No one was happier than I was when I heard that SuperNatural Sandwiches finally had a brick and mortar locaton pinned down. I've had my share of their sandwiches, seen them at Catalina Offshore, gotten to know Anthony(the Talking Head) and Tony(the Food Geek) a bit, since I'm kind of a regular customer and they're friends of friends....as I noted in my previous post. Which is a two-edged sword.....but in this case, I can be fairly brutally honest, it helps that they have a good product, they're nice guys, and that I run very fast when folks throw stuff at me.
I really love the fact that their location is pretty much in the pathway of one of the sites I visit in the course of work, so stopping by once in a while for lunch is great.
There is of course, the entire Nautical/Seafood theme.....a bit over-the-top for me, but so are the sandwiches. The current shop is relatively tiny and I've seen it get packed quickly.....
The two different folks I've run into manning the counter have been great....very friendly.
They've expanded the menu to include what they call the "Sinister Seven", more land based sandwiches. The original sandwiches, which have been served at Farmer's Markets and events around the county is known as the "SuperNatural 7". See kids, this is what happens when you grow up reading too many comic books.
I decided to have one of my favorites, the "Siren" on my first visit. I've had this sandwich a couple of times and love the interplay of the Mexican White Shrimp, sweet and plump, the rich aioli, the crunchy, buttery, mildly sweet, brioche type lobster roll. that shrimp is delish.....it's good stuff...I know because they cut in front me in the shrimp line at Catalina Offshore once....
My other favorite is the bacon-scallop combo called the "Neptune".
And while the amount of shrimp in the Siren seemed to be a bit less than what I recalled, this was exactly the sandwich that even the Missus....who is not fond of buttery-sweet brioche and aioli style sauces enjoyed.
A couple of weeks later I returned....Anthony told me in passing, "why don't you try some of our newer sandwiches?" To translate, "we heard you're a really boring guy, but why don't you live on the edge for once and try something different?" Sheeesh, sounds like the Missus.
So I went with the Chimera, a combination of Bulgogi like beef and shrimp.
For me this was a textbook example of "too much of a good thing". You could barely make out the flavors of the Korean BBQ style beef, you could not make out any of the shrimp, either in flavor of texture....all the sauces and the buttery toast cancelled each other out. I'm sure there are folks who love this, but it was a bit too much for me.
On my most recent visit, Tony suggested the Encantado, a "Baja influenced" fish sandwich.
I had my doubts, the fish was corvina, not one of my favorites, but in terms of flavor, I enjoyed this. The escabeche really made the sandwich for me, adding just the right amount of acid-zip that it needed. I'm really not a fan of the bollilo they used, it's too much bread and too crumbly, like really cheap banh mi. I'd prefer something more crusty. Still, I'm glad they didn't use the regular roll/bread for this as I feel it would have over-powered the other flavors.
So in the end, just like in the comic books, the good guys (the SuperNatural 7) were victorious over the bad guys (the Sinister 7)....until next time, of course!
I'm happy for this really nice bunch of guys. Since I'm more of a quality/flavor over quantity kind of guy this works for me. I even think those togarashi shrimp chips aren't bad either....though I don't think I've met a shrimp chip I didn't like.
There's one last little critical item I have....please remove this somewhat embarrassing eyesore from your front door...please....
Why don't you replace it with Blogged about by "This Tasty Life"?
7094 Miramar Rd
San Diego, CA 92121
Mon - Fri 11am - 7pm