By: Shaina Wizov Contributing Writer
If there’s one thing that most people all over the world have in common, it’s a love for something as classic as the sandwich. But the similarities pretty much stop there, as many places have their own variations of this traditional meal consisting of two slices of bread and some kind of combination of ingredients in between.
Lucky for us here in Boca Raton, we can get a taste of these speciality sandwiches inspired by different parts of the country, and the world, at Stateside Sandwiches.
The mission at Stateside Sandwiches is simple: to recreate premium versions of your favorite regional and hometown sandwiches using fresh locally baked bread, and fresh premium meats, cheeses and seafood, sourced locally whenever available.
Chef/owner Steve Tart hails from Long Island, New York, where he started working in the restaurant business at the age of 14, and continued working in restaurants through college.
His experience later led him to work as a pantry cook at four-star fine dining hotel and resort The Lodge at Woodcliff, where he was able to work his way up to the fine-dining restaurant sous chef. From there, he held the position of executive chef at various restaurants all over New York, and eventually he found his way down to South Florida.
Throughout this time, Tart learned how to cook with some of the best ingredients from all over the world, and thus began his appreciation for the “finer things in life,” when it comes to food. He wanted to open Stateside Sandwiches as a way to pay homage to that time in his career, when working with premium quality food was the center of his being. Along with wanting to build something for himself, opening Stateside Sandwiches was a way for him to reinvigorate his passion for food.
“To make great food, you need to start with great ingredients,” Tart says.“Food cost and the bottom line are less important to me than respecting my art.” He chose to create a sandwich shop because it allowed him to work with premium quality product in what he describes as an “everyday, everyman environment.”
There is no shortage of premium quality product at Stateside Sandwiches. All of the meat is smoked or roasted in-house and carefully sliced or shredded to perfection. The bread is baked locally and delivered fresh — there is even a gluten-free, vegan bread option, which is not always easy to find.
Crowd favorites include the pastrami on rye, a New York deli classic, featuring hand-sliced, house-smoked pastrami piled high on marbled rye bread, smeared with grainy mustard, and the Carolina-style house-smoked pulled pork sandwich topped with mustard and vinegar BBQ sauce and freshly made coleslaw on a brioche bun.
Philadelphians can get their cheesesteak fix with shaved slow-roasted prime rib topped with house-made “wiz” on a hoagie, and Southerners will get a little taste of home in the form of a grilled pimento cheese and fried green tomato on thick-sliced grilled country white bread.
While meat is a heavy player at Stateside Sandwiches, there are also vegetarian options available, such as an Italian favorite, burrata and mozzarella; falafel, a Middle Eastern staple; and BBQ jackfruit, a meat substitute created by this native Brazilian fruit. You’ll find seafood on the menu too — the Maryland-style crab cake sandwich and New Orleans classic shrimp po’boy are two of the most popular choices.
The prices are a bit higher than most, but these sandwiches can easily be split into two meals or shared.
It may not be your average sandwich shop — but that’s okay, because it never wanted to be.
Stateside Sandwiches is located at 1159 S. Federal Highway in Boca Raton. It’s open Monday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.