When the big guys start to notice you, then you know you're on the right track. Our very good friends Bruce and Mary at Bread and Ink Café on Hawthorne have been getting a nice little bit of attention lately from Splendid Table regulars and road food mavens Jane and Michael Stern.
The first couple of highway hideaways feature a review in their latest book, Roadfood Sandwiches, lauding the yumminess of a recent addition to the menu, a brilliant combination of fresh Dungeness crab and wasabi that is baked and sprinkled with pine nuts. Called, naturally enough, Crab Bruschetta, Stern raves:
"You must eat crab when you visit the Pacific Northwest, especially if it’s the local Dungeness. This sandwich is a multi-napkin job. It’s open-faced, so it’s your call if you want to eat it with a knife and fork. You can pick it up, though there’s bound to be some slippage and drippage. But that’s the fun of the crab bruschetta. It can be a tasty hors d’oeuvre or a satisfying meal."
The review was also picked up by Southwest Airlines Spirit Magazine, and Mary says people have been coming in from as far away as Missouri and Birmingham, Alabama, just to have it. Big congrats, guys!
Details: Bread and Ink Café, 3610 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Phone 503-239-4756.