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Jersey’s Thursdays: Vegetarian Reuben & Spinach Eggplant Panino

This week we decided to go vegetarian! Of course, just because it’s vegetarian doesn’t mean it’s healthy. These sandwiches are still massive and manage to pack in the calories. For our study, we chose the Vegetarian Reuben and the Spinach Eggplant Panino. (Panino is the singular of panini) Let’s get started…

Vegetarian Reuben and Spinach Eggplant Panino

Vegetarian Reuben and Spinach Eggplant Panino

Typically when I try two sandwiches, I like to take two, maybe three bites of the first one then move to the other so I’m not biased from being sated. However, as soon as I took a bite of the Vegetarian Reuben, I couldn’t put it down. A casual observer may have recount the situation as a “man inhaling a sandwich.” It’s hard to deny this.

Vegetarian Reuben

Vegetarian Reuben: Sliced tomato, onion, sauerkraut, green onion, horseradish sauce, Swiss cheese, and Russian on grilled light rye. $7.99

This sandwich was difficult to put down. Not so much because of its taste, but more so due to its texture. It absolutely melted in my mouth. The touch of horseradish mixed with the Russian and Swiss smoothly graced my tongue as it gently (albeit quickly) passed by. This would satisfy my craving for a Reuben any day.

Spinach Eggplant Panino

Spinach Eggplant Panino - Remember when I said that vegetarian doesn't necessarily mean healthy?

Spinach Eggplant Panino

Spinach Eggplant Panino - Spinach, artichoke hearts, roasted eggplant, tomatoes, oregano, and provolone cheese on a toasted focaccia. $8.99

I have to admit, this was the first sandwich that disappointed me. After the explosion of flavor that was the Vegetarian Reuben, this sandwich left a lot to be desired in terms of taste. Now don’t get me wrong, if you like the taste of roasted eggplant, then this sandwich is for you. It really packs in a veritable ton of eggplant. However, it really tastes just like that, eggplant. (and focaccia) As Sherrel eloquently stated “the peaks and valleys of this sandwich’s flavor profile aren’t and pronounced as others.”

We both felt that this sandwich could have used something strong and contrasting to the eggplant such as some olive tapenade or even bacon. (Thus defeating the vegetarian point)

In addition to sandwiches this week, I also tried some of their coffee. They have a different blend of coffee available each day and I’d been meaning to try a cup. Today’s cup was a Sumatra Organic blend and it was delicious. I didn’t have my notebook with me so I wasn’t able to write down a full cupping journal, but I can say that it was tasty. (For the record, I drink my coffee black)

Sherrel spying on me through my coffee

Sherrel spying on me through my coffee

I also had a celebration cupcake!

I also had a celebration cupcake!

Celebration Cupcakes! Strawberry, Chocolate, and Vanilla

Celebration Cupcakes! Strawberry, Chocolate, and Vanilla

What’s the celebration cupcakes for you may ask? Jersey’s was selected for Food Network’s Diner’s Drive-Ins and Dives! I was actually invited for the filming but I have a scheduling conflict and cannot go. :( At least Sherrel will be there for me and hopefully will take some pictures.

See you next week!

Jersey’s Thursdays is weekly ongoing quest to review the entire menu at Jersey’s Café in Carmel, IN. For more information, check out the initial post about the project.



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