Melt: Aged Beef Top Round with French Onion Combo

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Last week we visited the best deli sandwich location in Westchester, but today, we visit what may be the best hot sandwich location in our county; Melt Sandwich Shop. Now normally I would review a sandwich and tell you to buy it, but due to the uniqueness of Melt, today’s review will be a little different. Melt is an abnormal kind of vendor; while most shops have a list of predesignated sandwiches for you to choose from, Melt allows you to choose what sandwich they make for you.

Confused? Let me explain.

When you enter Melt and look at their sandwich board, instead of seeing sandwich names, you see bread size, choice of meat, and a list of combos you can mix your meat with.

So for example you can choose to have your aged beef top round with the french onion combo (as I did), or with the Cuban combo; or perhaps with the BLT combo. Or maybe you want ham instead of beef, or brisket instead of ham. No matter how you slice it, there is a plethora of different sandwich combinations for you to choose from; and if you don’t fancy the exact combination that I chose to review, please know that there are so many other choices for you to mix and match.

This week I decided to order the aged beef top round with the french onion combo on a long roll; this is the outside:

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And this is the inside:

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In case you are wondering, yes, it did taste as good as it looks. This, like all Melt sandwiches come in three parts; bread, meat, and the combo, so each must be addressed. The meat, simply put, is delicious; it is tender and spiced very nicely and provides a nice chew. You will not find yourself struggling to make each bite a manageable swallow, as the way the meat is prepared does that for you.

The French Onion Combo is made with “sauteed onions, gruyere cheese, au jus”; and when Melt says they love making food, this combo certainly attests to that. The onions were flavorful and were neither too flimsy nor too crunchy; and the cheese was of high quality. Another great thing about the combo was that it was au jus, or “made with its own juices”; something which added even more flavor to the onions and cheese.

The bread meanwhile was perfect for the kind of sandwich this was; its soft enough to provide an easy grip, bite, and chew, but it also was able to soak up the juices of the sandwiches contents without becoming soggy or mushy. This way the bread takes on even more flavor without becoming disgusting or messy.

Melt Sandwich Shop is a gem stuck in the heart of White Plains; they make killer sandwiches and because of the many possible combinations they provide, your sandwich eating experience will be a little different, but just as delicious every time you go. I highly recommend Melt, and hope you get a chance to visit it soon.

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Anthony’s Deli: American Combo

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Today’s review brings you one of the greatest deli sandwiches in New York, if not the country; you think I’m joking? If so, then you’ve never been to Anthony’s.

Anthony’s is a traditional Italian American deli with great food and a classic charm; known for overstuffed sandwiches at an affordable price, if you want a real NY deli experience, Anthony’s is the place to go. Their signature sandwich is known simply as “The Godfather” (“often replicated never duplicated”), and it is a fantastic wedge that I will one day review, but today belongs to the American Combo; easily my favorite thing on the menu:

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Look at that size! It is, simply put, a monster of a sandwich that Anthony’s packs with an assortment of meats, cheese and lettuce; if you don’t think its really that big, I invite you to take a look at what half of that sandwich looks like:

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Yes my friends, that is only half of what you get when you order an American Combo on a wedge; pretty awesome right? But never fear, if a wedge is not your style, you can always order it on a roll as well:

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Are you hungry yet? What is amazing about these sandwiches is that even if you traditionally do not like deli style sandwiches, you will still like most anything the staff at Anthony’s puts together. They always use the freshest ingredients and the price difference between a roll and a wedge is less than $2. But I know what you are thinking; “okay, so it looks good, but how does it taste?” The answer? Unbelievable.

I said it before, but it bears repeating; Anthony’s ingredients are always fresh. When you take a bite, a myriad of flavor and texture hits you like a brick…a delicious meat filled brick.

The bread is equipped with a perfect crust; not too hard, and not too soft. The ham and turkey both have a delightful sweetness to them, a key factor in what makes this sandwich deserving of praise. But not to be outdone, the roast beef is of the best quality and is unspoiled by time or exposure. The Swiss cheese provides a sharp bite that is the perfect counterpart to the sweetness of the ham and turkey, and crunchy iceberg lettuce with creamy mayonnaise puts a final bow on this gift to humanity.

