Last weekend I made my way down to San Diego to celebrate the marriage of two friends of mine (congrats Eric and Wendy), and like any true Sandwichologist, i used this excursion to seek our new delicious sandwiches far from my base of operations.
Scouring the internet for the word on the street, I happened to find stellar reviews on a place called the Brown Bag Deli.
The Brown Bag Deli is truly a local hot spot.
Because you seriously need to be a local to even know where this place is.
After driving back and forth a few times, it was finally spotted, tucked into a corner of a strip mall on an major street in Ocean Beach. The inside of the deli lacked windows and any flair. Obviously it needed no pizazz to attract locals.
A promising sign, indeed.
I ordered the Turkey Bacon Avocado Sandwich with the works on Foccacia bread. This sandwich was piled high with the fixings and was quite a challenge to even take the first bite.
Seems to be a pretty great sandwich already, right?
Well, let's discuss what went wrong.
The bread is really the main culprit here.
Focaccia should be a golden colored bread. Maybe even a slight crisp on the outside with a nice soft interior. It should be able to support a decent sandwich without being too tough.
The focaccia at Brown bad was still doughy. It's as if someone took it out of the oven ten minutes early. No golden color, no flavor, and practically raw. Disappointing at best.
The turkey was bland, a bit too moist, and too thickly cut for being deli meat.
The "works" were the only bright spot in this sandwich. Lettuce, onion, banana peppers, avocado, jalapenos, mustard, and mayo worked for this sandwich and really gave it the only life that the sandwich had.
If the turkey and bread had been better, this may have been a delicious sandwich, but sadly, it was not meant to be.
Next week though, I tackle another sandwich from my time in San Diego, so be sure to return for more DANGER!
Until next time...Dia De Los DANGER!
* 1/2 Stars
Brown Bag Deli
1912 Rosecrans Street
San Diego, CA 92106