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Marty's Deli - Minneapolis Sandwich Pop-Up

Today I ventured outside of my house (a rare activity) to try the sandwiches from Marty's Deli, a newish sandwich pop-up in Minneapolis that my friend recommended to me. Marty's Deli calls themselves "the best sandwiches in Minneapolis." While I haven't tried every sandwich in Minneapolis and thus can't confirm or deny this assertion, I can confirm that the sandwiches where incredibly delicious.

I had the Uncle Pete, which has bacon, pickled green tomato, lettuce, basil, and pimenton aioli - like a BLT but a few levels up. The basil was an amazing addition to the sandwich, adding a complexity you don't normally get on a classic BLT. The aioli was also a sensational upgrade from traditional mayo (and I say that as a major mayo eater).

Colin had La Grandmere, which included olive oil-poached tuna, castelvetrano olives, parsley, whole grain mustard, and garlic aioli. This wasn't Jessica Simpson's run-of-the-mill chicken of the sea. The tuna was rich and tender from the gentle cooking process, and the richness was offset by all the other acidic elements and the freshness of the parsley.

One of my main qualms with some gourmet sandwiches is that the sandwich assembler may prioritize cool filling or very crusty bread at the expense of ease of eating. Not the case here. The filling to bread ratio was perfect (and the bread was delicious!), and the sandwiches were easy to eat without everything spilling out. This is particularly important for a pop-up in the middle of a global parmiggiano reggiano, where sandwich patrons are likely enjoying their meal in their parked car.

Marty's Deli doesn't have a brick-and-mortar location, but hosts pop-ups around the city. Visit their website or Instagram to find out when their next pop-up will be - you don't want to miss out!

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