SEA: Grinders Hot Sandwiches
I have been singing the praises of this place for some time now. Mitch, the owner, is just an all around great guy and he is pays fastidious attention to the quality of food he serves. Here is a posting I made about this place last August:
Must stop for sandwiches is Grinders on Hwy 99 in Shoreline (south of Costco), but only if you like toasty, garlicky and messy large portions. Be forewarned: with tax you'll fork out over 10 bucks for your sandwich, but quality has its price. My personal favorites are the Ciabatta Grinder, with a variety of Italian cured meats baked with sun-dried tomato pesto, grilled onions and mozzarella; and the Dipper, a French Dip on prednisone with roast beef, portobello mushrooms, grilled onions, horseradish sauce and Swiss cheese. A veggie-oriented friend insists on the Giardino – think ratatouille on toasted ciabatta.
I went yesterday and the sandwiches I had were good not great but my opinion could have been compounded by the service. I ordered take out and my for some reason my dessert was prepared first, followed by my sandwiches, followed 5 minutes later by my cup of chili. Then the cold toppings were put into the chili container insuring that everything would be the same temperature (cold) by the time I got home. The worst part though was watching the cook who made my sandwiches wipe his nose, his brow, and play with his hair and never wash his hands while making my food. I like the open kitchen idea, but if you have one you need to make sure things are at least semi clean.
It's alright, but I wouldn't feel like I was missing something if I had never been.
Meatball subs and sausage subs are are solid.
But they tend to use waaaaay too much garlic on their Cheesesteak, but maybe you're into that sort of thing.
I haven't tried their other sandwiches, but I might at some point after a Costco trip.
But from what I've had, no way it's in the class of Baugette Box or Paseo.
Wish they were open on Sundays.