As I continue my sandwich revisits since my TMJ has calmed down.
I'd been meaning to return since my first couple of visits over a year ago. I thought the food had promise and the concept was interesting.
The place looks basically the same; the prices have edged up a notch, though are still quite reasonable.
I went with the "Midnight Calorie Bomb" the Cubano/Medianoche ($6.75).
I previously thought this a decent sandwich. It has now risen to "good". I thought the weak link previously was the pulled pork, which was very dry and ice cold in my sandwich. That has been remedied. The pork was warm, nicely seasoned, perhaps on the edge of being too salty, and was adequately moist. The ham added even more of a sodium kick and the swiss cheese provided a nice milky level of flavor. The bread was quite nice, pressed, crisp, and yeasty. And while the sandwich doesn't look very big, it's quite filling and more than enough for me.
Man, if this place was in the Gaslamp and open when the clubs got out....they'd do a killing.....
Nice to see the place is doing well.
Embargo Grill 3960 W Point Loma Blvd San Diego, CA 92110 Hours: Mon-Thurs11am - 9pm Fri-Sat 11am - 10pm Sunday 11am - 9pm
Yeah, I know, Cathy and I have done a number of posts on Bristol Farms. I'd mentioned the Tri-Tip Sandwich in a previous post. Several key things have to be in place for me to get the sandwich. There are a couple of folks, often from the deli area that I know make a good sandwich. One of the guys really takes his time, but whenever he makes my sandwich, it comes out like this:
Also, I check out the tri-tip, or the turkey to make sure it doesn't look old and tired. For the turkey sandwich; I go dark meat all the way. After having this through the years, I know how I like mine; toasted roll, horseradish sauce (on one side) in place of the BBQ sauce, grilled mushroom and onions, regular onions, tomato and lettuce. When it comes out well.....it's quite a sandwich.
Of course, one of the main reasons I was a Bristol Farms was to pick stuff up for a "light" dinner on the porch.
Bristol Farms 8510 Genessee Ave San Diego, CA 92122
I'm not sure if you noticed; between August of last year and January there was a dearth of sandwich posts. The main culprit was a very bad case of TMJ, there was a nice bit of nerve pain and now there's sometimes interesting crunching noises when I open my jaw too wide....pretty sure some arthritis has set in, but whatever, I can finally have a Banh Mi again.
So since things have settled down, I've been doing a bit of catching up.......
Best Donuts Bakery & Deli:
As I mentioned in my previous post on the place, my favorite stop for some breakfast if I'm running early (like 530 am). Perhaps I just visit often enough, but there seems to always be some rearrangement of the equipment or some new signs on each visit.
Being a creature of habit; it was the A la Mexicana - Eggs, salsa, onion, tomato, cheese, jalapenos, and a smear of beans. Nice way to start the day.
Best Donuts Bakery & Deli 4714 Clairemont Mesa Blvd San Diego, CA 92117
I'm not sure if it's because I haven't had this in a while; but this was even better than I recalled....and it was my favorite sandwich here! The brioche didn't seem a greasy; the tomato flavors came through a bit more sharply; love the sweetness of the wild Mexican Shrimp. It is without a doubt one of my favorite sandwiches...period. Man, these guys sure have come far since the booth at the San Diego Public Market days. Good for them!
SuperNatural Sandwiches 7094 Miramar Rd San Diego, CA 92121
Sweet & Savory Gourmet:
I think they place makes a decent tri-tip and it's priced nicely.
So....I have a category for Banh Mi and one for Cheesesteaks, so why not both in a post, especially since they're revisits, right?
So here goes.......
One of the good things about having to work on weekends....well, if there actually is a good reason for working on weekends is that I don't have to get in as early as on weekdays. I'm usually in by about 6am during the week, but heck, I'm working for love during the weekend so I'm going to sleep in a bit. And my choices are a bit better at 830 am than they are at 540am.
I love a good Banh Mi Trung for breakfast, so I stopped by for a nice egg banh mi.
The egg was nicely fried, the baquette, light, crisp, and warm, a touch of Maggi brought it all together with the pickled vegetables. I should have felt great, right? Well, not really, since when picking up my banh mi, I noticed the sign posted to the right.......
Spam Banh Mi??? Spam? Banh Mi? And an egg? Why didn't I see the sign before I ordered? I wasn't going to miss another chance at a Spam Banh Mi.......
Another week went by and another weekend of work. I went and got my Spam and Egg Banh Mi and brought it back to the office to eat.
