Sherman's Food Adventures: Meat & Bread

Meat & Bread

The sandwich is a simple thing really. Meat & bread. Or for vegetarians, veggies and bread. So for something that we can easily make at home, what is the rationale behind going out to buy one? Convenience is definitely a factor. That's why Subway is so popular. But don't even get me started on Subway... Other than that, I think an establishment that specializes solely on sandwiches better made a damn good one. There has to be something special about it, especially when we have to shell out close to $10.00 for one. Off the top of my head, Finch's definitely hits the mark in that respect. Located not too far from Finch's comes the new kid on the block. Meat & Bread serves up only 4 choices of sandwiches from the Grilled Cheese at $6.00 to the Porcetta at $8.00. Right on the fringe of the Downtown Eastside, Meat & Bread attempts to be something different while at the same time providing something familiar.

Pomegranate and I were somewhat nearby and decided to grab a few sandwiches. We weren't really hungry and in fact, were scheduled to eat dinner in about 2 hours. But whatever, we'll take a few bites and save it for a snack later. Unfortunately, by the time we arrived, they ran out of chicken sandwiches. Hence, Pomegranate went for his backup plan in the Meatball Sandwich. More like a sloppy joe than meatball, it was freakin' delicious. Lots of tender, crumbly well-seasoned meat mixed in with a spicy tomato sauce, gremolata and parm on a fresh ciabatta bun made for a messy; yet delicious sandwich. For me, I was here for only one thing - the Porcetta. Sinfully fatty with cracklings that provide both texture and taste, this is a work of art. Slow-roasted and hand-carved to order with a dollop of salsa verde, I didn't only want to take one bite or even two. It took strength on a Herculanian level to stop eating. Try stopping midway during sex and you'll understand the pain I suffered. Alas, I still had dinner to eat and I could not continue biting into the soft ciabatta and tender fatty pork still glistening in its own juices. So good, so simple, no need for anything else. With prices that some food carts are charging these days, I'd take the sandwiches from Meat & Bread any day (well, except for Re-Up).

The Good:
- Quality ingredients = good sandwich
- Constructed-to-order
- Cool, minimalistic dining space

The Bad:
- Sandwiches are on the smaller side (but fair for the price)
- Not really a bad, but I wish it were open later than 5:00pm

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10 comments:

Pattie said...

*drools* that looks so good!

KimHo said...

Not sure by now it would be a surprise but... We are agreeing once again??? :)

As for after 5:00 p.m.; not sure if that would be a good idea; given the type of dishes sold and the amount. Functional as a snack later that night but I would imagine operating costs would make things more expensive. Of course, I am making wild guesses here...

etodac said...

"Try stopping midway during sex and you'll understand the pain I suffered."

No PG rating on your website, Sherman lol.

Sherman said...

Pattie, drool away. It's droolable material.

Kim, I guess it also depends on the location for opening later than 5:00pm as well. Not the best place for that currently.

etodac... becoming R-Rated I guess!

Claire said...

Pork with crackle?! I am so going to go there.

Sherman said...

Go, go, go!

Joseph said...

Waited 2 months to finally try it! I drooled. haha

Sherman said...

What took you so long! LOL...

Gary said...

Tried this today--and holy hell both sandwiches are amazing. Porcetta was just awesome.

Sherman said...

Gary, I feel the same. Something about meat and bread... LOL..