Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Celebrating My 21st Amendment Rights
It's been a busy few weeks, but thankfully I was able to get away from Los Angeles for a weekend and get a little R&R.
Heading up to San Francisco, I had plenty of options for sandwiches that I wanted to pursue (thanks to all of you). The problem is that if I wanted to eat at all of the places, I would have to spend about three full weeks eating every meal at a different stop.
Having to narrow down my selections a bit, I decided to make my sandwich stop at one place that combined my love of beer and sandwiches: 21st Amendment Brewery.
Down the street from AT&T Park where the Giants play, this brewpub is an ode to delicious food and well-crafted beer.
The problem I've always had with 21st Amendment though is that it is impossible to get their beer in Los Angeles, though easy enough to come by 3000 miles away on the East Coast.
So obviously I stocked up on their beer for the trip back.
Settling down with my first beer and meeting up with friends for lunch, I had a few options to choose for this sandwich, but of course one in particular caught my eye: The Cubano.
Seeing as how one of my favorite sandwiches has become the Cubano (in LA and in general), this was one I could not pass up. This Cubano was packed with the standard roast pork, black forest ham, Swiss cheese, pickles and mustard between a pressed French roll. The amount of meat packed into this sandwich tops every other Cubano I've had.
The roast pork and black forest ham combination was delicious with its flavorful combo shining through but not overpowering the smoky Swiss cheese or salty bite of the pickles and mustard. The French roll on this sandwich was pressed and grilled slightly giving it a crispy bite to contrast the soft insides of the sandwich.
Porto's in LA makes an excellent Cubano and has been one of my highest rated sandwiches since starting this blog. Well, good nears Readers, as this Cubano reaches those heights as one of the best versions of this style of sandwich I've ever had. Washed down with some delicious 21st Amendment beer and you have a clear winner for a lunchtime stop.
If you're in San Francisco sometime, I would recommend this stop simply for the beer as it's an excellent ode to the craft of brewing. But do not forget to save room for the Cubano. You will not be disappointed.
Until next week, Readers...
21st Amendment Brewery
563 2nd Street
San Francisco, CA 94107