While I usually adhere to Groucho Marx’s (and I’m paraphrasing) philosophy regarding subscribing to any club that would have me as a member, a recent lunch at Common Bond has led me to realize I need to make an exception.
I will join the Texas Club, i.e., Common Bond Cafe & Bakery’s riff on the classic club sandwich inspired by flavors associated with the Lone Star State.
But first, a brief historical digression on the club, which I only learned two months ago may be (but probably isn't) an abbreviation and not, in fact, shorthand for “clubhouse sandwich.” (It should also be noted that I also thought “HOV lane” stood for “Humans Over Vehicles lane” until, um, last week.) According to this recently revived theory, the (then technically) C.L.U.B. stands for “chicken, lettuce under bacon," thus outlining the architectural design of the sandwich’s original ingredients. But there's as many people who dispute this as there are folks who buy into it. What a time to be alive.
Obviously since its inception the club sandwich has come to feature other proteins, most commonly turkey and tuna fish. Common Bond’s version layers thick slices of the former, well-roasted as to impart a smoky taste, with strips of bacon, crisp bibb lettuce, Swiss cheese, avocado slices, blood-red rounds of heirloom tomato, and slabs of toasted white bread. In addition to the avocado, the sandwich showcases its Texan inflections through its use of peppercorn aioi instead of standard mayo.
In toto, the aforementioned strata give rise to a remarkably well-balanced, wonderfully appealing sandwich. While the generous amounts of turkey and bacon could have rendered this club a salt bomb, the lettuce and mild cheese curb the savory factor and provide pleasant contrasting crunchy and soft textures, respectively. I also heavily endorse Common Bond’s substitution of the aioli, which is spicy and slightly sweet.
A side of complimentary gherkins with the club is but an afterthought and I advise not electing sides of parmesan fries, berries, or a side salad; save your precious stomach space for this terrific tier of a sandwich.