A Sandwich a Day: Short Rib Grilled Cheese from Saltbox in San Diego, CA

A Sandwich a Day

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Short rib's fatty flavor profile makes it especially tasty with cheese. Saltbox's short rib grilled cheese sandwich ($11) is a solid argument in favor of the union of these two ingredients. The griddled sandwich on thinly sliced whole-grain bread is stuffed with creamy manchego cheese and juicy short rib finished in a New Orleans-style sauce piquant made with olive oil, tomatoes, and peppers.

All of that fatty beef, cheese, and sauce makes for an excessively filling sandwich that despite looking small, is more than enough for lunch. Even though I arrived with an audibly growling stomach, I only made it through two segments, and half of the housemade bread and butter pickles, which give a refreshing hit of acid.

You might not want to eat this sandwich everyday but it's a delicious indulgence. It's also available on the dinner menu.


1047 5th Ave., San Diego CA 92101 (map); 619-515-3003