One of my favorite eateries in the world is All Star Sandwich Bar in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I was lucky enough to live just down the street for more than a year. Either dine in or take out, All Star Sandwich bar serves a fantastic mix of fresh salads, tasty sides, burgers, and of course, sandwiches.
Now, living in DC, it is one of the places that I miss most. Alex and I always knew a good meal was only a few blocks away. We even been known to eat there twice in one day. That is just how good it is.
The other day, I was particularly homesick and got a huge craving for a sandwich and pile of fries. I decided to check out their rotating menu to see what was on special. Probably not the best idea because that week's Funky sounded incredible: Mojo Braised Pork Shoulder with Spicy Feta Spread, Crispy Fried Onions, Red Leaf Lettuce, Tomatoes and Tsaziki Sauce on Grilled French.
Seriously, how good does that sound? I told Alex to pack, we had to get in the car, we had to get to Cambridge before they closed for the evening and the Funky disappeared forever. Sadly, he kind of just laughed at me. So, I had to devise a plan to make my own.
Funk∙y \funkee\ adj. (inspired by All Star Sandwich Bar)
- 3 oz of braised pork shoulder
- 2 tablespoons of spicy feta spread or tyrokafteri, recipe to follow
- 5 crispy fried onions rings
- 3 leaves of lettuce
- 3 tomato slices
- 2 tablespoons of tzatziki
- 1 piece of French bread, grilled
Spicy Feta Spread (Tyrokafteri)
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons crumbled feta
- 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/2 tablespoon cider vinegar
- 1 peperoncini, finely chopped
I started by frying up some shallots because I didn't have any onions on hand. I sliced them into rings, doused them in flour, soaked them in an egg wash, coated them in bread crumbs, and placed them in a pan of hot oil till they were crispy and golden brown.
In a food processor or magic bullet, blend together feta, Greek yogurt, olive oil, crushed red pepper flakes, paprika, cayenne pepper, cider vinegar, and chopped peperoncini.
Blend until smooth and chill until ready to use.
Slice French bread in half. Spread spicy feta spread on one side and tzatziki on the other. On one side, pile braised pork shoulder, crispy fried onion rings, lettuce, and tomatoes. Top with remaining slice of bread.
The sandwich turned out great, although probably not as good as the original. We'll be in Cambridge for a visit soon, I'll cross my fingers the Funky reappears on the menu because we will definitely be heading to All Star Sandwich Bar as soon as we get to Inman Square.
Have you ever tried to recreate a meal from your favorite restaurant? How did it turn out?