Tuesday, March 18, 2008


The next time you're in Seattle and that old hunger mouse begins to gnaw at your vitals, do yourself and the planet a favor; drop by Cafe Racer and order a succulently simple, daringly delicious, vibrantly vegetarian Woodring sandwich! Yes, this astonishing culinary dazzler is fresh on the menu of this greatest of neighborhood joints.

What's in a Woodring? Why, nothing but thick, crunchy peanut butter and golden yellow mustard. Bread and butter pickles, too, if you want 'em! It's scrumptious, cheap, filling and comes with your choice of chips.

Where? Only at Cafe Racer, 5828 Roosevelt Way N.E. And remember this: the Friends of the Nib meet there Wednesday evenings.


Blogger Tom Dougherty said...

I noticed a dearth of comment here regarding Woodring: The Sandwich and I wanted to stop by to give it my official "endorsementâ„¢"

What's not to like? Handcrafted, imported artisan breads slathered with a delectable shmear of crushed Georgia peanut plaster and what Wikipedia calls "a thick yellowish... paste...made from the ground seeds of a mustard plant",all of it adorned at your pleasure with a Lincoln log-like structure of sharp dill pickle spears. Grilled? Just as you like it!

The ingredients, while humble in their description, live it up like the Rockefellers on the tongue. It's unlike any sandwich you've ever tasted in the waking world, but it has a familiar quality to those who have eaten peanut-laced Thai food or who have tasted grilled unicorn. Exotic and delicious, but you deserve only the best!

Very highly recommended!

12:57 AM  
Blogger Splotchy said...

I'm curious, were you consulted as to the ingredients of this sandwich honoring you?

I don't know when I'll make it to Seattle, but I'll see if I can whip one up at home.

I love eating peanut butter from the jar, and love eating bread and butter pickles from the jar as well -- mustard straight from the jar, not so much.

Congratulations on your honor.

11:29 AM  
Blogger Jim Woodring said...

This is a sandwich I have been making and relishing for years. Its origins are very pure:

Years ago the Hare Krishnas threw one of their Shivarees (!) in the park near my house in Santa Barbara, CA. Say what you will about those crazy kids, they prepare delicious sattvic food.

At that event I had a memorable dish; zucchini with peanuts and yellow mustard. Well, the zucchini didn't add that much; it was mostly the peanuts and mustard. Et voila!

Most people when they hear what the Wooding is made of say it sounds horrible. Then when they taste it they always say it's surprisingly good. When Cafe Racer put it on their menu there were damn few takers; but as the days have rolled on more and more get sold.

Personally I prefer it without the sweet pickles. It must be natural 100% peanut butter, with no sugar or hydrogenated fat, preferably crunchy; and French's style yellow mustard. No grey poupon.

12:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to say, the mere mention of that sandwich makes me want to take a nib or two, and get thee from Portland up to Seattle on a wed. night.

I have business up there, and may be up yonder in two weeks.

I'll wear a hat

6:42 PM  
Blogger john m winters said...

I enjoyed peanut butter and ketchup sandwiches as a young child. The thought of it makes me uneasy now.

11:14 PM  
Blogger Dave said...

I went out with a girl last night and admitted that I liked peanut butter and bacon sandwiches. Her jaw dropped and she says she's been eating the exact same sandwich since she was 5. Someday I'm gonna marry this girl.


11:39 AM  
Blogger cale ajioka said...

Ive been fasting for 3 days now so it may just be my empty stomach talking, but I NEED one of these.

3:00 PM  
Blogger Wiley said...

And I thought your lobster/popcorn/avocado salad was odd. Jim, you have the palate of a pregnant woman.

I'm sure I will eventually make and taste one of these bizarre culinary aberrations in secret, though.

8:54 PM  
Blogger Demian Johnston said...

As long as there is no okra i think i could give it a whirl... ugh. okra. what an ugly dare that "plant" tends to be...

i agree with Jim about the hare krishnas. i toured the states with a hare krishna band in 1995 for two months. we were never for want of good vegetarian food. i don't quite understand the no onions or garlic thing though (something about being food of ignorance, not being in the magic sunlight... i am not sure).

9:08 PM  
Blogger Borehouse said...

i just made one and it tasted great. wish i had pickles and stuff though.

1:14 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

nice pelikan.

8:04 PM  

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