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November 13, 2014 at 3:20 PM

Six great pork sandwiches worthy of Paseo’s throne

So, did something happen in our food scene this week? What did I miss? I’m kidding.  Seattleites,  you took the closure of Paseo pretty damn hard. (I haven’t seen this many stunned kids since Rowdy Roddy Piper sneaked-attacked Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka in Piper’s Pit. )

Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times A Paseo sandwich was enormous and attracted huge crowds over the course of its 21-year run in Seattle.

Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times
The Paseo sandwich was enormous and attracted huge crowds over the course of its 21-year run in Seattle.

crop[1]You’ve chimed in with all sorts of recipes and tips on how to survive in a post-Paseo reality. My favorite: if you buy a grilled pork banh mi and put some caramelized onions on top, it’s like a poor man’s Paseo.

Folks, we need to move beyond the grieving stage. Here’s my six contenders for Best New Pork Sandwich.

Bongos Cuban Café has a Cuban sandwich (citrusy braised pork, caramelized onions, pickled jalapeno and banana peppers, cilantro and aioli) that’s  earning a cult following in the north end,  but you’ll have to wait until Nov. 22  when it reopens.

La Bodega has  a slow-roasted marinated pork shoulder sandwich — topped with chimichurri shredded cabbage, pickled onions and aioli — that’s one of the most talked about in the last 12 months.

Salumi, like Paseo, has long lines and a cult sandwich (The oxtail). But it’s not too shabby in the pork department either  —  the meatballs, the Mufo, the porchetta — but the most underrated is bread with piles of salami especially the citrusy agrumi, a combo of zesty flavors and porky saltiness.

Snout & Co  has a Cuban sandwich that has become a favorite with the  South Lake Union lunch crowd.

The Swinery  has a BLT on  steroids, piled with bacon and pork belly and topped with  tomato, aioli and a few slivers of greens to make you feel good about yourself. I know, I know,  everybody loves its “Swinery Spectacular” sandwich,  but this new B&B sandwich  is better.

Porkchop and Co. serves a  juicy, bone-in pork chop, pan-fried then fattened further with a bed of pesto and cut with pickled veggies and bitter sage, served on a toasted bun.

Tan Vinh: tvinh@seattletimes.com

 

 

 

 

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