There may not be anything more satisfying or comforting than a truly great sandwich – perfectly toasted bread with moist, perfectly spiced meat and condiments dripping just a bit over the sides. I have to think John Bates and Brandon Martinez, chefs and co-owners of the Noble Pig, knew that when they opened their artisan sandwich shop in the far Northwest corner of Austin (11815 620 N. Suite 4, Austin, TX 78750). With all of the ingredients made from scratch, these sandwiches are worth the drive to this small shop tucked away in a strip mall not far from Lakeline Mall.
Bates and Martinez, who met in culinary school, believe that each element of a dish, even the humble sandwich, is important and make all of the ingredients in house including smoking the bacon, making the sausages, pickling the vegetables and baking the bread. The care and attention is obvious when you bite into the spicy chorizo and egg breakfast sandwich or the three meat extravaganza house namesake, The Noble Pig.
House prepared meats – pates, terrines, sliced tongue, beef and duck pastrami, bacon, ham, smoked pork belly, smoked turkey, roast beef, sausages
Bread – white, wheat, ciabatta and brioche
Sweets – tarts and other seasonal desserts
Grab and go ciabatta sandwiches from the Noble Pig catering menu
You can also learn some of Chef John Bates’ secrets at a sandwich themed cooking class at Central Market on Monday, November 28th at 6:30 pm.