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Sandwich Contest - News and Reviews

BIM | Apr 11, 200812:09 PM

The Sandwich Contest HAS BEEN EXTENDED - due to a recent flurry of entries the board of judges (yours truly) has voted unanimously to delay final judging until several more sandwiches have been sampled. This thing may go on indefinitely!

You remember the rules: name your three favorites - we like 'em, you're a winner!

Some entries currently under consideration:

"The turkey, swiss, arugula on fresh baguette with a sundried tomato mayo dressing with oil and vinegar" - feedthebelly

Solid turkey sandwich - fresh and quite well-constructed with greens and dressing making for a harmonious mouthful. Actually many of the sandwiches at this small venue are worth a taste: besides the turkey (#4) I liked the #3 (Sopressata, Spinach, Manchego) and the #5 (Proscuitto & Mozzarella.)

"The Shanghai - tuna salad sandwich on marble rye with chutney" - maudie5

Chow missions take us to some strange places but few stranger than the Fresh Market Cafe, a mini-eatery tucked amidst the designer duds on the third floor of Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills. I was the only male customer in the cafe - maybe the whole store - and certainly the worst dressed. But I ordered my Shanghai: generous amounts of tuna salad on black and white bread, with some sprouts and a bit of sweet chutney. Not a bad tuna salad sandwich, nothing to get excited about. Maybe the cheapest thing in the store at eleven bucks (includes chips.)

"Cemitas Poblanas - barbacoa" - Local ( & Ubergeek)

THIS is why we're having this contest - to find out about places like this. I've seen posts on cemitas poblanas before but this is the first time I've tried one. What a trip! This little Mexican dive in a mini-mall in Van Nuys calls itself a taqueria but specializes in these monster sandwiches. A variety of fillings are available: breaded pork loin, breaded beef, chicken, fish, head cheese, scrambled eggs...there are 13 different ones and I'll probably have to try them all. My barbacoa was a mess of cooked lamb on a big toasted bun with avocado, queso fresco, purple onion, lettuce and chiles. I predict this sandwich will be among the finalists.

"Buffalo Chicken Sandwich (medium spice is best)" - yogachik

What do you want from a buffalo chicken sandwich? You want 'buffalo' flavor: pungent, sweet, hot. Here is a straight-ahead version on a soft roll with lettuce and tomato. The chicken is decent and the 'medium spice' packs plenty of punch. Better than average blue cheese sauce. Not a destination sandwich but perhaps a tasty snack after a couple hours of Ayengar, eh chik? (A word of advice on a side of 'suicide sauce:' don't.)

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