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ginael Jun 29, 2009 11:09 AM

Mom is in town from AZ and wants a good sandwich. I am drawing a blank. Any suggestions other than Urban Solace?

  1. Dagney Aug 1, 2009 02:20 AM

    Clem's Bottle House on Adams. A Chau on El Cajon Bl.

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      normalheightsfoodie Jul 6, 2009 01:40 PM

      We like K Sandwiches on the corner of Linda Vista Road and Mesa College Drive. They are constantly baking the fresh bread for the sandwiches. They are a French/Vietnamese style shop. They make what is called the Bahn Mie sandwich. They are loaded with all kinds of pickled and slightly spicy vegitables.

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        berliz Jul 2, 2009 05:22 PM

        4.0 Deli near SDSU has great sandwiches at a very reasonable price - the only negative is the names - you may have to talk hip-hop to order.

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          ginael Jul 2, 2009 02:06 PM

          I ended up taking Mom to The Cheese Shop in LJ.

          Wow does that place get busy! Surprisingly so, considering it was a Wednesday at 1:30. Never underestimate summer tourist season at the beach.

          The lady taking our order was pretty rude. Lots of heavy sighing and eye rolling apparently because we didn't give our order fast enough or in the right order.

          As for our turkey and avocado sandwiches....they were good. Nothing special. Honestly, it tasted like the turkey sandwiches you'd find at an average local deli. Also, $9 for a sandwich? They are definitely generous with their turkey, but the price seemed a bit high.

          Completely forgot about my favorite sandiwich spot: EZ-J's in PB!

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          1. re: ginael
            stevewag23 Jul 2, 2009 04:35 PM

            "Lots of heavy sighing and eye rolling apparently"

            Welcome to san diego service.

            "Nothing special."

            Cheese shop really isn't anything special. It is ok. Passable.

            Unfortunately, san diego is pretty weak in the good sandwich places category so Cheese shop get mentioned a lot.

            1. re: stevewag23
              Josh Jul 2, 2009 05:27 PM

              To reiterate: Bread & Cie.

              1. re: Josh
                honkman Jul 2, 2009 05:38 PM

                The problem with Bread & Cie is their bread which is nothing really special.

                1. re: honkman
                  stevewag23 Jul 2, 2009 06:17 PM

                  Josh and honkman,

                  Have you tried Con Pane in Point Loma?

                  I thought it was really a standout.

                  I would be interested in both your takes.

                  1. re: stevewag23
                    Josh Jul 2, 2009 11:10 PM

                    No, haven't. Read many good things about it. One of these days I will check it out.

                  2. re: honkman
                    Josh Jul 2, 2009 11:09 PM

                    I find that comment to be funny. I quite like Bread & Cie's bread. Their rye is the one good rye bread I've had in San Diego.

                    1. re: Josh
                      honkman Jul 3, 2009 05:57 PM

                      I guess it is similar as you lived your whole life in Mexico and ate outstanding tacos and then you move to an area where the only source of tacos comes from Taco Bell. Due to the long history of beer breweries in Germany bread has a similar long history. Germany has by far the highest ratio of bakeries to citizens of any country in the world. (They are virtually on every corner). And because of this competion (and history) the quality (and variety) of any kind of bread in Germany is outstanding, e.g. many people in Alsace come everyday to the Germany border region because the baguette is much better than in their french bakeries. If you come from this background the quality (and variety) at Bread & Cie's is just a sad joke and you feel like you are only surrounded by Taco Bells.

                      1. re: honkman
                        stevewag23 Jul 3, 2009 06:07 PM

                        That kind of experience has to make bread in san diego tough to stomach (so to speak).

                        That being said, what is at the top of your list?

                2. re: stevewag23
                  ginael Jul 2, 2009 11:27 PM

                  Funny. Tonight Mom and I got pretty snotty service from a waitess at C-Level. I love it. A server is going to give me attitude. Whatever.

                  As for "Cheese Shop", it was definitely subpar. I do like EZJ's in PB, and random deli shops across SD county. I come from the Phx area, which ostensibly lacks in good sandwiches.

