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Kitchen: San Juan Turkey Sandwich @ Street Breads

It sometimes seems that the definition of a “sandwich” is completely open to interpretation. With the ongoing “Is a hot dog a sandwich?” debate raging among strangely dedicated communities, along with a sheer variety of options that you can load one up with, a sandwich these days is just anything you can think of between grains. It’s certainly a broad definition, but one that encapsulates both the inherent good and bad of catch-all descriptions, so when you hear that Street Breads is whipping up San Juan Turkey Sandwiches, it could really go some ways. Fortunately, this one lands firmly on the good side of the sandwich spectrum.

The San Juan Turkey Sandwich isn’t reinventing the wheel here, but rather refining it. It comes with their signature focaccia bread, bacon, turkey, pepper jack cheese, red onions, cucumbers, guacamole and blood orange BBQ sauce. Let’s break it down.

Arguably the most important part of a sandwich, the bread, is their “bread and butter.” Very thick cut slices of focaccia surround the meat and condiments in a warm, fluffy interior. The outside of the bread is toasted and on the crunchier side, but still soft enough to easily enjoy. It tastes fresh out of the oven, so we’re off to a good start here.

Turkey, bacon and pepper jack are always winners, so the originality—the reason why you’re going here for a sandwich—is the guacamole and blood orange BBQ sauce combination. Not many places are so willing to blend Tex-Mex with Barbeque flavors, but taking chances is the only way to set yourself apart from the sandwich crowd and Street Breads pulls it off. The guacamole and BBQ sauce complement each other well, offering polar opposite flavors simultaneously. Creamy, savory guacamole and the tangy blood orange BBQ sauce are a match made in non-geographical heaven.

Toss in some red onions and cucumbers, another unusual choice, and you’ve got the San Juan Turkey Sandwich, ready to take on the very definition of sandwich one bit at a time.

 

Taste: 4/5

Texture: 5/5

Presentation: 3/5

Originality: 4/5

Overall: 4/5

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