Today’s sandwich is the Smoked Turkey with Wasabi Mayo and Brie from Dot’s Market in Lincolnville. It combines juicy smoked turkey, wasabi mayonnaise, brie, and grated carrots on country white bread.
Location: 2457 Atlantic Highway (Rt 1), Lincolnville
Notes: I always notice Dot’s on the right side of Route 1 in Lincolnville, as we sail by to some other errand farther north. Cute signage, great spot (if you’re on the road between Camden and Belfast – and who isn’t?), five minutes beyond the entrance to Camden Hills State Park. It was a gorgeous day for a drive a little out of our way. There are great green pine trees, the hopeful bare branches of early April, and sunlight pouring down on a windy road, with glimpses of the sparkling ocean peeking through the trees. Violet and I had been to the gym and we were starving, so it was the perfect opportunity to finally stop in.
Dot’s has it all: “Coffee. Baked Goods. Wine. Deli. Goodies.” Who could ask for anything more? Seriously, those are pretty much all my food groups. Everything in the shop seemed abundant from the ample, empty seating area to the frosting piled a mile high on the cakes. There were lots of prepared foods in the case, something we’re always craving – soups, hearty salads packed with quinoa and beans, a daily entree, burritos on Thursdays, and sandwiches all done up in cellophane. It’s one of those comforts of civilization that I sort of require. And wines. And good cold drinks. And chocolate.
Of the few sandwich options I chose the best, a combination I never, in a million years with a million monkeys would have put together. Smoked turkey, the homely stepsister of healthy deli meats, plus brie – oh, they have a few wheels/wedges of truly exquisite looking cheese, wasabi mayo (WHAT???), with grated carrots on that good, thick kind of country-style white bread, made in-house. Because we were so many miles from home (and did I mention ravenous?) Violet and I also needed a little tide -us-over gluten free corn muffin and a soy and ginger flank steak skewer served with mango salsa ($6.95), which was the best car snack I’ve had in months.
This sandwich is one hell of a sandwich. Understated, high quality ingredients, ideal bread, fun in your mouth textures and interplay of flavors. The proportions were right. And, to reiterate, I never would combine fatty, buttery brie with burning up your nose and base of your skull wasabi, but it works, and makes complete sense, when you think about it. Also, carrots on a sandwich? Carrots on a sandwich. But these weren’t, like, anemic carrots you got on a sun dried tomato wrap with sprouts and a hemp necklace in the 1990’s. They were meaty sweet carrots and were the perfect fourth element, fifth if you include the bread. Which you must. The bread looked almost weirdly moist when I removed it from its wrapper. And to be honest, I don’t know why it would be that way. But it was awesome – kind of sweet, yeasty-sweet and chewy.
Let’s not ignore the turkey, the main character in this passion play. I used to have a cat who really liked to eat turkey for breakfast; may Ed rest in peace. You know how often when you get deli turkey on a sandwich it tastes like slimy skin that’s been sitting under a porch for a week and a half? This is nothing like that. It was lovely. And there was just the right amount of it. I don’t want two fistfuls of meat for lunch. Ever. It was an elegant, delicious sandwich in every way, the best I’ve had in a long while, really.
Dot’s is adorable. I need to go there much, much more. On the next beautiful day I want everyone to go, pack up a basket with sandwiches and treats, and have a picnic at the park nearby. On a blanket. Maybe we’ll bring a frisbee. I don’t know. Let’s not get too crazy too fast. This spring thing may just save us all yet.
Dot’s Market: 2457 Atlantic Highway (Route 1), Lincolnville, Maine; (207) 706-7922; Dot’s Market on Facebook