Sunday, January 11, 2009
Don Pedro's Mahi Mahi Sandwich - Sayulita, Mexico
I'm going to tell you right now that this isn't really fair, but you have to give credit where credit is due. I had my first Epic Sandwich since I began this blog, and it's only a 4 hour plane ride away. I thought about not even giving mention, but that would not be in the true spirit of my fixation and/or mild obsession with sandwiches.
I spent the New Year in Puerto Vallarta and we decided to take a day trip to Sayulita, a really cool surf community just down the coast. The vibe there was very laid back, and I would even venture to say that there may have been some marijuana exchanging hands somewhere if you looked hard enough.
We set up shop at a gorgeous beach and had a few beers and drinks while perched in the chairs we rented for the day. Eventually, I got hungry (weird) and we decided to order some lunch. My eyes instantly gravitated to the Mahi Mahi sandwich. I had promised myself that I would get some good fish while I was down there, and since it was lunch I was craving a sandwich. The Mahi Mahi sandwich was pretty much the most ideal choice for accomplishing my gastronomic goals. I ordered the sandwich and another beer and baked in the sun as I awaited the feast ahead.
A huge sandwich arrived and was escorted by a pile of well-salted fries. The bread was quite rustic looking and as I dove in I was again impressed by the Mexican baking. I never associated Mexico with good bread, but I was quickly becoming a believer. The perfectly moist and meaty fillet of Mahi Mahi was well seasoned and wore a smooth suit of chipotle and lime mayonnaise which provided some heat and a nice citrus lift. The real winner here was the roasted poblano and cactus salsa - something that unfortunately, would be hard to find here. Poblanos have a very mild, sweet heat, and the cactus added not only a very intersting taste, but also a great twist of texture. Laslty, the sandwich had a mound of fresh, smashed avocado, which contributed a nice, velvety richness. The sandwiches flavors melded perfectly together and they get extra points for superior bread. Add in a nice cold Mexican cerveza, and it's hard not to be Epic.
Sandwich Rating: Epic. I'd love to be fortunate enough to be in Puerto Vallarta for the New Year several more times in my life and the day trip to Sayulita would be worth it just for the lunch alone. An amazing sandwich in an amazing setting with the closest of friends is tough to beat. Hopefully the next sandwich to get the Epic nod will be a bit closer to home!