New York City: Italian Bacon and Provolone Breakfast Panini
This sandwich was pretty dry and not very flavorful, and then the second half soaked up all the balsamic from the salad garnish and made it very mushy.
Los Angeles: ABC Burger at The Stand
The burger patty itself was really well cooked and juicy, but I really couldn’t taste much from the avocado, bacon, and ranch.
New York City: Tomato and Mozzarella at Dean and Deluca
The bread was soft and chewy, and salting the mozzarella was a smart touch. Overall though, not a whole lot of flavor even from the pesto.
New York City: Caramelized Figs, Raspberry Compote, and Goat cheese at Little Muenster
A very different grilled cheese than the usual savory ones I find! Nice and delicious combination of sweet and tangy but ultimately not very filling.
New York City: Red Velvet Ice Cream Sandwich at Melt Bakery
Cream cheese ice cream between fluffy red velvet “meltcakes”? Enough said. Go eat it, you won’t be sorry.
Los Angeles: Grilled Cheese at the Soho House
This grilled cheese was absolutely delicious, though a bit of a stretch to call it a grilled cheese since the majority of it was made up of tasty braised short ribs. The very buttery and rich thick cut bread was honestly my favorite part actually!
New York City: The Cadillac at PJ Clarkes
This classic NY spot and burger are great in their simplicity. A simple well cooked burger with melt in your mouth bacon on a fluffy white bread bun. Only complaint is American cheese which is always iffy for me.
Santa Monica: The California Turkey Melt at Daily Grill
Really great flavor combo on this sandwich. The pepper turkey was balanced with the sweet tomato chutney and the middle ground of the avocado nicely.
New York City: Little Ham at Valley Shepherd Creamery
The ham was nice and smokey tasting which went well with the sweet pear. The rough ground mustard also added a nice little pop texture of all the seeds.
Los Angeles: Cheesburger at In-N-Out Burger
This was the first thing I did when I got to LA last week, definitely one of the best fast food style burgers!
New York City: Vermont Cheddar Sandwich at Silver Moon Bakery
Good quality cheddar went very well with the rye and mustard. The cucumber and lettuce added a nice crunch but the sandwich was missing something overall. Also, being premade the bread was a bit soggy.
New York City: Valley Thunder at Valley Shepherd Creamery
Very earthy flavor from the clothbound cheddar cheese mixed well with the sweetness of the chutney. The bread was nice and soft, and when you add cornichons I’m always happy!
New York City: Black and Bleu at Clarke’s Standard
This burger joint outpost of Clarke’s just opened and had some serious lines to prove it. They brag about the fresh ground angus beef, which was definitely the strongest part of this sandwich. Otherwise the bacon was chewy, not enough blue cheese, and the bun suffered the steam driven sogginess that take out unfortunately causes.
I will definitely be back to try their basic burgers and eat inside next time though!