After a good workout, the last thing we should be eating is a high carb, high fat meal but let’s face it – that is what we really want. After a solid 7 mile run, finding a lunch spot on our way to our friends’ place in Sty Town was a no-brainer – Porchetta! Apparently it’s been open on E11th Street since 2008 but we didn’t really hear about it until Jayson recently saw that it’s namesake dish was on Eater’s “20 Epic New York Sandwiches to Eat Before You Die“; I’m not sure Jayson is ready to die but he is so glad that we made it there for this sandwich. Normally, I’d like to give you my own review but Sara Jenkins has already thoroughly informed the “eater” on the store front’s website with exactly what one can expect from this sandwich – a) the pork is free range, humanely raised hormone and antibiotic free pork; b) the bread is a crusty ciabatta roll baked by Grand Daisy Bakery; c) it’s seasoned with garlic, rosemary, sage, sun dried Sicilian sea salt and wild fennel pollen from small dried petals and pollen of the wild fennel flower grown in the Mediterranean; d) the cut is a lean loin and fatty belly to get the right mix of meaty and tender; and e) because the Porchetta is roasted with the skin on, the sandwich consists of crisp flavorful shards that were for sure crispy. I had the pressed Lebanese chicken sandwich (I ordered a spicy pickle and a side of kimchi that I added to the sandwich) which reminded me of healthier version of a Cuban sandwich. Finally, we shared the Crispy Potatoes & Burnt Ends (Russet potatoes with left over porchetta scraps, olive oil and salt) which were so moist and had a terrific smokey flavor.
Sara Jenkins has made her mark around the globe and in some well known kitchens. I am happy she is making a mark for herself here in the East Village. I’d be happy to run 7 miles any day knowing that I can eat Porchetta’s Lebanese chicken sandwich as my reward!
What is your favorite post workout meal?