Friday, February 27, 2009

Porchetta - Isabella's Brick Oven Pizza and Panini

Sandwich Contents: Rosemary-spiked pork, fresh mozzarella, and tomato layered on an Italian roll and toasted.

Kate's Review: This delicate sandwich was perfectly constructed with just the right amount of every element. The rosemary added a fresh taste to the juicy pork which was complimented by thinly sliced fresh mozzarella and surprisingly ‘in-season’ tomatoes. There was just enough olive oil to bring out the flavors without soaking the crisp Italian Baguette that added the perfect crunch to the sandwich. And the slight sprinkle of parmesan just added to the excitement in my mouth . This sandwich was so simple yet delectable. One of my top favorites thus far and I can’t wait to back and try their other mouth watering creations. A definite 5 baguette status from me!
Note, make a to-go back-up plan if you go during peak hours. The 3 tables may turn quickly but there will be another taker if you don’t act fast. The staff was very welcoming and in true Italian fashion make you feel like part of the family.

Nicole's Review: Amazing. This sandwich is a winner. At first I was a bit skeptical, it didn't look like anything special. It looked like a ham and cheese sandwich on a really nice italian roll. Oh my goodness though, from the first bite to the last I was in heaven. It was fantastic. The pork was perfectly flavored with the rosemary, the mozzarella was just enough and the tomato was strangely delicious for mid-February. Oh and that bread. It was so perfect. This is defintly one of my favorite sandwiches and will certainly be enjoyed again!

Friday, February 6, 2009

Cloak and Dagger - Eddie's of Roland Park

Sandwich Contents: Lean turkey topped with coleslaw, Swiss, and Thousand Island dressing.

Kate's Review:
I’m already a big fan of any variation of the Rueben so this was a no brainer. The Cloak and Dagger aka ‘The Rachel’ or Turkey Rueben was accidentally made with corn beef which we didn’t notice until we brought it back to my house. Instead of bringing it back for the ‘real’ deal our stomachs told us otherwise and we dove right in. The deli attendant suggested we make it Panini style which would have also been my first choice. Since we brought the sandwich back to my house the bread did get a little soggy from the butter and thousand island but that didn’t stop me from devouring it. I enjoyed the saltiness of the beef along with the tang and sweetness of the slaw and dressing. I give it 3 baguettes.

Nicole's Review: I was a little hesitant heading into this sandwich because I'm not a fan of swiss cheese. I figured I liked everything else the sandwich had to offer (in fact, I LOVE coleslaw on sandwiches) to I'd probably not even taste the swiss. I was right! I hardly tasted the swiss at all and what I did taste, I actually liked. This thrilled me because there are quite a few sandwiches left on our list that include swiss and I was a little nervous about that. Anyway, the sandwich was delicious despite not being what we ordered. Instead of the lean turkey, they gave us corned beef. We were a little disappointed that the sandwich wasn't exactly what we were supposed to try, but it was still pretty good. If I had to comment on one thing, it would be that there was a bit more corned beef than I would have preferred. It was a bit messy too, but in a good way, not that annoying, liquide dripping down your hand, sandwich falling apart way. All in all, it was good, but not a favorite. The question now is, do we try this one again with turkey, or move on?