El Lomito had a lot of buzz as a replacement sandwich coming into the bracket, but I’m not sure if it lived up to the hype.
The staff was very accommodating and prepared the sandwich for us during dinner service, when it typically isn’t the menu – so big ups to them for that. The grilled beef tenderloin was well prepared, and the chimichurri mayo gave it a nice garlicky zip. We also ordered it with the egg, which added a meaty wetness that only a fried egg can. The general flavor was a bit greasy, but in good, satisfying way. Two main drawbacks for me were that it felt a bit more like a breakfast sandwich than anything i’d have for an afternoon meal, and the bread seemed to be my favorite part. Don’t get me wrong – good bread is essential to a top-notch sandwich, but if its the star, I feel like the sandwich might be missing something. Overall, El Lomito was solid – good ingredients, good composition, good flavor – but I wasn’t left craving more, which leaves the door open for Jibarito at Borinquen.