Why Did Miss Smart Cross the Road?

by Sarah on August 7, 2011 · 9 comments

Why did Miss Smart cross the road?To get to this sandwich.Obviously.
Despite my life being momentarily in peril,*I made it safely across the street to Luke’s Inside Out, the new trailer at Gibson Bar.
*Although Luke, the owner, said as soon as he saw I wasn’t silly enough to wear high heels^, he knew I’d be OK.
^Amen.

Y’all might remember Gibson from the time I ate the (now-infamous) burger-on-a-doughnut. Well, that trailer closed shortly after my divine sweet-and-salty adventure, and in its place stands something entirely different.The menu is still slightly quirky, but instead of one gimmick to drive the business…well, Luke has a whole menu of creatively enticing* grilled sandwiches (and smoked meat sticks? and bacon-wrapped potatoes?)…
*And by enticing, I mean, “makes my mouth water with anticipation and horrific confusion about just what to order.”
… that feature occasionally unusual–but never offensive^–combinations.

^I don’t know why I said that. It just sounded good. But really, how could a sandwich combination be offensive. I mean, would it really offend you if the falafel had had, say, mozzarella sticks on it or something? [That would probably delight some of you, actually.]The Vegetable–featuring a falafel burger, grilled eggplant, and spinach– did NOT have mozzarella sticks on it, but–holy mother of all sandwiches (!)–was it insanely delicious.
See how exciting it was to eat?The falafel patty was pure perfection of spiced ground chickpea joy. It was cooked a la hamburger, not fried, and was just soft enough to smush into a delicious bite of spinach-eggplant-toasty (yet tender) bread scrumptiousness.

But that’s not what I ordered.

Neither was this.

That was The Caesar, a seemingly ordinary “Chicken-Caesar-salad-on-a-bun” (if you can call that ordinary?), nicely dressed with a solid traditional Caesar rounding out a fresh bite that tasted light, despite the fact that Caesar salad, by nature, never is. :) What made this sandwich stand out? The intriguing addition of avocado. I guess it’s not surprising that Josh ordered it, then…as his new blog is called The Avocado Apex. It was also not surprising that he shared.Or that I insisted on taking an excessive amount of eating shots.But seriously, y’all, it was that good.We were all running around saying “Try this! Did you try it? Oh my goodness did you taste that?!” like small children jacked up on Mountain Dew.* And perhaps the sandwich that inspired the MOST “WTH? Did that really just happen?” reactions was mine.^
*5 points if you got that allusion!
^I say this only because I want credit for picking the best sandwich.
The Shrimp: an altogether unusual and odd-sounding in some respects union of some commonly paired deliciousness (bleu cheese, apples, honey) with the entirely unexpected (grilled rosemary chipotle shrimp). It deserved a BIG ol’ “Oh my goll, y’all!” if ever a sandwich deserved one. I swear, I never would have thought, but the bleu cheese made a melted creamy sauce that sort of oozed out over everything, while the addition of some spinach leaves and the crisp apples lightened up each bite, counteracting the subtle salty heat of the meaty shrimp to create a moment of bliss really.

Was worth risking my life to eat?

I think that the (literal) standing ovation all five of us gave to everyone at Luke’s Inside Out says it all.*
*And also reminds me that eating with fellow foodies who are just as crazy as you are really improves upon the overall dining experience.

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Susan August 7, 2011 at 8:16 am

I'd cross a minefield for that falafel sandwich.

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Maria @ Oh Healthy Day August 7, 2011 at 11:13 am

I would always cross an insanely busy highway for a good sandwich…or two or three. Seriously, how in the world could you pick?

Though if I had to, the pulled pork of course. I'm hungry.

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brocstar August 7, 2011 at 11:28 am

I like those action shots of your friends literally bending over with joy while eating their sandwiches.
And food (I almost wrote foot- gross.) trucks are awesome. I wonder how Austin compare to Portland in that regard?

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Maris (In Good Taste) August 7, 2011 at 2:59 pm

I am now seriously starving for a sandwich!

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Autumn @ Good Eats Girl August 7, 2011 at 3:44 pm

I need to find a sandwich like that and eat it now.

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Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean August 7, 2011 at 8:45 pm

i LOVE the crossing the street pics :) and all of those sandwiches sound amazing.

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Baking Serendipity August 7, 2011 at 10:17 pm

Love the pics and this place! I would order the vegetarian sandwich for sure :)

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atastelife August 9, 2011 at 9:16 am

Griddled sandwiches are the best thing ever. And now I want one.

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Jenn August 9, 2011 at 6:36 pm

I want to go to there….

seriously the sammies look life changing!!!!!

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