Well, we did it. Well sort of. We managed to go to Taste for lunch and order something different. Ok, so we ordered a BALT too, but we got an entirely new sandwich for us as well, the “Italian Grinder.” If you have been reading my blog for awhile, you know how much I love Taste. And if I had to pick a favorite lunch spot (and the one you will most often see me eating lunch), it would be Taste. I was just trying to explain to a friend about why Taste is better than so many other sandwich type places. It isn’t just that they use really fresh ingredients (which they do), it is the dressings and sauces that they put with the sandwiches that make them really special.
The Grinder, for example, was made up of imported mortadella, coppa, genoa salami, provolone, lettuce and olive tapenade. The meat is top notch yes, and delicious. But what makes this sandwich for me is the olive tapenade. The sandwich without it would be a very good sandwich, but once you add the salty tanginess of the olives, you have something that is truly special. Taste just has a way of knowing this and everything they do seems perfectly balanced.
We still got a BALT which is bacon, avocado, lettuce and tomato sandwich too. The bacon is warm, the rest of the ingredients are cold, and it is a perfect combo. They add their basil aioli (which is the same thing they serve with the frites) and it sort of melts in with the bacon. Again, you get the richness of the avocado, the saltiness of the bacon, and the tanginess of the aioli and tomato. Still my favorite sandwich ever.
We also had the pomme frites because it seems as if I can no longer go in there without getting them. They are also some of my favorite French Fries in the City. They are the thinner variety, nice and crisp, served simply with salt and a bit of parsley and with a side of the basil aioli for dipping. It is a very generous portion, enough for at least 2 people to share.
I mentioned in a recent post that I also love their deviled eggs and often get one of them as well. I think they have basically mixed more of that yummy aioli in with the egg yolk. They don’t have the sweetness that maybe traditional deviled eggs have from sweet relish, they are more of a salty take on them including capers in the mix.
If you haven’t been to Taste, you are missing out. This is what a sandwich should be.
Taste Cafe & Marketplace
5164 N College Ave
5164 N College Ave