If you've ever been into Clacey's Meat and Fish in Linden Hills then you'll already know that they have a wide selection of awesome and obscure meats. You'll also know that they are ridiculously knowledgeable and incredibly friendly. What you may not realize is that you can actually get some really good sandwiches there too.
The selection isn't huge, but the options are solid and even a bit unique - the ham and jam, for instance. I already set my heart on their roast beef before I walked in the door (it looks down-right delicious), so I quickly placed my order and watched them work. First they split a really nice Rustica Baguette (we're off to a good start) and generously slather on mayo and mustard. Next, they jam on piles and piles of their velvety, and perfectly tender roast beef. The roast beef then gets a thin layer of mellow swiss, some paper-thin red onion, some lettuce for crunch and lots of roasted and hot peppers. The sandwich is actually quite beautiful with a nice range of color and textures; I simply scooted outside and dug in on their bench.
The baguette has a resilient crust but the interior was nicely softened by some of the rich juices from the garlicky and robust beef. The sassy onions provided additional fragrance while the peppers provided a nice pop. Then, it hit me. Holy hot mustard. This is likely the strongest I've ever messed with - it was no joke. It actually stopped me mid-chew, which is no small accomplishment. Unfortunately, once I hit the mustard it was hard to get rid of - it's the kind of stuff that lingers in the sinus. I started to deconstruct the sandwich and I can assure you that all the individual ingredients were awesome, but it was a bit difficult to get everything when I'd hit a big pocket of the macho mustard. I would definitely ask them to hold it or go easy if you aren't up to the challenge.
Sandwich Rating: Tasty. The over-powering mustard hurt the rating, but despite the set back, the artisan offering was simplistically solid. Whenever you are dealing with killer ingredients you know the result is going to be good, and that is the situation at Clancey's. I'll head back for sure (both for a sandwich and for other culinary pursuits), but I'm definitely going to hold the mustard.
Epic Sandwich copyright 2009 by Teddy Hobbins