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I’ve only had a very few outstanding sandwiches in my life–the Vietnamese grilled pork on baguette at Pho Que Huong on Green Springs, and the Cuban steak sandwich from Little Miami in Lake City, Florida–and this is one of them. The combination of fresh bread, salad, yogurt, feta, and meat is sublime. As an added bonus, the leftover spread can be thinned with a couple of tablespoons of olive oil and some lemon juice to make a great salad dressing for the remaining romaine and feta.

For the spread:

  • ¾ cup crumbled feta cheese (4 ounces)
  • 3 heaping Tbs Greek-style yogurt
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper

For the sandwich:

  • 4 pita breads
  • 4 large leaves romaine lettuce, torn in half
  • 1 cucumber, sliced into half moons
  • ¼ cup fresh mint leaves, coarse chiffonade
  • Sliced meat (we used steak, but grilled pork would also be good)

Combine all spread ingredients in a small mixing bowl, and mix with a fork. In each pita, put a schmear of spread, then add a couple of slices of meat, some cucumber, mint, and a lettuce leaf. Yum! (I’ve read that a couple of slices of tomato and red onion make a fine vegetarian version, but haven’t confirmed.)

There’s this Vietnamese restaurant in Birmingham called Pho Que Huong, and they make a grilled pork sandwich that’s phenomenal–grilled pork, cucumbers, cilantro, jalepenos, and mayo on French bread. Until today, I thought it was The Sandwich, but now I know better.

You see, today we stopped at Little Miami in Lake City, Fla., and had the Little Miama Steak Sandwich. It has grilled steak, grilled plantains, grilled onions, what may have been shoestring potatoes, and I’m not sure what else, all on Cuban bread, pressed and grilled. I’ve never tasted anything like it. If you’re ever near exit 427 on I-75 in Florida, it’s about a half mile west of the interstate–don’t miss it.