Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Beef Brisket - Miller's Delicatessen

Sandwich Contents: A mound of meat and gravy and thick-cut fries.

Kate's Review:
This place is a little overwhelming during lunch rush hour even when you know what you have to order: I recommend coming for a later lunch if you dare. Apparently we should have requested the Beef Brisket “Platter” because just ordering the beef brisket gets you bread with some beef on it…no gravy or fries. We were able to get the gravy on the side but it wasn’t the big production I was expecting. Of course my first bite was fatty which turned me off to eating the rest. I guess if I was a huge beef fan I may have felt differently but for me this was nothing to rave about. Thankfully I ordered a Greek salad which was a generous portion and the dressing was excellent with tons of feta piled on top. I rate the sandwich with 1 baguette.

Nicole's Review:
This is one of those places where you feel like you must have your ordered rehearsed in order to not be yelled at by the counter staff. The menu is huge (not to mention in a terrible location – behind where people stand in line) and we weren’t sure which beef brisket to get – the platter or the sandwich. I think we chose wrong since ours didn’t come with gravy or fries. We did ask for a side of the gravy when we realized the error. The sandwich was pretty good. The rye bread really helped it along. There was plenty of beef and the gravy was really good. I can only imagine how fries would have tasted in that gravy. I don’t know that I’d go so far as to say its one of Baltimore’s best sandwiches, to me it was a little boring. If you venture to Millers, I highly suggest not wearing anything that requires dry cleaning as you may notice later in the day you smell a bit like a grease fryer.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Lobster Roll - Crossroads Restaurant

Sandwich Contents: Lobster, diced and tossed in lemon aioli on a buttery, toasted roll.

Kate's Review:
The priciest sandwich on the list did not disappoint. The lobster chunks were plump and big with crisp bites of peppers and other veggies to add the crunch. Served on a butter potato roll which was the perfect bread choice although the bottom part became soggy quickly because of the aioli. I would suggest serving on the side so you could put on the bread each bite. An added bonus was the tranquil outdoor seating area. With light music and chirping of the birds this was a very relaxing lunch which was perfect for a Friday work getaway. Shhh; don’t tell anyone, we want to keep this all to ourselves.

Thanks to Missy Martin, the best HR director EVER for sponsoring this delicious sandwich.

Nicole's Review:
What a hidden gem! I fell in love with this place. The atmosphere and food were great and I can’t wait to go back! The sandwich was great. This was my first lobster roll and I wasn’t sure what to expect. It was delicious. Not too much mayo and the chunks of lobster were huge. The addition of red bell pepper was nice and the buttered roll was very yummy. I ate this open face since it was a little tough to split, so I can only imagine how much better it would be between 2 pieces of buttered roll. I highly recommend Crossroads, if not for the Lobster Roll, but for the atmosphere!

Monday, June 1, 2009

The 98 Rock Hercules - Pickles & Chips

Sandwich Contents: Ham, bacon, Swiss, mayo, tomato, hot peppers, Old Bay, and pickle slices on pumpernickel.

Kate's Review:
Surprisingly tasty. I’m not a fan of hot peppers or mayo but combined with the ham and sweet pumpernickel I really enjoyed it. They were generous with their ham portion which was thinly sliced…just how I like it. I could have done without the bacon which was rubbery and seemed a bit raw so after the first bite it was removed. To add back the crisp I expected from the bacon I piled on the home made potatoes chips which where the perfect compliment. Thank goodness they aren’t bottomless or I could have downed a pound or two.

Nicole's Review:
Surprisingly good. This sandwich definitely consisted of things I would not normally eat on a sandwich, particularly pickles and hot peppers but I was pleasantly surprised with how delicious it was. In fact, since eating this sandwich I’ve been adding pickles to sandwiches! I don’t recall seeing any cheese on this sandwich, which was fine with me since I’m not a fan of Swiss. How great that I was able to enjoy a sandwich without cheese! While I think this sandwich is a bit overpriced ($7.59), its nice to know they donate $.25 per signature sandwich to charity. Oh and you do get some delicious potato chips.