Say the word "tofu," and even our fearless leader Cleveland Pete makes the sign of the cross. But today we tried a tofu sandwich that could convert the surliest vegephobe to the Way of the Curd. It's a formidable hoagie anchored by strips of spicy, toothsome, uncommonly flavorful tofu, doused with soy sauce, barbecue rub and a soy-oil/nutritional-yeast marinade and dressed with avocado, alfalfa sprouts and cucumber slices. On Silke's near-perfect sandwich rolls, it may be the best veggie sandwich in town—and for once that's not a world's-tallest-midget designation.
We'd tell all you health-conscious eaters and veggie lovers (especially you, Lesley) to drop everything and head to Mitchell Deli in East Nashville's Riverside Village to order this new contender. Only problem is, it's so new that it doesn't have a name. "Wanna make one up?" asked Mitchell chef Julia Helton, her forearm newly emblazoned with an artichoke tattoo (courtesy of Black 13's Steve Martin, that wild and crazy guy).
Nah, that's too easy. But what would you call an Asian BBQ tofu with sprouts, avocado and cucumber? I mean, besides delicious.