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LeoLioness Feb 19, 2014 05:23 PM

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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    silent129 Feb 19, 2014 05:38 PM

    The porchetta sandwich is great.

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      CportJ Feb 19, 2014 07:49 PM

      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. enhF94 Feb 20, 2014 05:12 AM

      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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        LeoLioness Feb 20, 2014 06:27 AM

        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.

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        T.B. Feb 20, 2014 07:38 AM

        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. opinionatedchef Mar 27, 2014 06:40 PM

          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. opinionatedchef Apr 1, 2014 03:27 PM

            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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              nsenada Apr 1, 2014 03:44 PM

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

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                opinionatedchef Apr 1, 2014 09:33 PM

                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.)

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                  owades Apr 1, 2014 10:40 PM

                  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.

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                    nsenada Apr 2, 2014 07:50 AM

                    Interesting - I may have to trek to Northborough.

            2. opinionatedchef Apr 4, 2014 12:14 PM

              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.

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                Parsnipity Apr 4, 2014 05:10 PM

                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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                  fantundo Apr 4, 2014 06:54 PM

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

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                    opinionatedchef Apr 4, 2014 08:44 PM

                    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.

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                      jgg13 Apr 5, 2014 03:32 AM

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

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                        viperlush Apr 5, 2014 02:13 PM

                        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. calisson Apr 4, 2014 06:48 PM

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

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