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Some Sandwich Chips With Your Sandwich?

November 2, 2011 5:06 pm · Posted by Nancy Einhart

Sandwiches and potato chips go hand in hand, but how about sandwich-flavored potato chips? My buddy Phil spotted these on a recent trip to Thailand: ham and cheese sandwich chips.

I kind of love this concept and I'd love to try them. Unfortunately, I think Phil just brought back a photo, but I won't hold that against him. Would you try the ham and cheese sammie chips?

A Tale of Three Tortas: The $9 Nopalito Torta

November 2, 2011 12:35 pm · Posted by Nancy Einhart

I've been on a serious torta kick lately, devouring the Mexican sandwiches everywhere from my neighborhood to the Mission to Mexico itself. To show my deep appreciation for this delicioso dish, allow me to tell this tale of three tortas, starting at San Francisco's bourgie yet authentic Mexican eatery Nopalito.

Like a Mexican hoagie or a burrito on bread, tortas take South of the Border flavors and sandwich them in a soft, toasted roll, such as a telera or bolillo. Nopalito stays pretty true to tradition with its housemade bun, which contains adobo-seasoned shredded pork, refried beans, jack cheese, and avocado.

Find out what I thought.

Filed under: Eating Out Tagged with: Chicken Tortas, nopalito, Tortas

Crafting the Tuna, Fennel, and Lemon 'Wich at Home

October 16, 2011 10:08 am · Posted by Nancy Einhart


The mayo-free tuna sandwich at 'Wichcraft is one of my favorites, and compared to many of the other recipes in the cookbook 'Wichcraft: Craft a Sandwich Into a Meal — and a Meal Into a Sandwich, this one is relatively simple. The resulting meal is so magnificently complex and and innovative, I couldn't believe I'd made it all by myself.

As I learned making 'Wichcraft's goat cheese with avocado and celery, this cookbook gives you the option (and the recipes) of making many of the ingredients from scratch. In this case, I skipped the homemade lemon mayo but did make the lemon confit, which was extraordinary. I have since used the thinly sliced, cured lemons on numerous sandwiches and salads, and it's a great accent to have in the fridge.

Get the recipe now.

Southern Special: Pimento Cheese Sandwiches

October 10, 2011 3:29 pm · Posted by Nancy Einhart

The Blue Angels flew into town this weekend for San Francisco Fleet Week, and some friends of mine with a roof deck hosted a brunch bash. Since the Blue Angels hail from my hometown of Pensacola, I honored my roots by whipping up a Southern party-food staple: miniature pimento cheese sandwiches.

At work last week, we were sent some Oroweat sandwich thins minis, which were about the size of coasters, so I made some sammies with those (pictured below) and another batch with cute pumpernickel toasts from the supermarket (pictured above). I thought the pumpernickel tasted better with the pimento cheese, but the minis were classier and easier to eat.

Everyone from the South knows what pimento cheese is, but for the unfamiliar, it's basically a mayo-based cheese spread made with shredded cheddar and jarred pimento peppers. This time, I added chopped pecans and worchestershire sauce, which gave it a nice texture and smoky flavor. Get the recipe.

Round Two: The Deli and the Dive Bar

October 8, 2011 6:46 pm · Posted by Nancy Einhart


The first time I discovered Clare's Delicatessen, I knew I'd be back. The premise is just too perfect to avoid: a late-night deli and kitchen that delivers sandwiches and tater tots to the dive bar next door, the 500 Club. Last weekend, my friends and I found ourselves there after a day of drinking in the sun, and it was even better the second time around. Here's what hit the spot.

Old- and New-School Blue Burgers in Chicago

October 2, 2011 9:49 am · Posted by Nancy Einhart

Whether or not you consider a hamburger a sandwich, the mini burger tour I recently took in Chicago is too tasty not to share. On the same trip when I ate at Grahamwich, I also dined at two beloved burger spots: one an old stalwart called Moody's Pub, the other a new favorite named DMK Burger Bar.

The cloister-like confines of Moody's, cozy in the winter with roaring fireplaces, are a stark contrast to the expansive beer garden, perfect for Summer nights. We got to eat in the latter, luckily, enjoying the famous Moody Blue Burger (pictured above), which does not skimp on blue cheese. The chicken sandwich, pictured below, was also above average, with serious char-grilled flavor.

See the new-school offerings at one of Chicago's other best burger joints after the break.

Easy Cheesy Goodness at The Melt

September 28, 2011 7:59 am · Posted by Nancy Einhart

Though I got an extra special sneak peek of The Melt, it wasn't until yesterday that I paid a visit to the much-hyped outpost of the new fast casual chain in downtown SF. My dining companions, including Julia of PopSugar SF, agreed that the concept of a gourmet grilled cheese restaurant often falls short, but a fast-food grilled cheese restaurant makes a great easy, comfy hot lunch. Click through to see why.

After Midnight Tortas

September 20, 2011 10:42 pm · Posted by Nancy Einhart

The Cubano sandwich and the Mexican torta have more than a few things in common: both hail from Spanish-speaking cultures, both share characteristics with toasty subs, and both sandwiches make perfect after-midnight sustenance.

The Cubano actually earned the nickname medianoche, or midnight, for its role as a post-dancing snack. But as I recently proved after tearing up the dance floor at a wedding in Chicago, followed by a little honky tonk at Carol's Pub until 3 a.m., the torta makes an equally suitable meal after medianoche.

I can't remember what this place was called — does it really matter? — but I do know that I scarfed down a chicken torta there, and it hit the spot.

Grahamwich: Nostalgia With a Spread of Whimsy

September 13, 2011 8:45 am · Posted by Nancy Einhart

Like chefs Tom Colicchio and Dennis Leary before him, Graham Elliot Bowles has a sandwich side project. Last fall, the Michelin-starred owner of Graham Elliot opened Grahamwich in downtown Chicago, so when I visited my peeps at PopSugar Chicago last week, we had our lunch meeting over sammies — or should I say "grahamies"? Though not as avant garde as No. 7 Sub, Grahamwich gives nostalgic favorites a modern, quirky twist. Click through to see what we ate.

Taco's Sandwiches: Awesome Name, Awesome Eats

August 27, 2011 9:36 am · Posted by Nancy Einhart

Sometimes it pays to be a punctuation snob. When I first saw the awning for "John's Burgers Taco's Sandwiches," on San Francisco's dingy 6th Street, I assumed it was a serendipitously funny apostrophe error, that the owners actually meant "Burgers, Tacos, Sandwiches." My delight and curiosity led me to Taco's Sandwiches, a surprisingly impressive sandwich shop actually owned by a man named Taco. Click through for the whole story.