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.
I can count on one hand the number of times I have had a Sloppy Joe, but even I know that Sloppy Joes are all about simplicity: ground beef smothered in a tomato-based sauce on a hamburger bun. Imagine, then, that like me, the Sloppy Joe grew up and, unlike me, went on a retreat in the countryside, returning wise and soulful.
Its new soulful state made its way to The Curious Palate and was renamed the Sloppy Giuseppe ($13). It shed the ground beef for an abundance of slow roasted lamb shoulder, as deliciously tender as ground beef, only less reminiscent of summer camp. The bun grew to become brioche, which resembled a hamburger bun if you squinted but was in fact lighter, flakier, and just the right accompaniment for the lamb. There was also a smear of hummus, but the lamb was the real star.
Sloppy joes going on countryside retreats? In addition to being a sit-in eatery, Curious Palate offers everything you might need for your next picnic-for-one en plein aire, including pungent cheeses, Fra' Mani salumi, salted caramels, and quiches, to name a few. But I keep coming back for the sandwiches. The list of between-bread options at Curious Palate is long, but the people here know that the key is quality ingredients, not complicated gimmicks.
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