By Jeff Albertson
Special to The Seattle Times
I knew something was happening when I smelled the familiar aroma of grilled onions on my morning bike commute coming down Fremont Ave. on Thursday morning. I’ve lived in upper Fremont for nearly eight years now and have woken up to that smell almost daily. Even though the windows were still covered in brown paper, something was up, someone was cooking inside Paseo.
Around noon the news broke that they had re-opened and I wanted to taste for myself, to see whether the new owners could replicate the classic Caribbean pork sandwiches that so many love.
I arrived around 5 p.m. and was shocked to see no line out front. I ordered the number two (Caribbean Roast, $10.68 after taxes) from the menu. The sandwich was as sloppy as ever, slathered in aioli and piled with jalapeños and onions. The bread, which in the past was always too crunchy for me, seems a bit softer. Perhaps it’s fresher? The pork was a bit drier than usual and the sauce perhaps a tad milder than I remembered, but as far as first impressions go I’d say it’s as close to the original as possible.
One thing the new owner did get right is installing a second cash register and they will now be accepting credit/debit cards. That should help cut down on the long lines and the wait.