When I was very young, my professional ambition was to be a librarian during the day and a detective at night. (Somehow, even then, I knew I was in for a lifetime of long hours.) I didn't quite fulfill those early career goals, but I feel like I got the gist of it: I find things, and I write about them.
I'm usually pretty adept at chasing down food leads, but I was recently dealt a stumper so frustrating that I'm turning to the public for help. Consider this post my version of a wanted poster -- minus the bit about a reward.
An old high school buddy of mine who recently relocated to Seattle has been skimming culinary tips from her friends and colleagues, and sending the most tantalizing of them my way. While many of them concern restaurants I've already discovered under other informants' tutelage, she recently clued me in to an egg salad which her unnamed source claimed was the best in town.
According to this egg salad fan, the dish was an unadvertised, off-the-menu specialty of Ivar's airport concession. So last Friday, when I caught a flight for Houston, I arrived at Sea-Tac early so I could order the mysterious sandwich. The guys at Ivar's had no idea what I meant. "We had it for a minute," one highly-skeptical staffer volunteered, guessing it might have been among sandwiches featured in a recent sampling. "We don't have it no more." He suggested an Asian salad instead.
But Kirsten Wlaschin, Ivar's director of marketing, didn't recall egg salad ever being served at the restaurant. She's sure the airport location never carried it, although refused to speculate whether other venues ever experimented with egg salad: "We've been open nearly 75 years, so I never say never," she said.
Wondering if my friend's friend had confused her Sea-Tac seafood providers, I asked an Anthony's staffer whether the restaurant secretly stocked egg salad. Nope.
Denied egg salad, I settled for an excellent egg-and-cheese from the newly opened Beecher's concession. But I'm still curious about the egg salad story, which is why I'm turning to you: Has anyone had an off-the-menu egg salad at Sea-Tac? And, while we're on the topic, any great Seattle egg salads to recommend? I'm partial to the Yemenite version at Eltana, but am always looking to broaden my egg salad horizons - even if it requires booking a flight.