, but has a slightly bitter flavor – a nice compliment to the blue cheese mayonnaise that tops it off.

2) Red Rock Brewing Co. (200 W. 250 S.) has a very tasty philly steak and cheese sandwich. I'm not usually into philly sandwiches, but I decided to give this one a try, and it was well worth it. It's nice that they actually do use steak, instead of roast beef, which might account for the slightly pricey cost of the sandwich. But a good sandwich is worth a pretty penny, at least on occasion. Try this one with Red Rock's fantastic cole slaw, which is by far the best slaw in Salt Lake.

3) Siegfried's Deli (200 S. Main) is a charming little German shop, which delightfully carries my favorite German chocolate, Kinder Riegel. But they also make the best Reuben sandwich in Salt Lake. If you've ever seen a menu at Piper Down, you might know that they claim to have the best Reuben you've ever tasted. But they don't. It's Siegfried's. Would you expect anything else from a German deli?

4) Jason's Deli (across the street to the south of Fashion Place Mall) still makes the best turkey croissant sandwich around town. I think I mentioned this one in the old blog, but since that blog doesn't exist anymore, I feel like I can mention Jason's again, and it's well deserving of a second mention. The light and flaky croissant is topped with good turkey, bacon, really dry and rich tasting swiss, tomatoes, and sprouts. And this is the only place I know of where you can get a side of fruit with dipping yogurt instead of chips. Wish more places would do this.

5) Faustina (300 S. 450 E.) makes a really good chicken cordon bleu. But perhaps the most delightful thing about this sandwich is the side of homemade sweet potato chips that come with it. Salty and sweet in a crispy little chip – a very nice addition to any sandwich. Faustina's atmosphere is also really nice – lots of art lining the walls, pleasantly vibrant-but-not-over-vibrant colors, and friendly wait staff. In fact, when our waitress had to inform me that they were out of iced tea, she was kind enough to volunteer to make it for me by brewing some hot tea bags and then putting it over ice. Way to accommodate!

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