Is there anything more perfect to eat than a sandwich? Created by John Montague, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, so that he didn’t have to leave the table and stop gambling, this simple meal of two slices of bread with a filling is both compact and easy to eat. Up the quality of the filling, and you got yourself a damn fine meal.
Case in point–SLOW restaurant in Berkeley, which you may remember from this delicious post. SLOW focuses on serving upscale restaurant food at an affordable price, so I was plenty stoked to try out their lunch menu.
Their pulled pork shoulder sandwich had gotten great remarks on Yelp, so that was my target. Hot damn–what a sandwich. The meat was tender and juicy, the bread was so delicious, I could have eaten an entire loaf, and the pineapple chile compote really brought it all together. There is nothing I love more than the combination of savory, sweet and spicy!
The lemon dill horseradish potato salad was the perfect side dish, definitely on the more sophisticated side of potato salads that I’ve had. Not too much mayo, potatoes perfectly cooked, and the dill–why do I always forget how good dill tastes with potatoes?! Needless to say, I scarf that shit down.
The husband, who was recovering from a bad case of $3.80 lunch from Chinatown food poisoning, chose to forgoe the other sandwich options for something a little easier on his stomach. The chicken, spinach and orzo soup was his pretty satisfying choice. The stock was fairly flavorful, the orzo cooked perfectly, and even fresh spinach in the soup! If I had to swing soup, this wouldn’t be a bad way to go.
Two trips to SLOW in Berkeley down, and I have to say–I’m a big fan.
1966 University Avenue
Berkeley, California 94704