Baguette Box in Capitol Hill served us up a chorizo sandwich, an eggplant and feta sandwich, french fries and potato salad. I shouldn't have ordered an eggplant sandwich in January in Seattle. Why are they serving eggplant in January and more importantly, why am I ordering such a thing? I wonder where it is from? Despite the origins, the sandwich was great. It was a soft and tangy sandwich with grilled eggplant, roasted red peppers, soft feta cheese and caramelized onions. The chickpea spread helped keep the baguette moist and softly chewy. The sandwich could have handled a more intense or flavorful cheese than feta but it still worked as served.
The chorizo sandwich was so exciting! Making a good chorizo sandwich that does not leave you feeling like you are going to immediately drop dead with a coronary is a complex undertaking. One long, skinny, dry (in a dense, intense way) chorizo sausage was a good start. The chorizo was slightly charred, some may have said overcooked but it somehow worked. It was also wrapped in a sourdough baguette with caramelized onions, cilantro, aioli and harissa oil. In all honesty I could not taste all the subtleties that were described on the menu. But they did all come together to create this delicious chorizo-esque sandwich that did not overwhelm and was flavorful beyond the chorizo with the taste of caramelized onions and complex flavors.
The french fries were sprinkled with large granules of salt. The salt was visible and delicious in each and every slightly over-cooked but still somehow perfect fat saturated bite. The potato salad was a discussion in contradictions. It was amazingly light, there was no thick coating just a light handed application of dressing. The dressing did not overwhelm, the taste of perfectly cooked potatoes shined through followed by a surprising bite of spice. The creamy, slightly spicy potato salad came together nicely for a slightly different twist on an old classic.