Sandwiches are an American lunchtime staple and this sandwich from Hullabaloo in downtown West Palm Beach, a prime example.
The slow roasted pork and broccoli rabe sandwich ($11) is a heartier incarnation of your typical deli sandwich. It consists of slow roasted pork, pickled red onions, provolone cheese, roasted garlic aioli, and broccoli rabe all served on ciabatta bread. Served with pork jus for dipping, the sandwich's simple appearance belies the complicated flavors inside.
The broccoli rabe lends a bitterness to the rich taste of the pork, provolone, and aioli, while the pickled red onion contributes a needed tang. The addition of the pork jus gives you the ability to customize the sandwich by deciding how much moisture you want to add to the thick bread.
Hullabaloo is better known for its dinner and brunch, but it is also an excellent lunch option for the Clematis crowd. The prices are reasonable, and the menu items, while somewhat limited in quantity, are all very high in quality.
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Other lunch options at Hullabaloo include a variety of pizzas, such as the soprasetta with tomato and the roasted mushroom with smoked gouda, as well as a variety of sandwiches and salads. The fire roasted chicken meatball sub can convert even the most insistent meatball purists while the grilled cheese and heirloom tomato sandwich is perfect for vegetarians, especially since it is just as filling as the meat-based lunch entrees.
All sandwiches are served with fried zucchini chips or salad, but the zucchini chips are definitely the stand-out option. Even those who do not generally like fried foods will enjoy the light, well-seasoned chips. The red pepper aioli dipping sauce is flavorful and brightens up the chips, but a little goes a long way.
The slow roasted pork sandwich at Hullabaloo will change the way you think about sandwiches.
Hullabaloo is located at 517 N. Clematis St., West Palm Beach. Call 561-833-1033, or visit sub-culture.org/hullabaloo.