Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler.
There is nothing quite like the newly opened Zettas sandwich shop on Nicollet Avenue in Minneapolis. All of its sandwiches are subtle variations of the same thing, and all of them hinge on the use of light-as-a-feather toasted flatbread (made in house) and remarkably rich and creamy ricotta cheese (ditto). We tried their Number Six ($9), which also incorporates tomato jam, bacon, and arugula, which added tangy, sweet, salty, crispy, and fresh veg notes into an already exciting crispy / chewy / creamy situation.
Zettas sandwiches are a triumph of lightness—every bite tastes featherweight without lacking flavor or a point of view. They’re also massive—we found a single sandwich enough to sate a couple of adults fueled by typical lunchtime hunger, although your mileage may vary. And regardless of whether you order the Number Six or any of the other options (there are seven total), you’ll be startled by what a different house-made bread and cheese can make when building a sandwich. The official Zettas motto is “somewhat original flatbread sandwiches,” but we think the word “somewhat” is nothing more than typical Midwestern self-deprecation, and—honestly?—doesn’t need to be there. We’ve never had anything quite like the Number Six at Zettas before or since.
THE DISH: Number Six Sandwich, $9
THE PLACE: Zettas, 2424 Nicollet Ave., Ste. B, Minneapolis
THE REASON: Delicate textures and rich flavors make these sandwiches one-of-a-kind in the city