In all honesty, the previous banh mi trung was better. The Spam wasn't browned enough, leaving it without a nice crisp texture. This was Spam Lite, heresy I say..... I mean, really, if you're going to blow your day's worth of nitrites and sodium on a canned meat product, you might as well go all the way. Also, something was not right with the bread on this day......you can just tell by the color, it was cold and doughy...definitely not the banh mi that I've come to expect from Cali Express.
Oh well.... While it looks like having to put in those weekend hours may be coming to an end, there's still a few more ahead for me. So maybe I'll give this another shot. Though Spam Lite......maybe not.
Cali Baguette Express 4425 Convoy Street San Diego, CA 92111
I'd been hankering for a cheesesteak for several weeks. So on the weekend after Christmas, I talked the Missus into grabbing a bite and a beer at Monkey Paw. I'd really enjoyed the cheesesteaks on my previous visits. It's also a favorite of my buddy Candice, who spent part of her childhood in Philly...
So, what I get here is the Blairsteak. For some reason, the combination of sauteed onions and bell peppers, with the milky, melted cheese on a nice Amoroso makes this a favorite of mine.
I'm not the biggest fan of waffle cut fries and these weren't prepped well. Limp and dry, lacking any sort of crispness.
One of the reasons that I'd never brought the Missus here is because bread is on the Missus's do not eat list. And other than the cheesesteaks, I haven't found anything else particularly good. On my previous visit, I tried the chicken wings, which I didn't care for.....so this time, I went with the frenched pork shank item they call "Monkey Bones",
I'd had this before and thought it was decent......I went with the sauces on the side, which was a nice move as none of them were really interesting. The pork lollipops were dry and the interior cold. So now I've got to think of something else on the menu to get the Missus down here for my next cheesesteak fix. Though the Missus did say She enjoyed the "vibe", so maybe.....
Well, no, I'm not making it a "habit" (pun intended) of eating here. The main reason for visiting the new location at that little corner of chain restaurantland....that would be Balboa and Genesee, was that FOY - Friend of Yoso, "SomTommy" mentioned that Habit Burger had a tri-tip sandwich on its menu in the comments of my Sweet and Savory Gourmet post. Sheesh, I hadn't even noticed! And being that the chain originated in .....Santa Barbara county, I thought it only right that I check it out.
Not much to say about the interior....if you've been in one, you've pretty much seen the whole spectrum of design and colors.
And yes, there was a Tri-Tip Sandwich on the menu. Which is what I got. It was nice and hot and served on a could have toasted a bit more french roll....lot's of bread on this one.
I'm not sure what to say about this......much like what I said in my previous post about the burgers, I've had worse and I've had better. The tri-tip was fine, on the tough side, straight forward flavors. The portion reminded me of their burger, thin and skimpy. The grilled onions weren't griddled enough. Not terrible, but pretty much....blah.....business as usual. This ain't nearly as good as Sweet and Savory about a half mile away. Though I prefer the French Roll to the ice cold ciabatta they serve.
I also got some onion rings, which were by the book.
Crisp and hot, these are about as good as thise gets. I prefer them to the fries.
Overall, I'll pass on the tri-tip, maybe it's time I try a burger again.....so I guess I'll stop by again soon since the prices are quite reasonable. Though I doubt that I'll be making a "habit" out of it.
The Habit Burger Grill 4175 Genesee Ave San Diego, CA 92111
Sweet & Savory is a little catering business that does sandwiches between noon and six pm or so during the work week. The location is a bit out of the way, on Mount Acadia Boulevard in Clairemont. There used to be a little produce stand in the this strip mall which closed maybe 8 years ago. I'd been wanting to try the place for a while, so I finally made some time to go there.
It is mainly a catering business; there's a table out front, but the usual drill is to order at the counter right inside the door and take your food to go. The lunch menu is a nice and tight collection of sandwiches and salads. I like that there's "smaller" versions of sandwiches, which at five bucks suit me fine. The larger sizes price out at seven dollar, and there's a size called ridiculous which is $25!
On my first visit; I could not help but take notice of the "Best Tri-Tip Sandwich ever". Ever.....hmmmm....that would mean better than Firestone Grill or even the Prime Smoked Tri-Tip I make at home, huh? Actually, I didn't expect that....and I gotta say, this was my favorite of all the sandwiches I tried.
I gotta say, the coffee rubbed tri-tip was very moist, mild in flavor, adequately tender. The gouda added a nice milky-smoky component to the sandwich, since the tri-tip was obviously roasted not smoked. The garlic mayo was fine, though I'd have preferred something with a bit more pungency. I'm kind of on the fence about the ciabatta....on one hand there's a yeasty component to the roll which adds to the whole package, on the other hand, it was ice cold and maybe a bit too chewy for me.
