It has been awhile since we have been to Goose the Market and we really liked it the first time. We always forget about it for lunch just because it isn’t quite downtown, and it isn’t quite not downtown ya know? So we generally are thinking of somewhere that is downtown or somewhere that isn’t when going through our choices.
Ever since the first time we went, we knew we needed to try the “Batali,” the sandwich that was named number one in an article in Bon Appetit about sandwich shops around the country. The sandwich itself is filled with spicy coppa, soppressata, capocolla (all various forms of cured meat thinly sliced), provolone, tomato preserves, hot giardinara, marinated red onion, mayo and romaine, all served on a chewy French baguette and toasted. You would think with all these things, this would be one of those sandwiches that you couldn’t fit into your mouth. However, at Goose, all the sandwiches, regardless of the number of toppings included, are approximately the same size, and that size is reasonable—I really can’t stand sandwiches that are too fat to eat. The flavors were great together and I can see why this sandwich was recognized by Bon Appetit. There is enough cheese to balance out all that meat, and the spiciness of the giardinara with the tang of the marinated red onions (I think these onions were my favorite part of the sandwich. I wonder if you can just get a side of those?) makes this sandwich truly something special. Sounded like a lot of cured meat to me, but I was totally wrong. And I am so happy I tried it in spite of my doubts.
We also shared the “Avery,” which was face bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayo. Sounds sort of simple (especially compared to the “Batali”), but it was also really good. The flavors were great, the tomatoes were great, and the mayo was great. I loved the flavor of the face bacon (which I am assuming is exactly that) except there was a bit too many fatty bits that were too chewy to eat, and some edge pieces that were too hard and chewy too. But the other pieces were delicious. It was also served on the same French baguette and toasted.
We shared some of the market salad which on this day was beluga lentils, smoked trout and Greek ricotta. There were teeny dices of red pepper and red onion in there as well. The flavor combination was pretty good, but I found the salad overall a little dry.
There are also so many other tempting items in this store, it is hard to leave with just your sandwiches. I didn’t, and picked up some amazing scallops while I was there (as well as several other things). Made them into a great ceviche for dinner and hubby and I had quite a good food day.
Damn! I just saw a new sandwich on the menu—the “Hawkins”—roasted lamb leg, olive tapenade and fennel carrot slaw (have I mentioned how much I like olives?). That sounds awesome. I am going to have to get one of those soon if it is still on the menu.
The thing about Goose is, they don’t have a lot of sandwich choices, but they change them frequently (with the exception of the “Goose” and the “Batali”—I reviewed the “Goose” in my last review.) But they are not your average sandwich. And let me tell you what, this place has a gift of putting the right (and not necessarily common) flavors together and making a tremendous product.
Goose the Market
2503 N. Delaware Street