Sharing a few meals I've had at my new favorite neighborhood deli, the Big Front Door. They took over the spot of the older European Market location off Park Blvd, just South of Sprouts. I've been longing for something like it for a while now, a place I can walk to, casually grab some good food but also with an atmosphere that is cool and friendly enough to want to hang around and eat in.
Well for me BFD has become all that and I couldn't be happier, them
becoming an addition to the already great University Heights / North
Park community. Everything is made from scratch, many daily, and they smoke all their meats
in-house as well. The bread for the sandwiches are delivered fresh from
local bakery Sadie Rose.
can purchase alcohol but at the moment can't be had on premises (until
some permit technicalities are dealt with). Below the big front door
swung open to the recent warmer January San Diego weather we had.
The Avocado Highway
($9) on a toasted torpedo I had earlier the visits won an easy place on
my to-get-again list. Very generous amount of ripe avocado, fresh
tomato, Parmesan crisp (yum) with romaine lettuce, some light oil and
vinegar. I had it also with bacon (+$?) as it was recommended on the
menu, definitely no regrets there. ;)
Parmesan crisp was as thick as some peanut brittle I had last Holidays
and along with the thicker cut bacon brought a lot of great texture and
extra savory flavor to the sandwich. The bread was also great!
tried a small side of their potato salad ($1.50). Texture may have been
a bit too mayo-ey for me but somehow flavor wise wasn't so much so surprisingly. Everything including the eggs and green peppers were larger cut and enjoyable.
Below, the revolving limited time Sandwich of the Season
which currently is Baby Back Ribs ($10.50). Large deboned pieces of
baby back pork ribs, chunky coleslaw and thick-cut oven roasted onions.
meaty ribs had a lot of that crusty bark bits on the edges that I love,
but still tender and not too dry. The sauce that seemed cider based was
more tangy than sweet and nice to offset. If I do get this again though
I'll definitely ask for it less in the sandwich and have some extra on
the side. Otherwise it was nothing short of great.
Black Bean Chili is priced the same as their soups and comes dressed
with a little sour cream, cheddar cheese and chives. ($3 for a cup.) These smaller containers were plenty for me, it be the chili, soup
hearty ratio of coarse minced beef and richer spices reminds me of some
competition style chili, though there are some black beans true to
the name. Similar to my experience at the SD Soup Shoppe, I wished this was served in an actual bowl when dining in. More a wish than criticism, but I feel the meal deserved to be maybe. :)
Smoky the Meatloaf ($8) was a great tasty fill too. I actually would've ordered it again if I weren't trying to get a better spread for my post.
good size piece of moist meatloaf with cheddar and garlic aioli,
between toasted sourdough. I felt the fresh tomato slices were a great
addition to give contrast. The house ketchup is rich and a little tangy
and most is served on the side. The larger container of Soup of the Day
($5) was Red Pepper & Carrot. Was totally creamy but was told it
uses no dairy.
The one called Turkey Day
($9) imaginably was your "Thanksgiving Sandwich" with thin turkey
slices, their bacon stuffing (!), cranberry relish (that I asked to go
easy on) and a drizzle of gravy. The cold cut turkey surprisingly had a
lot of flavor (nicely brined) and overall was a great meal but felt it
belonged on their "Hot Sandwich" selections. It's served at ambient temperature but the list of ingredients to me cry out to be done heated.
knew I liked their stuffing (after sampling once earlier for dinner) so I
had asked for extra (heated) as a side. Like many foods in
a person's life, the best Thanksgiving stuffing I'd guess is what
he/she had growing up at home.
My family's was the classic Better Homes & Garden Cookbook
version and BFD's is similar, with the only extra addition of candied
bacon (yay). Just my personal taste I thought it could use a little more
onion, celery and a stronger sage kick, but that's just me. I'm only SO
glad that it's not that cornbread-sausage-raisin-walnut abomination
that many gourmet shops try to serve.
had the O.F.T. (open-faced turkey) one night for dinner ($8.50). Over a
slice of sourdough and plenty of hot gravy. Have to say it's been a while since I
had turkey this flavorful. A good brine but with also a light
smoked flavor. I need to tell these guys about the smoked pulled turkey sandwich I had with (Alabama style) White BBQ sauce..., but anyway for $2 extra you can have it with some green beans and stuffing which I did.
most recent meal was this Caprese ($9) with side salad ($4) and small
container of the soup of the day which was Roasted Tomato &
Basil Bisque ($3).
buffalo moz was cut thick and again loved the ciabatta that came from
Sadie Rose. A light sprinkle of S&P made it perfect. The soup
and salad were also both great being so fresh tasting. Plenty of other
things to still try so I'm sure there'll be a part-two soon.
Big Front Door, 4135 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92103