Duncan St. Sandwich Shop in Millvale is a tiny little spot cooking up big flavors in their creative sandwiches. Although the menu is small, everything is so thoughtfully made and delicious that who really needs any superfluous options?
Duncan St Sandwich Shop is Our Kind of Place
The shop itself is quite small and lends itself more to takeaway than dining in as there is only one small table inside and a small outdoor courtyard for private events.
The menu consists of salads with unique toppings and dressings (like one with a burnt orange vinaigrette topped with crispy prosciutto and toasted rice), and a selection of about four sandwiches (on our visit- smoked chicken, roasted pork, turkey, or roasted mushroom). A few sides, soups, and baked goods round out the menu.
One thing we love about this spot is that they make pretty much everything from scratch, right down to their insanely addictive focaccia bread that they use for the sandwiches. The meats on the sandwiches are roasted or smoked in house, and the condiments and dressings are made here as well. They even have a few house made sodas to try – we opted for the spiced cranberry-orange which was fruity and tangy with just the right amount of sweetness.
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Delicious Sandwiches and Sides
As for sandwiches, we tried the smoked chicken and the “everything” pork.
The smoked chicken had super juicy, tender meat with a creamy herb aioli, an onion jam, and slices of cucumber and basil. The sweetness of the onion jam played well with the savory flavors of the chicken, and the cucumber and basil brought crunchiness and freshness.
And let's not forget the bread – the crumb was fairly airy but the slices were thick and crusty, and the slight tang of sourdough intensified the bread's flavor even more.
The “everything” pork sandwich was the winner of the day with everything seasoning on the roasted pork plus pickled red onion jam, boursin cheese, cucumber, and crispy fried onions. The pork was peppery which perfectly contrasted the sweetness of the onion jam, and the creamy cheese likewise was balanced by the crunchy onions.
The sandwiches were quite messy to eat which we absolutely loved (there's nothing worse than a dull, dried out sandwich with no sauce or juiciness).
We also tried a side of the beans which were red beans braised in coconut milk with onion and garlic. These bad boys were so creamy and rich and were definitely enough for two of us to split as a side.
We are so happy to see the comeback of neighborhood sandwich shops and lunch spots like Duncan St. Sandwiches. We can't wait to return and try the other equally delicious sounding sandwiches that we missed out on as well as some of their soups and baked goods.
Duncan St. Sandwich Shop is located at 543 North Avenue in Millvale. They also host a periodic pop-up dinner series that we look forward to trying as well!