This sandwich was amazing.
I'll get the bad news out of the way first: it was $9. It was also on special this past Saturday 02/06/2010, so not sure if they still have the sandwich today. But I couldn't eat something that made me groan with sandwich ecstasy and not tell others.
Foodheads. I used to eat there often when they first opened, because I was addicted to the house made Zippy Mustard. I felt that quality had slipped over the past couple of years, and did not patronize as often. Have been visiting more over this past year. The sandwich I had Saturday convinced me that they are upping their sandwich game. I hope this was not an aberration.
The sandwich: Wild caught ahi tuna. Toothsome outside. Center bits just melllted in the mouth. Grilled medium rare-- w/a rare center-- just how I like it. Rubbed with hot habañero chili powder blend. Gently laid upon (potato bread?) artisanal bun which I think came from Chuy's Panderia. One side of bun slathered with a thin layer of mayo, topped with crisp chopped green cabbage. Other side of bun had the tiniest hint of their blackberry balsamic. Ripe avocado slices all over. Tuna topped with house made red onion jelly. Excuse my while I wipe the drool from my mouth.
(As you can see from the photo, I also had soup. White bean puréed soup drizzled with rosemary oil. Dear God. One of the best lunches I've had in ages).
First things first--I'm not from Austin, so I'm not cool and I can't read minds. I also don't know about Zippy mustard. But I really wish I did.
So, maybe I'm just uninformed, or maybe I've lost all of my reading comprehension skills, but I swear you didn't mention the name of this magical sandwich shop. I dearly want to stop by the next time I'm in town. What restaurant is this at?
Oop, sorry. Yes. The name of the deli is Foodheads. (I did state this in my OP, but I can see how one who had never heard of the restaurant might think I was addressing my fellow Chowhounders by referring to them as "foodheads.") The deli is a mom & pop place on W. 34th St.