I love a good sandwich. Back in my modeling/pageantry days I couldn't resist carbs, in fact I think I tried to go one day without eating any carbs and I completely failed at it. Over the years I have noticed you can't really get a good sandwich anywhere really. In places like NYC, Sydney and San Fran you see these amazing sandwiches stuffed full of goodies and one fresh, flaky bread. I drool at the site of them.
I am glad to report that lately there's been a resurgence of artizen sandwich shops that have recenly opened their doors. I haven't tried them all but I am excited that there are more options to choose from:
Sammie's on S. King Street
Hi Sub on Dillingham Boulevard
Raintree on Pensacola
Prime Sandwiches on Maunakea
Timmy's Grinders in Kailua
Passport Sandwiches at Fort Street Mall.
Passport, is inspired by worldly travels and made with local ingredients. One of my close friends who is also one of the co-owners, Lanai Tabura, invited me to a sneak peek at the newly renovated location, blessing and to sample the goods. The French bread is baked fresh early every morning. It is light, mildly chewy, soft and has a nice flaky crust. The protein is your choice of fresh roasted chicken, fall off the bone kine, almost like kalua pig or tofu. Then you pick your inspiration Chinese, German, Korean, Hungarian, Texas BBQ, Mexican, Greek or French. They also offer a special of the month. I believe last month was Phillipines inspired.
I found the sandwich to be very tasty, a great combination of flavors and textures. It wasn't messy to eat and the bread was super fresh. The cost is $8.50, add $1 if you choose to eat tofu instead of chicken and add $1.50 for a meal (chips and drink). The BBQ was seasoned well and had a comforting BBQ flavor that paired well with the chicken. This particular sandwich comes with caramelized red onions, shredded cabbage, julienned carrots,parsley and topped with a chipotle walnut pesto sauce.
I look forward to stamping my passport and trying some of the other flavors like the Korean and Greek Lemon sandwiches.
1111 A Fort Street (Mall)
Honolulu, HI 808-547-2725