Caribbean Sandwiches

   May 18, 2011 2:20 pm

 

I want to remind everyone that I will be picking a reader to join me for a meal on my 8th week of trying sandwiches from local restaurants.  To enter for a chance to eat with me, all you have to do is send me an email with your name, address and telephone number to Akochirka@goerie.com.

I have driven past Caribbean Sandwiches so many times and never really given a thought to stopping.  Monday was my chance.  Amanda and I headed in just around lunch time and we were the only two inside.  I didn’t really know what to expect walking through the door.  It is, in a way, like a Caribbean Subway.  There is a counter to order, you pick your bread, meat and toppings, you pay and find a seat.  I told the man working behind the counter that we had never eaten there before and asked him for some recommendations.  Instead of suggesting anything, he pretty much just read the signs in front of the six different meats aloud and told us which ones were spicy.  There wasn’t a daily lunch special posted on the board so we just assumed he didn’t have one for the day.  Everything seemed to be al a carte so Amanda and I each ordered a sandwich.  I went with the Orange Glazed Jerk Chicken on wheat and Amanda decided on the Sweet and Sour Pork on wheat.  I also got a spicy beef patty at the recommendation of a co-worker.  The drinks were also al a carte and expensive.  A bottle of water or a can of pop is $1.35 and the Caribbean sodas are $2.50.

Both sandwiches were simply meat, lettuce and mayonnaise on a wheat roll.  My Orange Glazed Jerk Chicken was good, though I thought for having such a great name that it would have a lot more flavor.  The orange taste was hard to pick up.  The overall taste was okay, but it was just on the plain side compared to what I was expecting.  Amanda’s Sweet and Sour Pork had more flavor, but overall was still bland.  Both meats had so much liquid on them that the wheat roll disintegrated.  My favorite part of the meal was the spicy beef patty.  I wanted to try one in coco bread, but they were out of them.  A beef patty is made a lot like a turnover, but instead of being sweet, it has a savory flavor.  The shell of the pastry reminded me of a pot pie.  The filling is a seasoned beef mixture very similar to a chili and not an actual patty like I was expecting.  The beef was very rich and I would have loved to eat a few more of them.

Overall, the price and the portion size do not make these sandwiches worth it for me.  For the two sandwiches, the beef patty and two bottles of water, it was just over $20 and I left still hungry.  If you are looking for a quick lunch, this is a place to consider.  We were in and out in just about 20 minutes.  Maybe it was an off day, maybe they were recovering from a busy weekend.  It was decent food, but I don’t know if I would come back to try it again.

Until next time,

Andrew – Beard vs. Food

 

 

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