Dish of the Week: Jerk Beef Torta at WSK

Remember when it was mid-thirties and rainy on Wednesday? I needed something warm and reminiscent of better times, so I went to World Street Kitchen fully intending on getting a big bowl of food. I did not expect to be so intrigued by their special, but who says no to a jerk beef torta? (I mean, other than vegetarians I tried to convince myself to get an old standby, but I couldn’t resist the torta’s red dress…

Friends, let me tell you — the jerk seasoning was scrumptious. The beef itself came in large chunks with a charred outside and tender inside, perfect for chomping. Melted over the beef was some gorgeous white cheddar, and lest this be confused for some unhealthy cheesesteak, you practically get a salad-worth of greens on top. All smothered with a burnt scallion sauce that had a plays-well-with-others amount of kick. What kicked me into a sunburnt beach in the Caribbean, though, was the bread — a buttery baguette that, unlike a banh mi, stayed soft on both the inside and outside, but didn’t get soggy from the filling. It soaked up the flavor of its charges while adding flavor of its own. It’s a work of art. I eat a lot of sandwiches and rarely do I get blown away, but this torta blew me far away. I don’t know how “limited” its time on the menu is, but do yourself a favor and go grab a little island getaway of your own.