Today’s Sandwich: Beef Tenderloin & Mushroom Panini (Aurora Provisions)

Location: 64 Pine Street
Price: $9.95 (on special)
Notes: Today’s sandwich combines seared, sliced beef tenderloin, sauteed mushrooms, red onions, arugula, and crumbled bleu cheese, grilled and pressed on focaccia bread. The focaccia had a nice buttery crunch, and I was thrilled with how rare the tenderloin was allowed to sit, without being chewy or stringy. The onion was a tiny bit overpowering, and I could have had a little bit more bleu cheese; in a sandwich of several very strong flavors, even it got lost among the strong onion and mushroom flavors. I don’t ordinarily have high expectations for a sandwich like this, but Aurora Provisions‘ version was a real winner.

Malcolm Bedell is co-author of the critically acclaimed "Eating in Maine: At Home, On the Town, and On the Road," as well as the taco-centric blog "Eat More Tacos," and the junk food-centric "Spork & Barrel." His contributions include Serious Eats, Down East, L.A. Weekly, The Guardian, and The Huffington Post and his food truck, "'Wich, Please," was named "Hottest Restaurant in Maine" for 2015 by Eater. Finally, he finds it very silly to be trying to write this in the third person.

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