As a BLT should, the Green BLT Sandwich ($8) at Honky Tonk BBQ has a range of contrasting flavors and textures: soft bun, salty and crisp bacon, creamy garlic mayo. The fried green tomato adds a bit of tartness, with a cornmeal batter that stays adhered in order to provide some crunch.
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Adding components to a BLT is a tough job. How do you improve something already so perfect? I decided to track down some of the restaurants truly making their mark on the BLT, either by adding an unexpected ingredient or by upping the ridiculousness.
What is the Old Oak Tap doing serving a BLT in November? This version gets around that problem by subbing in fried green tomatoes. Coated in cornmeal, the thick slice is slightly crunchy and acidic. Along with extra crunchy strips of maplewood smoked bacon (the B ) and arugula (the L), the sandwich also adds a smear of pimento cheese.
There's no better classic to return to than the BLT offered at Austrian Bakery, where their double-decker ironically boasts American-sized proportions. The expected lettuce and tomato join copious amounts of mayo coating three slices of hearty white bread with crispy and chewy bacon in amounts you might be embarrassed to indulge in at home.