Jekyll & Hyde’s

   October 10, 2012 8:38 am    0

 

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Jekyll & Hyde’s is and always will be one of my go-to restaurants in Erie because of its unique food, consistent quality, and reasonable prices. This small gastropub recently expanded to fill the entire corner of 10th and State, adding a new tap room to the existing pub. They now have 46 beers on tap and serve their amazing food on both sides of the establishment. My coworker, Karen Burchill, joined me on Tuesday for a sandwich- filled lunch. The specials board, located above the kitchen window on the pub side of the building, shows the daily featured appetizers, entrees, and side dishes. The special entrees on Tuesday were a bacon grilled cheese sandwich with spinach and a grilled chicken sandwich with goat cheese, cranberries, and mixed greens. I decided to get the chicken sandwich and Karen opted for the grilled cheese. While both of them sounded great, one of the house signature sandwiches is the fried bologna sandwich, so I felt I had to get that as well.

Our server, Elizabeth, brought our drinks to the table and got our order to the kitchen quickly. Even with a packed house for lunch, the daytime cook, Micah, gets food out fast without sacrificing quality. Karen’s grilled cheese sandwich was beautiful to look at. Thick slices of perfectly grilled sourdough bread were topped with cheddar cheese, thick cut bacon, and fresh spinach. The bread was toasted to a perfect golden brown, it was crispy on the outside, but still chewy on the inside. The bacon added some needed salt to an otherwise very rich sandwich. The melted cheese wrapped all the ingredients inside the sandwich in a gooey, decadent hug. It was sheer perfection.

The grilled chicken sandwich was next. A similar sandwich used to be on the menu, but now it was removed, revised slightly, and made into a special. A chewy French roll was layered with a large chicken breast, creamy goat cheese, dried cranberries, and a pile of mixed greens. The chicken was fantastically seasoned and tasted as if it had just been taken off the grill (even hours later when I went back to finish my leftovers). The charcoal flavor of the chicken made me nostalgic for summer but I was immediately jolted back to reality by the tang and earthiness from the goat cheese. Dried cranberries provided little chewy bites of sweetness and balanced out the overall texture of the sandwich beautifully.

Finally, the fried bologna sandwich. I will be the first to admit that I’ve always thought of bologna as a slimy, disgusting lunch meat that tasted like nothing more than a giant hot dog. I can now say that I’ve been proven incredibly wrong by the cooks at Jekyll & Hyde’s, the magicians in that kitchen have transformed it into something else entirely. The bologna is cured in-house and stacked three thick, fried slices high on a toasted ciabatta roll. The meat is topped with cheddar cheese, an over easy egg, pickles, and grainy mustard aioli. This sandwich is a true flavor explosion. The bologna is incredibly well-seasoned and a bit reminiscent of corned beef or pastrami, not at all slimy or disgusting. The egg yolk and mustard aioli give it a rich taste and velvety mouthfeel that is unbelievably luxurious, especially when you consider that it’s a bologna sandwich. I admit, I’ve been converted into a believer in bologna (when it’s prepared like that, anyway). This is not only my favorite sandwich offered at the restaurant, it might just be my favorite sandwich in town.

Fresh, local ingredients make the food at Jekyll & Hyde’s stand out from the rest. The bread is all from Creative Crust in Meadville and they sometimes feature a burger that is served on a Mighty Fine glazed donut (eat at your own risk). Thank you, Elizabeth and Micah, for the wonderful lunch and hospitality. I will be back again soon.

Jekyll & Hyde’s is located at 8 E. 10th Street. The phone number is 814.456.0072. The hours of operation are 11:30 am to 2:00 am Monday through Friday and 5:00 pm to 2:00 am on Saturday. They are closed on Sunday and Monday.

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