Compared to the turkey sandwich, or the Reuben, or the grilled cheese, the meatloaf sandwich is an all-too-often overlooked volume in the American Library of Great Sandwiches. (I freely admit the American Library of Great Sandwiches was a terrible idea — no one wants a sandwich after it's been returned, and I'll be returning your Kickstarter money ASAP.)
We tried a fancy-pants take on it, "Karen's BBQ Meatloaf Sandwich," from Publican Quality Meats in Chicago. It's topped with frisee, fried shallots and something called "American spoon remoulade."
Miles: Oh! I knew I tasted spoon.
Ian: Says here meatloaf sandwiches are a great way to use leftovers. I guess my question is: What does this word mean, this ... "leftovers"?
Miles: This sandwich is my second-favorite miracle involving loaves.
Eva: Meatloaf is a wonderful way for people without teeth or the ability to chew to still get their daily dose of way, way too much meat.
Mike: People may say that meatloaf is the lowest of the meats, but it's the highest of the loaves.
Eva: You know, "that meat loaf" is also what you say when you're describing really lazy meat.
Peter: Is there a point where the ratio of breadcrumbs to meat tips the bread's way, so it becomes a loafloaf? Or a loafmeat?
Miles: Can you loaf anything? Who do I talk to about creating a saladloaf?
Ian: I like that this sandwich would do anything for love, but I hate that it won't do that.
[The verdict: a delicious example of a delicious sandwich.]
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