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The Naked Onion

2118 W. Cary St. (S. Shields Ave.) Send to Phone
The onion may be naked, but it sure knows how to dress a sandwich.
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Lunch Mon.-Sat.

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The Naked Onion Restaurant Review

: The strongest indicator of how good an eatery is? It’s where other chefs go. So after scarfing down the grilled Brie panini with caramelized onions and apple compote or the hefty Cuban, comprising slow-roasted pork butt, house bacon and pickles, Swiss cheese and stone-ground mustard aïoli, you won’t be surprised to hear Greg Comstock, who co-owns this tiny take-out with Lauren Jurk, say, “Half our business is chefs from other restaurants.” Except for the bread (which comes from a nearby bakery), the duo prepares everything from scratch, such as curing and braising the pork belly that goes into their habit-forming banh mi (grilled pork belly, pickled carrots, daikon, fresh jalapeño, cilantro and garlic aïoli on baguette). Soups change often; it could be butternut squash one day, potato leek another, and there are always vegetarian and vegan options for those who ask, and usually bread pudding for dessert (but allow 15-20 minutes for it). The Naked Onion is open only until 7 p.m. and, come evening, the operation might scoot into its truck “Skewtopia” to meet up with other food trucks if there’s a large gathering of people somewhere.

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