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.
Local Mission Eatery is dedicated to living up to its name. Everything in the restaurant is made from locally sourced ingredients, even, it seems, the decor (a wall of lovingly used cookbooks). Yet a meal here is more than just a ho-hum pile of local roasted veggies.
They serve more assertive dishes such as tongue with mushrooms and pears, or this Cured Sardine Sandwich ($9). Sardines might not classify as super daring on a street that sells stomach tacos, but they're not mild mannered either. This sandwich caters to those who love the oily, pungent goodness of cured sardines.
The oiliness of the long, whole fillets of tender sardines get cut by the acid in a smattering of pickled onions and a layer of bitter chicory. Red cabbage adds an additional crunch that makes the sandwich feel fresh. Extra points for the bread, which had delicious grill marks and a chewy yet airy crumb.