SANDWICH PROJECT PRESIDENT’S DAY WEEKEND DOUBLE-HEADER
After a few weeks off due to a busy work schedule, a brunch menu vs. lunch menu snafu, and a 7-10 mile hike through the woods, the sandwich project was in danger of falling seriously behind schedule. And we were in danger of seriously starving to death. President’s Day weekend was the just the opportunity we needed to stuff our fat faces and spend A LOT of time on the train.
#30- The Cuban from El Sitio
Super authentic atmosphere. As soon as I got off the train, I noticed that almost everyone was Spanish-speaking. El Sitio is half lunch counter, half sit down family-type restaurant. The service was quick, but friendly. Not a lot of chit chat, even though Jon is an EXCELLENT Spanish speaker, as you can see in the first- bite video.
The sandwich came out hot and melty, served without any kind of fanciness or pretension. This one reminded me a lot of the pork burger from Xian Famous Foods. Just simple, cultural, comfort food, served in a familiar, consistently delicious way.
First bite- http://vimeo.com/37157602
#29 BLT from Frankies Sputino
An hour later, we got off the train in a totally different environment. Frankies was filled with a typical Brooklyn brunch crowd, and we enjoyed a DELIGHTFUL cocktail while waiting for a table. Frankies didn’t seem to have any back kitchen area, which was a pretty interesting choice. All the food was made in this almost apartment-sized kitchen setup, right next to the bar.
Now, the BLT is one of my favorite sandwiches, and a frequent mention in the “if you could only eat one breakfast, one lunch, and one dinner every day for the rest of your life, what would you choose?” game. And this BLT was pretty amazing. The bacon was cut super thick and meaty. The lettuce was crisp and the tomato was bright and had a super tasty sweetness and acidity. The bread on this guy is also really thin, so there’s nothing to distract you from getting at the real B, L and T here. The Frankies location we went to is right next door to Prime Meats, from the Egg on a Biscuit incident from last year. My overall experience at Frankies was very similar to Prime Meats- tons of places make a BLT, but almost no one makes one quite as good as this.
First bite- http://vimeo.com/37157476
In the (p)interest of time, I’ll just go ahead and agree with Eva on the points she made above, EXCLUDING THESE:
- I’m an okay Spanish speaker pero estoy practicando.
- The BLT from Frankie’s Spuntino was incredible. I could eat it everyday.
- These two days and actually the whole weekend really put the adventure in sandwich adventure. It wasn’t so much about fun, but rather doing work on this list. High fives all around.
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