The Porchetta Sandwich from respected Buffalo Bayou-adjacent breakfast/lunch spot is an interesting twist on the classic Italian holiday meat staple.
The Porchetta Sandwich from respected Buffalo Bayou-adjacent breakfast/lunch spot is an interesting twist on the classic Italian holiday meat staple.
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Houston's Best Sandwiches: Porchetta Sandwich at The Dunlavy

We are in search of Houston's best sandwiches because we love sandwiches and we love Houston!

Chefs often take creative license with traditional foods and put their own twist on a classic. Porchetta, the celebrated Italian roast pork dish, is often found on sandwiches and outside of the traditional center-table main course. So, when I spied the Porchetta Sandwich, a relatively new offering, on the menu at The Dunlavy (3422 Allen Parkway), my interest was piqued.

That was especially true when ticking off the ingredients: red onion, caper aioli, parsley and...pork belly. Let me just clarify that I'm a bigger fan of belly than it's cured and smoked varietal, bacon. Maybe it isn't quite porchetta in the traditional sense, but roasted pork belly sounds like a damn fine substitute.

Still, I wasn't exactly 100 percent sure what I was getting when I ordered. What arrived was tender, fatty pork on a crunch ciabatta roll. The caper aioli was tangy and acidic, as were the red onions. The flat-leaf parsley was heaped on the sandwich much the way lettuce would be, which was a fascinating choice — the grassy flavor brought lively freshness and cut through the acid. And the melty roast pork belly delivered a deep, rich flavor that was the heart of the dish.

It's difficult for me to label a sandwich elevated for any reason. It is, after all, a sandwich. But, the ingredients certainly were unique and remarkably balanced. So, it wasn't traditional porchetta, but it was close enough and who cares really when it is this good.

If you have a sandwich you think is one of the best in town, hit us up. We're always looking for new options.

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