                  Will I go back to "Cheese"? Nah. Not worth the money, the parking nausea, or having to put up with the annoying crowds. Man when did I become the grouchy local?

                  1. re: ginael
                    stevewag23 Jul 3, 2009 11:20 AM

                    "I got pretty snotty service from a waitess at C-Level."

                    Yeah, I wouldn't worry.

                    Poor San Diego service comes from peoples insecurity.

                    It is really as simple as that.

                    The best thing about cheese shop in la jolla is ordering it there and eating it on the sea wall.

                    Which if it is not already, I sure will be banned in Ban Diego.

              2. thirtyeyes Jul 1, 2009 09:36 PM

                DZ Akins has some good sandwiches. I like the pastrami reuben. They also have the full line of humongous jewish deli sandwiches. I've always thought DZ Akins was a bit pricey for what it is, but you can't deny it's tasty.

                D Z Akin's
                6930 Alvarado Rd, San Diego, CA 92120

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                1. re: thirtyeyes
                  Captain Jack Jul 2, 2009 08:59 AM

                  DZ Akins does not make their own pastrami or corned beef. I belive the pastrami is an Armour product. This is a cardinal sin for a Jewish style deli. If Katz's in NYC and Langer's in LA can make their own pastrami, why can't DZ?

                  1. re: Captain Jack
                    Josh Jul 2, 2009 09:45 AM

                    I don't even really consider them to be a real Jewish deli, honesty. They're closed on Christmas, for starters, and their rye bread is awful.

                    1. re: Josh
                      JRSD Jul 2, 2009 09:57 AM

                      Katz's rye bread is pretty bad as well.

                      The turkey breast and roast beef sandwiches there are good, since you can get actual turkey and the roast beef is generally pretty rare, but I stay away from the corned beef and pastrami.

                      The 1/2 sandwich and soup for 8.95 is a lot of food and the matzoh ball soup is pretty good.

                      1. re: Josh
                        cstr Jul 2, 2009 01:57 PM

                        They're the Mickey D's of a Deli.

                        1. re: Josh
                          thirtyeyes Jul 6, 2009 01:33 PM

                          Funny. I mentioned DZ Akins to my boss (who's Jewish and from New York) and he said, "It's not a real Jewish deli" However, he couldn't name a "real" Jewish deli in San Diego just a bunch of, "Well, XXX is okay". So, if you don't know from Jewish deli, then I still say DZ Akins is just fine and I liked their pastrami reuben(Yes, I know they didn't make it). Again, it is more expensive that you're expecting, so the budget conscious should look elsewhere.

                        2. re: Captain Jack
                          ginael Jul 2, 2009 02:01 PM

                          I never understood the allure of DZ. When I first moved here several years ago, seemed many locals recommended DZ's sandwiches. The first few times I tried them, was turned off by the gargantuan servings of meat. Didn't find the soups particularly good either.

                      2. El Chevere Jun 30, 2009 10:23 AM

                        Con Pane in Point Loma makes excellent sandwiches--Turkey Cobb on Kalamata bread is awesome.

                        Azucar in Ocean Beach for something unique--their Cubano pressed sandwich is the best I have had outside of Miami--delicious.

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                        1. re: El Chevere
                          stevuchan Jun 30, 2009 11:51 AM

                          A recent favorite is the muffaletta at Prep Kitchen in La Jolla.

                          1. re: stevuchan
                            sdnosh Jun 30, 2009 01:03 PM

                            The concept of the Prep Kitchen intrigues me but I haven't been yet. From what I've seen on the web site, it seems like restaurant quality food for take out which I think is sorely missing here in San Diego. Have you tried anything else from there ?

                            1. re: sdnosh
                              foodiechick Jun 30, 2009 01:48 PM

                              You hit the nail on the head in terms of their concept. But the prices are really not you would think of as "take out" prices. Decent products but really on the pricey side.

                              1. re: sdnosh
                                stevuchan Jun 30, 2009 03:00 PM

                                Had some other items, I posted here


                                I thought prices were reasonable. I'm overdue for a visit, I will update the post above soon. Seriously most expensive thing on the menu is $21 (cutting board of meats and cheese) Entrees top out at $17.75.

