100 Favorite Dishes 2013: No. 80, The Marie Laveau Sandwich at Sandy Witch
I had eaten the Marie Laveau sandwich before and found it to be the perfect drunk and/or hungover food, but I was reminded of the dish in preparing to watch the season premiere of AHS. It just seemed like the perfect pairing. Either that or gumbo, but Sandy Witch is open later than any gumbo joint I know.
Photo by Francisco Montes The kitchen at Sandy Witch conjures up sandwiches nightly at Grand Prize.
The Marie Laveau is one of eight sandwiches on Sandy Witch's menu, developed by the man behind Pi Pizza, Anthony Calleo. It features tender and juicy Dr. Pepper-braised short rib with just a hint of herbal sweetness from the soda, stewed collard greens and house-made honey mustard with a kick. That's all served on a Kraftsmen challah bun sprinkled with crispy shallot strings that can get quite messy from the all the saucy stuff inside. You'd better eat this sandwich over a plate with lots of napkins standing by.
I don't know for sure, but I'm guessing Calleo chose to name this one after the New Orleans voodoo queen because of its southern slant, which comes courtesy of the collard greens and Dr. Pepper. Though collard greens aren't a popular sandwich filling, they provide the perfect amount of bitter to counter the rich sweetness in the beef and the honey mustard. The challah bun is also slightly sweet, and the honey mustard slightly spicy. It's like a magical piquant potion taking over your senses.
And then, before I knew it, the episode was over and the sandwich, which I'd sworn was too big for me to eat in its entirety, was gone.
And I was left alone dreaming of Marie Laveau and bewitching Dr. Pepper-braised beef.
The list so far:
No. 100: Bangkok Fries at Boheme
No. 99: Almond Croissant at Phoenicia
No. 98: Bulgogi Tacos with Kimchi at Chi'Lantro
No. 97: Soft Pretzel from Mongoose Versus Cobra
No. 96: Chicken and Waffles at Adair Kitchen
No. 95: Sweet Potato Gnocchi at Brooklyn Athletic Club
No. 94: Foie Gras Mac & Cheese at BRC Gastropub
No. 93: Vuelve a la Vida Soup at Connie's Seafood
No. 92: Homeroom at Bernie's Burger Bus
No. 91: Lobster Cake Benedict at Sorrel Urban Bistro
No. 90: Uncle Daryl's Cake at The Chocolate Bar
No. 89: Porchetta e Fagioli at Giacomo's Cibo e Vino
No. 88: Sesame Soft Balls at Golden Dim Sum
No. 87: Crab Daddy Bao at Fat Bao
No. 86: Ham, Egg & Cheese Crepe at Melange Creperie
No. 85: Pork Tamales at Irma's
No. 84: Greek Burger at Hubcap Grill
No. 83: Lobster Roll at Maine-ly Sandwiches
No. 82: Grilled Ahi Tuna at St. John's Fire
No 81: Catfish and Grits at The Breakfast Klub
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