Sandwiches? In Sacramento?

The newest sandwich sensation in Sacramento has arrived: The Sandwich Spot.  While, I’ll admit, not the catchiest name for a sandwich spot, “The Sandwich Spot” does connote an air of casual grace and casual food that works well with the neighborhood surrounding The Sandwich Spot.  You will spot The Sandwich Spot on the corner of 18th and Q streets in Sacramento.  The Sandwich Spot is, as the name suggests, a spot for sandwiches, but don’t be misled, The Sandwich Spot also serves drinks and chips and salads.  “What kind of sandwich spot serves drinks?” you may ask.  “The Sandwich Spot,” I would reply.  “What kind of sandwiches does The Sandwich Spot serve?” you would then ask.  Good question.  The sandwiches at The Sandwich Spot fall somewhere between Beach Hut Deli (Hooters Deli to you and me) and Togo’s, simple recipes loaded with odd additions like bbq sauce, cream cheese, teriyaki and something called “bomb sauce.”  “What the hell is ‘bomb sauce’?” you might ask.  As far as I can tell, “bomb sauce” is Italian dressing with chili peppers in it.  I suggest that you skip the “bomb sauce” unless you want to be tasting The Sandwich Spot for the rest of the day and well into the night. 

More than any aspect of my Sandwich Spot experience, I was most impressed with The Sandwich Spot’s order flow.  Most new restaurants take many weeks or(in the case of Tex Wasabi’s) many months to get their act together when it comes to service.  The Sandwich Spot, however, has it down to a science in this, their second week of existence.  The sandwich maker spotted me in line and welcomed me to The Sandwich Spot.  He made my sandwich to order (chicken salad on sourdough, with bomb sauce, regrettably), shuffled me off to the cashier and was on to the next client within minutes.  Halfway through my meal, The Sandwich Spot manager came by my table to make sure everything was ok.  An impressive showing indeed by The Sandwich Spot owners and staff alike.

My Sandwich Spot sandwich was good, fresh and tasty, but marred by the twenty or so condiments all fighting for my attention, for in addition to the bomb sauce, I also got mayo, mustard, some kind of chipotle sauce, pepper plant sauce, dolphin tears and the blood of Christ.  Next time, I’ll be a little more reserved with the ordering and try one of the simpler combination of ingredients.  But go again I will, for in this age of fast food disingenuity, I will partronize well staffed spots for sandwiches with regularity.  Well done, Sandwich Spot!

The Sandwich Spot- 18th & Q, Sacramento

Food** Service**** Ambience**

18 thoughts on “Sandwiches? In Sacramento?”

  1. Just around the corner at 14th and O is a new franchise chain called The Spicy Pickle. Highly recommended! The sandwiches come in both sub and panini form, they have good thin crust pizza, good salad and are a really good deal. They also have a HUGE list of ingredients if you want to build your own.

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  2. I have been watching the rebuilding and restoration of that building with great interest. Before it was The Sandwich Spot, it was…a sandwich spot. I forget the name, but the sammiches were pretty good. I haven’t had a chance to check it out, as it’s a bit far from work and I notice that the chairs are stacked up by the time I go by on my way home from work. If they start staying open later I’ll have to walk down there some evening.

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  3. My favorite is still Pennisi’s on 13th /J . My mouth waters with themention of the name ! i live in between Dads and the spicy pickle and id rather walk the extra 3 blocks for the marinated chicken breast on jalepeno bread . . .

    Fantastic sandwiches , crappy hours . . . The spicey pickle is good ( at least the paninis) . I think the gf likes it more than I .

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  4. The best value in town is on 11th and P. It is a small family owned place, I think it is called Chez Paris, or something, but it is 2 guys that make good sandwiches. Every day they have great specials, and on TUE and THU they feature great meatloaf sandwiches for $3.25! Can’t go wrong.

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  5. I finally tried the Beach Hut the other day and was thoroughly unimpressed by the food, but highly intrigued by the giant beers. It took me a minute to realize that I did not get to keep the frisbee.

    They were also blasting emo.

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  6. Bastards! What were they saying about him, Stickie? I always thought his comedy was a bit off, but hilarious nevertheless.

    And nothing about the Girls Gone Wild wall of shame?

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  7. Heh, that took me a minute, Hank. I was seriously thinking of going to see him this weekend at the Punchline. He’s performing with Brent Weinbach, whom my friend is always telling me to go see.

    Now, if they were blasting up Emo, that would be a different story…

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  8. Let’s not forget: Bread Store, Bon Air Deli, Bud’s Buffet, and the “Soup Friend” on 8th between I and J.

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  9. Let’s not forget that I can make a sandwich in my own kitchen. Give me a while and I’ll get to them all.

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  10. We’ve been calling beach hut the BreastMeat Deli. It’s catchy. I’ve never waited more than 5 minutes for my food at the j st one.
    I prefer bon air, it’s almost cheaper than making a sandwich myself with all the fixins that make it so good and I can walk there. $3.19 for the daily special.

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  11. Hanna’s Corner has awesome deli sandwiches, located on the corner of 10th and K. The Spicy Picke is not worth your time and money. Penissi’s is good. Bon Air on 25th and J St makes delicious sandwiches on the softest bread. Buds is good too, 10th between K & J.

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  12. I was wondering if anyone in the area has tried the Spicy Pickle’s new breakfast offerings. Let me know what you think.

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