Friday, January 23, 2009

Salmon BLT - Dogwood To-Go

Sandwich Contents: House-made sourdough bread, a filet of wild-caught salmon, slices of heirloom tomatoes, strips of local bacon, hunks of romaine lettuce and a slathering of whole-grain mustard mayo. Comes with a side of house-made, russet-colored potato chips and a pickle. (Sorry, no picture this week)

Kate's Review: This week brings us to Dogwood; one of my favorite restaurants since it features local ingredients and the dishes are in season. The salmon BLT sounds good to me; I like salmon and bacon although I’ve never had the combination before. The mustard added a kick to the salmon which was really fresh. After my first bite I had to discard the bread; not because it wasn’t good but because the salmon fell out and didn’t want to fight with my food that day. I did enjoy the sandwich but it wasn’t anything to rave about. I’ve had better from there and elsewhere.

Nicole's Review: Since this sandwich was only available on the To-Go menu, we had to bring it back to the office to eat. I actually sat in the car while Kate went in to pick it up, so I can’t even comment on the atmosphere. Anyway, about the sandwich.... I hated it. I had one bite and spit it out. I’m a bias judge though, I don’t like salmon. I want to like it and I try to like it, I just don’t. If the salmon wasn’t on the sandwich, I would have probably liked it, but honestly, without the salmon, it just looked like any other BLT. Nothing seemed really special about it.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Chimichanga - Holy Frijoles

Sandwich Contents: A flour tortilla stuffed with cheese, poblano peppers, onions, and a choice of fillings, ranging from chorizo and grilled veggies to black beans and corn. The whole deal is dipped into the deep fryer, just long enough to give the tortilla a crunchy casing. Top it off with picante, salsa verde, and/or sour cream.

Kate's Review: Time for a little Mexican taste testing. How could you go wrong with anything deep fried let alone something stuffed with meat and cheese? Unfortunately I was starting my “diet” this week so I couldn’t go all in for this sinful creation. I limited myself to a quarter of the Chimichanga but that was enough to know I should stop before overindulging. We opted for the traditional version w/ Chicken, rice and beans but I’m sure any combo would be just as good. I’m a quac junkie so of course we had to pay the $4 for a side but that is always worth it for me. I also recommend a side of the grill veggies; add it to a side salad for a healthier option if your waist can’t afford all the heavenly cheese and fried food.

Nicole's Review: This was the only “sandwich” on the list that I had tried before. I have always been a fan of Holy Frijoles and chimichangas so I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed. How can you go wrong with a chimichanga? Meat, beans, rice & cheese wrapped in a tortilla and fried! It was delicious. The guacamole was a great accompaniment and of course you can’t go without the sour cream. The only thing missing from the meal was a beer. We were on our lunch break though, so I had a coke instead. Albeit it was a great sandwich, there wasn’t anything about it that knocked my socks off the way the Bistro Beef or the Crouque Misour did.