Dominican Cravings proves that a great breakfast does not need bread to be great. Especially when you sub in giant disks of salty tostones that are perfectly fried and incapable of getting soggy. That’s only one component of the “Tres Golpes” patacon from this spot in Essex Market. Between the patacones you’ll find a combo of fried salami, fried cheese, a runny sunny side up egg, and a slathering of mayo-y pink sauce that cuts through all the salty, rich elements. This sandwich has not only increased our morning consumption of tostones, but has also confirmed that any breakfast sandwich can be improved if you add fried salami.
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