                                Prep Kitchen
                                La Jolla, Ca, La Jolla, Ca

                            2. re: El Chevere
                              stevewag23 Jun 30, 2009 02:35 PM

                              Con Pane in Point Loma is excellent.

                              Went there today.

                              They could easier charge way more than they do.

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                              ginael Jun 29, 2009 09:07 PM

                              Thanks, everyone. We ended up at PLS and tried the scallop sandwich. It hit the spot for both Mom and me.

                              I am keeping these recommendations in mind because many times I find myself craving a good sandwich.


                              1. Josh Jun 29, 2009 09:07 PM

                                George's Bar/Terrace makes a killer fish sandwich, as does El Pescador in La Jolla.

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                                  daantaat Jun 29, 2009 06:58 PM

                                  Tender Greens at Liberty Station does a pretty darn good angus steak sandwich on ciabatta. They also have ahi, chicken and all veggie sandwiches.

                                  1. foodiechick Jun 29, 2009 05:38 PM

                                    I'm with Captain Jack -

                                    The Cheese Shop La Jolla: House roasted pork loin or turkey, cheese & avocado on wheat. Grab a soda and walk 2 blocks to the beach at LJ Shores.

                                    Mona Lisa - anything there.

                                    1. lawyerbriefs Jun 29, 2009 05:32 PM

                                      Is a wrap a sandwich? If so, will you be downtown? If so, try Salad Style. Not much of a place, with a couple of small tables on the sidewalk, but the wraps are awesome and any wrap can be ordered as a salad, as well.


                                      1. Fake Name Jun 29, 2009 05:03 PM

                                        I like grab-n-go on India (they have other locations). Italian Village Special, no peps.

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                                        1. re: Fake Name
                                          stevewag23 Jun 30, 2009 02:36 PM

                                          I can never get myself to go to grab-n-go.

                                          Mona Lisa is far superior.

                                          Mona Lisa KO Round 1 over grab-n-go.

                                          1. re: stevewag23
                                            Josh Jun 30, 2009 03:19 PM

                                            Grab-N-Go has options Mona Lisa doesn't. The tuna w/ olives, roasted red bell peppers, and lemon juice; the grilled feta/mozzarella cheese; the California steak w/ avocados. I liked Mona Lisa better for the traditional Italian-styled subs, no sopressata or caprese at Grab-N-Go, but they both have their place.

                                            1. re: Josh
                                              stevewag23 Jun 30, 2009 05:08 PM


                                              I typically get the same things always at Mona Lisa (not to mention the deli aspect, which more me puts it far and away at a higher level than grab and go).

                                              I thought the quality of meats at grab and go were subpar.

                                              Grab and go always seemed to me like a touristy place for people that were intimidated by the hustle and bustle of Mona Lisa.

                                              1. re: stevewag23
                                                Fake Name Jun 30, 2009 07:21 PM

                                                "Grab and go always seemed to me like a touristy place for people that were intimidated by the hustle and bustle of Mona Lisa."

                                                Once again, got me pegged. Thanks, Stevie!

                                                1. re: Fake Name
                                                  stevewag23 Jun 30, 2009 07:39 PM


                                                  Just an observation.

                                                  Don't take it personally.

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                                          pickypicky Jun 29, 2009 02:53 PM

                                          Waters Catering -- Take out/eat in on Morena Blvd or very mom-friendly venue in the Sculpture Garden in Balboa Park in the Museum Horseshoe Cul-de-Sac. Best sandwiches I've had in SD. A little adventuresome for a traditionalist, but they always have ham and butter and mustard on baguette.

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                                          1. re: pickypicky
                                            Ewilensky Jun 29, 2009 03:12 PM

                                            Picky, hate to be the bearer of bad news but as of Friday Waters is no longer @ SDMA. Someone else is taking over. But yes, very mom friendly place.

                                            Point Loma Seafood is my pick.

                                          2. DiningDiva Jun 29, 2009 02:35 PM

                                            I don't see that Bread on Market has been mentioned yet. Had a great BLT there recently.

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                                            1. re: DiningDiva
                                              stevewag23 Jul 1, 2009 08:36 PM

                                              Had a great chicken salad sandwich today at Bread on Market.

