Best Bet: Club sandwich

The “Amazing” Island Club at Bardog Tavern is their most popular sandwich.

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The “Amazing” Island Club at Bardog Tavern is their most popular sandwich.

Avocado and a fried egg on a sandwich are enough to make my mouth water. If you add a grilled chicken cutlet, ham, bacon, provolone and white American cheese, onion, lettuce and spicy mayonnaise, you’ve got The “Amazing” Island Club at Bardog Tavern.

The “Amazing” Island Club at Bardog Tavern is their most popular sandwich.

Photo by Michael Donahue

The “Amazing” Island Club at Bardog Tavern is their most popular sandwich.

I liked the sandwich the first time I heard a description of it. When I tasted it, I had to order another one within the next few days.

Bardog owner Aldo Demartino copied the sandwich off a similar one he ate at the Pocna hostel in Isla Mujeres, Mexico, during a backpacking trip in 1997. The sandwich, which cost 15 pesos or around $1.50 at the time, had egg and avocado on it, but Demartino doesn’t remember if it had bacon on it. But, he recalled, “I ate it 10 days in a row.”

He made the sandwich at home a few times. So, he put it on the menu right away when he opened Bardog in 2008. His costs $9.79.

“It’s our most popular sandwich,” said Demartino, who calls it “the ultimate grilled sandwich.” They sell 150 of them a week.

The name of the sandwich came from my colleague, restaurant reviewer Jennifer Biggs, who referred to the sandwich as “amazing” in a photo assignment to shoot the restaurant last year. Demartino saw what she wrote and adopted the name.

The sandwich, which comes with fries, is enough to feed two people or one very hungry person. I ate one and a half quarters and saved two for dinner. I gave half of one quarter to David Duebner, a professional window cleaner who I was talking to at the bar. He’d already had a mushroom Swiss burger at another restaurant, but he was interested in The “Amazing” Island Club.

He loved it. “The avocado sets everything off,” he said.

And, he said, “It’s amazing is what it is, man.”

Bardog is at 73 Monroe; 275-8752.

Michael Donahue: 529-2797; donahue@commercialappeal.com.

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