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Eat Kitchen - 260 Washington St - Downtown

Is apparently having a really hush hush, super soft trial opening or the like. As I was walking by about a half an hour ago, a woman standing in front of the still papered over windows and door asked me, in almost a whisper, "Would you like a free sandwich ?" I stopped and said, "excuse me ?" and she repeated "Would you like a free sandwich ? Just go in through these doors." I went in and there the full staff was turning out sandwiches and salads for the chosen few. I selected a turkey with avocado, and they made it in front of me, wrapped it and handed it to me. I thanked everyone I could, and went on my way. Sandwich was good, and even better for free and totally out of the blue. She wasnt asking everyone, and I guess I looked hungry or capable of handling the truth.

Go gentle, and have some dignity, don;t beg, she's really nice people, (actually they all were). and thank you to the nice folks at Eat Kitchen. You've got my business.

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  1. The reason they have my business is "The Pig Pile." This is admittedly the type of "awesomely outrageous" combination that The Phantom Gourmet goes for, but pulled pork on what appears to be a homemade ciabatta roll with mac and cheese on top is something I am not programmed to resist. They have a number of sandwiches featuring pulled pork including a version of a cubano, and a number featuring braised beef (I think, brisket). One very encouraging sign is that the meat is all served out of large enameled cast iron casseroles, and definitely appear homemade.

    The sandwich itself was great, in that the mac and cheese was nicely creamy and seasoned perfectly, and the pork had just the right amount of fattiness to it, and had some nice-sized chunks.

    1. Oh yeah, they also have salads, or something.

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      1. re: nsenada

        interesting. I work in the area and had not heard about this place. Not that I put much stock in them but the Yelp reviews are pretty horrific. I will give it a try....

        1. re: Gordough

          I hadn't heard of it either and also work in the area. I had lunch in CTown and wasn't hungry. Just took a walk and grabbed a takeout menu.. I'll definitely give it a try despite yelp reviews.

          1. re: 9lives

            Maybe the yelpers were hungover from their Flirtinis

            1. re: 9lives

              I thought Yelp reviews tended to be overwhelmingly positive vs. Chowhound sneers.
              But I always tended to believe Yelp negative reviews more - does the Yelp effect vs. Chowhounds work both ways - overwhelmingly negative reviews for places by Yelp vs. liked or not-bad by Chowhounds? Can't think of a one.

              For my two cents on the restaurant, did a walkthrough, saw a bunch of steam trays of meh-looking chow, checked the high price and high-tailed it out of there.

              9lives, thanks for volunteering to take one for the team.

              1. re: Bob Dobalina

                I usually don't even look at Yelp before trying somewhere new, and most of the post-prandially reviewed comments didn't really tell me much about the sandwiches that are interesting-looking to me. When I visited, I didn't even bother to look at anything but the sandwiches (the first 2/3 of the place are taken up with a boring-looking salad area). The meat was clearly "home braised," and I thought the sandwich I had was excellent. I am going to try the beef next time, and see if I have another good experience there.

                1. re: Bob Dobalina

                  I'm happy to take 1 for the team. The menu reads pretty well. Don't forget Gordough is also taking 1 for theteam and Ensenada went already and gave it a thumbs up.

                  I trust his tastes and don't know much about yelp or their posters so I do tend to give more weight to Ens's or other CH'er that I know' opinions generally align with mine.

                  FWIW, Ms 9 works literally next door and had the same reaction as Bob D and never mentioned it to me, til now when I asked if she'd been..:)

                  1. re: 9lives

                    I have to agree with Nsen's opinion. I also had the Pig Pile..mac n cheese on the side. Good quality bread and pork..could have used more spice but that was easily fixed at my desk. Warmed bread was a nice touch.

                    This sandwich was easily worth the $8 or so, but I think I'd have a hard time getting the Banh Mi..some unusual combos..The Texan..Chipotle braised beef, cheddar, bacon, tomato and carmelized onions on baguette...maybe it works..:)

                    Cooked meats in crockpots.

                    Salads too..:) and ingredients appeared fresh this AM.

                    Nice addition to the neighborhood.

                    1. re: 9lives

                      I actually stopped to look at some of the salads today, too - they looked quite good, though nothing earth-shatteringly different from many of the current crop of places that make production of slooshing your salad around in a bowl with the dressing before dumping in the takeout container.

                      I did try a beef sandwich today, "The Cruncher," and the place is definitely 2 for 2. It's brisket braised in carrots and broth, with two slices of cheddar melted on top, then topped with a homemade vinegar-based slaw, dill pickle slices, and horseradish mayo, served on a baguette (which seemed of better than average quality, and was good and crusty). The overall sandwich was even better than the pig pile, adding up to more than the sum of its parts, flavor-wise. The sandwich isn't huge, but it is good sized.

                      Agreed on the Banh Mi - no matter how fancified the ingredients are, I just can't see spending over $3.25 until the cartel decides to up the standard price.

                      1. re: nsenada

                        Sounds good, thanks for the report!

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                        Eat Kitchen
                        260 Washington St, Boston, MA 02108

          2. Went by there today and tried a new sandwich, called the Paesano - a braised brisket sandwich with a roasted tomato relish, provolone, two fried eggs, and horseradish mayo. Thoroughly enjoyable, if somewhat ridiculous. I think my next Frankensandwich will be the pastrami with french fries in it at J.M. Curley's.