eat all the smith & deli sandwiches – #19, parmageddon
The schnitzel type sandwiches on the Deli menu were always low on my list because they are made with tempeh. I have a love-hate relationship with tempeh, mostly hate. Thinly sliced, well incinerated and super crispy it is a delight, anything other than that and I loathe it. When it isn’t crispy it has a kind of waxy texture that I don’t like. It reminds me of a brain to look at. Gross I know, but now I have got that off my chest you’ll understand my review of this sandwich.
I didn’t love the Parmageddon, and the reason I didn’t was solely because of the tempeh. The crispy crumb coating was great, the pesto, mozzarella and tomato sauce are always a winning combination and if it had been with something else like crumbed well cooked eggplant, tofu or mock meat I’d probably have loved it. But it had tempeh lurking in between that crispy crumb. Waxy, grey, walking dead, zombie tempeh. Shudder.
Otherwise a delicious sandwich. I ended up picking out my tempeh and eating the rest.
If you love tempeh, then ignore my tempeh bigotry and eat it. You’ll probably love it.
I had to do it for research for Vegan Mofo, but I think I might skip the other tempeh sandwiches. They scare me. And I’ll probably just rant against tempeh all over again.
Call me a wimp.
Smith & Deli
111 Moor St