Inspired by carved-on-the-spot delis in Dublin, Meat & Bread serves rustic sandwichs made from hot meats cooked on site and served with homemade sauces. This second location will offer a similar menu including daily feature sandwiches.
Meat and Bread is very close to where I sometimes work and I've grabbed a sandwich from there 4 or 5 times so far. Several times, I've had amazing sandwiches and a couple times the bread has been dry or too chewy to eat easily. The corned beef and curried chicken were my favorites; the vegetarian was my least favorite. I don't expect gourmet for those prices so overall it's a good price for a quick bite that satisfies and that's all you really need for a working lunch.
Meat and Bread is a chic, no-frills, cafeteria style dining experience but with a gourmet twist on the food. I like the concept of Meat and Bread and am glad to see more simple but gourmet style eateries popping up.
I tried the porchetta sandwich along with a dandelion soda (made from cane sugar - yay!). Overall, it was good, but I agree with the previous post that it was on the dry side. The meat was yummy and I loved the cracklings (skin) that was included. If the ciabatta bread wasn't as hard, and they gave a bit more of the verde sauce, I'd be really happy.
Will give them the benefit of a doubt and come back to check out a few more sandwiches.
After having gone there a few years back to try their infamous Porchetta sandwich, and to see for ourselves what the hype was all about, we were thoroughly disappointed and just thought it was overhyped. Since we’re Chinese, pork is nothing special to us. Pork in a sandwich? Pffft. Having said that, we admittedly had high expectations for this place, which may or may not have hindered our thoughts on the oh-so-great Porchetta sandwich.
This time, we went to their other location on Pender Street and tried their daily special.
Bang Bang Turkey - $9 (3.5/7)
We can’t quite remember what’s in this sandwich, but there’s turkey, of course, some peanut sauce, some spicy sauce, and a bunch of random veggies as pictured above. This is definitely NOT date food. The mixture of sauces starts dripping onto your plate, and probably generously slathers around your mouth. The taste of the sandwich itself was eh. The peanut sauce didn’t mix with the other ingredients. It’s as if they needed to put sauce in this sandwich but didn’t know what, so they just blindly used peanut sauce. Overall, we’d probably go with the Porchetta next time. ….If there’s a next time.
$8/9 for JUST a sandwich is extremely pricey, especially since the sandwich is probably just a 6”.
As others have written here, I have heard a lot about the hype of this place, right near my office. I've seen lineups out the door and have had co-workers rave about it. So I got the porchetta sandwich, $9 with tax but not tip, for 6-inches of meat and ciabatta with a little salsa verde. It was forgettable. Quite dry. I get it that their investing more into each sandwich than normal since they must buy and prepare the pork and have a carver there, but I can't justify the expense. The other daily specials looked good but they cost even more. So it was in, eat, leave with less than stellar memory of the place. And I may be wrong, but they didn't have a recycling bin for the hundreds of paper boxes they are handing out each day. That's really poor. The staff were very friendly and enthusiastic though, and the place was spotless.
Today I noticed that there was no lineup, which is unusual since it’s almost always out the door, so I finally decided to give this place a try after hearing so many great things about it.
I had the Porchetta sandwich, which is the pork sandwich with salsa verde and pig crackling, and it cost $9 with tax. It certainly looked promising in it’s pretty little box, but wow was I ever disappointed. I think they could have done some great things with this sandwich, but the taste of salt and pork fat was so overwhelming that I could barely taste anything else. In fact I found myself wishing for some vegetables to balance out the taste because it was kind of dry with just meat and bread (but clearly they are sticking to their theme). The only nice thing I can say is that the meat was tender. But I actually could not finish the sandwich because my mouth was on fire from the salt.
My advice is to give this place a pass, personally I would not eat here again. There are so many great places to eat downtown, this place is just pure hype.