100 Favorite Dishes 2013: No. 80, The Marie Laveau Sandwich at Sandy Witch

Photo by Kaitlin Steinberg
This Sandy Wich beaut' cast a spell on me.
This year, leading up to our annual Menu of Menus issue, Kaitlin Steinberg counts down her 100 favorite dishes as she eats her way through Houston. She'll compile a collection of the dishes she thinks are the most awesome, most creative and, of course, most delicious in town. It's a list of her personal favorites, things she thinks any visitor or Houstonian ought to try at least once and dishes that seem particularly indicative of the ever-changing Houston foodscape. It's a list to drool over.

If the following is news to you, then you're not watching the right things on TV.

American Horror Story premiered its third season this past Wednesday, and as has been the case with the show's first two seasons, much of the same cast has returned, but this season's story arc has nothing to do with the first two years of the show, and each of the cast members is playing a different role. The show is like a miniseries with the same actors that tells a completely different story each season. First, it was a haunted house. Last year, an insane asylum and demon possession and whatnot. This season, the story revolves around a coven of witches living in New Orleans.

Though New Orleans is known for sinister voodoo and creepy hauntings in general, one of the city's most famous residents was Marie Laveau, the "Queen of Voodoo" and a self-proclaimed voodoo priestess. There are a great number of legends surrounding Laveau's black magic, none of which can be substantiated, of course, but she remains a pop culture icon. And this season, she's a key player in American Horror Story.

All of this is to explain why, on a recent evening, I ventured back to Sandy Witch Sandwich Company inside Grand Prize Bar not to drink, but to obtain a Marie Laveau sandwich. I needed something special to eat during my own personal viewing party.

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MadMac topcommenter

Ooo, this reads GOOD. During Houston's 2 1/2 weeks of winter, I braise more than I 'que and this will make a nice switch off from Creole Debris and Govind Armstrong's shortrib grilled cheese. Thanks on the tip-side, Ms. Steinberg. 

KaitlinS topcommenter

@MadMac It's seriously delicious comfort food. I kind of think everything should be braised in Dr. Pepper now.

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