This is a mighty Italian monster, in a rather surprising location. The Kitchen is a tiny cafe hidden in a southwest Vegas industrial/office park, and this is its signature sandwich. It's absolutely stacked with salami, ham and a pile of rare roast beef, provolone cheese, lettuce, tomato, peppers, onions and oil and vinegar dressing. It's one of those can't-believe-I-ate-the-whole-thing situations, but its meaty goodness is worth the impending sandwich coma. Also, the hard Italian roll is pretty substantial, crispy with a nice, slightly salty taste.
Veggie burgers: not boring. This is Trader Joe's Vegetable Masala Burger, a vegan patty sold frozen made of potatoes, carrots, green beans, bread crumbs, bell peppers, onions, corn, ginger and a significant bit of spice. It's kind of the filling from a delicious samosa molded into burger form. So it's good, and we don't have to do much to make it so ... just grilled it up and dropped it on a kaiser roll with red leaf lettuce, tomato, red onion and spicy garlic mustard. Just another reason not to hate TJ's.
I don't know if Jack in the Box is trying to kill me, just trying to hurt my feelings or what. Frankly, I'm insulted.
Available for a limited time only, thankfully, are the Outlaw sandwiches. There's a burger, and then there's this monster. It's basically Jack's version of Carl's Western Bacon Cheeseburger, only there's lettuce and tomato, and a spicy breaded and fried chicken breast filet in place of the burger patty. Yes on bacon, yes on barbecue sauce, yes on two giant onion rings. The deep fried munchosity of biting through the chicken and onion rings is a texture that doesn't occur in nature and there's a reason for that. You melt some fake ass cheese on these elements and splash on some cloyingly sweet bbq juice, and partner, you're in for an unpleasant afternoon.
You might think of Buffalo Wild Wings as having kinda garbage bar food, and you might be right, but we know they do chicken wings right. They do chicken sandwiches pretty well, too. This is the one most spicy, delicious sandwiches on the menu, a blackened breast smothered with the BWW Caribbean Jerk sauce (one of the best of the never-ending wing sauce choices), topped with lettuce, tomato, and blue cheese dressing. The bun is the BWW standard "weck," but it looks and tastes like a kaiser roll to us. Call it what you want, it stands up nicely to this spicy, saucy beauty. It's a winner.
This is a very special posting to allsandwich, because it's a one-off sandwich that we will likely never taste again. It's a damn shame, too, because it's one of the best banh mi sandwiches we've ever tasted.
Just yesterday we got the news that chef Joe Swan is leaving his post at the brilliant French bistro Marche Bacchus. This, too, is a damn shame, because he's a very talented young chef who has seemingly done the impossible by improving the already stellar menu at one of Las Vegas' favorite neighborhood restaurants. Recently, Swan and his team hosted chef Jet Tila for a one-night-only collaboration pop up dinner, featuring dishes with a French-Asian twist. The "Swan Mi" was one of the highlights: house-made pork and duck liver lop cheung, pate, garlic aioli, mimolette, and Sichuan pickled daikon and peppers on the always-perfect Marche Bacchus baguette. It was a crispy, crunchy, meaty masterpiece, a wild combination of flavors of textures. It was delicious, so good that after a few too many glasses of wine we found ourselves in the parking lot yelling something like, "You should start a Marche Bacchus Swan Mi food truck!"
Best of luck to chef Swan; we hope sometime, somewhere, someone else gets to eat this wonderful sandwich.
Lobster fast food? That's the plan for this little shop lost in the labyrinth that is the Miracle Mile Shops at the Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas. But it's worth the search for this sweet, succulent treasure. An only slightly saucy lobster salad is squashed into a sweet, buttery-beyond-belief toasted roll, and then topped with three great chunks of meat from the tasty sea bug's claws. It's a pretty decadent sandwich, especially with the sweetness from the roll going toe-to-toe with the sweetness of the fresh, chilled meat. But somehow it all works out without going too far. This is a long way from Maine, but it sure doesn't taste like it.
Considering the Triple George is a quasi-steakhouse, a downtown power lunch-type spot, it makes sense that their club sandwich is all about beef. There is sliced turkey, and there is bacon, so perhaps it still meets the club requirement. But there is a powerful stack of rare roast beef and its flavor overwhelms all other ingredients, which also include fresh lettuce and thinly sliced tomato, mayo and cheddar cheese. The cheese was also a different, but welcome twist. Of course, marble rye is the way to go for any club foundation. Definitely a decent bite, not bad, just different.