Not long after arriving in Brooklyn - pretty much as soon as the internet was hooked up - I started looking at restaurants in the area. When searching for pulled pork, Van Horn Sandwich Shop came up. The owner is from North Carolina and serves the smoked pork with a vinegar sauce. It sounded great. But, for one reason or another, I never got around to visiting.
Then one warm summer day a couple of months ago, Elizabeth and I were thinking about where to go for lunch. She suggested the sandwich restaurant that I had wanted to visit. It took me a minute to figure out what she meant, but as soon as I did, I said it sounded great. (By this time I had learned that Van Horn gets a lot of their meat from Paisanos and their bread from Caputo's, two of my favorite places in Brooklyn.)
Elizabeth had scrambled eggs with biscuits and sausage gravy. She really liked them but could not finish the plate and gave me a taste. The gravy was great - I considered spooning some of it onto my food. But decided not to.I chose the fried chicken sandwich. It came on a toasted bun with red cabbage slaw, pickles (and another pickle on the side), and house-made hot sauce.
I first tried a bite without the hot sauce. It was good, no doubt, but a little on the dry side. Certainly I would not enjoy this chicken by itself. But between the bread with the slaw and pickles, it was good. If this had been the only way to eat the sandwich, I would have liked it. Fortunately it was not.
I really liked this meal at Van Horn, and I planned my next trip.
Next time I return to Van Horn I will be trying the pulled pork. I hope I get the waitress from my first visit, but even if I don't, I'll still eat there. The food is that good.