June 14, 2010
Local Flavor: Robin's Nest
I'll be honest with you. I don't really want to share this restaurant with you. I want to keep it to myself. (I'm selfish like that...) But because I love you all with a muchness, I guess I'll let you in on it.
Robin's Nest is the best sandwich shop in Salt Lake, hands down. Why, you ask?
Let me break it down for you:
Robin's Nest excells at out-of-the-ordinary sandwiches. I'm telling you, I have never met a Robin's Nest sandwich I didn't like.
My first love was The Madam: "Roasted Turkey Breast, Tomato, Melted Provolone, Lettuce, Bacon and Light Ranch on Ciabatta" (don't forget to add avocado!). Then one day an employee there told me that the Madam was playing it safe and that I should explore other options. I told him to bring me his favorite sandwich, and I wasn't disappointed. He brought me the Robin's Grill: "Bacon, Tomato, Avocado, Cheddar, Provolone & Roasted Garlic Spread (!) on Sour Dough" -- it was heaven. The last time I went, I finally tried thier signature chicken salad sandwich, The Rooster Call. It was easy to see why that was the sandwich that made them famous.
In addition to the fabulous set menu, Robin breaks out mouthwatering weekly specials that always make me drool a little.
Then there's the orzo pasta. So much basil-y, pinenutty goodness! It comes with your sandwich, whether you order a whole or a half -- trust me, skip the chips and have this instead. But come early. It's so popular that they often run out!
The Robin's Nest also has a very convenient downtown location at 311 S. Main St. Open from 10:30 to 4:30, Monday through Friday, Robin's Nest caters to the business lunch crowd (and what a crowd there is!), but don't let that stop you from stopping by. Despite the cramped set-up, the service is friendly and quick, and the food is amazing.