A Sandwich a Day: Cuban Roast from Paseo in Seattle, WA
In this great nation of ours, one could eat a different sandwich every day of the year—so that's what we'll do. Here's A Sandwich a Day, our daily look at sandwiches around the country. Got a sandwich we should check out? Let us know. —The Mgmt.
Seattle, with its cantankerously gloomy weather, may be the furthest major city in the continental United States, both in distance and disposition, from the bright and sunny Caribbean islands. But Paseo and its legions of loyal customers don't seem to mind. Indeed this tiny little sandwich shop located in Fremont (they've also expanded to a location in Ballard) has received plenty of buzz and even earned a spot on Travel Channel's Chowdown Countdown, but all the media attention is deserved. Their towering sandwiches are a dazzling tribute to Caribbean and Cuban flavors.
If you can resist the Cuban press sandwich on steroids or the colossal grilled chicken breast sandwich, you'll want to try the Cuban roast ($8.50), which exalts fat hunks of pork shoulder, unbelievably succulent and blissfully meaty. Like most of Paseo's signature sandwiches, the Cuban roast is bound with a swipe of fragrant aioli, striated with piquant pickled jalapenos and topped with rings of plump, sweet roasted onions, and an obligatory stalk of crisp romaine lettuce. Said ingredients are proudly sandwiched between a superbly crusty and satisfying toasted baguette.
However the generosity of ingredients and the good crusty bread inevitably produce tectonic sandwich layer slide, and you'll find your plate covered in sandwich drippings and your fingers sticky with aioli and pork fat. See this as an opportunity to pick at the pork shrapnel and gleefully lick your fingers, for the rest of the dining room is doing the exact same thing.