The Maki-rrito at Avery Provision
Avery Provision, located on Washington St in Downtown Crossing, is the fast-casual little sister to Sip, now occupying the space of retired Bina. Avery Provisions offers a large sandwich selection, flat bread and panini specials, sushi, and a host of prepared items to take home for dinner after work. (With the closing of our beloved John Dewars in Newton Centre, I’m hoping to take advantage of Avery’s Provisions proximity to the Boylston T for a quick take-home dinner.)
I was invited to check out the Maki-rrito but first we sampled a few menu items.
Prosciutto Caprese with house-made pesto and mozzarella ($9.75)
The Prosciutto Caprese immediately jumped out at me. I enjoyed the addition of pesto to add that extra depth of flavor. The amount of prosciutto worked with the sandwich, and more substantial than others I’ve had. The bread really stood out: incredibly soft and fresh, it holds the sandwich together without overwhelming the delicate flavors.
Daily Panini Special: Turkey, Swiss and Bacon with arugula and lemon
As a huge fan of paninis, I generally flock to anything pressed over an ordinary sandwich, so when I saw the chalkboard menu offered a panini special, I decided to try that also. A good-sized sandwich, pressed and heated long enough to allow the Swiss cheese melt and give a little crisp to the bread. I’m already looking forward to my next panini here.
Finally we get to the star of the afternoon. The Maki-rrito combines sushi ingredients in burrito form. This massive structure was a little overwhelming at first, and the amount of spicy tuna seemed daunting. It took me a few bites to figure out all of the flavors, but with a little bit of dipping sauce from the plate, the flavors began to come together for a very enjoyable maki-rrito. The spicy tuna is, of course, the focal point. Cucumbers add a refreshing crunch, while tempura flakes add another layer of texture. The proportions of each ingredient leads to the success of this dish, no one in particular is too much. Unlike a burrito, the end of the maki-rrito is open, allowing some filling to escape out the back end, but nothing that chip sticks can’t solve.
Maki-rrito with spicy tuna, tempura flakes, wasabi-soy, cucumber, avocado and sesame ($9.99)
Overall, I’m excited about this new lunch option in Downtown Crossing. There is a wide variety of options, including a small seating area if you choose in dine-in. As the fast-casual concept continues to dominate the lunch scene, Avery Provision provides busy lunchers with lots of options, fresh and quality ingredients, all at a fair price point. The large cupcakes you can grab on your way to out satisfy your afternoon sugar don’t hurt either!
Avery Provision is located at 581 Washington St.
I was a guest of Avery Provision; all opinions are my own.
Have you experienced a sushi burrito? What are your thoughts?