I met a friend for lunch the other day at Mesh and was interested to see if their lunch menu was different from the dinner menu. Lunch is fairly entrée salad and sandwich-heavy with a few larger entrees. I have eaten at Mesh a couple of times since my last review and have always been fairly impressed with their food. It isn’t amazing, but seems pretty consistently good. One other consistent thing I have experienced there unfortunately though, is some serious attitude from some of the people at the host/ess stand. The last time I was so pissed by the time I left, I didn’t know if I would go back. Luckily, this time everything went well, even when we asked to be moved into the bar where it wasn’t as dark and freezing as the table we did get (I was a little nervous about asking just because of previous experiences).
Once we got settled in the bar, we had a very enjoyable experience. Our server was very friendly and when I asked him, “what was better the shrimp po boy ($11) or the…..” he interrupted me to say, “get the po boy, it is the best thing on the menu.” So there you go. Decision made. I loved his confidence in his suggestion (you know I hate it when a server says, “well……the xyz is really popular….”) and you know what? He was right. Well, I don’t know if it is the best thing on the menu, but I really enjoyed it. So much that I ate the whole thing and it’s a pretty big sandwich.
I don’t think it is exactly authentic New Orleans style, but when you can do something different, and do it well, that’s okay too. It was a soft French roll topped with quite a decent amount of fried shrimp. They were a good medium size for a sandwich. They weren’t so big that they were hard to eat in one bite, but not so little that they got lost in the other flavors. They were fried in a crispy breading (cornmeal I would say). The sandwich was then topped with shredded romaine lettuce, chopped tomatoes and a red onion relish. There was also a fair amount of red chili mayo which made it a little messy but nice and moist. I really liked the added flavor and texture of the tomatoes and the fact that they were chopped small enough that you just got a nice amount of them in every bite. I love tomatoes but sometimes on sandwiches, you end up biting into it and pulling the whole thing out, you know? My favorite addition (and I would say the least authentic part probably) was the onion relish. They were sort of like caramelized and a little pickled at the same time. Wow, I really liked this sandwich.
I upgraded from the sweet potato chips that came with it to French fries because I remembered liking their fries. I am not so sure if my memory served me correctly though. They were the sort of fries that seem a tiny bit battered and then fried. They weren’t bad, but they weren’t hot enough and as usual, I wished for something besides ketchup to dip into (even if it was homemade).
This was a great lunch, and even with asking to switch tables, I didn’t get a single bit of attitude while I was there. And the food was great too. It was nice to have it all come together.
Mesh on Mass Ave.
725 Massachusetts Avenue