weekday lunching at specialty’s, boudin bakery and opera cafe
It’s Monday. And I’m home sick. Hence the late and short post. I am determined to beat this cold as quickly as possible though for birthday weekend fun times. I’m going to be like Barney:
Yesssssss. That’s gonna be me!
[turkey, apple, bacon and brie sandwich / $8.99]
Minion and I went to Specialty’s Cafe recently. I was in a “I-Want-Brie-Forever-And-Ever” mood and chose this sandwich which had roasted turkey breast, bacon and brie with fire-roasted fuji apples, arugula and lemon thyme aioli on toasted ciabatta.
I didn’t notice that “fire-roasted” part on the apples. It looked like mushy, large chunks of baked apples in my sandwich and I removed them and pretended they didn’t exist. I was expecting thinly sliced raw apple but that’s fine. Apple removal was harmless. This sandwich is served nice and warm so the luscious brie is nice and gooey. The bacon gave it a nice bit of crispiness and the turkey was well seasoned.
[peanut butter cup brownie / $2.89]
You can’t go to Specialty’s without getting a baked good. I usually get a cookie, but this time I wanted to try their Peanut Butter Cup Brownie. GOODNESS. They sure weren’t kidding about the peanut butter part! The whole middle is a bunch of soft peanut butter – it’s more like a peanut butter soft cookie middle, not really a gob of peanut butter from a jar. The brownie itself is very rich and had a great chocolate flavor. It’s not too sweet but it is really rich and intense. I only ate half.
[mushroom soup in a bread bowl / $6.69]
For some reason I always forget that there’s a Boudin Bakery over in UTC. The best part is that it’s NOT in the food court so there’s no crowded mad rush feeling. It’s over near the Nordstorm’s which is easier to park at, too.
I went on a Wednesday and the soup of the day then is Mushroom Soup! I was feeling extra hungry and got it in a sourdough bread bowl. I mostly ate this almost as a dip, using my bread to soak up the mushroom goodness. I always love how fresh and delicious the sourdough bread is. I’ll need to make Boudin more a regular spot to visit now that I remember it exists again.
[grilled steak and brie sandwich / $10]
Opera Cafe and Patisserie has this really awesome grilled steak and brie sandwich that I want pretty much every time I go there. I strayed once and got a burger and was unhappy with my choice. Now it’s pretty much steak & brie forever.
There’s a layer of caramelized onions on the bottom of this that really made this sandwich shine. They also cut the edges of the bread off and toast the bread nicely. I eat this with a fork and knife. It seems dainty enough for that. I love how perfectly melted the brie is and the steak is nice and tender.
I sprung for an upgrade of fries. For an additional fee (I think it was $2.50) you can get these Truffle and Parmesan fries added on instead of the plain fries. These fries are perfectly crisp and you get a TON of fries. It’s like a big take-out-container box full of fries which is way too much for one person. The Parmesan adds a nice amount of saltiness but the truffle flavor was a almost a little too light for my taste. It needed like a pinch more.
I’m always trying to find new places. We’re a little boxed in with our office location but I think I might be able to make it out to spots in Del Mar Heights. That might be my new goal for places to try soon!