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The Fare: Sandwiches made from Seattle's best ingredients.
The Stop:Tucked away in a parking lot behind Wine World on a residential street, the spot where seven-week old food truck newcomer Scratch Deli has been hanging out doesn't naturally draw foot traffic. But that's okay because Ian Thackaberry, semi-scholarly-looking in his dark-rimmed glasses, navy sweater, and thin build, doesn't seem to have a problem guiding people to his sandwich truck. Thackaberry, a former financial advisor who studied economics at the University of Oregon, is embarking on a new career adventure.
With all of the sandwich joints in Seattle, Scratch stands out because all of the edibles aboard the black and white truck are either made in-house or from local businesses. For instance, the hoagie rolls are from The Essential Baking Company, while the hazelnuts in Scratch's pesto sauce are from Holmquist Hazelnut Orchard in Lynden, Washington. You can expect the grilled cheese to sport Flagship cheddar from beloved Beecher's in the Pike Place Market.
Another sign Scratch is all about being quintessential Seattle: The sandwich master has also designed the menu so any of his 10 sandwiches can be made gluten-free, vegetarian or even vegan. The chicken in the pesto sandwich can easily be substituted for an abundance of sautéed shitake mushrooms without impacting the taste. The hazelnut pesto, mozzarella, tomato, and aioli are so flavorful on their own the mushroom could probably be a ground up tire and taste great.
Vegetarian thoughtfulness aside, the meaty Cuban reminds me why I like to eat animals. Tender pork is topped with thinly sliced pickles that add just the right amount of brightness without being overpowering. It is just what you would expect from Thackaberry, a former butcher at Whole Foods.
Other meaty favorites are the Bleu cheesesteak and the Vietnamese classic sandwich, the banh mi.
Not a fan of sandwiches? Go for the truffle potato salad or soup of the day.
Tip: Although Scratch's hours are from 11am-7pm, they are known to have a ravenous lunch crowd that clears them out of everything. If you don't want to get shut out, show up by 12:30pm.
Update on 6/17: Scratch is partnering with People's Republic of Koffee in Capitol Hill to build out a brick and mortar location, which will serve as Thackaberry's headquarters. Not to fret, though. The sandwich gourmand still plans on resuming truck operations at Wallingford's Wine World.