Oct 06, 2016 03:22PM
● By Ashley Pape
Is the sandwich the best culinary creation of all time? At East Hampton Sandwich Co., it’s a resolute “yes!” This East Coast-inspired shop crafts sandwiches that demand your attention, from classics such as roast turkey and grilled chicken to clever masterpieces that’ll floor your taste buds. Think marvels such as the Cuban (roast pork, brown sugar ham, Swiss and mojo sauce) and Balsamic Tenderloin (chilled beef tenderloin, crispy onion strings, Bleu cheese and balsamic glaze).
We love that everything is handcrafted in-house—from the house-roasted meats to the handmade sauces. Though every sandwich we’ve sampled has been nothing short of amazing, the Sweet Chicken Parm is a standout. Envision a juicy fried chicken breast topped with melted provolone, fresh basil and marinara tucked inside a buttered, toasted roll. It’s mind-blowing and far surpasses any sub-shop offering we’ve tried. Toss in the complimentary house-made chips and you have a satisfying meal.
East Hampton Sandwich Co. has received a slew of accolades, including recognition as one of Zagat’s “10 New Sandwiches You Need to Eat Right Now in DFW” and Thrillist’s “21 Best Sandwich Shops in America.” The restaurant urges sandwich seekers to eat #NoMoreDeliMeat. (It’s sort of the eatery’s unofficial PSA.) But East Hampton does more than craft life-changing sandwiches; it also prepares gourmet salads, soup (including its famous Chowda) and signature sides such as sweet potato fries.
The interesting menu is punctuated with several East Coast inspirations such as New England clam chowder (Harbor Banks clams, roasted potatoes and herbs) and a lobster roll (chilled knuckle and claw meat with light aioli, lemon and herbs). This sandwich (be sure to pronounce it “lobstah”) pushes $20, but it’s worth it.
Love the idea of a gourmet sammie but want to cut the carbs? Turn your sandwich into a salad featuring a bed of romaine or spring mix. If you go that route, you can justify splurging on a Toasted Fluffernutter for dessert. This regional favorite is made with creamy peanut butter and marshmallow crème on sourdough Texas toast. Trust us: You’ll want to save room for this one.
Don’t expect to watch sandwich slingers cram cold cuts into a sub and move it down the assembly line. This is an eatery where sandwiches are meant to be savored. Should you care to enjoy a craft beer, glass of wine or cocktail with your lobster roll or goat cheese and avocado mash, then by all means, indulge.
We can assuredly say: East Hampton Sandwich Co. hits the spot, whether you’re craving a taste of New England or just a hearty sandwich and chips. We foresee it becoming a regular addition to our lunchtime rotation.