Top 10 Sandwiches

In The Littlest Non-Existing Kitchen, I do not have the slightest desire to cook. I have a microwave, a toaster oven, a George Forman grill, a rice cooker, and a crock pot, all of which could facillitate my cooking needs. But without having a designated area to concentrate my efforts, it’s all a hassle. I only have the wherewithal to heat leftovers from meals out, or assemble sandwiches.

The key to a good sandwich is on the spot, fresh assembly. That’s why I refuse to bring sandwiches to work. In those few hours post-assembly, it enters rigor mortis and it’s just not satisfying. I like distinct texture and flavor from all the ingredients that harmonize together. In tribute to my new favorite meal (and the Earl himself), here are my Top 10 sandwiches, in no particular order.

1. Lil’ Pig’s meatloaf sandwich has velvety meatloaf, tangy swiss cheese and carmelized onions all pressed together in a loving embrace. Lil’ Pig, 64 Lafayette Avenue at South Elliott Place, Fort Greene, Brooklyn.

2. Viet-Nam Banh Mi So 1’s House Special is the classic banh mi of roast meat, creamy pate, pickled carrots and refreshing cilantro on a crusty baguette, a cross cultural gift. Viet-Nam Banh Mi So 1, 369 Broome Street between Elizabeth and Mulberry Street, Chinatown, Manhattan.

3. Clinton Street Baking Co.’s egg biscuit is the best way to start the morning – fluffy scrambled eggs on a buttery biscuit with a blanket of melted cheese, a schmear of tomato jam, and crispy bacon. My favorite breakfast sandwich. Clinton Street Baking Co., 4 Clinton Street between Houston and Stanton, Lower East Side, Manhattan.

4. Or would it be Egg’s ham, Grafton cheddar and fig jam on a biscuit? Egg, 135 N. 5th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

5. B & H Dairy has my favorite grilled cheese on challah. Perfect with a cup of split pea soup. B & H Dairy, 127 Second Avenue between St. Mark’s Place and 7th Street, East Village, Manhattan.

6. Taim’s falafel sandwich isn’t served on an ordinary flavorless pita, but an airy, springy disc more akin to a round ciabbata, upholding perfectly toothsome falafel and crisp salad. Taim, 222 Waverly Place at W. 11th Street, West Village, Manhattan.

7. Tulcingo Del Valle’s roast pork cemitas is a torta plus with spicy smoky chipotle peppers, mild and creamy queso blanco and avocado, and a mysterious herbaceous leaf that asserts itself in an already flavorful sandwich. All on a sesame seed bun. Tulcingo Del Valle, 665 Tenth Avenue between 47th and 48th Street, Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan.

8. Togo’s #16 is essentially an antipasto platter in a hero roll. A sentimental favorite from high school. Togo’s, nationwide.

9. #1 Dumpling House’s tuna sandwich is the sandwich that taught me that tuna loves minced scallion and I love a tuna salad on their sesame scallion pancake. #1 Dumpling House, 118 Eldridge Street, between Broome and Grand Streets, Chinatown, Manhattan.

10. Margon’s cubano sandwich is my new favorite Cubano now that Manhattan Heroes is no longer, and much better than the precious Bouchon Bakery for half the price. I think the trick is the slow low press, so it steams, but doesn’t dry out. It takes longer, but it’s worth it. Margon, 136 W. 46th Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, Midtown, Manhattan.

My current favorite at home is roast beef and horseradish cheddar and tomato and mayonnaise on Trader Joe’s toasted ciabbata roll. There are weeks of sandwiches to be had.

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  1. Homemade Bahn-Mi « The Littlest Kitchen Says:

    […] the disparate elements in my fridge, I had almost all the ingredients for a bahn-mi, one of my favorite sandwiches ever.  A crusty roll, roast beef, cilantro, pickled carrots, hot sauce, and mayonnaise, have been […]

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