                                            2. Josh Jun 29, 2009 02:10 PM

                                              Bread & Cie. Great sandwiches.

                                              1. Beach Chick Jun 29, 2009 01:39 PM

                                                El Pescador makes a killer fish (sea bass) sandwich
                                                Point Loma Seafood for the calamari or scallop sandwich
                                                French Market Grille for a eggplant, turkey and brie on olive bread
                                                Cheese Shop for turkey, cheese and avo on rye..
                                                Antonelli's Deli for a turkey, cheese on rye..this one I lust for!
                                                Studio diner for one of the best club sandwiches

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                                                  Green_Turtle Jun 29, 2009 01:07 PM

                                                  Blue Water Grill on India St has good fish sandwiches, most are priced between $7-$8 ea. Sides are extra ($3-$3.50) but are large enough to share between 2 people.

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                                                    sdnosh Jun 29, 2009 12:54 PM

                                                    I would definitely second both Point Loma Seafoods and Alex's Brown Bag. However, the best sandwich in all of San Diego, IMHO, is the Turkey Cobb and Con Pane Bakery in Point Loma. This sandwich ruined me for all other sandwiches, except when I'm in a cheezy place, then I get the Almost Grilled Cheese with Brie and Gorgonzola. DECADENT YUM.

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                                                    1. re: sdnosh
                                                      lovesfood11 Jun 29, 2009 01:05 PM

                                                      Gourmet Bagger either on Rosecrans or Miramar Road

                                                    2. Captain Jack Jun 29, 2009 11:14 AM

                                                      Scallop sandwich at Point Loma Seafood

                                                      The Cheese Shop in La Jolla Shores is my favorite for deli style sammies. My fave is the roast pork loin.

                                                      K Sandwiches in Linda Vista for Banh Mi (I like the dac biet).

                                                      Alexe's Brown Bag on 5th Ave. in Uptown for Philly style cheesteaks.

                                                      Mona Lisa in Little Italy for italian meats and especially the meatless Caprese.

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                                                      1. re: Captain Jack
                                                        ginael Jun 29, 2009 11:21 AM

                                                        Thank you for the prompt response.

                                                        I thought about K sandwiches, but my mom is not open to anything other than "traditional American" sandwiches. I know, I know.

                                                        PLS sounds good, she'd love the scallop sandwich.

                                                        1. re: Captain Jack
                                                          Captain Jack Jun 29, 2009 11:41 AM

                                                          A few more thoughts:

                                                          The Fishery in Pacific Beach for their grilled Mahi Mahi with lettuce, tomato, and tartar on fresh sourdough. It's really good.

                                                          Cafe 976 in Pacific beach for their French Connection (grilled chicken breast, mozzarella cheese, sliced hard cooked egg, lettuce, tomato, & cilantro mayonaise on fresh baguette. Their patio is really nice this time of year.

                                                          Gaglione Brothers in Point Loma for their The Turk (house-made roast turkey breast, herb stuffing, cranberry sauce, and mayo. It's Thanksgiving on sammy roll.

                                                          Olde City Grill in Pacific Beach for their Tripple Bypass (American Wagu beef, pepperoni, Italian sausage, meatballs, American cheese, Cheese Wiz, grilled onions, and sauteed mushrooms. All of their Cheesteaks are good, but this one takes the cake.

                                                          1. re: Captain Jack
                                                            Captain Jack Jun 29, 2009 12:03 PM

                                                            One last thought, if you can convince your mom that she will like it:

                                                            La Torta in La Mesa for their Super Natalia's torta (roast beef, ham, turkey, jack cheese, cheddar cheese, bacon, beans, jalapenos, avocado, tomatoes, onions, lettuce, and mayo on a telara roll). This thing is one of the largest sammies I have encountered in San Diego, I barely finished (with the mound of included home fries), and I am 6'5" and 260lbs. All the tortas here are good, this place in my mind, is a real find.

                                                            1. re: Captain Jack
                                                              DougOLis Jun 30, 2009 11:46 AM

                                                              I think the La Torta in La Mesa closed awhile back but they do have a couple of other locations around (I know there's one kind of near State).

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