It was good day for Allandale when Mo Pittle rolled his JewBoy Burgers truck into a spot at 5000 Burnet and a bad day for Allandale when he rolled out (although he rolled into brick-n-mortar nearby on Airport Boulevard). When the bride and I first tried the burger truck, we were in love, both with the sloppy diner-n-dive burgers intersecting Jewish, El Pasoan, and New Mexican cuisine but also with Mo Pittle, whose energy and friendliness convinces you anything is possible. So it was a very good day for Allandale when Pittle announced he was returning to the area with the JewBoy Sub Shop at 6701 Burnet, the former location of Pour House Pub.
Pittle wanted to serve something caterable, and his burgers—large, in charge, and crashing like a barge in the Suez Canal—weren’t it. So subs were the answer. But don’t worry: Mo’s subs are also large and in charge, but more manageable (yet still somehow out of control). JewBoy Sub Shop offers hot and cold sandwiches, a few sides, and a couple soups. And Pittle has leveraged the old Pour House bar to offer a range of local brews.
The sammich getting most of the early Instas is Lou’s Fried Meatball Parm (old skool meatballs fried then covered with tomato gravy with grilled onions and peppers covered in melted mozzarella on an Amorosa roll; $10). This is a sammich to behold with deep beef and tomato flavor and meatballs the size of monkey heads sprinkled with chunky parmesan. The airy Amorosa roll lovingly complements and contains the meatball mayhem. If you don’t roll with rolls, one of the sides is three of these beautiful meatballs. If you are a veg-head, there’s the Eggplant Parmesan Sub ($10), which is the Chinese eggplant version of the meatball sammich.
Puff’s Pastrami Philly (house-made pastrami, grilled onions, melted Swiss, and yellow mustard on an Amorosa roll; $13) is the star of the show since the pastrami is expertly house smoked and as tender as late-stage Elvis Presley. The sandwich sooths with smokey, moo-forward beefiness with an occasional sparkling jab of mustard. On the cold side is the Smoked Chicken Salad Sando (house smoked chopped chicken thighs, Hatch green chile, tortilla strips, and celery tossed in mayo and served on Martin’s potato bread; $10). The chicken clucks with a smoky blush while the green chile kicks NewMex style between the yellow buzz of tater bread. You can add fries ($4) and/or housemade chips ($2.50) to your sandwich (although some orders have built-in chips).
The location retains the large outdoor patio for plague-friendly dining, and take-out orders deliver well. The staff is friendly and probably play speedmetal after hours. And megaprops to Mo for the compostible take-out containers. I’m hoping the 7-minute walk to Mo’s new joint from our house compensates for the caloric intake.
I wrote this review for the Allandale Neighbor.
web&where: interwebs; 6701 Burnet Road; (512) 294-2279
what’s the deal? Jewish, El Pasoan, and New Mexican-influenced sub shop; fast casual
overall: *** (food***; service***; instagrammability***)
– meh [think twice]
* OK [it’ll get the job done]
** good [solid neighborhood joint]
*** damn good [we’ll definitely be back]
**** yippity-yikes that was amazeballs [fantastic; one of the best]
***** holy sh!t [transcendental; best of the best] each $ = $10; cost is based on a typical dinner entrée and appetizer (no drinks)
each $ = $10; cost is based on a typical dinner entrée and appetizer (no drinks)