Wednesday, June 13, 2012
I recently headed back east to Philadelphia for my brother's wedding this past weekend, and what a whirlwind tour it was.
When I usually head back home, I tend to have ideas of places to visit, like a massive list of places, but I never really get to many of them because of time constraints.
One day, I'll spend two weeks back home eating sandwiches. Followed by three months in cardiac arrest.
So to keep it simple on a great, but thoroughly busy weekend, I met with my brother and his friend Nick for lunch at Northeast Philly hotspot Three Monkeys.
I haven't been to this place in years, and when I was there, I don't think they had an outside eating area nor a decent sized food menu. But much has changed over the years.
Enjoying the slightly humid June afternoon, I ordered the Blackened Tuna Steak sandwich, a good change of pace from the copious amounts of red meat I've been eating lately for the blog.
Topped with a spicy remoulade, lettuce and tomato on a lightly toasted Le Bus roll, this sandwich delivers.
The tuna steak was thick and juicy, full of flavor but not too 'fishy'. The spicy remoulade added a nice spicy cream flavor to the sandwich while the lettuce added a crispness to the sandwich. Though the name 'blackened' seems a little misleading, as you can see in the photo. When I hear that term used in a sandwich I usually think some sort of Caribbean influenced cooking that chars the outside. Sadly, not the case in this sandwich.
While it didn't disappoint in flavor, I was disappointed that it was not the flavor I was expecting.
Regardless, finish this plate off with old bay shoestring fries and you have an excellent choice for lunch.
If you live in the Philadelphia area and you haven't been to Three Monkeys, you should definitely make your way there. Even if you're not interested in food, their beer selection is pretty decent to enjoy on a hot and humid summer afternoon.
Until next week, Readers...
Blackened Tuna Steak sandwich
Three Monkeys Cafe
9645 James Street
Philadelphia, PA 19114