Early in May, when Hubby and I were on our way home from the GO Station neither of us had the energy to make dinner and we had the perfect excuse to finally hit up Saltlick Smokehouse. Things were looking pretty good and the server was explaining the menu but as soon as we learned there would be no beer (they didn’t yet have a license) we beat a hasty retreat Saltlick would have to wait for another day.
We set off down James St in search of food and beer and came across Charred, which was also on my list to try out. Normally I consider chicken and salad to be my nemesis, my sworn mortal enemy. It’s everywhere, on so many menus constantly trying to thwart my plans to eat something rich, decadent and oh-so-bad for me. Ask anyone who knows me and they’d have a hard time believing I’d choose that combination for dinner but…I’ve recently made a deal with myself to retry things I “don’t like” or “don’t think I’ll like” because, well…you never know right?
I am SO glad I did.
What we ate:
It took only moments for me to choose my meal (after I’d ordered my beer of course) and I went with the Charred sandwich and house salad.
The bun was so fresh and fluffy, loaded with pulled charred chicken, peppers, onions, topped with a sharp aged cheddar and dressed with homemade piri piri mayo and cilantro (BTW I <3 Cilantro BIG TIME). The sandwich was so tasty that I demolished half in record time (which is actually saying alot…you should see how I can hoover down a meal). I (miraculously) decided to save some for lunch the next day and since I’d tried the medium piri piri but found it wasn’t spicy enough, I went all out and asked for some the hot sauce to go.
The house salad, like the salad at Bar On Locke, was a pleasant surprise. The slightly bitter mixed greens nicely coated in house made aged balsamic dressing, with sweet julienned carrots was good enough that I wish it would keep as well as the sandwich so I could have enjoyed it all over again! I swear I’m not really a salad person but when I find a good one I’m all about it – and this one didn’t even have cheese or avocado or nuts in it (usually a prerequisite for me).
When I packed my lunch bag the next day I couldn’t get that chicken sandwich out of my mind. I considered eating it on the GO Train at 8am but managed to hold off. In the end, I couldn’t wait for lunch and devoured it before 11am – COLD – standing at my desk. It was even more delicious after the juices and flavours had settled into the bun and didn’t even make it soggy!!!
I recently learned that Charred delivers all the way to my side of the city!!!! I haven’t ordered yet because I feel guilty ordering a sandwich and salad for one and having them drive all the way across town…but someday soon I’ll gather the courage
Wishing you Yumminess,