Sandwiches at Bon Me!

Chicken sandwich from Bon MeJust don’t think of them as banh mi—think of them as banh mi inspired, a sandwich with Vietnamese roots that’s a fresh fast food wonder in its own utterly delectable way. It doesn’t matter that they aren’t authentic—they’re amazing. Every one of them I’ve had has been absolutely satisfying with crispy bread, crunchy daikon and carrots, fresh cilantro and of course savory fillings of flavorfully seasoned meat or tofu. And don’t call it fusion either; as far as I can tell, the sandwich is not fused with anything except insanely good flavor and mouthfeel.

Whenever I’m near Harvard Yard or in Kendall Square, I have to get one of these from the Bon Me truck or restaurant. Prepared fresh in mere minutes, these sandwiches always delight me at first bite and thoroughly satiate me with the last. The one I was holding in this picture—the Szechuan peppercorn chicken sandwich—it was so good that although I only meant to take a bite, then be on my way, I could not stop myself from devouring it in minutes while standing in the middle of the Harvard campus as snow fell, not noticing how cold my hands were until I had consumed 3/4ths of the awesomeness.

If you want something true(r) to the original, there are plenty of places around Boston where you can get one (Pho Viet’s is my fave), but if you’re looking for a tasty, well textured sandwich/meal/substantial snack, give the Bon Me sandwich a try.

Bon Me truck in Harvard Yard

Love you, Clover: The Enzo is Back!

The Enzo Returns


As someone who likes to eat fries with and in sandwiches, I was ecstatic when I found out a couple weeks ago that Clover would be doing another run of their Enzo sandwich. The photograph above just cannot capture even a sliver of the Enzo experience; it is a sheer delight to chew and savor if you like the ingredients (listed below) that go into this uniquely delectable vegetarian meal/snack.

enzo ingredients

Currently Eating: The Enzo by Clover

The Enzo, a sandwich by CloverThe moment I chewed on my first mouthful of the Enzo sandwich by Clover, my palate was exhilarated. An unexpected shot of gustatory joy on a very cold evening. The unlikely amalgamation of fried eggplant, cheese, pepper relish? and fries (yes, fries in the sandwich) was for me a real winner. And the next day, I was back for more. With the Enzo, I don’t miss their last awesome sandwich, the cauliflower, at all—well, maybe just a little if I really think about how fantastic that one was with the Sriracha sauce.

I love how Clover continues to delightfully surprise me with their new culinary creations combining fresh, nutritious ingredients. I’ve been eating at Clover locations for several years now and look forward to continuing to do so.

Their whoopie pies, by the way: amazing.