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What I Ate: December 18, 2010 (The Noble Pig)

Posted 27 December, 2010 at 10:47pm by Michael Chu
(Filed under: Food, What I Ate)

Lunch: We drove up to The Noble Pig (11815 620 N. Suite 4, Austin, TX (512) 382-6248) to try their excellent sandwiches. Brandon Martinez, who previously worked in San Francisco at Acquerello, La Folie, and Fleur de Lis, made a couple recommendations and then headed to the back to make our sandwiches. I had the BLT (house smoked bacon, lettuce, and roasted tomato, $7) which is really more of a finely smoked pork belly (as opposed to crispy or chewy breakfast bacon) served with warm tomatoes (really brought out the tomato flavor) and crispy lettuce. I loved this sandwich.
The Noble Pig - BLT sandwich

Tina had the Smoked duck pastrami (with Russian dressing and rye pickles, $8) which was also excellent. Tina liked this one more than the BLT for the tender and complex pastrami as well as the perfect combination of sauce and mildly acidic pickles.
The Noble Pig - Smoked Duck Pastrami Sandwich

Best sandwiches we've had in Austin. If only they weren't so far from us.

Dinner: Sean and April came over for dinner and board games, so I prepared a couple of ribeye steaks.
Rib-eye steak

We also had roasted potatoes and green beans.
Green Beans

Our friends brought a couple items from Buca di Beppo - a "small" salad and cannoli for dessert.
Salad from Bucca di Beppo

2 comments to What I Ate: December 18, 2010 (The Noble Pig)

Scott, December 28th, 2010 at 3:10 pm:

  • Oh, man those sandwishes look/sound good!

    From your days in the bay area, any recommendations? Especially in the penninsula? I like Bonne Sante in Burlingame and Lil Lucca in San Bruno. Mr. Pickle is alright. Looking for something a step up from them, though.

Michael Chu, December 28th, 2010 at 7:24 pm:

  • Il Cane Rosso in the Ferry Building - http://canerossosf.com/
    Kitchette in a loading dock in the Dogpatch - http://www.kitchenettesf.com/

    Although not in the same league of sandwich making magic, I'll always have a soft spot for Erik's DeliCafe (especially the Pilgrim's Progress which I miss dearly).