I don’t know about you, but anything called a tahini chicken salad sandwich piques my curiosity. So I made my way down to the recently opened Tanya’s Lunch Box on Glendale Avenue to try one.
It’s a crispy, flavorful, unique sandwich that comes with fries and a soda for a mere $7.50. And there’s more at this modest eatery run by a mother-daughter team.
What started as a small catering company has become somewhat of a neighborhood hangout. Casual and friendly, Tanya’s specializes in your common Middle Eastern fare of lule and shish kebabs. And they’re perfectly delicious, especially with the sides of buttery rice, creamy hummus and a really good cabbage salad. But what will probably bring you back are the pressed sandwiches.
Top on the list is the tahini chicken salad sandwich mentioned above. It’s similar to American chicken salad, but instead of mayonnaise, Tanya uses a light tahini (sesame seed paste) sauce with special spices and extra toasted sesame seeds for punch. Lettuce, tomato and onion nestle in alongside the chicken in a nice big French roll that gets a fabulous crispy outside after it meets the press. Be sure to specify that you want it pressed.