“Wait, Joy! I need to take a picture!” Yep. That’s my twitchy hand ready to grab that delicious sandwich and take a bite (read: devour it!). I’m not kidding. I haven’t stopped thinking about that Grilled Pork sandwich (#1 on the menu) at Paseo in Ballard, WA, since I savored the last bit of deliciousness left on the wrapper yesterday. And, now, I’m thinking about it all day today because I received these fabulous photos from Mary in my e-mail inbox first thing this morning (I wonder if she was dreaming about her Paseo Press sandwich last night?).
I’m loving the fact that whenever I page through a Food and Wine magazine, or watch “Barefoot Contessa” on The Food Network, or make a list of menu items to try using my Chefs Feed app (more on that, later), it’s all in the name of “work!” I’m now a Food Blogger, so I need to study up, right?
When Mary suggested we go to lunch someplace “new”, I sent her my list of suggestions and she, craving carbs, chose Paseo. I’d read about the Paseo Press sandwich on Chefs Feed, and then I checked it out on yelp*. Are you kidding me? This place has been around forever, but neither Mary nor I had heard of it. I think it’s probably the most reviewed restaurant on yelp*. And now we know why!
Mary ordered the Paseo Press Sandwich. From the menu: “Succulent morsels of roasted pork nestled atop sweet banana peppers, draped with sheer slices of smoked ham, Swiss cheese, and caramelized onions; all melted together between a hot press.”
I had the Grilled Pork sandwich described as: “Cubed pork loin grilled over lava rocks & basted w/Paseo Marinade until golden brown. Served with crisp, romaine lettuce and pickled jalapeños”.
Both sandwiches were gooey with fabulously garlic-y aioli and topped with fresh cilantro and large pieces of deliciously caramelized onions. The plan was to share them, but since they were not cut in half, we each enjoyed our own. Quickly!
Paseo only accepts cash. Seating is limited and outdoor only, and there is usually a long line – now we understand why!
I’m so grateful for finally learning about this restaurant via Chefs Feed and yelp*.
You can find out more about Paseo at www.paseoseattle.com, or just head out to one of their two locations and experience a real Cuban sandwich for yourself!
*How do you find new restaurants to try? Do you use yelp? We’d like to know!