Friday, December 19, 2008

Roasted Vegetable - Donna's

Sandwich Contents: Ciabatta roll with roasted veggies (red peppers, onions, eggplant, and portobellos) and smoked mozzarella with a side of fried sweet potatoes.

Kate's Review: We realized the other day that we were picking all of what we consider to be the most tempting sandwiches of the group and saving the questionable ones to the end. Probably not the best idea, but we decided to stick with our methodology at least one more sandwich day. So we headed up the street to Donna’s for the Roasted Vegetable sandwich. As we are walking in the door I mentioned that we should probably call ahead the next time to ensure that the sandwich is still on the menu or in season. Of course once we were handed the menu neither of us could find it. After a brief moment of panic we described the sandwich to the manager and they did indeed have it just under a different name which escapes my Friday fried brain. Per the usual Nicole and I split the sandwich with a side of sweet potato fries. I was positive I would like it but how much was the true test. You can’t go wrong with Ciabatta and this was crisp to perfection….not too hard but not super chewy. It had a little grease to it but what do you expect when you have the perfect amount of melted mozzarella over roasted veggies. Although eggplant can upset my stomach I was all for it; a very small price to pay for good food. I give it 4 baguettes and hope to try other items since everyones plates looked scrumptious.

Nicole's Review: Donna's was a very crowded the day Kate and I went and we ended up sitting at the bar so we didn't have to wait for a table. Although I do like Donna's, I was a little leary of this sandwich. I'm not much of a fan of portobellos or eggplant and they pretty much make up the sandwich. I was however, pleasantly surprised to find that for the most part, I enjoyed this sandwich. There were a couple moments where I had more eggplant and/or portobello in my mouth than other ingredients and could get more of the taste, but I handled it well. The seasoning of the veggies was good, the cheese can never really be bad and the bread was perfect. Honestly, we haven't had bread that good yet. Oh yeah, the sweet potato fries were great. The aoili they served wasn't very flavorful, but with sweet potatoes, you really don't need to dip them in anything.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Bistro Beef - Miss Shirley's

Sandwich Contents - Beef is grilled to order, topped with blue cheese, tomatoes, mixed greens, and roasted vegetables, like peppadews and Vidalia onions, then piled on ciabatta bread. Served with Miss Shirley's signature dipping salsa and either seasonal fruit or a mixed green salad.

Kate's Review - Finally, I get to try Miss Shirley’s CafĂ©. I’ve heard so many good reviews about their brunch but not much talk about their sandwiches so I was eager to try it myself. We were originally thinking of picking something lite since this trip was on the heals of Thanksgiving, but why wait for something that sounds so delish. I have to say I’m addicted to good bread especially ciabatta so I didn’t think it would take much to impress me on this one and impress it did. I loved the combination of the tomatoes and roasted peppers especially when the melted blue cheese mixed with the horseradish made its way into the bite. The steak was cooked medium per our order and was perfect. The sandwich was complimented with a special order of sweet potatoes fries which I definitely recommend to round out the meal. Tamara joined us again and ordered another sandwich on the menu, which impressed me just as much. From my experience I don’t think you can go wrong with anything on their menu. I rate this sandwich with 4 Banquettes; well 4 ½ but we don’t do halfs!

Nicole's Review - I have been wanting to go to Miss Shirley's for a couple years now. I hear their breakfast is great, but I also hear its a hard seat to get and with a 1 year old, waiting for a table isn't something I want to do. Finally, I had the opportunity to visit and I wasn't disappointed in the least bit. The sandwich was delicious. The amount of blue cheese on the sandwich was perfect. Just enough to get that great taste, but not too much to overwhelm. The bread was amazing. In addition to the sandwich, we split an order of the sweet potato fries. Wow. I'm a recent fan of sweet potatoes (thanks to making sweet potato baby food) and although I haven't had too many variations of the sweet potato fry, I honestly think none will ever beat these. They were so yummy. The citrus aioli made them even better. I have nothing bad or even the least bit negative to say about the sandwich, much less the whole place. This was one of the best so far.

A big thanks to Dave, Kate's hairdresser for sponsoring this sandwich!