BBQ Beef Brisket on Sourdough
Finally, the main attraction: yes, Starbucks has a barbecue brisket sandwich on offer, and it's a lot tastier than your cynical nature might lead you to expect. The brisket in our sandwich was tender, lean, and juicy, and blended well with the beer-braised onions and Sonoma Jack cheese -- the latter of which could've been a bit meltier for our taste.
The toasted sourdough, meanwhile, gave the whole sandwich just the right ratio of crunchiness to chewiness, and soaked up the juices from the brisket nicely.
As stated earlier, while it might be tempting to shrug off Starbucks' forays into more elaborate food items as a shrewd corporate move, the reality is the sandwiches and wraps are actually way more balanced and flavorful than you might be prepared to admit. Give 'em a shot, although you might not want to look at the nutritional values first.
Gianni Jaccoma is a staff writer for Thrillist, and he'd prefer not to think about how much sodium he just ingested. Follow his brisket-breath tweets @gjaccoma, and send your news tips to firstname.lastname@example.org