Deep In the Heart (Attack) of Texas - Update!

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Courtesy of Midtown Lunch
The Deep, only in New York City (or your nightmares).
"Deep In the Heart 'Attack' of Texas" is a new sandwich from Cer Te, a restaurant in Manhattan known for its sandwich options and their occasionally clever names: the Brooklyn Bridge, the Godfather. But this latest sandwich was designed by a customer of the restaurant, a man only known as "Jeffrey," and features enough calories to fell a steer.

The Deep, as I will refer to it for short, contains a piece of chicken fried steak covered with cream gravy and macaroni and cheese, all between two pieces of Texas toast. All that's missing is a little Lone Star flag sticking out of the top.

But is this truly representative of the kind of cuisine in Texas? Combining The Deep somehow with Cer Te's BBQ Brisket Sandwich might get us closer to a more traditionally Texan sandwich -- and a few steps closer to killing you in the process.

What kind of sandwich would best represent Texas? My vote would be for a sandwich showcasing some of the best and most currently authentic food that Texas has to offer: Gulf shrimp sandwich with tomatoes from Knopp Branch Farm, smoked bacon from Grateful Bread and Pure Luck's chipotle goat cheese on bolillo bread from El Bolillo.

I'd call it The Real Texan, because I'm uncreative like that. And because, as has been demonstrated, we tend to buy anything that calls itself Texan. What sandwich would you make?

Update: We received an email from Jeffrey himself regarding The Deep, and it was too good not to share:

Ha, I can't believe this made it back to Houston. I am that "Jeffrey" who submitted the idea to Cer Te, and just to clarify I was born and raised in Texas, and lived just outside of Houston in Angleton. You can't get a chicken fried steak in any restaurant in NYC and I'm just glad I got to see it in action. Who hasn't had a chicken fried steak with mac and cheese, gravy and Texas toast in Texas before? That's pretty damn Texan.


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Location Info

El Bolillo Bakery

2428 Airline Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


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jack33w
jack33w

This poses no threat to Texas' status as a flyover state.

ATX WDOPDFF
ATX WDOPDFF

Even better, as I was reading it (from Texas) my first thought (before seeing the update) was "who hasn't had this sandwich before?"  Brilliant Jeffrey, brilliant.  

Blackmtnman
Blackmtnman

I live in Colorado.....do they deliver?

AliHajiSheik
AliHajiSheik

to Jeffrey - Juniper in Williamsburg near the Bedford L stop makes a mean Chicken Fried Steak.

Gary Packwood
Gary Packwood

Now that you've made me think about it, I might - starting today - create a list of favorite sandwiches each represented by one of our ethnic groups here in H-Town.

With all the different foods, spices and breads available I would be severely limited if I picked just one sandwich.

Has anyone ever cobbled together their personal favorite list of Top 10 or Top 7 H-Town sandwiches? Might be changes and substitutions on the list for Summer vs. Winter sandwiches.

Ed T.
Ed T.

The only thing "The Deep" was missing: Chicken Fried BACON!  Also, a side of deep-fried Twinkie, and a Lone Star (or, even worse, a "713" longneck).

~EdT.

BigTomByron
BigTomByron

una torta de pastor and a dirty pair of panties to wipe yer mouf with.  that is the ultimate tejas sangie.

Nicholas L. Hall
Nicholas L. Hall

Why does food immediately become more intimidating, more likely to be labeled death-inducing, merely by getting stuck between slices of bread/buns? How many actual Texans out there haven't eaten a plate of CFS with mac as a side, a couple slices of toast or a few rolls, probably another side, and some cobbler for dessert?

shelbyk
shelbyk

I'm from Lubbock, living in New York, and I will not be trying this because...I don't want to die. But my Texas sandwich would have to be brisket w/ sauce on TX toast completely doused in yellow queso dip. Which they rarely have up here. And I can hardly ever find Rotels to make it!

Sim
Sim

How many of you now have "Deep in the Heart of Texas" stuck in your head for the rest of the day?

Evan
Evan

The Texas? A Whataburger #1 with cheese and a Dr. Pepper. And Whatasized. 

H_e_x
H_e_x

That does not look good. Also, it's far too small to be associated with Texas, but they do love their dinky ass portions up there.

Rob Hays
Rob Hays

This is a layup: Brisket, tomatillo salsa and fried oysters on some Central Texas Czech-style bread or a bolillo.  Maybe some Velhueizen cheese for good measure.

PM
PM

If you are willing to ignore the whole Asian influence in Houston (as most of the food world outside of Houston is indeed willing to do), the fajita burger at Ninfa's on Nav is a pretty good example of a "Houston sandwich."

Doc Ricky
Doc Ricky

Forgive my being obtuse, but perhaps you're describing a *Houston* sandwich, as opposed to a *Texas* sandwich. And I'll agree the Cer Te is probably hitting the lowest common denominators (except for mac n cheese - I mean, really?). I'd say it needs something from the Mexican history of Texas (too much Europe in that). Pickled jalapeños, cornbread, salsa - something recognizable from El Paso to Lubbock. 

Dave
Dave

Brother Jimmy's does chicken fried steak, Blue Smoke does chicken fried steak, Brooklyn Star does chicken fried steak...

I ate this today for lunch, in fact. It's perfectly fine, worth the curiosity factor, and of course not something you ought to eat every day, even if you're a glutton for punishment.

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

It's not The Deep itself that's intimidating; it was the supposed combination of that along with Cer Te's BBQ Brisket Sandwich in my head that I thought would be an instant artery-hardener.  ;)

Mike
Mike

Shelby, they carry Ro Tel in the Met near my apt in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.  I made some queso this weekend.  I've also seen it in some smaller grocery stores with decent Mexican/Latin American sections.

Ali
Ali

Extra Fancy ketchup on the side, please.

Ali
Ali

I want to eat that.

bert
bert

You are a dangerous man, stop reading my mind! That sounds brilliantly tasty.

Gyyygster
Gyyygster

Also sprach Rob... Contest over.

Erol Bakkalbasi
Erol Bakkalbasi

True statement! There are probably more chinese, vietnamese, and thai restaurants in Houston than 95% of US cities. 

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

I chose shrimp because they're one of those ingredients that are found in all of our most popular cuisines in Texas; they're not a mutually exclusive ingredient in any way (unless we're talking about Jewish cuisine, in which case...maybe chicken can sub).

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

Mexican history of Texas comes in with both the chipotle peppers in the cheese and the bolillo bread. Both Pure Luck and Knopp Branch are quite a ways outside of Houston. And that Gulf shrimp could come from anywhere along our coast!  :)

Nicholas L. Hall
Nicholas L. Hall

That wasn't necessarily aimed at you, just at the weird alarmist (at least one comment, plus the name of the thing)  tendency that seems to pop up around "extreme" sandwiches, most of which wouldn't really be considered extreme in their non sandwich form. Even weirder to me was the Double Down phenomenon, where the *lack* of a bun seemingly made it more horrifying.

H_e_x
H_e_x

Oh wow, that's awesome! Too bad they left out the "ass," I thought it really tied the whole sentiment together.

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