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05 Sep 2019

The Indy Endorsement: The Smoked Pulled Pork Sandwich at Unique Bite Eatery

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This pulled pork sandwich is a very good thing. This pulled pork sandwich is a very good thing.

What: The smoked pulled pork sandwich

Where: Unique Bite Eatery, 82900 Avenue 42, Indio

How much: $10.99

Contact: 760-342-8286; uniquebiteeatery.com

Why: The quality of the food is unique.

The name Unique Bite Eatery is a bit of a misnomer.

I do not mean this as an insult in any way: In fact, I am a big fan of the entrées offered at this newish fast-casual eatery, located north of Interstate 10 in Indio … but these dishes are not unique. A scan of the menu reveals a whole lot of classic Americana—house-smoked pork, pot roast, spaghetti, fried chicken, grilled chicken, burgers and the like.

On my recent lunch visit, I ordered the house smoked pulled pork sandwich with coleslaw and barbecue sauce. I was torn between that and the creamy chicken with creamy rice, and the lovely woman behind the counter was kind enough to allow me to order the children’s size ($6.99) so I could try it.

After a longer-than-expected wait—although a sign on the wall does warn diners that the food is fresh-made, and that takes time—the aforementioned woman delivered my food. The chicken was tasty—the milk-based sauce on the chicken was flavorful, as was the cooked-in-milk rice—while the sandwich was fantastic. The house-smoked pork was delicious, and the crisp, cool house-made coleslaw was the perfect in-sandwich complement.

It’s worth noting that my friend Jeff tried to meet me for lunch, but got held up; he wound up going to Unique Bite Eatery later that same day, and he offered the smoked brisket sandwich ($12.99) his own endorsement. “If (I lived) closer, I’d be a regular,” Jeff told me.

If Unique Bite Eatery happened to be in my neighborhood, I’d be a regular as well. The food offerings may not be unique—but the quality definitely is.

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