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Pennypackers in Magoun Square,

I passed by this place on the bus the other night, so no time to investigate. Has anyone been, either to the brick-and-mortar location or eaten from their trucks? Some of the offerings on the Facebook page sound great (flank steak, arugula, fig jam and marrow vinagrette caught my eye).

http://www.pennypackersfinefoods.com/

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    1. re: silent129

      I agree. Have had it from the truck and I think at the Cambridge Winter Farmers Market last year. A bit heavy for a workday, but a nice weekend indulgence, juicy and flavorful.

    2. I have! I had a… cauliflower sandwich, I think, which I found meaty and delicious, and which I'd been meaning to write up for a few weeks.

      It was all vegetables, maybe some kale and raisins, cauliflower, no cheese. Sounds bland, but it had enough oil to carry a lot of flavor.

      Man, I can't remember enough to give decent detail. I'll have to have another.

      *Magoun, not Magoon

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      1. re: enhF94

        Magoun. Mea culpa.

        Thank you for the description--that sounds wonderful. Truth be told, I know the porchetta is the house specialty but I'm not a huge pork fan--I'll be sure to try a bite of my partner's sandwich though, because he will totally go for that.

      2. The porchetta sandwich has been great every time I've had it. I wish they were open a little later since it makes a great dinner but getting there by 7 is tricky for me.

        The flank steak was more like roast beef and not quite what I was in the mood for, but we've enjoyed the roast lamb when they've had it. Haven't made it to the veggie options yet but I like that they sound as carefully put together as the meaty ones.

        1. ness, did you see the Globe write up? After reading it, I am wanting to try their grilled eggplant,haloumi, muharramah (sp.)pickled onions sdwch!

          i tried to link it but couldn't;sorry.

          1. Turns out they change their menu every day, so when we dropped in for a late lunch, we found that that alluring eggplnt sdwch was not on the menu today phooey. But MyLove had the rich and filling porchetta sdwch w/ apricot mostarda $8-(they were out of their pickled fennel)on Iggy's ciabatta, and i had the Taco Tuesday tacos- smoked brisket with cotija cheese, chimichurri, and red onion, and sauteed portabella and oyster mushrooms with same toppings, on griddled corn tortillas (per my request). VERY generous fillings w/ lotsa flavah,$3.50@, though i added sriracha because i missed my chipotle sour cream.

            Had a really fun exchange with chef Heath, a born-and-raised-Texas boy from corpus christi who, gasp, loves it up here and plans to stay! we concurred on the excellence of sweet cheeks' biscuits and okra ( and bbq- for him) and he completely dissed redbones except for the iced tea in the jar. i told him about the sturbridge bbq place but i couldn't remember its name, and he said he heard there was a place near Framingham where some Texas Hill Country people have a bbq place...... Chicken fried steak- he also bemoans its MIA status in boston, and was very specific about how the gravy had to be- that he'd never found up here.

            Pennypacker's posts their daily menu on Facebook and if you're wanting a specific sdwch, you might want to call to assure they're not sold out. Today the menu had only 3 sdwch types, 2 salads, a soup and 2 tacos (Taco Tuesday for them). pretty close to us so we're looking forward to returning.

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            1. re: opinionatedchef

              I am very curious about the BBQ place near Framingham - any ideas on the name?

              1. re: nsenada

                no n, maybe heath had it written down at home or something; apparently he hadn't gone there yet. i'll ask him if/when they do that eggplant sandwich; otherwise you could call and ask him. i bet you could also tell him all about that sturbridge place. ( Late afternoons are their slow time i think.)

                1. re: opinionatedchef

                  The place in Sturbridge is BT's Smokehouse (http://btsmokehouse.com). Google searching suggests as a possibility for the near-Framingham BBQ place run by Texas Hill Country folks a place called Texas BBQ Company in Northborough. The restaurant's own website is "under construction," but the review on Pigtrip.net (http://www.pigtrip.net/review-TXBBQCo...) sounds promising.