Overall, this was a nice sandwich!
The next time, I tried the "Cubano:
I'm not a fan of this one; the pork was too dry and gritty. The pepperoncini was too strong in flavor and over-powered everything else in the sandwich......just simple dill pickles would have done fine. The ham was there.......the Dijonaise was a nice touch, though plain yellow would do just fine and probably help stand up to the relish. Of course a ciabatta roll is not Cuban Bread, too yeasty, lacking the flakiness. I don't blame them for controlling costs.....
One of my guilty pleasures is a good turkey sandwich.....I grew up on hot turkey sandwiches....I know, not everyone's cup of tea, but I do like one once in a while. Sweet & Savory has three versions of turkey sandwiches, so I decided to check out a couple of them.
The "Brie" was my favorite of the two, though it's a bit too tart, the combination of of Granny Smith apples and cranberry kind of over did that for me. But if you like that flavor profile, you'd love this. I though all that tartness cancelled out the brie. Same deal as before with the ciabatta...the turkey is formed, but not processed....that is; they cut it from a round "roll"......it still was undoubtedly turkey.
On my most recent visit, I decided to order the "Thanksgiving".
For some strange reason; I love "stuffing" in a turkey sandwich....though I'd like some gravy to dip the whole mess in. This was a bit too sweet for my taste. I wish the Muenster Cheese stood out a bit more.
And while it may not seem that way; I do like this little shop.....I prefer visiting this place than one of those chains. Things are prepared better and the folks are very nice. Plus, you get a cookie with every take-out order.
And while the food ventured too much on the sweet versus the the savory for me; I'll definitely be back for the tri-tip, and maybe a sandwich/salad or two in the future as you can't beat the prices. I do wish they'd open at 11 though, since I usually eat early, but that's just me.....
Sweet & Savory Gourmet 3574 Mount Acadia Blvd San Diego, CA 92111 Hours: Monday - Friday 12pm - 6pm
Thanks for stopping by to read mmm-yoso!!! Cathy is writing a short post today, while Kirk and Ed(from Yuma) are not writing and perhaps enjoying some cooler weather or something...
I wrote about D.Z. Akins in 2009 and had more or less forgotten about it until the other day until The Mister said he wanted a 'really good Reuben' as one of his birthday meals. This East County institution (since 1980) has been a regular place to get a quick breakfast and cup of coffee as well as some sort of sandwich to share on busy days.The restaurant has expanded five times since 1980 and the quality and home cooked flavors have never changed. This is consistent comfort food. The interior has murals and autographed photos on all the wall space There is sweet hot mustard, catsup and salt and pepper on each table and in addition, there is a crock with half sour pickles on each table.This is The Mister's Reuben ($13.95), with pastrami (you can have corned beef or smoked turkey as meat choices...but why?) with his chosen side of potato salad (other choices are fries, slaw, macaroni salad, three bean salad or fresh fruit). The kraut, grilled fresh rye, quality (and quantity) of the meat is exceptional. Swiss cheese was included as part of this sandwich. Yes, there were leftovers. Looking at the extensive (six page, large and detailed) menu, I spotted what would satisfy a craving - the chopped liver platter (small, $10.95). This is the small platter because there is 'only' one (very large, overflowing-see the carrots stuck into the excess of a scoop size?) scoop of chopped liver salad and 'only' three slices of fresh rye bread. Of course the gigantic scoop of cole slaw and all of those fresh vegetables completed the small feast I got eat there then take home to enjoy later that afternoon. (The 'large' platters of any of the salads (egg, tuna, whitefish, chicken as well as liver) are $5 more, have another (large) scoop of whatever salad, more bread, more vegetables and easily is a meal for two). The chopped liver salad is made of chicken liver, made fresh daily and *so* very good.
Hope your week is going well.
D.Z.Akins 6930 Alvarado Road San Diego 92120 (619)265-0218 Open at 7 a.m. daily website
mmm-yoso!!!, a blog about food. Kirk and Ed (from Yuma) are trying to stay cool. Cathy and The Mister went on a quick road trip North, stayed cool in the air conditioned vehicle and is sharing her one hour drive each way, just for lunch.
