Mushroom & Butternut Squash – Skinner’s Loft, Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ

A portobello mushroom and butternut squash sandwich from Skinner's Loft in Jersey City, NJ

Skinner’s Loft put forth a mushroom sandwich, and I was all too happy to receive it. This is a sandwich that aims high: Roasted portobello mushrooms join butternut squash, grilled red onion, quinoa, spinach, tomatoes, and parmesan fondue all on 7-grain bread. It’s a fair number of ingredients, and some of them seem unnecessary at first glance. But whoever is responsible for this wonder has a skilled hand, and those ingredients come together in a very well balanced harmony. The mushroom and the squash are the stars, of course, and their textures contrast each other perfectly. The tomato and grilled onion bring a sweet note to things, the spinach a contrasting earthiness that echos the mushrooms, and the quinoa and parmesan fondue fill any gaps with a delicious smoothness. Looking at it now and thinking back I only grow more impressed. For nearly every sandwich I eat there is some thought that occurs to me about how it might be made better, but I can think of nothing that would improve this. Every angle is considered, every element properly served. This was a great, great sandwich.

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4 thoughts on “Mushroom & Butternut Squash – Skinner’s Loft, Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ

  1. This sounds really good. It’s nice to see a vegetarian sandwich that isn’t a half pound of cream cheese and piles of sprouts. The squash sounds unique and interesting.

  2. It was a new idea to me as well, and as you read I thought it was quite the success. Here’s my prescription for you: A couple thick slices of whole wheat bread, a healthy schmear of quinoa, onto which you pile leafy greens, fresh red peppers, and bacon, extra crispy.

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