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A Sandwich a Day: Banana Nutella from Olympic Provisions in Portland, OR

In this great country 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.

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[Photograph: Bruce Wolf]

Olympic Provisions is a Portland hot spot for charcuterie. Salumist Elias Cairo is a master of all things cured and smoked, and many of the charcuterie plates in town use their products. (We took a behind-the-scenes tour of their meat department last year).

There are two locations; both function as restaurants and meat-curing factories. The one on the east side is moody, with its cement and dark wood, and the other is the opposite; stainless, pale woods, glass and sun-filled. The food at both is great, from soups to dessert. The sandwiches are some of the best in Portland and although many are porky and strictly for carnivores, this particular one is actually targeted to the Montessori school down the street.

It's a banana, seasonal jam and nutella sandwich, and believe me, it's not just for school kids. Talk about a superb combo of flavors and textures. Nutella alone is wonderful, then paired with the other ingredients and the fresh bread from local Lovjoy Bakery, it's a decadent delight. And before you leave, if you need "dessert," get a bunch of their housemade hot dogs to go.

Olympic Provisions

Westside: 1632 NW Thurman Street, Portland OR 97209 (map); 503-894-8136
Eastside: 107 SE Washington Street, Portland OR 97214 (map); 503-954-3663

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