Saturday, August 20, 2011

Brunch Box - Five Herb Egg Salad Sandwich

By now the Brunch Box truck is becoming a familiar sight around San Francisco. And I have to admit, when I see their bold black and white truck I do get a little happier, as I am quite the fan of breakfast foods at all hours of the day. On my last visit I had quite a dilemma, as their were two dishes that seemed really interesting to me—one was breakfast and one was lunch, so I had a hard time choosing which one to order. In the end salty won out over sweet, and I choose the Five Herb Egg Salad Sandwich.

Growing up, I never used to like egg salad. It was just one of those things I would eat using the leftover hard boiled eggs from Easter. A lot of this had to do with my childhood dislike of mayonnaise, but overall egg salad to me was never something I gravitated towards. It was just a way to get rid of leftovers, rather than a dish in its own right. But when I became an adult my tastes evolved, and I discovered many new ways to jazz up this American staple. Now it's frequently my first choice when I see it on a menu.

What I loved about Brunch Box's sandwich is that they, in the words of Emeril, "kicked it up a notch." It wasn't just your typical egg, mustard and mayonnaise mixture; the Brunch Box crew made this sandwich gourmet!

What stood out first to me was the sizable pieces of hard boiled egg. A lot of egg salads massacre the egg, dicing are mixing it to the point where the yolk and the egg whites are not longer discernible. Bleh. This sandwich, however, had none of that mushy mess. Instead, thick slices of egg whites were covered in a yolky, herby creaminess. This was a fantastic way to treat the star of the show and really gave the sandwich an unexpectedly pleasant texture.

The herbs that seasoned the salad really gave the sandwich a fresh, fragrant flavor. The spices lingered on my palate and kept the party going in my mouth. The salad was topped with both cherry tomatoes and micro-greens, and I thought that the tart sweetness of the tomatoes really added to the overall flavor. Their juiciness exploded against the creaminess for a contradiction that just worked. Also included, but not listed on the menu board, were capers and olives which gave the sandwich a very Mediterranean feel. The whole package was served on an Acme torpedo roll that was rather soft, and it served alongside a mixed green salad. I adore the side salads at Brunch Box. They are super lemony with hints of salt and olive oil. I think this is probably the only place that I would actually chose a salad over fries...that is, if fries were an option! And it was a perfect light partner for my velvety sandwich.

All in all I was really pleased with my Five Herb Egg Salad Sandwich from Brunch Box, enough to talk about it even after I went back to the office. I would have liked for my roll to be slightly toasted, for a bit of crispiness to contrast with the soft egg, but even in its virgin state the bread was pretty tasty. I would absolutely order this again!

Rating: 4/5 (ratings guide)

Fogcutter (@fogcuttersf) $7.00 per sandwich.

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