You've been waiting nine months, and it's time: Vancouver's crazy popular sandwich chain Meat & Bread will open its first U.S. branch on Capitol Hill at 11 a.m. today, next door to John Sundstrom's Slab Sandwiches + Pie.
Run by Canadian co-owners (and founders) Frankie Harrington and Cord Jarvie and executive chef Joseph Sartor, the 200-seat Meat & Bread will, like its Canadian cousins, serve three staple sandwiches daily (the famous porchetta with salsa verde, meatball, and a grilled cheese), along with a daily sandwich special announced online by 9:30 a.m., and a soup and salad. Drink-wise, there will regularly be both a red and white wine by the glass, one local cider, one craft beer, and canned Rainiers for $1.50. For dessert, there are whisperings of Parfait fixing up a special ice cream sandwich with caramel bourbon sauce and brownie available only at Meat & Bread.
Similar to Meat & Bread's sandwiches, the space's concept by St. Marie Design is simple and modern — all wood and concrete. The high ceilings and elevated tables create a vastness. Their hours are Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (closed Sundays).