Archive for February, 2010

Pita Kabob’s Kubideh

February 25, 2010

Kubideh

I could imagine Cyrus the Great eating such a wrap after a hard day of uniting the Persian and Median empires. I could imagine a frustrated Zoroastrian cleric watching Islam take control of their former empire enjoying such a wrap.  Now I don’t know if either of those sentences are historically accurate, but I can imagine them.  In fact, I could imagine I could imagine myself in better times sitting under the Azardi Tower on the outskirts of Tehran enjoying the Kubideh I ate today.  The funny thing is, I actually didn’t know what Kubideh was until today.

This wrap is simple, yet it’s filling creates a surprisingly complex taste.  The meat kabob is a pressed grilled combination of ground beef and lamb, it is surprisingly light, tasty, and not greasy at all.  The wrap is smothered in tahini, mixed with a little bit of hot sauce and wrapped up with lettuce and tomato.  It was fantastic.

My Kubideh cost me $5.99 and was from Pita Kabob.  It’s on Chauncy st, not Ave de Lafayette.

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Dorado’s Cemita

February 25, 2010

Cemita

I bet people reading this wonder if there is anything I don’t like.  Well here it is.  The first sandwich I have legitimately disliked.  The Pork Loin Milanese Cemita ($5.99 from Dorado Tacos & Cemitas) was not good.  The pork was fried to the point of being tough and difficult to chew, the bread was borderline stale and I’m not sure I understand why the cheese (yes those white gobs are cheese) was even on there, this cheese had a weird gelatinous texture and added nothing to this sandwich.

Now  I had never eaten a cemita prior to this, so I don’t know what a good one is supposed to taste like, but I am quite positive this was not a good cemita.  I feel inspired to find a good one locally.  Please feel free to provide suggestions.

New Saigon’s Banh Mi

February 24, 2010

Bahn Mi

How can I describe how good this sandwich is?  Well, it’s so good, I ate it two days in a row.

For $3.00 (not a typo, it costs $3.00), you get a nice sized sub stuffed full of carrots, cucumber, onion, carrots and bbq beef.  It’s topped with cilantro and has two condiments, a spicy sauce and a sweet sauce.  The crusty french roll breaks apart on the outside (see above picture for crumbs), but it’s soft on the inside.

I’d love to be able to hire a professional writer to describe the way the flavors come together in this delicious sandwich.  Moshpit could work, but I don’t mean to imply that the flavors are indecipherable.  It’s more of a three ring circus of flavors.  You can focus on each flavor individually, but when you take them all in, it makes the show.

This sandwich came from New Saigon Sandwich in Chinatown.  It’s worth the walk, drive, or flight.  Trust me.

Sam Lagrassa’s Roast Beef

February 22, 2010

Roast Beef

This could be the king of roast beef in Boston.  I dare someone, no I triple dog dare someone to present me with a better roast beef sandwich.

Au Jus would be wasted on this guy here.  The roast beef is dripping with flavor.  The tender warms my heart.  Talking about the rest of the sandwich would be like asking Da Vinci what he thought about last week’s episode of Lost.

El Oriental de Cuba

February 22, 2010
Cubano

Cubano

I’ve had some trouble writing this entry.  This sandwich was excellent, but I can’t find the appropriate words to describe the pleasure I got from consuming this masterpiece.  I should probably start by telling you a bit about what I got.  I got a cuban ($7.95) from El Oriental de Cuba in Jamaica Plain.  Convincing my roommate to drive for what had been described to me as the best Cuban in the city was not particularly difficult, in fact it was really easy.  Getting there was a breeze.  Waiting in line didn’t bother me, driving home was kind of annoying.  Stopping at the liquor store almost drove me nuts.

Once I got home I sat down and dug in.  This particular Cuban was a good size, not too large, but certainly not small, I ordered a pretty basic sandwich.  Lettuce, mustard, pickles and onions were the only extras I ordered, I decided to keep this one [relatively] simple.  You may have realized that I like to point out the real star of my sandwiches.  This sandwich had co-stars.  The pork (as expected) and the bread.

This bread was warm.  It was soft, but crusty on the outside.  It held up to the challenge of the mustard and pork grease.  The bread was perfect.  The pork was flavorful, and there sure was plenty of it.  The ham, the ham did what it needed to do, added a little saltiness, and balanced out the flavors.

