TL;DR: Try the pastrami sandwich! If you’re there for lunch, ask for a half-pint.
When I say Easy Tiger is a new eatery, I really mean it. Today, Easy Tiger has been open for two days!
The layout is cool: On the top floor, you can get pastries, sammiches and coffee to go; while you can enjoy a sit down meal downstairs.
The menu is simple and beautiful. Breads, cheeses, and meats. That’s it. It’s pub food at its best. Simple, homemade (I think they make their own bread there), no frills. I could seriously just go there for the beer and the cheese.
My big beef, however, is with the vegetarian fare. You can easily go there and have some breads, cheeses and beer and be satisfied, don’t get me wrong. Silly me, I tried a sandwich for lunch. Goat cheese, pear and fennel mustard on a baguette.
I love goat cheese, and I love pear. Often, together they are great, like in a Waldorf salad. I was not a fan of this sammich. I didn’t even finish it. For 8 bucks, I’d have expected something a bit more filling, more satisfying.
The bread to delicious filling ratio was off by about 9,000. Also, WHY WOULD YOU CHOP THE PEARS? Pears are delicious sliced. In long slices. Several long slices over a generous portion of goat cheese.
As for the mustard, I couldn’t even taste it. My friend pointed out, “mustard should come and kick you in the face.” Not this one, my friend. In this situation, the mustard seemed out of place. Like a lost kitty who stumbled into a beagle convention.
I’m sure some vegetarians out there will like this combination and come at me with flame torches. Alright. I just like substance in my sammiches. Sue me.
I was so sad, that I turned to my friend Bethany, who was eating a delicious pastrami sandwich, and I felt jealous. She asked me if I wanted to try some. I was still hungry, so I did. The vegetarian ate some meat. I blame the stupid chopped pear!
It was delicious. The bread was soft and airy, the pastrami was warm and melted in your mouth. Sauerkraut and swiss cheese were the perfect complement and did not overpower the meat (as sauerkraut tends to do). This sauerkraut was fresh, yo. Like Fresh Prince of Bel-Air fresh (or should I spell that phresh?).
The visit was worth it for that ONE bite of the pastrami sandwich alone.
I also love the fact I can get a half-pint. Any place that serves a half-pint is instantly a favorite of mine.
I’ll definitely be going there again, but I will try the veggie sausage.