Of course at events like these, all the food is good. But since the Sandwich Invitational has the added fun of being a competition, we thought we'd share our rankings of the 14 sandwiches we tried.
#1 Marche's Moraccan Lamb Pockets
#2 Kachka's Smoked Sprats
We are already big fans of Kachka and this open-faced sandwich with smoked sprats, egg, and sour cream on toast only reinforced our love for its unique Russian-inspired dishes. This sandwich also won the Judge's Choice award. Woot!
#3 Avec's Gyro
There is a turning point in the night where you're really full, but there is still 6 sandwiches to go and you're not slowing down. This crisis moment was made easier by Paul Kahan's "Return of the Gyro" with pork, eggplant, yogurt, "fun", fenugreek, and "flavor". We appreciated the description and the fresh herbs.
#4 FT33's Fried Bologna and Pimento Cheese
Sometimes the simple ones are just so good.
#5 Lardo's Pork Burger
This was the longest line of the night (challenged only by Salt and Straw) and the combo of pork, peaches, American cheese, and arugula was pretty delicious.
#6 Dustin Clark's Water Buffalo Short Rib Sandwich
This was our last sandwich of the night, aka it was at a major disadvantage because we were SO full, but it still ranks high on our list. The water buffalo short rib with sichuan picked cucumber sandwich was rich and mouth watering. We will definitely be hitting up Dustin's upcoming restaurant The Oddfellow Social.
#7 Nostrana's Smoked Lamb
Made with smoked lamb ham, crescenza (a soft Italian cheese), tomatoes, pepper cress, and onion relish on focaccia, this sandwich featured more traditional flavors and textures, but we appreciated some balance to the craziness that was happening at other stands.
#8 Empire State South's Pimento Grilled Cheese
#9 Salt and Straw's PBJ Sundae
#10 Bunk Sandwich's Duck & Foie Banh Mi
Far more flavorful than Chris Cosentino's meh take on foie banh mi (#13 below) plus the boys manning the station were having such a fun time that it made it hard not to enjoy this sandwich.
#11 The Bent Brick's BBQ Goat Fry Bread
Ugh, the Bent Brick. They just keep making it SO hard to like them. They ran out of fry bread by the time we got there and while the meat was good... it really could have used some fry bread. Turns out they serve this, or something very similar, on their happy hour so we could have a second go at it...
#12 Broder's Gravlax on Rye
This was Doug's favorite dish but it just didn't do much for us.
#13 Cockscomb's Banh Mi
#14 Bar Avignon's Deconstructed Cubano
Aside from the sandwiches, there was also plenty of beer from Widmer and wine from Columbia Crest Grand Estates, Erath, Hawks View Cellars, Northstar, and wine cocktails from Union Wine Company.
We may have also drank some straight vodka from Reyka Vodka. Apparently, when your stomach is unhappy from eating way too many sandwiches, it is more than fine to consume many different alcohols at once.
Until next year! Cheers!