At Balaboosta, the Grilled Merguez Sandwich ($13) is served at lunch and weekend brunch. It's a hefty sandwich with three cigar rolls of merguez, spicy and housemade—juicy, meaty sausages tucked between arugula and tomato slices. A blend of aioli and mustard is smothered on both top and bottom interiors of the toasted ciabatta bun, with a helping of melt-in-your-mouth caramelized onions, a sweet counterpart stacked above the grilled merguez. Bold flavors demanding equal attention, there's nothing subtle about this sandwich, and yet it all works out rather nicely. The merguez, spiced with fennel and coriander, is good enough so that you might be tempted to have a side order; don't feel guilty, I've seen more than one table do this. A balsamic vinaigrette-dressed salad completes the sandwich, making it a filling, proper meal as opposed to just a sandwich.
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