Tut’s is a bit of an odd one; the menu features a variety of Egyptian sandwiches, but instead of being served on the pita bread you’re expecting, they’re served on soft, squishy buns that are similar to the potato rolls you’ll find at so many burger joints around the city.
It’s not the most traditional choice, but hey — tasty is tasty, and yes, the sandwiches here are quite good.
A combo comes with two sandwiches and a side; I went with soguk (sausage) and kebda (pan-fried beef liver).
Both were really good. Soguk (more commonly spelled sojuk or sujuk) is a very distinctively-spiced Middle Eastern sausage, and while the one they’re serving here has a much milder flavour than any version I’ve had before, it’s tasty nonetheless. It comes topped with what they’re calling caramelized onions (they tasted more pickled than caramelized to me) and mustard mint sauce. That sauce, in particular, is nicely zippy and really brings the sandwich together.
The liver comes topped with tahini sauce and a lime wedge for spritzing; like the sausage, it has a surprisingly mild flavour, but it’s tender, meaty, and delicious. Even if you’re normally iffy on liver, this sandwich might surprise you — it’s really good.
And the soft, fresh, and slightly sweet bun works surprisingly well. I thought I might miss the pita bread, but I did not.
I went with pickles on the side; I think fries are probably the more popular choice, but the occasional pickle slice does a great job of cutting through the richness of the very heavy sandwiches.