Saturday, August 6, 2011

Brunch Box - Drunch Sandy

Face it, here in America we are conditioned to eat a large dinner. Even though I know I should eat only a small meal, we usually end up making something pretty big. It's hard to break 30-some odd years of conditioning! But part of the fun of being an adult is getting to choose what to make for said dinners, and I love to mix it up every now and then and do what I call "Breakfast as Dinner." There is something just cool about sitting down in the evening with a pile of pancakes and a tray of bacon. So I was pretty psyched when I saw Brunch Box at Off the Grid with their offerings of brunch-inspired fare for dinner, what they were dubbing "drunch." A quick scan of the menu made my eyes stop at the Drunch Sandy—a kitchen sink type of sandwich that is a brunch version of the BLT.

Brunch Box, the latest venture from Chairman Bao and Eat Curbside veterans Caroline Hummer, Guillermo Perez and Eric Rud finally made its long-awaited debut this week, and Thursday night marked the first appearance at the Off the Grid at Upper Haight. My plans for arriving early were thwarted by a sleeping toddler, so I expected long lines when I finally got there at 7. Surprisingly, though, I got lucky that there was nobody hovering around Brunch Box. I did hear many murmurs from the crowd walking past whisper, "What's Brunch Box?," so the interest was definitely there. How could there not be from a truck that offers Pork Belly Hash, a Lamby Sandwich and a Ricotta Brunch Cake? I wanted it all!

In the end the prospect of bacon won me over and I chose The Drunch Sandy, what I am referring to as the brunch B.L.T. Perhaps I should really call it a B.E.A.T., though, because in place of  lettuce it instead has egg and avocado. Okay, you get the idea...

The Drunch Sandy is served up on two large, thick slices of Acme Bread. The bread, of course, speaks for itself, and fans of Acme will adore the golden crispy crust and moist interior. The slices need to be thick because this sandwich was packed full. It's a giant stack of ham, bacon, avocado and heirloom tomatoes, finished with a fried egg and a smear of mayonnaise. My sandwich was so big, in fact, that I had difficulty holding it to eat, but one bite in and I didn't care that I had egg and mayo dripping down my arms. That's a good sandwich!

First of all, I loved the pork overload of the Drunch. It had both bacon and ham which was rather unusual, but the combination worked in both flavor and texture. The bacon, which actually came in small pieces rather than strips, was cooked crispy, so it provided the crunch and saltiness. The ham, on the other hand, came in slices and had a mild, sweet smokiness to it, making this a perfect duo. The chunks of avocado, of which there were tons, had just reached the peak of ripeness for the perfect creamy taste, and their bold green hue gave my sandwich a burst of color. The last layer of the Drunch was a thick slice of heirloom tomato—fruity and delicious. Completing this tower was a fried egg, with a runny yolk that coated all of these ingredients like lava from a volcano.

Though I was eating food that would mostly be considered breakfast food, I felt perfectly satiated and completely full choosing it for dinner. My sandwich was accompanied by a spring mix salad with a lemony vinaigrette dressing. I thought the tangy dressing really served the greens well and added the right amount of zest alongside my sandwich. I think the only thing I would have changed about my meal would have been to omit the mayonnaise or at least lighten it up a bit (which is, by the way, not listed on the menu—please change this!); it did run a little thick. Plus, the sandwich had enough moisture with the egg, avocado and tomato. All in all I was very pleased and would definitely order it again.

Brunch Box's concept of drunch is an idea and a meal I can definitely get behind, and I can't wait to try more of their creations, no matter what time of the day it is.

Rating: 4/5 (ratings guide)

Fogcutter (@fogcuttersf) $7.00 for sandwich and a side salad

Does reading this make you want to try this vendor? Tell them that you saw them at I Left My Cart in San Francisco and support San Francisco street cuisine!

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