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Apr072019

Sullivan's Pot Roast Brings Comfort Food to Lunch

The Lunch Box is a weekly feature of the Anderson Observer. The feature is not paid advertising, and the opinions and suggestions belong to the writer of each selection.

Greg Wilson/Anderson Observer

One of the highlights of my life is finding a good place for a tasty lunch. Each week The Lunch Box will highlight a local meal I have found to be a delicious and consistent and go-to choice. This is not a restaurant review, it is a “best of” what to eat for lunch in Anderson County. If you have suggestions for a great plate of food, email me at thelunchbox@andersonobserver.com 

Today’s Lunch Box

 

Opening the Box

Main Course: Open-Face Pot Roast, Sullivan's Metropolitan Grill

Sullivan's Metropolitan Grill downtown, is well-known for their lunch menu, but a lot of folks seem to have overlooked one of the best lunch plates of comfort food you can find in Anderson, the open-face pot roast sandwich with hot brown gravy and melted mozzarella cheese on a toasted baguette.

Rich and meaty, it's easily the best roast beef served in town. The beef is piled high and tender, the well-seasoned gravy thick and filling, and I don't know who thought to top it with melted cheese, but they deserve a serious raise. And the bread, a toasted baguette, would be great with anything on top of it.

I've eaten this sandwich dozens of times, and introduced it to most of my family and friends. So far not a single person who has tried it has failed to order it again. Many find the sandwich too large for a single meal, and take half of it home for another meal. (It reheats very well).

If you like home cooking in your lunchbox, this sandwich is a wonder option.

Side Dishes

While I've found no disagreements about the greatness of the main dish, I have parted ways with those who've adpoted the sandwich as a favorite when it comes to the side dish.

Although it may sound odd to some, I always order Sullivan's french fries as my go-to compliment to the pot roast. (Ask for them extra crispy, for a bonus treat). The fries are fine eating, with just the right amount of salty goodness to match the sandwich.

If you choose to pass on the fries, then go with sweet potato chips and add cheese fondue dip on the side for 50 cents. These chips have a hit of sweetness and a great crunch. They are not as filling as the fries, so you might be able to finish the sandwich with these.  

Potato salad and pasta salad are also available, but they don't seem a good fit for the pot roast to me. Your palate may say otherwise.

Thermos

A no brainer. Sullivan's fresh-brewed iced tea is in the thermos. As always, I go for a mix of about 75 unsweet/25 sweet, since, as those who know me will testify, I generally will refill my glass at least half a dozen times during a good lunch. The waitstaff at Sullivan's solves some of this dilemma by bringing me two filled glasses for quicker refills. If you are one of those people who insists on water, you'll save a couple of bucks.

Closing the Box

The cost of the open-face pot roast sandwich with one side is $10.99. Add $2.69 for iced tea (it's worth it).Carrot Cake And if you choose to take half your sandwich home, there are always a case full of Sullivan's renowned homemade desserts. My favorites? Cake: Carrot/tie with Coconut; Pie: Coconut Cream (not often available), the Key Lime is also very good; Cheesecake: Plain (which I recognize is a controversial choice).

Sullivan's Metropolitan Grill is open Monday-Friday for lunch. Find out more about them by clicking on the Luchbox Graphic above.

Bonus Lunchbox Note: Bill and Sabra Nickas started Sullivan's in an empty downtown Anderson 20 years ago. They have been extremely active and generous community citizens in Anderson County, and continue to support many local non-profits and charitable organizations.

In Next Week’s Lunch Box: A Reben Sandwhich You Have to Know How to Order (Guess where?)

Tuesday
Apr022019

The Lunch Box: Brisket Burger a Unique Delight

The Lunch Box is a weekly feature of the Anderson Observer. The feature is not paid advertising, and the opinions and suggestions belong to the writer of each selection.

Greg Wilson/Anderson Observer

One of the highlights of my life is finding a good place for a tasty lunch. Each week The Lunch Box will highlight a local meal I have found to be a delicious and consistent and go-to choice. This is not a restaurant review, it is a “best of” what to eat for lunch in Anderson County. If you have suggestions for a great plate of food, email me at thelunchbox@andersonobserver.com 

Today’s Lunch Box

 

Opening the Box

Main Course: Brisket Burger at The Pompous Pig in Anderson.

BBQ places have popped up all over the county, and why not? Who doesn’t like BBQ. But The Pompous Pig has added something unique to their menu that I make a point of getting at least once a week: The BrisketBurger.

It’s not BBQ, it is the ends of brisket ground and prepared like a burger (Pompous Pig owner Chet Newsome is the serendipitous creator of this sandwich). It’s as good as it sounds. As a giant burger eater (and I mean that both literally and figuratively on every level), I can say with no reservations this is my favorite. It needs no cheese, lettuce, tomato, mustard, mayo, ketchup (although all of these options are available), something I cannot say about any other burger on my menu, even those special-recipe ones I grill at home. I do ask for a little onion, for no real reason other than I love onion, but the flavor of the Brisket Burger is spot on and needs no enhancements.  

Full of flavor, tender and never dry, with a really good bun as a bonus. A Lunch Box sandwich does not get any better.

Side Dishes

The Brisket Burger comes with a side dish, but I always add an additional, chiefly because The Pompous Pig is renown for their very good sides.

The sweet potato casserole with pecans is unmatched in Anderson County, and you’ll not convince me otherwise. A sweet potato connoisseur, who has cooked dozens of sweet potato dishes and eaten even more at restaurants throughout the county, this is the only one better than my mother’s Thanksgiving sweet potato casserole (sorry, Mom). It’s the perfect sweet treat pairs with the Brisket Burger. 

I always add a side of cole slaw, just because what lunch is complete without a side of excellent cole slaw when it is available? Today’s Lunch Box demands two sides, and, because of the sweet potato casserole, needs no dessert.

Thermos

The Pompous Pig has very good iced tea. I go for a mix of about 75 unsweet/25 sweet, since, as those who know me will testify, I generally will refill my cup at least half a dozen times during a good lunch.

Closing the Box

The cost of the brisket burger with one side and tea is just under $11. Add another side for $2.79 and you can thank me later.

The Pompous Pig is open every day except Monday. Find out more by clicking on the Luchbox Graphic above.

Bonus Note: The owners of The Pompous Pig are also known as generous community citizens in Anderson County, and have supported numerous local non-profits over the years.

In Next Week’s Lunch Box: A Surprising Spot for Comfort Food (Guess where?)

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