Dogfish Head Alehouse Ahi Tuna Sandwich

If you've ever been to the Delaware beaches (or nowadays the grocery store or any bar) you know about the awesomeness of Dogfish Head beer. We are lucky enough in this area to have 2 different Dogfish restaurants in our area and they serve nothing but delicious beer from Milton Delaware. In some crazy scheme to make a profit, this restaurant/bar actually serves good food as well. I went down to Greenbriar to check out the Fairfax location and grab a quick lunch.

There is no specific "lunch menu" at Dogfish, so no matter what time you are going there you get the same menu options and prices. The menu features burgers, sandwiches, and even pizzas, all of which have some good choices.  I opted to go with the $11 Grilled Ahi Tuna Sandwich with fries.

I'll get to the sandwich in a minute, but I want to take this opportunity to let you know how to eat the fries at this place. Right after you order, you ask for malt vinegar. Make sure they give this to you and pour it all over your fries. You will not be sorry.

So back to this sandwich. The tuna sandwich is sushi grade meaning you can eat it as rare as you like. From my past experiences it is typical to order this rare, but I usually eat the slices sashimi style and not the giant steaks, so I asked the bartender what people usually do or what the chef recommends. She didn't know the answer but gave me an answer anyway. (People, if you don't know the answer, go find the answer. Don't make something up. Thats a key thing for any customer oriented job).

She recommended medium (could be correct, but she didn't know) which was fairly cooked with some pink on the inside. It was fine, but it seemed overcooked / dry. I believe rare (my first thought) is how you want it (which also sort of scares me from a beer restaurant).

The sandwich comes on a decent bun with some generic toppings (lettuce, tomato, red onion). They are smart and put the wasabi mayo on the side so you can decide how much or how little you want. The sauce was ok, creamy and not very spicy. Too much like mayo for my tastes. Throw down a 90 minute IPA to give you some extra kick.

I've never had a tuna steak sandwich before, so I have nothing to compare it to in terms of other restaurants.

While I did give you some down points in that write-up I still enjoyed it. It was a solid sandwich for the price. If you get a water it will run you around $15 post tip, a bit steep if you eat it often but worth a try once and a while.


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