The thought of cooking anything on this hot day was as close to hell as I wanted to get. When it's in the 90's my stomach is very picky. I find my self almost gagging at almost all food. Certainly not pleasurable, but ya gotta eat. The hunt for just the right food on these hot days usually is a fruitless endeavor and I wind up with a popsicle and a red tongue. I had almost given up, that is until I read the menu at the Baguette Box (1203 Pine Street, Seattle WA).
The menu listed sandwiches that were bold and eclectic. Grilled Spanish Chorizo, Tuna Salad w/ Boiled Egg, House Cured Salmon Gravlox and Roasted Pork Loin w/ Apricot Aoli. I must admit that the Gravlox made my stomach a bit queasy. The large chalk board above the counter listed Salumi's Cured Meats, my stomach started to gurgle with hunger. I entered with a smile.
When I asked what cured meats where on the Salumi Plate, they guy taking my order asked the cook who shrugged his shoulders and said "I think it's pepperoni". I hesitated, not a good sign. The smells coming from the kitchen where agreeing with my tummy so I went with the first thing that I thought looked good on the menu; Roasted Pork Loin with Apricot Aoli ($5.90).
It was ready in less then 10 minutes and it was just what my stomach wanted. The baguette wasn't the best, probably something from A la Francaice but it fit the sandwich well. It wasn't too chewy and had a very slight tug to the crust. The pork was flavorful and moist and there was a healthy portion. The flavor was a perfect match for the sweetness of the caramelized onions and the apricot aoli. For under $6.00 this was a great deal and damn good food. It settled in to my tummy quite nicely and finally, I felt comfortable. Sweet relief!
I'm definitely going back, I cant wait to try the Spanish Chorizo!
I just tried to Spanish Chorizo! OMG! Yummy! The Spanish Chorizo was this incredible flavor explosion. Not too spicy, but definitely enough to warm the roof of your mouth. I liked the chorizo's prominent vinegar flavor up against the sweetened caramelized onions and roasted sweet bell peppers. This is a great value for the flavor. It not only fed my belly but it transported me to that happy food place I like to go. The cost: $5.90.