100 Favorite Dishes 2013-2014: No. 44, BBQ Pulled Wild Boar Sandwich at Sammy's Wild Game Grill

That made me feel a little better, but still unconvinced, I ordered a much safer bet. And boy am I glad I did.

Cool coleslaw + warm meat + crispy onions + a soft bun = sandwich heaven.
The BBQ pulled wild boar sandwich -- noted as a chef's favorite on the menu -- is exactly what it sounds like, and so much more. Think Kansas City-style pulled pork on a sandwich with a bit of cole slaw and an onion ring, and that's essentially what the wild boar sandwich is, only better.

Wild boar is gamier than the porcine critters we usually eat, and it takes on a bit of the flavor of whatever it is the boars have been foraging on, be it roots, crops, grass, etc. At Sammy's they barbecue the boar long enough to make it tender and melt-in-your-mouth, and the hint of barbecue sauce in which it's stewed mellows the gamey flavor for those less inclined to enjoy meat that tastes like it's been running around in the wild.

The best part of the sandwich might not even be the boar, though. It's the zesty cilantro cole slaw that's so juicy it dribbles little pools of light green sauce onto your plate as you eat the sandwich. In lieu of onion rings, which can be incredibly difficult to bite into without yanking the whole thing out of place, the wild boar sandwich features crispy fried onion strings.

Those tasty toppings are covered with some melted cheese and stuffed between a soft pretzel bun. In general, I'm over pretzel buns. They're usually either too hard, too dry or not pretzel-y enough to deserve the title, but this one is pretty damn near perfect. It's slightly sweet and salty, and the smooth, browned crust on the outside keeps the entire sandwich from getting soggy and falling apart.

So, maybe next time I'll try the kangaroo. Of course, I've been saying that for a while now, and instead, I just keep coming back to the wild boar sandwich. Sorry, little boars. You're cute too, but this dish is just too good to pass up.

The list so far:
No. 45: Guanciale Burger at Plonk
No. 46: Parma 600 Pizza at Pizzeria Solario
No. 47: CFC Deviled Eggs at Liberty Kitchen & Oyster Bar
No. 48: The El Real Burger at El Real Tex-Mex Cafe
No. 49: Custard Sandwich at Petite Sweets
No. 50: Black Pepper Beer Lobster at Hai Cang Seafood Restaurant
No. 51: Red Dragon Roll at Michiru Sushi
No. 52: Fried Bananas Foster at Custom Confections
No. 53: Bánh Canh Hue at Simply Pho
No. 54: Kimchi Koagie at Koagie Hots
No. 55: The Juicy Lucy Burger at Lowbrow
No. 56: Eggplant Fries at Batanga
No. 57: Macarons at Ganache Dessert Bar
No. 58: Grilled Cheese at The Golden Grill
No. 59: Baklava French Toast at Harry's Restaurant & Cafe
No. 60: Patata e Funghi Pizza at Pizaro's
No. 61: Old Fashioned Frito Pie at Armadillo Palace
No. 62: Korean Spiced Brisket Plate at Revival Market
No. 63: Bánh Mì at Les Givral's Sandwich and Cafe
No. 64: Squirrel Master Burger at Cottonwood
No. 65: Shorty Mac at H-Town StrEATS
No. 66: Enchiladas de Mole at La Guadalupana
No. 67: Bad Ass Hambur-Torta at Pistolero's
No. 68: Green "Hurry Curry" at Nit Noi
No. 69: Dozen Raw Oysters at Pappas Seafood
No 70: Banana Split at Cloud 10 Creamery
No. 71: Lazy Lane Frites at Brasserie 19
No. 72: Chicken Pot Pie at Kenny & Ziggy's
No. 73: Chili Cheese Mac from Jus' Mac
No. 74: Taco al Pastor at Taco Keto
No. 75: 'Date With a Pig' at Sparrow Bar + Cookshop
No. 76: The Heights Burger at Gratifi
No. 77: Lamb Lollipops at Américas
No. 78: Mortadella Sandwich at 13 Celsius
No. 79: Carnissima Pizza at Coppa Osteria
No. 80: The Marie Laveau Sandwich at Sandy Witch
No. 81: Catfish and Grits at The Breakfast Klub
No. 82: Grilled Ahi Tuna at St. John's Fire
No. 83: Lobster Roll at Maine-ly Sandwiches
No. 84: Greek Burger at Hubcap Grill
No. 85: Pork Tamales at Irma's
No. 86: Ham, Egg & Cheese Crepe at Melange Creperie
No. 87: Crab Daddy Bao at Fat Bao
No. 88: Sesame Soft Balls at Golden Dim Sum
No. 89: Porchetta e Fagioli at Giacomo's Cibo e Vino
No. 90: Uncle Daryl's Cake at The Chocolate Bar
No. 91: Lobster Cake Benedict at Sorrel Urban Bistro
No. 92: Homeroom at Bernie's Burger Bus
No. 93: Vuelve a la Vida Soup at Connie's Seafood
No. 94: Foie Gras Mac & Cheese at BRC Gastropub
No. 95: Sweet Potato Gnocchi at Brooklyn Athletic Club
No. 96: Chicken and Waffles at Adair Kitchen
No. 97: Soft Pretzel from Mongoose Versus Cobra
No. 98: Bulgogi Tacos with Kimchi at Chi'Lantro
No. 99: Almond Croissant at Phoenicia
No. 100: Bangkok Fries at Boheme

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FattyFatBastard topcommenter

Speaking of coleslaw, you need to try the cajun slaw at Tony Mandola's.  Best I've ever had.

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