In an effort to run away from the stifling heat in our non-air conditioned home, The Mister and I jumped in the car one weekday morning and drove to see a place we had read about in the LA Times. The description reminded us of 'Food Halls' we eachgrew up with. We arrived around 10:30 a.m.See it? In the back, between the "P" and the "A". The Anaheim Citrus Packing House was rescued from demolition in 2000 and fully restored, opening to the public on May 31 this year. The two acre area just North of it, "Farmers Park", is used for a Farmers Market on Sundays, has an amphiteater and seating, a bocce ball court, public ping pong table and hosted outdoor film festivals this summer and will host other community events (a Fall Festival and Parade, Oktoberfest and a German Christmas Market) later this year. The rest of the 'Packing District' spreads over another five or so blocks, with various shops, stand alone restaurants, a small Food Court area and even a former library turned museum. There is public art, marked on the sidewalks within the District as part of Anaheim Artwalk, all 'Downtown' Anaheim, with City Hall in the midst. The entrance on the East side of the building. If you go in through the doors you see under the signage seen in the background of the second photo, The dual rooster greeters are on the inside on the second floor. Speaking of the inside... This open central/atrium area, giving views of the first and second floors is just so beautiful. You'll notice so many different seating areas, some for each restaurant and many, like a Food Court, out in the open. The individual tabletops (along the railing) each with an accompanying stool, have a hook on the back/center area to hang your purse or other bags. Notice that seating area at the bottom? Under the Pendelton Wool pads, the whole seat area moves; it is part of the original scale used in the plant. There's a seating area surrounded by history- orange crate labels, photos of the original Packing Plant, the scissors used to cut the opening ribbon... Places to eat and drink here? There are quite a few. Overwhelming choices, as noted by each porcelain tile... Adult beverages, behind that Gourmet Grilled Cheese, Fancy Frozens on a Stick, Coffee... Crepes, a 'comfort food' establishment that makes a variety of poutines as well as cheese curds, Southern Soul foods, even bulk foods, spices and seasonings (at good prices). There is a juice place, Indian, Japanese and Vietnamese, hot pot, another beer-centric place and a couple of not yet opened storefronts. Pick a craving; you can find a solution here or within a few blocks.
Then there was what we (finally) decided to order. Chippy's opened when the menu appeared on the screens. The items were properly fried, crispy and not overly greasy and the fish was a very large, moist piece. The squid rings were just OK; not bad, but not great. The onion rings were heavenly. The Chippy Fish and ChipsThe menu at Wheat & Sons was being written and would soon be open. We knew what we wanted. The Porchetta sandwich, still warm, served on a grilled ciabatta roll with a sort of pesto-esque/herby sauce, rocket greens, pickled radishes. Plenty of fresh garlic -no rosemary- infused pork, as you can see from the cross section. We also indulged in less than a half pound of fresh rillettes. If you can only choose one place for a meal, this is where I'd choose. Wheat and Sons butcher shop When we walked in, the first proprietor to speak to us was this nice young man who was chipping chocolate before his store opened. That's the whole menu. We ordered a small affogato with vanilla ice cream, regular chocolate sauce and the additional chantilly cream with chocolate shavings. This was THE best, ever. I don't care for chocolate and this was magical to me. Turns out the chocolate sauce is made from...chocolate, not cocoa, as other places use. Dark 180, another 'if you only can order only from one' place.
We will return. It was a fun adventure.
The Packing House in the Anaheim Packing District 440 S. Anaheim Blvd, Anaheim, CA Website
On a recent weekend, I drove down to the parking lot of RTA/Toys R Us in Chula Vista. It had been a while since I had a chance to check out the Mariscos el Pescador truck, once our favorite. Unfortunately, when I arrived at 10am, there was already a line......good for them, bad for me, as I wasn't willing to stand in line. Instead, I headed to the other end of the parking lot. To the El Gallito Tortas Ahogadas truck.
I remember first coming here when they actually had a lonchera, which has since turned into a trailer. As you can see, they really push on the fact that Andrew Zimmern has been here......I hope it has brought them a ton of customers, though I'm thinking, the serious torta ahogada lovers, those who love the real deal from Guadalajara wouldn't really care.....
I had a traditional torta ahogadas at heat level "9". This is what I got.
On this visit, the pork in the sandwich was moist and nicely flavored. The chili de arbol sauce, while singular in tone, delivered a slow crescendo of heat.... it truly grows on you. The birote, the "roll" was much harder and less crusty than I recalled....it was once my favorite part of the sandwich.
I consider eating this "dipped sandwich" a challenge, packing extra napkins..... always thinking it was some kind of personal short-coming, I felt some vindication on this day as I saw several locals struggling with the sandwich....somehow it made me feel better.
This ended up being quite the "wake-up call" for a late breakfast. The woman working here was so very nice, even checking on me to make sure I hadn't dropped dead while eating my sandwich, then offering more hot sauce!
So, if you're in the area and looking for something more than some caffeine on a late morning.....perhaps you should have a tortas ahogadas, heat level 9. I'm sure it'll eventually get your attention.
