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A Sandwich a Day: Roast Beef with Bleu Cheese at Farmstead in Providence

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Add a few potato chips to the sandwich for extra crunch. [Photograph: Elizabeth Bomze]

This always happens. I went in for cheese, and left with cheese, jars of fancy mustard and ketchup, and an awesome sandwich. Farmstead, Wayland Square's terrific cheese boutique that shares a wall (and a door) with chef/owners Matt and Kate Jennings' beloved bistro La Laiterie, serves lunch between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m, and the roast beef sandwich ($9) came highly recommended by the friendly on-duty cheesemonger.

The top round is roasted in house to medium-rare pinkness, then peeled into paper-thin slices before being piled on crusty Seven Stars ciabatta and lightly pressed on the griddle. Also between the bread: ripe, dense, creamy bleu cheese crumbles; thin-shaved pickled red onion; greens so fresh that they almost crunch; and a smear of aioli that stands out surprisingly well against all those bolder-flavored condiments. I should also mention that the lard-fried potato chips (which taste remarkably like pâté) originally came on the side, but I crammed a few of them onto the bread as well; to me, most sandwiches are improved with chips.

Farmstead Inc.

186 Wayland Avenue, Providence RI 02906 (map)
401-274-7177; farmsteadinc.com

About the author: Liz Bomze lives in Brookline, MA, and works as the Associate Features Editor for Cook's Illustrated Magazine. In her free time, she freelances regularly for the Boston Globe, Boston Magazine, the Improper Bostonian, and Martha's Vineyard Magazine; practices bread-baking and canning; takes photos; reads; and watches baseball. Top 5 foods: fresh noodles, gravlax, sour cherry pie, burrata, ma po tofu.

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