Food Fight: Noble vs. Melvin'sBy Megan Giller
June 19, 2014
Welcome to Food Fight, a light-hearted taste-off between two takes on one dish.
Serious sandwiches are the name of the game, and with places making their meats in house, baking bread and pickling everything from cucumbers to cauliflower, the competition is fierce. So we’re kicking off this new series with a stacked-sandwich fight featuring two-handed meals from two popular restaurants.
In This Corner: Noble Sandwich Co.
Weighing in at: 15 sandwiches
In That Corner: Melvin’s Deli Comfort
Weighing in at: 14 sandwiches
Round 1: Tastiness
Both restaurants make everything from scratch, turning out some amazing products. Noble focuses on unusual combinations like smoked duck pastrami and red-chili-braised pork cheeks while Melvin’s keeps it classic with hot Italian beef and a croque monsieur. Noble might give us a Knuckle Sandwich (roast beef, horseradish, caramelized onions and cheddar) for saying this, but Melvin’s edges slightly ahead for its straightforward but well-executed flavors.
Round 2: Cool Quotient
While Melvin’s gets high marks for its red trailer and quirky atmosphere, both of Noble’s locations have the holy grail in Texas heat: air-conditioning (we’re taking “cool” both literally and figuratively here). Plus the Burnet Road spot sports a vintage-style sign.
Round 3: Leftover Possibilities
Both dish out hefty portions, but Melvin’s offers the option to get your sandwich “stacked" (read: more meat than you thought possible). Even fancy pastry chefs like Erica Waksmunski (formerly of Congress) love leftovers from Melvin’s.
The Heavyweight Champion: Melvin’s takes the belt in our inaugural Food Fight. Celebrate with a Reuben on grilled rye — stacked, of course.