Pastrami, espresso-barbecue pork, and crunchy chicken sandwiches are the specialties at this friendly neighborhood shop. The pastrami is thick-cut and fatty, with a rich smoky flavor, and comes with optional toppings like jalapenos and various cheeses (emmental, cheddar, gruyere).
A lunchtime pastrami sandwich is Y1200, served with good crisp fries and lightly pickled vegetables. (There's also a jumbo-size version for Y1800, but we found the regular size to be quite sufficient.) The BBQ pork is also well executed, with a similar smoky flavor and just a hint of coffee. It's complemented by a home-made cole-slaw topping and a small tomato salad on the side.
The menu widens at dinnertime, with meaty fare like pork and duck rillettes, smoked pork tongue, pork ribs and the tour-de-force Good Vibes Meat Platter. There's also a well-assembled roster of side dishes like Brussels sprouts fritters, eight-vegetable cole slaw, and a satisfyingly cheesy macaroni and cheese.
Several wines are served by the glass, along with bottled beers from Minoh and other craft breweries. If you're in a soft-drink mood there are espresso beverages and an excellent iced tea livened up by fresh peaches and lemon juice. There's a small counter and a handful of tables, or you can get your sandwiches to go.
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