Brain Sandwich

December 17th, 2007

Filed Under: beef, brain, meat, onion, pickle, vegetables with 10 Comments

This summer I visited Ferguson’s Pub in St. Louis, pursuing the holy grail of sandwich related journalism: the Brain Sandwich. This massive chunk of beef brain has been increasingly hard to find, due to fears of Mad Cow disease and general disgustingness, but St. Louis remains blissfully willing to consider the following as edible:

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Not much in the way of ingredients, the brain sandwich overwhelms a couple of pickle slices and two small pieces of rye (destroyed by the hard deep fried texture of the brain like wooden ships against a rocky coast). Onions are supplied for those inclined…

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The sandwich itself is remarkably tasty at first – the edges have a high surface area to mass ratio, meaning you get a lot of deep fried goodness per mouthful of brain. However, as you get deeper into the organ, it starts to squirt fluid into your mouth with each bite, and the texture becomes much wetter and less crunchy. As you reach the middle of the sandwich, the realization that you’re eating undercooked brain replaces any remaining enjoyment with a wholly blanketing nausea.

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I’m looking forward to my inevitable case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy.

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A Contradiction in Terms

September 10th, 2007

Filed Under: cheddar, vegetables with 1 Comment

Bacon Veggie Burger

An odd paradox of food, I ordered this veggie burger with bacon. It was at a Jimmy Buffett-owned burger restaurant my sister took me to. It’s a fairly standard bacon cheeseburger, featuring lettuce, tomato, onions, cheddar cheese, and so on, except I requested to have a veggie burger patty. You can get any burger there as a veggie burger.

Really, most of the time, I could hardly tell that it wasn’t a real bacon cheeseburger. Sometimes, of course, a bite should’ve been meatier than it was, and I could tell it was a veggie patty. But really, I don’t see THAT big of a difference… I guess I’m not that picky when it comes to food. Oh, also, the sweet potato chips were really good. Mmm.

Funny story, actually, my sister ordered a BBQ veggie burger or something, but wound up getting a mushroom swiss veggie burger by mistake. They prepared her the correct burger, and I got a free bonus burger out of the deal. Plus the restaurant also covered one of her drinks. So a free mixed drink and a free burger! Now THAT’s service! We left a nice tip.

Veggie Mushroom Swiss

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Veggie Fajita Melt

August 21st, 2007

Filed Under: lettuce, onion, tomato, vegetables with 0 Comments

Veggie Fajita Melt

The Veggie Fajita Melt. Picked it up after quite a complicated quest to find an ATM, in order to get out of a parking lot… Figured I deserved a break.

It’s got lettuce, tomato, guacamole, peppers, and some other stuff. I’m not sure on the cheese. I think it was provolone… It was some manner of white cheese anyway. There might’ve been a little sauce added, too. It was a little drippy.

Anyway, the advertisement looked different from the sandwich itself, of course, but it looked like it had a different balance of ingredients. I was expecting a sandwich consisting of more peppers and onions, but I got one with more guacamole. I didn’t even notice guacamole in the ad until I looked again after eating it. It was actually still pretty good, to be honest, and was a nice change of pace from normal sandwiches I might eat. Don’t often have ones with guacamole. It made it pretty interesting.

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