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Scofflaw is serving a vegemite sandwich and it's awesome

Amy Cavanaugh
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Amy Cavanaugh
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Here's an ingredient you don't see too often: vegemite, an Australian yeast spread. The company won't tell you exactly what's in it (though its website does say that it's kosher, halal, and has the same amount of sodium as one or two slices of bread), but the dark brown spread is similar to the British version, Marmite, and it's definitely an acquired taste. Now, you can try it at Scofflaw, where it's on the cheese toastie.

The sandwich is on the first menu from Scofflaw's new chef, Sue Litz, who took over for Mickey Neely in November.

"I've been obsessed with vegemite forever," she says. "It has this weird umami quality that provides a piquant suckerpunch through the richness of all that butter and cheese. The toastie is a pretty typical sandwich in Australia and the UK, where, if anything, the grilled cheese acts as more of a vegemite delivery system."

The vegemite adds salty and funky notes to the tomato, avocado, caramelized onions and cheese on the sourdough bread, but it's not overpowering, so it's a good introduction to the weird ingredient. Try it with the Coral Gimlet, a refreshing gin and vermouth–based cocktail on Scofflaw's latest drink menu.

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