WEEK FIVE: BIG FRONT DOOR
After the past few weeks of exploring uncharted territory, I felt the need to eat something comfortable and familiar. Big Front Door is one of the places already in my rotation and is, in my humble opinion, the perfect sandwich shop. The reasons are as follows:
1. They have a bunch of fun, interesting ingredients (roast beef, broccoli rabe sandwich? Smoked potato and whipped avocado? How did the world never think of that?)
2. Their name automatically brings to mind my second favorite Roald Dahl book, The BFG, and infuses the place with a magical air.
3. It has a very San Diego feel to it–clean, open, sunny, and with a lot of little crafty touches.
One of the oh so San Diego things about it is their institution of a seasonal sandwich. It rotates from time to time and uses ingredients that are, well, in season (go figure). I got one last Winter and came with hopes that it was still their seasonal sandwich this year. I was lucky.
Ladies and gentlemen, feast your eyes on the Season’s Past.
It consists of blackened chicken, brie, roasted brussel sprouts, honey-dijon mustard, garlic aioli, and is served on ciabatta bread. The sandwich may seem a little pricey at $10.50, but let me assure you, it is worth every red cent. Here are a sample of the notes I wrote during my tasting:
“Lots of craft sodas.”
“God I love it here.”
“Sandwich takes a long time to make. 10 minutes?”
“It’s hot though, makes sense.”
OMG sososososo fucking good.”
That basically sums it up. Everything is so perfectly balanced–the salty, peppery chicken is mellowed out by the creamy, gooey brie, is brightened and sweetened by the honey-dijon. The earthiness of the brussel sprouts (which are cooked perfectly, by the way) add a good rustic element. It’s pretty filling so I had half there and saved the other half for later which, honestly, is just as good cold. Since it’s more of a meal than most sandwiches, it actually benefits from the flavors sitting and mingling together over a little bit of time, and the ciabatta is hearty so it holds up well to a little moisture and doesn’t get all soggy.
BFD also has some great sides to choose from. I usually stick to the chipotle potato salad because how could I not, but they have a red quinoa salad, regular potato salad, macaroni, thai cucumber salad, and a handful of others that all look amazing. I got a small size and can’t remember exactly how big it was but it only cost $1.50 and serves about two people. As I hinted earlier, they also have a great selection of craft sodas. I’m trying to cut out my soda intake, but mostly Coke and Dr. Pepper. I keep seeing people post videos about how Coke will eat through metal or how it does something horrifying when boiled. I don’t ever watch these mostly because they always have captions like “She thought Coke was okay. Then she boiled it. You’ll never guess what happens next!” and I think all videos promoted in such a style should be wiped off the face of the earth; also, I really like Coke and sometimes (ahem, when hungover), I just need it. That being said, I do understand how horrible it probably is for my delicate innards and have being trying to make the switch to things less destructive. This is why I really like craft soda–I choose which one to get based on the amount of normal ingredients they have. The one I settled on this week is Black Cherry from the Boylan Bottling Company and it had only one ingredient that sounded a little confusing. Compared to the all of them in Coke, it seemed like a safer option.
But wait. What’s that on the top shelf? Is it–? Could it be?
Dang! soda strikes again! I expect this won’t be the last I see of it.
THIS ONE WAS REALLY FUNNY, I HOPE YOU READ THE WHOLE THING:
Price: The sandwiches are all around $10, but their ingredients are a little fancy so that is to be expected. I spent $15 for my sandwich, soda, and side.
Menu: A great variety of hot, cold, and vegetarian options. Also have some intriguing salads (duck cranberry is on my To Eat list).
Ambiance: Very open, bright, and with a little dab of hipster.
Sides: Great variety with healthy, house-made options. In addition to their sodas, they have some great brewed iced teas.
Second Trip Worthy? 100th trip worthy.
Overall rating: 10 out of 10 sandwiches!