64: The St. Paul Cheese Shop's Chorizo Sandwich


It's got an unassuming name, but don't be fooled: The St. Paul Cheese Shop makes seriously badass sandwiches for grownup palates.

Step inside the tiny Grand Avenue shop and be prepared to salivate as you peruse the delightful menu of made-to-order delicacies (along with weekly specials that may or may not reflect the weather or the shop manager's mood). Wanna make it fancy (i.e. upgrade your cheese)? Or stinky (ditto)? That choice is yours, too.

See also: 65: Verdant Tea's Chinese Hash

Don't freak out if your stomach loudly requests one of everything. Start here: the chorizo sandwich. With thinly sliced Spanish chorizo, nutty Manchego cheese, a smear of harissa, and a dollop of quince paste, the sandwich is the perfect marriage of spicy and sweet. The foil to all that flavor is a hearty pile of salad greens, bringing a nice earthy crunch.

The best sandwiches are so well proportioned they don't skip a beat, so you get a little bit of everything in each bite. The chorizo sandwich is just that seamlessly balanced masterpiece. Best of all, its goodies are packed into the perfect bun -- a Breadsmith roll strong enough to contain a whopping amount, but tender against the delicate roof of your mouth.

And don't even think about leaving without a Valrhona chocolate brownie for dessert.

For more badassery in the art of sandwich making (and to avoid making a trip across the river), you can also visit the flagship France 44 store in Minneapolis.

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