Every time I run into Graham With, head brewer for Parallel 49 Brewing Company, he tells me about his favourite sandwich place that he would frequent while growing up in his hometown of Tsawwassen. Parallel 49 beers in hand, we finally decided to head out there together to sample some of these tasty sandwiches.
Ossie’s Deli & Meats is a “Mom & Pop” style shop located on 56th Ave just off Highway 17 as you head into the heart of Tsawwassen. All Graham had told me was that they were the best sandwiches and that I had to try them, so I had no idea what to expect from Ossie’s.
When we walked in, my impression was that this was your standard deli with glass coolers full of various meats and cheeses, as well as some prepared items. The menu board behind the counter listed most of your deli standards, but as my gaze moved to the left, I saw the list of “burgers”. Graham quickly explained that these aren’t so much burgers, as they are what Ossie’s is famous for; schnitzel sandwiches. I scanned the list and finally decided on the Stout Burger – I thought it would be a good fit for the whole beer and sandwich blog thing (although, I’m still unsure about whether or not any ‘stout’ was actually involved).The Stout Burger consists of a crispy fried pork schnitzel, sliced rare roast beef, cheddar cheese, tomato, shredded lettuce, pickles, red onions, and mayo on a fresh kaiser bun. This sandwich has all the elements you need; nice fatty richness from the pork schnitzel and roast beef, crisp crunch from the shredded lettuce, juiciness from the fresh tomatoes, and gooey melted cheddar cheese. Without the pork schnitzel, this would be your delicious, but basic deli sandwich. With the schnitzel however, it’s an amazingly different sandwich completely! Honestly, I’ve never had anything like it before. I left our beer choice up to Graham on this one; considering his superior knowledge on both the venue and beer in general. The beer he chose to bring along was Parallel 49’s Old Boy Classic Ale, which is one of their four “Always Around” brews. The Old Boy is what I would call their most basic style; brewed as a tribute to what you’d find in most English pubs. It has rich malt flavour of caramel and toffee with some hints of chocolate. The flavours made for a great pairing as the beer’s sweetness matched up with the richness of the pork schnitzel and it lingered on the palate as the deep flavor of the roast beef came through. Both the sandwich and the beer were well balanced and complimentary. Quick disclaimer here: Ossie’s is not licensed, so if you want to pair this sandwich with a great craft beer, grab that sandwich to go.
So, if you’re looking for a really unique sandwich from a long standing local deli paired with a classic style ale from a top brewery in the BC craft beer scene, then head to Ossie’s Deli & Meats for This Sandwich and That Beer.
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Also, find my articles in BC Craft Beer News and listen for my feature on Just Here for the Beer radio on Team 1410AM airing in January.