A Sandwich a Day: Tarragon Chicken Salad at Partners in Westport, MA
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.
Nestled on the ground floor of a rambling marigold-hued Victorian on a main drag of Main Road in Westport, Massachusetts, Partners Village Store and Kitchen is your quintessential country general store, bumped up a few notches for the tourists who come in for a day at the shore at nearby Horseneck Beach. There are books, tchotchkes, and a menu of soups, baked goods, and lots of yummy sounding sandwiches.
The best seat in the house is out on the patio, where you pick up your food from an outdoor window before tucking it to enjoy the cool breeze off the adjacent verdant fields with a glass of freshly brewed iced tea and a good book. With this laidback country vibe, I wanted a laidback country sandwich, so I opted for the Tarragon Chicken Salad ($7.45) served on a baguette.
It turned out to be just the right choice—back porch country eating at its best. The chicken salad is tender and moist (but not soupy) and well-salted. But it's the addition of ample amounts of tarragon, that king of herbs, that makes the sandwich something special, giving it a sweet, slightly zesty herbal quality. The restrained toppings—slices of super ripe tomato and crisp lettuce—contribute additional garden freshness, and while the soft, squishy bread is no baguette, it's a slightly sour, nicely chewy platform for the chicken salad.
Though the sandwich comes solo, it's big enough to be pretty filling, or if you're still hungry, you won't regret finishing your meal with one of the rich, crumbly housemade muffins for dessert.