The Sandwich: Coca-Cola Meatloaf Sandwich

Where: Boe, 777 9th St. NW

Price: $16

Bread: Texas toast

Stuffings: Meatloaf and onion mushroom gravy

Thickness: 2 inches

Pros: Every messy sandwich should be served on this white toast. Crisp and buttery, it doesn’t yield many crumbs and remains intact even when topped with dripping meat and a ladle of gravy. The warm meatloaf, which looks and smells nothing like the mysterious brown stuff in school cafeterias, tastes slightly sweet and peppery from the soda and retains lots of moisture, making it the perfect thing to eat on a chilly winter afternoon.

Cons: Although the gravy adds a bit of welcome saltiness to the sandwich, its thick, sludgy texture and brown color is visually off-putting, so don’t look at it too hard. The meatloaf extends beyond the confines of the toast and feels a little too soft without the crunch of the bread to mask it.

Sloppiness level (1 to 5): 1. This sandwich contains only gravy and a slice of meatloaf, and the bread absorbs much of the liquid. Mess, in this case, is minimal.

Overall score (1 to 5): 4. Although it feels slightly strange to eat a humble meatloaf sandwich in a fancily decorated downtown restaurant, this simple, strongly flavored offering is fine comfort food. A less muddy gravy would make it taste even more like home cooking.

Photo by Caroline Jones

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