I visited Sherman Cafe (257 Washington Street) in Somerville's second square, Union Square, this weekend and had an excellent BLT. I've been an occasional Sherman customer since they opened, and I've seen them at their best and not so best, but over the past few months, the place has really pulled it together, especially in the sandwich department. I was a little worried when Bloc 11 hit the scene that Sherman might suffer, but they're still a serious contender in the neighborhood. And an hour of free wifi doesn't hurt.
The BLT features thick bacon, heirloomy summer tomatoes, and some creamy avocado. I sampled it with and without the mayo. Bread was some kind of multigrain. A light toasting of the bread might be the only thing holding this sandwich back from perfection.
To quote the back of the menu, "Sherman Cafe uses all fresh ingredients, makes most of our menu from scratch, buys local when possible, and tries to keep chemicals off of your plate. We use all natural meats from McKenzie's of Vermont, milk with no BGH, and our bread is delivered fresh from Clear Flour Bakery every day."
Other interesting sandwiches on Sherman's menu include bacon cheedar and green apple (grilled on sourdough) and vermont cheddar with greens, housemade pickles and tomatoes. And their baked goods are far more kick-ass than those fancy cupcakes you can get not far away. During the Union Square Fluff Festival, Sherman served up some fluff-enhanced sandwiches, too. The 2008 Fluff-Off is coming up on September 27th. Don't say I didn't warn you.