El Gallito Tortas Ahogadas 1008 Industrial Blvd Chula Vista, CA 91911
I was talking to someone about Chicago the other day and they mentioned a place called JK's in the Renaissance Towne Center....which kind of rang a bell. It really should have as this used to be Chicago on a Bun.
It wasn't the Chicago Dog's that drew me here. As much as I love a good Chicago Dog, heck a bunch of years back I even did a comparison post, I'm sort of an under-dog (no pun intended) kind of guy.. While I love a good Philly Cheesesteak as you can tell by the three part posts I did a while back, with subsequent follow-up posts, it was the Roast Pork Sandwiches that I remember from Philly. The same with Chicago, I really enjoy a good Chicago Dog, but absolutely love a good Italian Beef, with my favorite being Johnnie's Beef with Mr Beef running second. Yep, I was here for an Italian Beef....though I won't be ordering it "beef...juicy...hot" here. That might get me arrested.
I like what they've done with the decor. A nice fast casual look. Service on this first visit was interesting....the young man handing out, "bro'....dude" like Santa passing out candy at a Xmas parade. He was quite nice, if a bit too friendly and rather efficient though.
This was pretty much what I expected. In spite of the rhapsodic praises from my colleague, this was pretty much a glorified roast beef dip. The jus was lacking in beef flavor, the giardiniera seemed mass produced tasting like it had a base of Italian Dressing. The roll was much too hard....I like a little crusty, I appreciate the effort to stand up to wet beef, but this was much too hard. Speaking of hard, those tater tots were really fried "hard"....though it's hard to not enjoy tater tots, right? The onions were weird, heated but not soft....I say either saute them or serve them raw. I did enjoy the roasted jalapeno....not a classic addition to the Italian Beef; it's usually pickled hot peppers, but this did a some interest to the sandwich. I'd say Lefty's makes a better version of the "glorified roast beef dip in processed jus." To me, this really isn't a Chicago style Italian Beef, which I don't think exists in San Diego.
I did decide to return to try the Chicago Dog, I wanted to see how it compared to Chicago on a Bun. There was a bit of sticker shock with this one. The last time I had a Chicago Dog, it came with fries and a drink for $4.75. This dog was $5.24!
This was actually not bad....I thought it needed more celery salt, but I almost always think that. It was "dragged through the garden" and everything looked in order. The bun was fluffy, nice sport peppers, and of course the neon green relish. Mustard, of course. The dog itself seemed not quite up to snuff. The signs say Vienna Beef, but this was strangely gummy, and lacking in the "snap" I enjoy.
Not sure what to make of that. Overall, a decent Chicago Dog, not the best, not the worst, maybe the most expensive. Still, I think it was a vast improvement over the Italian Beef. I am wondering about the burgers....but I'll wait and see if anyone out there has tried them.
JK Burgers & Hot Dogs 8935 Towne Center Drive San Diego, CA 92122 Hours: Open Daily 11am - 9pm
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Broadway in Lemon Grove. A street filled with small storefronts and feeder road parking. Looks like small town America. Every fifth store with a similar footprint. Large side display windows leading into the main area.The inventory is behind the counter, not on display as at someother Fruiterias where The Mister and I enjoy various snacks and meals throughout the year. Fruitmania has been here almost ten years. Family run. Not air conditioned. Friendly people. Great food. We are so lucky to live here.The signage is self explanatory. Eight tables and a couple of couches with clean, comfy seating.Choices are almost overwhelming.
Raspado Tamarindo ($3)- shaved ice filled with fresh made tamarind 'tea', (including the pods) and a more authentic flavor than most syrups. Refreshing and a new favorite during this hot summer.
A small pico de gallo ($5.50). Watermelon, cucumber, jicama and mango, topped with fresh squeezed lime and Tajin make this an automatic order whenever I stop in. You may have noticed one of the front window signs mentioned 'monster sandwich'. They all are - enough to share. Above is a Cuban Torta ($7-worth it). A toasted torta roll, sliced pork, sliced ham, pickles, cilantro, cheese and Dijon mustard. It's served with the extra large pickled jalapenos and the slices of Tajin topped orange..truly a perfect meal.One recent humid day, The Mister and I decided we wanted a dessert...and not one made of fresh fruit nor a beverage. A scoop of ice cream here is $2- and it is a quality ice cream: the vanilla has specks of vanilla in it, the strawberry has real strawberries in the ice cream and the chocolate is very rich and not too sweet. However, a banana split is $6. So we did. It was good.
I hope everyone is staying cool!!!
Fruitmania 7941 Broadway Lemon Grove CA 91945 (619)463-0241 Open M-F 9-6:30, Sat/Sun 10-7