Anthony’s Deli truly knows how to make a top notch sandwich; what could be sold for $11 or $12 elsewhere will only cost you about $8.50, a great price for a great meal*. Even better is that one could easily be satisfied by only half a sandwich and save the other half for another meal; which makes it an even greater value.

Anthony’s is my favorite sandwich shop, and I hope it becomes yours as well; so whether you live in Westchester or are just passing through, do yourself a favor and go to Anthony’s Deli in Mamaroneck; you will not be sorry you did.

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*One thing that must be noted for first time buyers at Anthony’s is that they are a cash only establishment; credit/debit cards are not accepted (although they do have an ATM inside). But hey, that’s part of the charm.

 

 

 

O’Malley’s: Filet Mignon

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A delicious, 8 oz Filet Mignon Au Poivre for under $30? Steak lovers, stop what you are doing and say it with me: Ohhhhhhhhhhh Yeeeeeeeeeeeah!

Nestled in the heart of Nyack is O’Malley’s Bar and Restaurant; arguably the best watering hole in town. But not only is O’Malley’s a good looking bar with an authentic Irish feel (the bartenders have some of the best accents in the world), they also cook a mean steak. Admittedly this post covers one of the higher priced meals I will be reviewing, but fortunately even this masterpiece of meat is easily affordable.

When I sat down to my first real meal at O’Malley’s (I had previously ordered a burger to go), I was met with a plethora of choices to appease my appetite; but seeing that this was a special occasion (my friend was down from New Hampshire), there was only one logical choice; a rare Filet Mignon:

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Look at that beautiful cut of meat cooked to rare perfection! If we are being completely honest, no matter how you like your steak cooked on a normal basis, when ordering Filet Mignon, rare is the only way to go; and the chef at O’Malley’s does not fool around with their craft.

The steak had with it a couple of very good side dishes (most memorable were the fluffy, melt in your mouth mashed potatoes), but the steak was the true sensation; and I’m afraid that my feeble writings can never do it justice. But huzzah for trying! Slicing open the steak showed a beautiful red that most chefs wish they could achieve, and that was only one aspect of it.

Speaking of slicing, my knife cut through the meat as if it were butter (really, another food analogy?). It was tender, juicy, and paired with a sauce crafted in a way that only enhanced the flavor of the meat and its accompanying sides.

But one of the best things about this meal (besides the obviously amazing flavor) was the price. A steak of this quality could easily be sold anywhere between $30 and $40; but at O’Malley’s, you will receive a high quality, beautiful looking, superb tasting Filet Mignon for only $22. So if you want a fantastic steak dinner at an affordable price, take a trip over to Nyack and enjoy a great town, a great bar, and a truly great steak.

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Luca Bella: Big Mac Pizza

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New York is one of the pizza capitals of the world; you can get good pizza just about anywhere. But it is because of this plethora of good pizza that truly great pizza can often fall through the cracks and go unnoticed. All too often the best pizza shops do not get the business that they deserve, due to so much competition; which really is a shame. Luca Bella doesn’t deserve that fate.

Luca Bella makes great pizza.

Today we are focusing on their Big Mac pizza; they also make excellent Plain, Sicilian, Philly Cheese Steak, and Vodka Sauce slices among other things, so stay tuned for further reviews.

This is Luca Bella’s Big Mac:

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Looks amazing right? Having had this slice on many an occasion, I can tell you that Luca Bella has found a way to make their slice not only taste, but smell like you just ordered a signature burger from McDonalds; I’d argue it actually tastes and smells better than the real thing.

Their meat is fresher, their vegetables are crisper and more flavorful, and the sauce is on point and out of this world; but the key? Look at that crust, it is a perfect, crispy version of a hamburger bun. It is a great touch that adds the cherry on top to an already great concoction (did I just make a food analogy about food?).

Even my friend Eric who is one of the biggest food snobs I know and would never willingly go to McDonalds (childhood aside), was amazed at how authentic and spot on this slice of pizza truly was; a high compliment from him.

When it comes to taste and aesthetic quality, the Big Mac pizza from Luca Bella is easily a **** 1/2 star slice and is a must eat. So if you are ever in White Plains and fancy a different kind of pizza, pop in to Luca Bella at 206 Mamaroneck Ave., and you will not be disappointed.

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