                  1. re: owades

                    Interesting - I may have to trek to Northborough.

            2. This is a well written piece that gives you really good coverage of the food:

              http://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/...

              Holy cow. You know a talented chef has made your red pepper hoomus sandwich when your mouth finds that the greens component isn't just greens, but that they have been tossed in a vinaigrette and further textured w/ toasted pepitas! So, sorry, what was it that made that sandwich genius?
              Iggy's ciabatta
              Red pepper hoomus
              Feta
              marinated vegetables
              Radichio and arugala salad
              Toasted pumpkin seeds

              Man, this chef/owner, brian, can make a veg sdwch for me any day! And My Love felt the same about his luscious Porchetta and Salsa Verde.

              1. A smoked chicken salad sandwich tonight was delicious. A ceasar salad completely forgettable. Does anyone else find the porchetta unbearably salty? It's not the crispy sliver of skin, but the meat itself. My n is only 2- is this the norm?

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                1. re: Parsnipity

                  It doesn't taste salty when I'm eating (and enjoying) it, but I notice I drink a lot all afternoon.

                  1. re: Parsnipity

                    Hmmm, we smoke our own chickens so i got the hoomus one instd. My Love's porchetta w/ salsa verde today was, surprisingly, not salty in the little mote i tasted (whereas the porchetta w/ mostarda was wicked salty on Tues.) Staffer Edward says the pork is brined and always salty throughout. (This was in response to my asking about the saltiness and whether it might be less salty if i requested no skin and the meat further away from the skin.) But , because i had the non-salty experience today, i'm thinking that the chef, brian, may know something that might change the standard answer. (As in "the porchetta we used today didn't brine as long as usual" or " there was a new guy doing the salt and herb rub and he didn't use enough" or something along those lines.) But regardless, the crispy skin is wicked wicked salty for sure. Like peanuts and pretzels in a bar, if they sold beer with those porchetta sdwches, they might make a fortune.

                    1. re: Parsnipity

                      I don't find it too salty althoguh sometimes I find the pickles inside to be too pickle-y

                      1. re: Parsnipity

                        Yes, we got the porchetta sandwich and a grilled eggplant. One bite of the porchetta was perfect, my other bite was ways too salty. The eggplant was good, however the olives were overwhelming. But I still enjoyed it and would return. If I was still eating meat I would have ordered the beef cheek.

                        My main issue was the 20 min wait for two sandwiches. The only other party in the restaurant was receiving their food as we ordered. I was full after my eggplant sandwich and the BF was still hungry after his porchetta.

                        Weekend Menu

                        1) Clam Chowder

                        2) Egyptian Red Lentil Soup
                        -yogurt

                        3) Caesar Salad

                        4) Grilled Romaine Salad
                        -fresh peas, watermelon radish, Gorgonzola, buttermilk dressing

                        5) Breakfast Sandwich
                        -2 fried eggs, cheddar, Sriracha aioli
                        -w/bacon

                        6) Grilled Eggplant Sandwich
                        -sharp provolone, salsa verde, oil cured olives, lemon pickled fennel, fava beans

                        7) Smoked Chicken Salad Sandwich
                        -pickled slaw, greens

                        8) Porchetta Sandwich
                        -salsa verde

                        9) Beef Cheek Sandwich
                        -sharp provolone, pickled mushrooms, watermelon radish purée, arugula

                      2. I had the porchetta sandwich the other day and it was one of the best sandwiches I have ever had in my life.

                        1. Just had the smoked brisket sandwich - it was excellent. Not a traditional barbecued brisket, but had a nice subtle smoky flavor, with some bitter greens and chopped onion. Very moist, and served on a sub roll.

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                          1. re: nsenada

                            I also had the brisket, but wasn't really a fan. The smoke was good, but it was soooooo greasy. I could only eat half.

                            The porchetta, on the other hand, was outstanding.

                            I definitely need to check out some of their vegetarian options.

