Quick trip back to Love Handle. Met my friend Suzanne and had a little smorgasbord of treats.
We got two of the pork belly sliders ($3 each), which were the housemade biscuits with smoked pork belly, American cheese and pickled fresno chiles. This was a nice little snack and a nice combo of flavors. Parts of the pork belly were a touch fatty for me, but I am finding that is kind of a universal problem with pork belly these days. Maybe it’s just me. Loved the bit of cheese melted on top as well as the pickled chiles, lending heat and acid.
My favorite thing was the straight up (vegetarian) biscuits and gravy. Last time I had this with meat and an egg added, and I have to say, I loved the pure flavor of the mushroom-based gravy on its own. It was delicious. And pickled onions on top. Very nice. I would eat this again and again.
The last thing we had was by far the prettiest, and the most unusual—it was “buck rarebit” ($6) which was a nice piece of bread topped with melted fontina cheese, shiitake pate, raspberry preserves, and a pickled egg yolk. Look how pretty. We were more split on this one….while I loved the runny yolk, I thought the sweetness of the preserves dominated the dish. Suzanne loved the sweetness with the cheese and egg. I guess it just depends on how much you go in for jam.
A very cool place (and I mean that figuratively and literally—the place is darn cold on a cold day) with super nice people doing super interesting dishes. The prices are very reasonable as well. I love that there are eggs all over the menu too. Check it out.
2829 East 10th Street