Meat Cheese Bread
It’s the simple things that matter, and that’s why I like Meat Cheese Bread’s name so much–because this quirky little sandwich shop on SE Stark has not just pinpointed the fundamental ingredients in sandwiches, but they have also paid homage to three of the things that matter most in life, really.
It’s not hard to assemble the perfect meal–a Meat Cheese Bread sandwich, a cup of homemade soup, and a bittersweet chocolate Scharffen Berger brownie, and you’ve pretty much secured your everlasting bliss.
Everything about Meat Cheese Bread is deliciously simple—the pared down breakfast menu lists about a half dozen items, including breakfast burritos, steak and eggs, and granola and yogurt, and is a boon to early morning breakfast adventurers (MCB opens at 7am), while the lunch menu is a short list of truly excellent sandwiches, salads, and soups.
The sandwich menu swings both ways–hot and cold–with standout sandwiches including the delightfully different B.L.B. (Neuskies smoked bacon, roasted heirloom beets, lettuce and aioli on sourdough), and the Park Kitchen—if you’re a fan of Park Kitchen’s iconic flank steak salad, you’ll love this sandwich, with its tender strips of flank steak and savory blue cheese mayonnaise and tart slivers of pickled onions.
It’s not hard to assemble the perfect meal–a Meat Cheese Bread sandwich, a cup of homemade soup, and a bittersweet chocolate Scharffen Berger brownie (made with vanilla sugar and a sprinkling of fleur de sel) on the side, and you’ve pretty much secured your everlasting bliss. Wash everything down with a Bubble Up, a bottle of Yoohoo, a cold beer or glass of wine.
Meat Cheese Bread is also a designated purveyor of Xocolatl de Davíd chocolates, and you never know what flavors you’ll find in the case–a bacon caramel, orange and cardamom, green tea, pigs blood ganache.
Owner: John Stewart
Atmosphere: Relaxed, simple little neighborhood joint, a few tables, some eclectic local art on the walls, grea vibe
Outdoor seating: A few little tables are set up outside on the sidewalk in fair weather.
Best Seat: I like to sit in the window, and the little tables outside are nice too.
Noise Level: Normal
Dress Code: Casual
Bathrooms: Behind the kitchen, don’t be shy—just walk past the cash register and to the back, it’s to your right and behind the prep area
Parking: Free and easy to find on SE Stark or surrounding streets
Cocktails: Mimosa ($6.50)
Beer: A half dozen bottled beers and a couple canned beers
Wine: Prosecco ($6), a white wine and a red wine
Teetotalers: Real Coke, Bubble Up, Izze sodas, Jones sodas, Ginger Beer, Yoohoo, etc
Ideal Meal: Park Kitchen sandwich (flank steak ‘n blue cheese mayo), soup of the day, Scharffen Berger brownie, Xocolatl de Davíd chocolates
Vegetarian Friendly: Yes
Vegan Friendly: Yes
Good for the following occasions: Early Bird Breakfast, Out With Friends, Dining Solo, Out to Lunch
Group/Private Party Details: For information on catering services call John at 503-234-1700
Deals: If you love the center cut of the brownie batch, ask for it specifically when you buy your brownie, it’s usually hidden under the pile so it’s given to a true center-cut aficionado.