New Best Thing In Town
The tomato sandwich at the new North Bakery downtown . . . and I haven’t stopped thinking about how soon I can get back there and have another one or two. And where have pretzel crisps been all my life?
The North Bakery tomato sandwich represents for me the apotheosis of the sandwich-making arts. There are not too many different ingredients and not too much of any one. The proportions and textures are perfectly balanced, and the size of the sandwich is manageable and civilized.
The ingredients of this sandwich are as follows: wheat bread, arugula, tomato, and chipotle mayo, with crunch provided by the pretzel crisps. There is also a wonderful crunch to the crust of the bread.
From Gail Ciampa at the ProJo.
Though the space is small and not wired for a telephone, according to proprietor James Mark, the daily menu is full. It includes coffee and espresso drinks, chai, breakfast bagels, the signature hand pies, sweets, salads and sandwiches. It will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
(The original North Bakery on Battey Street in the West End is still there and open for dinners now.)
Bryan and Olivia (seen below) were working the window Saturday and had some time to chat with me — or were kind enough to pretend they did. This new location is on the bricked plaza between the Biltmore and the skating rink, with lots of shade from the London plane trees and benches to sit on. They tell me that plans are afoot for more tables and chairs around the bakery. And I was informed that the yummy tomatoes, and all their produce, come from Four Town Farm in Seekonk.
Sometimes I have a problem when I get this consumed with a certain restaurant offering, in that I can never bring myself to order anything else when I go to that place. (Of which, see: oyster mushroom po-boy at The Grange.) But tomatoes are seasonal, so I will be forced to expand my horizons. After all, Warren Zevon urged us to “Enjoy every sandwich.”
North Bakery, open daily, 7am to 6pm, 2 Kennedy Plaza, (directions)
Below: That is just a tomato. I have not tweaked or filtered the color in any way. (l. to r. wheat bread slice with chipotle mayo, tomato, pretzel crisps, arugula, slice of wheat bread)
Thank you Bryan and Olivia. (I hope they don’t think I’m weird — I was kind of going on-and-on about the sandwich. And I’m just noticing that Olivia has a Maleficent tattoo!)