Dickens Tavern: Home of the Smoked Pork and Pickled Pepper Sandwich

27 Apr

We love this review from seriouseats.com – the site has promised to try a sandwich a day, and this creation sounds particularly delectable! Are any of our readers from this area of Colorado?

If you want to see the article in its original location, and read more about its other sandwich reviews, click here. It’s a fun site!

Here’s their review of the Smoked Pork Sandwich!

A Sandwich a Day: Smoked Pork at the Dickens Tavern in Longmont, CO

Posted by dbcurrie, April 27, 2011 at 11:30 AM

In this great country of ours, one could eat a different sandwich every day of the year—so that’s what we’ll do. Here’s A Sandwich a Day, our daily look at sandwiches around the country. Got a sandwich we should check out? Let us know. —The Mgmt.

The Smoked Pork & Pickled Pepper Sandwich at Dickens Tavern

The building that houses the Dickens Tavern in Longmont, Colorado, was built in 1881 by William Henry Dickens, a relative of the writer Charles Dickens. Upstairs from the Tavern is the Dickens Opera House, a music venue. Inside the walls (allegedly) are ghosts. But enough history.

The smoked pork and pickled pepper sandwich ($9) at the Dickens Tavern isn’t the prettiest girl at the dance, but looks are deceiving. The menu describes it as “smoked pork, pickles, hot peppers, melted cheese, all grilled on super toast with chipotle aioli,” but it looks a lot plainer than that.

In fact, it looks like shredded meat with cheese sauce on a large slice of bread. One bite, though, tells a different tale. There’s the smokiness of barbecue followed by the heat of peppers, the creaminess of cheese and aioli, and more smokiness from the chipotle.

I had to peek inside the sandwich to see where all the flavor was coming from, but no, there was nothing hiding, It looked like shredded meat with a melty cheesy sauce and bits of green that must have been the pickled peppers.

Sandwiches at the Dickens Tavern are served with skinny fries; this one came with a pickle spear, too. You can substitute salad for the fries for no extra charge, or opt for soup or onion rings for a buck, or sweet potato wedges for an extra $2.

Dickens Tavern
300 Main Street, Longmont CO (map); 303-834-9384

About the author: Donna Currie has been cooking for fun and writing for pay since the days when typewritten articles traveled by snail mail. When she combined those talents in a food column for a newspaper in her area, she realized that writing about food is almost as much fun as eating. You can find her on her blog, Cookistry or follow her on Twitter at @dbcurrie.

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