                          2. had the weekly mac and cheese special last night: short ribs. to die for. set a reminder to check each thursday.

                            1. The more I go to this place, the more I like it. Tacos last tuesday were pork or sweet potato. I swear, their vegetarian stuff is so good I worry I’ll never get around to ordering the porchetta.

                              1. I finally tried the Porchetta sandwich, and it was as good as everyone has reported. I didn't realize it had crispy nuggets of pork skin in it. The fact that it had no distracting vegetables was also a pleasant surprise. I didn't find it overly salty, and thought the sweet balsamic vinegar sauce was a good balance to the heaviness.

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                                1. re: nsenada

                                  Oh, I’m glad you enjoyed it, because I didn’t, for precisely the same reasons: no veggies, a bit fatty/greasy for my taste, and what’re those shingles of pork skin doing in my sandwich? (I got the salsa verde, which was presumably less acidic than the balsamic you got, and probably would have helped.)

                                  But the salt level was excellent.

                                  1. re: enhF94

                                    I'd re-do my house with those shingles.

                                    1. re: nsenada

                                      Me too. They were tasty and crunchy - technically excellent - but not to my taste, especially since I was most of the way through the sandwich before biting into one. Thought I'd chipped a crown.

                                      I'm not even mad, though - for one thing, chicharron kudos. But for another, more veggie sandwiches and tacos for me!

                                  2. re: nsenada

                                    Finally did as well (the salsa verde version--Italian parsley-based, not Mexican) and liked it a lot though I had to do a Joanie and save half for the next day. It's RICH. I did supply my own vegetable side, which it needed for balance. I'm looking forward to trying some of their other stuff.

                                  3. Finally made my way here for lunch today and I had to try the Porchetta sandwich, today it was the with the Agrodolce sauce and boy, was this a good sandwich. It also had the proper cracklings included and that added to the eating pleasure. What a nice piece of belly, perfectly seasoned with the Agrodolce sauce toning down the fattiness.

                                    http://thedailylunch-woburn.blogspot....

                                     
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                                    1. re: Ferrari328

                                      I had that the other day and overall liked it more than the one I had previously. My recollection of the previous one was that the pork was more like a slice of porchetta whereas this was more like pulled & shredded porchetta. I do agree that the sauce was really good - although part of me preferred the in your face fattiness of the previous one I'd had.

                                      We also had the fried bologna sandwich - phenomenal. It wasn't what I was expecting, the bologna was sliced real thin, almost like an arbys sandwich in terms of texture of the meat (that's a good thing in this case). I was wild about the flavor combination though.

                                    2. stopped by for mac and cheese, but for some reason it wasn't on the menu. and they were out of my second choice, a turkey meatloaf sandwich with fresh mozzarella and broccoli, so i had to "settle" for a roasted peach sandwich with fresh mozzarella, balsamic onion, arugula and hazelnuts. oh my, what an inspired combination!

                                      didn't ask about the source of the peaches, but the roasting brought out so much flavor and juiciness. the richness of the fresh mozz was cut by the greens and balsamic.

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                                      1. re: wonderwoman

                                        Yeah, the menu varies daily, or maybe biweekly. Their facebook page seems to be the most reliable source.

                                      2. I just had the ham sandwich with arugula and fig jam. They smoked their own hams, and the fatty parts were unbelievable - it had the flavor of perfect barbecue, a fruitwood smokiness without being too salty. I think it's my new favorite from them.

                                        1. I just tracked down this thread specifically to praise the porchetta sandwich. Definitely one of the top food truck sandwiches I've ever had. The pork was perfectly moist, juicy, and a bit fatty, with a nice helping of crispy skin. Served today on a fairly soft bread and accompanied by a peach mostarda, which was perhaps a bit too chunky (meaning, unfortunately, that its flavor didn't make it into every bite). I don't think my doctor would recommend frequent visits to this truck but for me it's absolutely a repeat.