AStreet Meatball Market popped up practically in the shadow of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
Since August, Bobby Burns and Dennis Glenn have been doing their best to lure medical students and others to 23 Allen St. to check out their work.
The restaurant's protein orbs come in beef, pork and chicken. An original vegetarian version, with sweet potatoes, kale, eggs and parmesan cheese, was months in the making.
Customers pick a sauce, like classic Italian tomato sauce, creamy Parmesan, mushroom Stroganoff or basil pesto. Then a cheese, like ricotta, cheddar or provolone.
Four balls, bare or on a sandwich, are $9.50. That's with a side, like penne pesto or mac and cheese.
But the most interesting sandwiches aren't spherical; AStreet Meatball's most compelling offering might be the baked sandwiches ($9.50), in bread cast in a golden crackling jacket of Parmesan cheese.
One excellent version packs fig, blue cheese, bacon, provolone and ham. Salty smoke and fruit sweetness makes the cheese funk stand out. Get it with the coleslaw side.
Glenn and Burns aren't sure yet what sort of patronage to expect from the school up the street, but they hope their handmade meals keep drawing a steady crowd.
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