EAT This Week: Tunnel Creek Café’s Veggie Sandwich
To try and decide each week where and what to eat around the basin can be a challenge — there are so many amazing choices. In this feature we’ll dive into dishes that will surely satisfy those hunger pangs and leave you wondering where to go next.
Being located next to a couple of trails, whether hiking or biking, the Tunnel Creek Café is a nice place to both kick off your journey, or wrap up your day. For the sake of this week’s feature, I think this is probably more of a wrap-up-your-day kind of dish — especially if you worked up a sweat during the process.
Yes, it’s called a veggie sandwich, but don’t let that scare off you folks out there that are the meat-or-go-home crowd. This sandwich eats like a meal, so you’re not going to leave hungry. But, surprisingly, with everything going on, you do not miss the meat at all. It’s super refreshing and all the ingredients are extremely fresh.
It all starts between two sheets of toasted wheat bread. Each slice gets an exclusive slather of house made hummus and smashed avocado. In between lies slices of tomato, pickled radish and carrot, miso marinated eggplant, cucumber, and sprouts. If that sounds like a lot, yeah, it is. This sandwich is stacked (literally).
The hummus and avocado lend great creaminess to the veggies. Crispy textures from the sprouts, cucumber, and pickled veggies provide a nice contrast but it’s really the eggplant where the magic happens. This is why you don’t miss the meat. That pre-bath of miso is the kicker, giving it a savory and salty attitude that punches the rest of the ingredients in the mouth (or is that my mouth?).
Regardless, with the flavor this sandwich is packing, you should have no problem filling up your tank after the trail. Add an ice-cold beer and you may want to pitch a tent and set up camp right there. However, if you get in trouble for doing so, you did not hear it here.
The Tunnel Creek Café is located at 1115 Tunnel Creek Rd. in Incline Village. For menu items and information visit them online at tunnelcreekcafe.com or reach them via phone at 775-298-2502.
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