The sandwich: Corned Beef Brisket and Swiss What's on it: Corned beef briskey, Swiss, mayo, mustard, onions, lettuce, tomato, pickle, oil, seasonings, hot pepper relish Where to get it: Snarf's (1001 East 11th Avenue, 303-832-9999) How much: $7.65
Hey! Who put the hot peppers on my corned beef brisket?
Hey! Who put the corned beef brisket in my hot pepper relish?
Yeah, I had a Reese's moment the other day at Snarf's, the Boulder-born sandwich hotspot that opened its first Denver outpost in April.
Known for its bright color scheme, Snarf's has three locations in Boulder and one in Longmont. This Denver store is tucked into a strip of Capitol Hill shops near Whole Foods and happened to be the second place in two weeks where I enjoyed hot pepper relish in a deli that incorporates a garage door into its decor. Coincidence? Maybe.
The sandwich itself was innocently described on the menu as corned beef brisket and Swiss cheese; possible sides included mayo, mustard, onions, lettuce, tomato, pickle, oil and seasonings. Oh, and hot pepper relish - which I hadn't planned on adding until my able order-taker (she had a Mom tattoo on one arm and a Grandma tat on the other) suggested it. "It's really good," she told me, with a secret sandwich look in her eyes.
I was skeptical, yet threatened by her Navy-style tats, so I acquiesced.
Turns out, I should get my order-taker's name tattooed on my own arm -- because hot pepper relish goes really well on corned beef brisket.
In fact, everything combined well on this awesome sandwich, and I'd swear there was some other ingredient not listed on the menu that made it taste so good. The two co-workers I was with agreed. (One of them had the Turkey and Swiss, one had the Hot Dog -- and in addition to an unusual dog, Snarf's also has a couple of PB&J varieties.)
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Maybe it wasn't a secret ingredient, though. Maybe it was simply the way the sandwich was toasted - enough to make it warm and gooey, but not so much that it crumbled or burnt. Some delis just get it when it comes to their toasting technique; others don't. I wish I knew the trick, so I could spread the word.
As it is, I'll just have fun spreading the word Snarf's. Fun to say. Better to eat.
Snarf's. Snarf's Snarf's. Tell them Mom sent you.
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