Who doesn’t like sandwiches?
Luke, Kaylie, and I were discussing this on Friday afternoon as we sat atop the “Grand Canyon at the top of San Francisco,” (aka Corona Heights in the upper Castro) with a 360 view of the city by the bay as the wind blew our hair and our napkins into a distracting whirlwind
Of course, we were devouring sandwiches (and not any sandwiches…just wait) as we questioned how anyone could possibly be against the meal rubric made famous by a British Lord several decades/centuries back.
Sandwiches come in a multitude of forms
-A burrito is a type of sandwich and so is pizza
-Stuff something inside pita/lavash/tameiz/focaccia/chapati/ANY type of bread and it’s a sandwich
It can be open-faced, panini’d, rolled, sealed from all sides (Smuckers uncrustables…or even a samosa/sambusak/empanada)
It can be made with biscuits as the “bread” or arguably even lettuce (I’m lookin’ at you protein-style In n Out burgers)
The filling can be ice cream, frosting-like concoctions, or perhaps a sirloin patty or a fried aubergine cutlet…
…It can be hot, cold, lukewarm, toasted, chewy, crunchy, sweet, bitter, salty, umami, cheesy, saucy, vegetarian or vegan, fried, baked, raw, an artery clogger or the healthiest and most balanced of meals
It can be portable- scavenged anywhere on the go and it can be an explosive mess of aioli-drenched lettuce particles and soggified crust requiring several handfuls of napkins and persistent lavender-soap-hand-washing for the next week to vacate the sandwich scent from the fingertips
You get the point.
So what kind of sandwiches were we eating exactly? Well, first of all, are any of you familiar with the infamous Travel Channel show Man vs Food?
Yup, I thought so. See where I’m going with this?
It was my Norwegian neon-embracing homie Luke’s phenomenal idea to hit up the famous Castro sandwich shop, Ike’s Place to get some saucy San Franciscan sustenance. Ike’s has over 3,500 Yelp reviews (mostly 5 stars), a menu boasting HUNDREDS of sandwich combinations with everything from the $19.91 Kryptonite sando (roast beef, corned beef, pastrami, salami, turkey, bacon, ham, mozzarella sticks, stuffed jalapeno poppers, beer battered onion rings, avocado, pesto, extra pepper jack) to the Vegan [Your Favorite Sesame Street Character] which includes cucumbers, avocado, lettuce, tomato, soy cheese
At Ike’s, you select the type of sandwich you want, choose the bread you want it on (they’re famous for their Dutch Crunch) and each sandwich is slathered with their secret dirty special sauce and if you are so inclined you can toss on some add-ons ranging from innocent cucumbers to jalapeno poppers and fried mozzarella sticks. Then, every sandwich comes with a free bag of fusion chips and a caramel apple lollipop (REMEMBER THOSE?!)
Cool. And there’s no indoor seating and a line that stretches out onto the street. Yup, you know this place is good :)
Alors, with hundreds of sandwiches it was a vair vair difficult decision to make, but LUCKILY Luke and I had our eyes on the same two finalists so we decided to get em both and split them. Alors, let me present the glory:
And here is the photo from Ike’s site so you can see the innards a lil more clearly:
Oh mon Dieu this was absolute HEAVEN! First of all, Ike’s gets an A+ for using halal chicken, second whatever they do to that chicken when they toss it on the bread makes it all the more heavenly. Oh and in regard to the avocado, I swear they use an entire one in the sandwich, no skimping there
Apparently, most people only eat half an Ike’s sandwich as a meal…but come on you know my appetite is better than that
And the Ike’s official photo:
Woahhhh Tiffy blew me away indeed, the pesto just added such a complimentary zing to all the other cheesy meaty veggielicious crunch-encasement going on in this sando. Luke and I made the right choice for our two halves for sure!
As for Kaylie, she chose one of the vegetarian sandwiches which also looked like a glory-fest all on it’s own:
Gotta love the names of the sandwiches here…I think my favourite is the Hot Mamma Huda (halal chicken, ranch, Frank’s hot sauce, provolone)
Post-sandwich demolition, we all got out our caramel apple lollipops (sorry no pic, taking photos with a janky-functioning Blackberry touchscreen while simultaneously having pesto dripping on your hands AND the wind blowing is quite the task) and started going to town on those suckers
Plus I love how LONG those lollies last, I was sucking on mine for the entire drive back to Marin. Nothing screams San Francisco summer like non-ghostriding to Zion I across the Golden Gate with a lollipop stick coming out the corner of your mouth.
I’m definitely coming back to Ike’s though. Definitely.
I was full though, so full that this was my dinner (and i should add it was consumed ten hours later)
As usual though I was an indecisive Ingrid and managed to swirl all ten flavours into that cup (Yellow cake batter, peanut butter, chocolate cordial, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, tart, pomegranate tart, some other tart, and yet some other tart). Dinner of the champions, and yes I know I was just hatin’ on fro yo a few days ago (because ice cream really is better), but I had just consumed an Adam Richman-status sandwich for lunch so aerated low-fat colourful dairy was perfectly suitable at the time.
Have you ever eaten at Ike’s Place?
What’s your favourite type of sandwich? You can be as creative as you want!
Have you ever eaten at a Man vs Food certified restaurant?