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The Sandwich: The Penn Quarter Naan Burger
Where: Grand Trunk, 641 Indiana Ave. NW
Stuffings: A hot potato-based vegetable patty with spinach, peppers, lime, peas, and garam masala, topped with tamarind chutney, lettuce, and tomato
Thickness: 2.5 inches
Pros: If you’re a fan of veggie samosas and in search of ‘round-the-clock Indian takeout, you’ll enjoy the potato patty. It mimics samosa filling, particularly when topped with the tangy and sweet tamarind chutney. The rich and salty combination of vegetables fills you up so fast, you won’t even miss the meat.
Cons: The chewy naan is difficult to tear, giving your incisors quite a workout. Raw vegetables would theoretically add a nice brightness to the dense bread and potato filling, but by placing cold lettuce and tomato on a hot filling, they turn into a stringy, mushy mess.
Sloppiness level (1 to 5): 2. In order to properly rip a bite off the sandwich, you’ve got to hold onto it tightly, and bits of the squishy potato mixture might fall out of the naan. The sandwich isn’t super saucy, however, so the overall mess is pretty minimal.
Overall score (1 to 5): 3. Flavorwise, this sandwich stacks up well, but its construction and temperature problems lead to an underwhelming result. Get separate orders of naan and samosas the next time you’re at Grand Trunk and enjoy their crispiness instead.
Photo by Jessica Sidman