This was a good sandwich.  One of the best I’ve had so far.

Pizzi Farms’ John Deere

February 20, 2010

John Deere

My lunch today came all the way from Waltham, MA (kindly picked up and hand delivered by my roommates).

The main attraction is the baked chicken cutlet, which I mistook for fried!.  Expertly cooked, juicy, and flavorful.  I’m sure you’ve eaten a generic chicken cutlet before.  Trust me, this is not one of those.  This cutlet is as close to perfection as I’ve come across in recent memory.  If this beautiful cutlet wasn’t enough, the sandwich continues with layers of fresh sliced black forest ham, shredded lettuce, melted provolone, thin sliced tomato and the right amount of ranch dressing.

The sesame roll held this flavor powerhouse well, and convinced me that I’ll need to try another sandwich from Pizzi Farms.  This may be the best sandwich I’ve come across thus far on my journey.

Doner Kebab Wrap

February 20, 2010

Doner Kebab

I have a serious problem with this wrap.  Sure, it was delicious, and to say it was stuffed with meat and veggies would be a gross understatement, yeah it only cost $6.75 and the delivery was fast, but my problems lie elsewhere.  My problems lie specifically with the structural integrity of this “wrap”.  I eagerly removed the foil from my freshly delivered wrap, only to have it crumble to bits in my hands.  My wrap quickly went from sandwich to salad, and last time I checked, I didn’t order a damn salad.

Now I can’t complain about the flavors, as previously stated it was delicious,  standard variety of doner/gyro veggies were good, as usual, the meat was the obvious star of this wrap.

I would order this again, but I would not order it expecting a good wrap.

Pork Gyro

February 19, 2010
From Zo

Gyro from Zo

Wow.  Wow is the most appropriate way to describe this creation.

This is one of the better Gyros I’ve encountered around here, and trust me when I say this, we will meet again.  Zo does a fantastic job putting these fairly priced ($6.75) gyro together.  The thick, soft pita is stuffed with raw onion, tomato and plenty of thin sliced pork.  It’s doused in an extra creamy tzatziki sauce, much thicker than I’m used to (definitely a good thing).  I was especially happy when I got to the end of my gyro and noticed that barely anything had fallen out.  I’m a sucker for a sturdy sandwich.

There isn’t much more to say about this little masterpiece.  I’m incredibly satisfied with today’s lunch decision and I will certainly have to make a return trip.

Steak Tip Sub

February 19, 2010

Neighborhood spot

This is a good sub.  It’s a steak tip (med rare) on a toasted bun with a generous helping of some peppery/sweet bbq sauce and plenty of peppers & onions.  These tips are delicious.  They’re certainly good quality meat, not too chewy at all.

I love watching my steak tips being cooked to order, I hate watching the guy manning the grill plop a bunch of tips that have clearly been cooked for hours onto the grill and heating them up.  These were cooked right in front of me at a new pizza place called Al Pacino’s which is the newest place in a revolving door of failed pizza places in a remote end of Brighton (38 Brooks St if you’re interested).

This sub works.  At $7.50 for a good sized large, I have no complaints.  Al Pacino’s served up my sub exactly how I asked and quickly at that!

Chicken Kebab

February 18, 2010

Chicken Kebab from Karo

The first stop on my sandwich journey was a well-known Cart in Downtown Boston.  I’d heard whispers of it being the best street vendor in the city, and while that is certainly arguable, my lunch was fantastic.  For a mere $5.50 I got myself the chicken kebab wrap you see above (hopefully as this blog progresses, my photographic skills will too).

This wrap had some aspects I loved, others I liked, but nothing that stood out as bad.  The chicken was a bit dry, but that dryness was quickly countered by a delicious, thick and creamy dressing.  The wrap was stuffed with vegetables, lettuce, tomato, carrot and peppers along with a small (possibly the perfect) amount of feta cheese.  The hot peppers scattered liberally about the wrap complimented the chicken perfectly.  The pita bread itself was good, it was soft and fresh, all it needed to be.

This wrap can get messy and I wouldn’t recommend eating it on the go, but it was certainly a great choice for lunch today.