Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Best Brunch Sandwiches in D.C.

Ever heard of the Paradox of Choice? It's a phenomenon that we face in a society of infinite options, wherein when presented with said options we feel overwhelmed and thusly panic, frozen in our inability to decide. It's the reason I went on 60+ first dates during my two years running Date Me, D.C.! and why I struggle with selecting my brunch entree weekend after weekend.

Savory or sweet? Spicy or mild? I just don't know!

But fortunately, I think I've figured out how to make myself (and you, dear reader, once you follow my suggestions) happiest: Brunch sandwiches. These delightful bread concoctions combine all of the above flavors through proteins and grains that are guaranteed to alleviate that post-Saturday's-bad-decisions-wicked-Sunday-morning hangover.

Check out these following suggestions, in increasing order of awesomeness, for all your palate-tending needs:

THE BRESAOLA, CHEESE AND EGG SANDWICH: Sixth Engine, 438 Massachusetts Ave. NW
I always forget to take pictures of my food,
so enjoy this photograph of the outside of the restaurant.

That nearly unpronounceable "B-word" translates to "air-dried beef," according to Sixth Engine's menu. And as unappetizing as "air-dried beef" sounds, it's actually a salty, flavorful meat that, while drier than your average sandwich meat, is decidedly not the consistency of beef jerky. Think more along the lines of prosciutto and you're onto something.

In any case, the sandwich is the aforementioned beef with gruyere cheese and slathered with mornay sauce on two thick slices of toasted bread, with two sunny-side up eggs on top. The runniness of the eggs, the saltiness of the beef, the sweetness of the mornay sauce... it all adds up to a deliciousness on which you've got to use a fork.

THE MONTE CRISTO: Dr. Granville Moore's, 1238 H St. NE

Seriously, if I'm going to be blogging about food I really
need to take pictures of it before eating it. Sigh.

This is the ultimate marriage of sweet and savory: Granville Moore's, known for its rich, Belgian gastropub food, serves up grilled chicken, ham and Swiss cheese between thick slices of cinnamon French toast with a fried egg on top. It's another sandwich you'll probably have to eat with a fork, but the amazing flavor combinations totally merit the extra eating effort. Additionally, it's served with home fries, which you can substitute for Granville Moore's famous twice deep-fried frites.

THE T.U.B.S. (TED'S ULTIMATE BREAKFAST SAMMY): Ted's Bulletin, 505 8th St. SE

There! I finally have a food picture!

I have blogged about Ted's Bulletin's UTTERLY AMAZING T.U.B.S. sandwich before, but hot damn does it ever bear repeating. Spicy sausage, scrambled egg, fried egg, bacon and cheddar on Texas Toast ... oh my god. It just melts in your mouth.

It is so good, in fact, that when my mom came to visit me this past weekend and tripped and fell on my street while carrying my leftover T.U.B.S. sandwich half, spilling it all onto the sidewalk in front of my apartment, I picked it up, hesitated for a moment, then said, "...well I'll just brush this off. I'm sure it's fine."

I'm willing to eat it off the pavement, people. That's how good it is. For serious.

So don't be put off by multiple choices, people. Revel in it, and choose one of these sweet and savory, spicy and mild, crunchy and soft sandwiches. You won't regret it!!!

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