Ooh, my favorite!

Roli Roti’s Porchetta Sandwich
September 22, 2010, 5:41 pm
Filed under: Farmer's Market, Food, San Francisco

Porkloin wrapped around pork belly with a crispy cracklin’ skin. I don’t really need to say any more, but you know I will.

Roli Roti has quite the following here, and if you’ve ever been to the Ferry Building Farmer’s Market on a Saturday you know what I mean. The queue for these guys is really long, I mean, unbelievably long and it’s that way week after week. Really anything that has pork belly on it will be good, so I get why people are willing to wait. I, however, am not patient, especially when it comes to food, so I haven’t bothered to wait in the line that probably averages at least 30 people deep.

A few weeks ago, to my utter delight, I happened to come across a line that had only a handful of people. A rare occurrence for sure, so I took advantage and hopped right in and began drooling right then and there. Just watching the rotisserie spit spinning is positively hypnotizing!

It was a very nice sandwich, and although I know this is not going to be a popular opinion, I must admit that I was a bit disappointed. To be fair I think the hype-machine has once again gotten in the way; nowadays it’s hard for anyone and anything to live up to the the fanatic gushes from hoards of Yelpers and bloggers like me (I am not a Yelper, btw). Don’t get me wrong, it was a lovely lunch and the ingredients were all great (sustainably raised pork and organic produce), but the cracklin’ crust was too hard – like, potential for a chipped tooth kind of hard, and the caramelized onions weren’t very flavorful, but oh how wonderful they looked being slathered onto the roll! And finally, I was left craving an acid (you know me) like a peach chutney or a light vinaigrette for the greens. If all of those things were there it would have been epic for me, and wait-in-line worthy. But as it was, I would say it was nice and satisfying. I don’t want to deter any potential visitors from the queue, especially if you’ve heard cheers from your friends, so I guess you could consider my opinion as a gut-check to all those raves you’ve heard or read.

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