The Sandwich Spot
18th and Q Sacramento, CA
When it comes to going out for sandwiches, I’m always a little leery. So many times I’ve gone to a deli and left feeling like I could have assembled a better sandwich at home and saved a couple bucks in the process. Really though, there isn’t much skill in sandwich making. Sure there are methods to constructing a sandwich that should at the very least be taken into consideration, but the key to a good sandwich is the ingredients. For this reason, commercial joints will always just be eh, and the small independently run spots will reign supreme.
On an unusually painful hung-over Monday, Bocephus and I took the journey over to The Sandwich Spot on the corner of 18th and Q. I don’t know how many times I’ve driven past this corner without noticing it, but I’m hating myself for it now. Built into what appears to be a normal house, The Sandwich Spot offers up a decent sized dining area, as well as nicely shaded patio and sidewalk seating. Open from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday thru Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday, the lunch hours are obviously hectic with lines that reach the sidewalk, so plan accordingly. Oh yeah, they deliver if you’re ordering more than five sandwiches, so if you’re feeling lazy and exceptionally hungry call 492-2613.
An abundance of options always complicates things (ultimately for the better), and after browsing through their 18 “signature sandwiches,” and then trying to choose from their four bread types and six cheeses, a couple minutes had passed. I finally settled with The Dosky (which oddly isn’t on their takeout menu), which consisted of warm turkey and prosciutto, provolone and avocado on the crunch roll. Goddamn it was a great sandwich! The bread was perfect, the lettuce and tomato were fresh and tasty, and while the secret sauce made things a little messier, it enhanced the flavors with its oily garlic goodness. I wouldn’t have thought prosciutto and turkey would have tasted so good together, but the simple taste of the turkey paired well with the salty prosciutto, and then add in some provolone and The Dosky earned its place as one of the best sandwiches I’ve tasted.
The homie Bocephus, a seasoned vet of The Sandwich Spot, opted for The Sac Bee which included marinated chunks of chicken, bacon, and avocado. His praise of the sandwich was demonstrated in an empty basket without a crumb to spare. It looked good enough to question my choice, but I imagine that to be the same with every sandwich.
As mentioned, it’s the ingredients that make the sandwich, and The Sandwich Spot seems to understand this. The bread alone was reason to celebrate: The crunch roll had a nice crisp to the crust to get the crunch feel but wasn’t chewy or hard to eat. Healthy portions of all their sandwich accessories made it a hearty and balanced meal (in my skewed version of the food pyramid). Not to mention, their prices are great ($6.99 for a sandwich that will hold you down all day). There’s no reason not to go back to The Sandwich Spot again, and again, and again.
By Corey Bloom