Sure, the economy's in the crapper, but there are some silver linings: cheap travel, bargain-basement real estate, and ample opportunities to gaze deep into the eyebrows of Sam Waterson during TD Ameritrade commercials. And now, crazy-delicious sandwiches from Kitchenette
Not so long ago, a group of finely pedigreed local caterers (formerly of Foreign Cinema, Chez Panisse, etc) wanted to open a carry-out window but were too busy with work; thank god, times got tough and work went away, and they opened Kitchenette -- an unassuming, street-side cubby slinging cheap, changing-daily gourmet sandos & salads out of a garage door to anyone who can afford food. Menu items're posted daily on their blog, with highlights so far including a porchetta sando (prepped w/ capers, garlic, sage, rosemary, & oregano) w/ cabbage fennel slaw and aioli, and another with a jalapeno and cilantro-aided tangerine-/beer-roasted Berkshire pork -- a far more executable hybrid than pork-flavored beer. They're also prone to mix in some non-'wich action, like a butternut squash pizzetta with fried peppers/prosciutto/spring onions, leafiness like the Big Chopped Spring salad (w/ a hard-cooked egg), as well as unique tweaks on old standards, e.g., Korean Pork Tacos, just like El Seoul Taqueria used to make
To wash it all down, there're interesting elixirs like tangerine/lavender/honey "refreshers" and Meyer lemonade. There'll also be a rotation of cookies, including double chocolate mint, and maple-bacon snickerdoodles, on hand for 50 cents -- approximately half the price of the L&O courthouse-adjacent street dogs that allowed Waterston's brows to flourish.