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An effusive tale of an honest lamb sandwich

Prav | Mar 22, 200801:45 PM

Do you sometimes ever just crave a simple, honest lamb sandwich?

My ideals: The sandwich should provide a generous quantity of hot, tender lamb. The meat should be lean so as to avoid the nasty gaminess which scares a lot of folks off from lamb, but it should still retain the heady undertone of 'lambiness' that beef lacks. And it doesn't need too many supporting actors - its elegance lies in its straightforwardness. So far, my favorite interpretation is the lamb sandwich at La Rotisserie off Rt 9 in Chestnut Hill.

Their interpretation:

* Moderately thick (1/4''-1/2'') slices of hot roasted lamb - intensely juicy with a glossy sheen mixed with a slight bit of char. It looks to be cooked about 'medium' - tender, but certainly not bright pink nor red in the middle. Nothing worse than overcooked, dry lamb.

* A forearm of soft baguette that's not too thick to overpower the sandwich. The crust, however, still has a firm exterior 'thud', reminiscent of a good banh mi loaf.

* A micro-thin layer of mayo, just to add a touch of creaminess to each bite.

* Thick-cut slices of fresh tomato, which were surprisingly decent for being off-season.

When assembled as such, it becomes a succulent, satisfying-to-hold vehicle to deliver unadulterated strips of hot rotisserie lamb. After a few recent trips to La Rotisserie, I was quite delighted to find something that was the complete opposite of a very pretentious lamb sandwich I had at Cardullo's, an overpriced and underwhelming wad of paper-thin slices of cold, flavorless lamb, needlessly overpowering dill mustard, smothered by too-thick slices of dark bread.

So fellow hounds, anyone know other places to get lamb sandwiches? I checked Darwin's website and nothing lamby appears. Any other ideas?

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