Honey Hole Sandwiches
703 E Pike Street
One of the “interesting” features that is seldom mentioned is that of Vancouver being *really* close to the US. Border crossing queue aside, you should be able to go to the US from Vancouver in around an hour (or less). Once there, two or so hours later, you hit Seattle, another major US city. Sure, you could go from Windsor, Ontario to Detroit, Michigan or Hamilton, Ontario to Buffalo, New York in about the same time but, c’mon, there is no comparison here. So, on Thanksgiving, I chose to do a day trip “just because”. While timing worked great, weatherwise, it ended up being awash: It was miserable and detracted me from some outdoor activities. Well, I was on that side of the border so… Let’s go to eat!!! Originally I had two places in mind: Latin food in the form of La Isla or more “regular fare” in the form of Honey Hole Sandwiches. The later was chosen because, well, it was an odd combination of timing and circumstance. Does not matter how or why, what matters is that I was there and it was time to eat!
Upon arriving, I wasn’t sure about how to proceed: should I sit down or should I line up? Well, following the same when-in-Rome logic, I queued in the line but still had to let some customers go ahead as I wasn’t sure what to order. Granted, there are only sandwiches but being by myself meant I had to choose carefully. In the end, the decision winded down to one thing: Pork!!!
After making the order (and giving my name), I sat down to look around. I am not sure if I was impatient that afternoon or they were really taking its time but I was starting to be a bit restless. Where is my sandwich??? I am hungry!!! OK, in the end, it was my impatience because those 10 or so minutes seemed to have taken forever… Anyway, here is my order, their Buford T. Justice hot sandwich – In-house smoked all natural pork, pulled and smothered in our sweet and tangy BBQ sauce, coleslaw, and melted pepper jack on a demi baguette. And for good measure, I also ordered their soup of the day which happened to be a corn chowder.
Their soup was… Unique. The chowder had a curry-like kick which while I didn’t mind, I found it slightly distracting. I don’t know, when I have a corn chowder, I would expect it to be sweet not a mix of sweet and spicy. So, depending on what you expect from such soup, it could go either way. Another detail was that it wasn’t really smooth so, once again, depending on your likes or dislikes, it could be distracting…
Ah, yeah, pork, huahahahahaha!!!!! One thing I will have to do, despite I do not want to, would be to compare it to Re-Up‘s. That’s because that would be the easiest comparison point to those of us in Vancouver. Starting with the bread, I would have to say this one was toasted which resulted it being crispier. Furthermore, it had a chewiness to it, which I consider I good thing in this type of sandwich. The pepper jack cheese was mixed. It did provide some spicy tones, which I found was good but there was no creamy overtones I would have expected from such cheese.
The pork was a bit of a mixed bag. It was tender; however, it was as moist as it could have been. But, it seems they caught that fact from the very get go and added some sauce to compensate. It did work to an extent and, in fact, it added some smokiness to it. Was it the best? Well, no but it was good enough. Going back to that Re-Up comparison, I would say they are quite similar in execution.
Given that I liked Re-Up, at this point, my thoughts ought to be quite similar. In this case, this sandwich (no pun intended?) board outside the shop tells it all: “damn, that’s a good sandwich”!