In late 2013, Hannah Roland of Cedar Teeth (based in the Bay View neighborhood of Milwaukee) started providing hand-made gourmet sandwiches to the Anodyne cafes. The daily menu usually includes two meat sandwiches and one vegan variety. Hannah noted that "vegan cooking especially interests me, as I feel that it teaches how to bring more flavor and texture out of real, whoesome food." Her first menu included a vegan muffaletta sandwich (one of my favorite kind of sandwiches) and I was determined to get my hands on one. When I finally made it there for lunch one day, they were sold out. Luckily, Hannah is a friend of a coworker of mine and got in touch with me directly to tell me about her vegan offerings. She was kind enough to let me try all four varieties of her vegan sandwiches over the course of a few days and I was very impressed! (Note--these four were provided at no charge to me, but I would have gladly paid double now that I know how tasty they are!)
The following pictures do not do them justice since you can't see all the ingredients within each sandwich, but let me tell you--they were outstanding!
Here's round one's menu:
A friend of mine and I split these two at the Walker's Point Anodyne cafe (which, by the way, is new and awesome). The first thing we both noticed was how the tofu was thinly sliced--neither one of us had ever had a sandwich with tofu prepared that way. The texture was fantastic and the flavors were amazing. Also, Hannah makes all of the sourdough rosemary focaccia bread fresh each day by hand (yum). All of the sandwiches are served cold (I believe) and I think all of them would be delicious either cold or heated, if you prefer that.
The Hawaiian almost had a ham-type flavor because of the smokey vegan bacon bits and the way the tofu was prepared. Combine that with fresh pineapple and a little spice in the chili aoli and you have one tasty sandwich!
In the Caprese sandwich, the tofu took the place of the cheese that normally exists in this type of sandwich (no fake cheese here). That, along with the fresh tomatoes, basil and that creamy balsamic aoli, it created some amazing flavors.
On day two, I picked up the sandwiches and brought them home for dinner--it was so hard to wait to eat them! They kept well in the freezing temperatures of my car. Because they were so cold when I arrived home with them, my boyfriend and I decided to put them in the toaster oven just briefly and this worked out great.
First up was the muffaletta I've been meaning to try for so long. Look at the close up of that smokey oven roasted organic tofu and all those tasty olives! Also hiding in there are some roasted red peppers and sun dried tomatoes. Best vegan or vegetarian muffaletta I've ever had!
Last, but definitely not least, was the Thai Tofu sandwich. Here the sliced and roasted tofu is complimented by a delicious peanut sauce and surrounded by fresh cilantro, scallions and carrots. Scrumptious!
Not only can you pick these up at Anodyne cafes, but Cedar Teeth does small event catering as well. Does your place of business need a catered lunch? Cedar Teeth has a variety of meat and vegan options so that everyone is happy! Contact Hannah directly to get a full menu.
Here's the scoop:
Sandwiches available daily at Anodyne cafe locations in Bay View and Walker's Point.
They cost $7.95 each at Anodyne.
The sandwiches usually arrive after 11am each day and although the cafes are open until 9pm, I wouldn't count on any being left later in the day. Although, maybe we can increase demand!
Catering available for groups up to 60. She is also happy to put together smaller lunches for as few as 5 people if the delivery distance isn't too far (she is based on the south side of Milwaukee in Bay View). Contact Hannah at Cedar Teeth for pricing.
Cedar Teeth Contact info:
Facebook - /thecedarteeth
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone - 414-737-8953
Now, get out there and eat some delicious sandwiches!!