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Today’s cooler weather and upcoming rain made me think about Chef Jonathon Sawyer and his ramps.
Wait, aren’t these ramps?
Basically, a mix between an onion and garlic. Mmmmmmm.
Back to the Greenhouse Tavern’s ramp dish that I dreamed about: Half roasted Chicken in Brioche Bread w/ fennel, onions, herbs & jus. My mouth is watering again.
First off, this dish looks like a titanic calzone. It appears beached on the plate, simple and clean with no garnishes. And it is served with a steak knife, so you know Chef Sawyer means businesses (biznass).
The mounting tension builds as you break into the brioche, the warm rich inviting chicken aroma and pungent ramps clear your mind and makes the days problems disappear. The au jus covers the bottom of the plate and envelopes you in a warm chicken soup blanket. The chicken is tender and oh so juicy as it continues to baste itself in its own jus. On the inside of the brioche, the ramps sneakily attach itself to everything, making sure the patron is well aware of the salty-savory-warm-goodness about to be had: “Thanks be to ramps”.
*It’s like chicken soup in a bun.
*It’s like heaven in a brioche.
*It’s like a warm chicken blanket.
*It’s like a brioche had sex with a chicken in a field of ramps.
Um….Maybe I need to head to @thegreenhouse and talk with Chef Sawyer (@jonathonsawyer) and Amelia (@Chefswidow) again.
And yes, I’d cast my vote for @JoeG2001 as Mayor.
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Dawgs, Burgers, and Tots – Oh my!
This post is an addition to our initial review of Dim And Den Sum. If needed, our first review we talked about the PBLTs and Tacos, click here (Note: We feel that multiple visits are necessary for an accurate review. Besides, doesn’t hurt to eat more right?)
With the ever-expanding menu options, both Chris and Jeremy have been foraging Cleveland’s West Side Market for the freshest local ingredients for their patrons. Bonus points for WSM usage.
Jjang Dawg - local dog, pulled pork, kimchi slaw, smashed tots, bourbon soy bbq sauce $5.50
Gotta be honest, this is one of the best hot dogs I have wolfed down in a long time. Like almost forgot to take a picture of it good. The Kimchi slaw and the fresh fried smashed tots together are heavenly – sauce oozing through the tots and shimmy-ing down the locally purchased grilled hot dog (Foodies take note: Every one of my bites had that elusive snap). Top it off with some bourbon soy BBQ, which is eerily like a PoBoy, this is close to perfection…like dating your best friends sister…without him knowing.
Copious amounts of toppings make this a PERFECT lunch. As you can see, Chris and Jeremy are not afraid to load you up.
Ahem-Not going to lie, I thought about ordering another one.
Tots – Crispy tater tots, amish cheese curds, gravy $4
It is few and far between that we find places that serve tots. So inherently, we love Dim And Den Sum for curbside tot service.
Our tots have come dressed differently every single time.
First time: served plain lightly drizzled w/ Bourbon soy BBQ sauce (9.5/10)
Second time: served plain with what tasted like a ko chu jeun mixed into the tot itself. Maybe it was the salt. (8.5/10)
Third time: served with cheese curds and dried chunks of truffles (9.0/10)
I’m now dreaming of said crispy tots holding hands with some cheese curds swimming in gravy. Mmmmm. Glad to see tots and totes hope those tots stay.
Dim Burger - Local grass-fed beef, smoked cheddar, kimcheechup, pickle, mayo, on a brioche bun $6
Burger was cooked to order which was unexpected, cheese was melted nicely on and the generous amounts of lettuce. Brioche bun was excellent (fresh-baked). Wish we had more kimcheechup, like dripping down your arms, forcing you to do the lean so you don’t-get-any-on-your-shirt for more kimcheechup. Sexy.
Overall, good, but nothing exciting. Maybe with a spicier kimcheechup, it will be Yobo like.
Shank Taco – beef shank braised with a light corn salsa $2.50 each.
Shank was tender, soft, and full of flavor-just like our others. Though kinda wish we had some cilantro, slaw or more roughage for this. Trust me, you could eat about 6+ tacos yourself. We did.
PBLT - Pork shoulder confit, thick cut bacon, tomato jam, and sriacha mayo $6
Initially, this got lukewarm reviews, but in subsequent visits, the increased amount of tomato jam/siracha mayo and fresh fresh baked bread made ALL the difference.
As before, this is still a cash only operation so hit the ATM and your friends before you muncha muncha. Also if you are lucky, you’ll get to meet Chris’ dog Sadie too.
So after all that, want Sum?
Cleveland-Keep in mind this is a mobile food truck and you’re gonna have to hunt for Sum. Like One-Eyed-Willie treasure and yes you’re the Goonie (Cause Goonies never quit), this is your challenge/adventure.
So you don’t end up like Chester Copperpot and to aid in your search, most updated information can be found either via:
The website: www.DimAndDenSum.com
FYI-Flat tires, loss of sleep, leaky radiators, and a lack of propane will not derail this mobile food goodness. Excellent ingredients, excellent concept, excellent food, and most importantly, hilarious people. Keep up the good work gents! You’ve got the recipe for awesomeness.
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