Big Front Door Smokey the Meatloaf

Sandwich San Diego

In San Diego’s University Heights, Big Front Door is kind of a BFD. In 2011, Steve “Sheep” Riley, previously with San Diego stalwarts like Cucina Urbana, Kensington Grill, Chive and Indigo Grill, joined wife Laura Riley and business partners Jill Minch and husband Bob in building a true sandwich destination. They roast tantalizing meats in-house, including pork loins (of fire), roast beef, and turkey, and pair them with creative ingredients. Still, I couldn’t resist the lure of Smokey the Meatloaf ($8), a slab of juicy, well-seasoned loaf crafted from pork and beef, which Sheep and his crew layer with thick-cut cheddar, Roma tomato, and house ketchup on toasted sourdough. Considering the impact they were able to generate from the two-meat mix, it’s interesting to think about what they could achieve by focusing just on pork, but I digress. The cold case also houses good-looking sides like sesame noodles, red curry quinoa, and my pick, pesto orzo ($1.75) folded with concentrated cherry tomatoes.

Dose of Vitamin P spotlights my favorite pork dish from the previous week.

Address: 4135 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92103

Joshua Lurie

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