After my tour of Union Market, I met up with Dessert Zombie to grab sandwiches from Russ & Daughters. I actually visited Russ & Daughters during my sabbatical, but enjoyed it so much, I wanted to go back and try a few more items.
When I saw elderflower soda, I had to get it! Plus SFG had sent me a photo of this a while back – he’d had it in San Francisco – and I wanted to try it. Unfortunately, it carried with it a $3 price tag. It was good… but I still prefer making my elderflower soda at home, using syrup purchased from Ikea for $6. Do you know how many sodas I can make with that bottle? – this was lightly effervescent, not overly sweet, solid. Not $3 delicious though.
I wanted to try two different sandwiches, so Dessert Zombie agreed to split them with me. First up: the Pastrami Russ, which had pastrami-cured salmon, sauerkraut and mustard on it. I wasn’t sure how this would all work together, but the peppery, creamy salmon, the tangy mustard and the sourness of the kraut really came together to be more than the sum of its parts. The bagel was chewy in all the right places, soft enough to bite right through but that distinct bagel chew as well. YUM.
Our other sandwich, the Heebster, whitefish & baked salmon salad with horseradish dill cream cheese, was another winner. The spice of the horseradish dill cream cheese elevated the salad part, adding another layer of complexity to the sandwich. I really enjoyed this one as well – the flavors just worked well together, and again, the bagel was great.
I strongly recommend anyone who hasn’t been, go try these sandwiches, or any of their other amazing specialty sandwiches. The salmon is awesome, and there’s a lot of combinations that I’ll be back – for something new or something I’ve already had, who knows, but I’m sure my mouth will be happy.