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Wrap Delight vs. Out the Door

Pistou Sep 4, 2009 01:53 PM

I probably go to Wrap Delight once a week. It's right across the street from work, and what's not to love?
But today I found myself in the Westfield Center heading for Muni and thought, well, what can Charles Phan do with a bahn mi to justify that price? Now I know.

WD: Fresh, hot, super crispy roll with some of the insides taken out.
OTD: Bready, chewy roll

WD: A hefty pile of pickled carrots and daikon, generous cilantro and jalapenos, and yummy meat
OTD: Very tasty pork that completely overwhelmed the sparse vegetables

WD: Big, fiery slices of jalapeno stuffed into the sandwich
OTD: A couple of tiny thin slices of jalapeno wrapped separately so I had to handle it and thus go wash my hands before proceeding.

WD: Happy woman who calls my order to me before I get to the counter and gets me my sandwich in about a minute
OTD: A buzzer to let me know when my order is ready

WD: mysterious brown umami-ful sauce
OTD: tons of mayo, nothing else

WD: $3
OTD: $9.31

Nope, won't get fooled again.

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    gordon wing Sep 4, 2009 02:09 PM

    thanks for an interesting comparison ....... unlike the mayo, maybe somebody is spreading himself too thin? And I mean that with the utmost respect for all the success that he's achieved.

    1. Pei Sep 5, 2009 08:50 AM

      Nice point-by-point comparison. Thanks! Sounds like one version is dumbed down to mollify (get it? At the mall? Sorry, it's early).

      But that's kind of the point of mall food, even a mall with as nice a food court as the Westfield. Sorabol isn't real Korean, Buckhorn isn't real tri-tip, and the Soup Company certainly isn't making homemade chowder. But they make somewhat recognizeable versions of popular foods accessible to mass markets, at a high price. And for those people who would never step foot into the Tenderloin, a OTC sandwich is probably a bargain compared to something from 'wichcraft.

      Thank goodness we know better :)

      1. rworange Sep 7, 2009 11:19 PM

        Nice write up. At one time Silks in the Mandarin Oriental had a $15 bahn mi. Didn't try it though.

        Wrap Delight
        426 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94102

        Out the Door
        845 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103

        1. Robert Lauriston Sep 8, 2009 08:54 AM

          I had a nice sitdown lunch at that Out the Door, but I got the green beans with mushrooms and one of the noodle dishes. The prices were reasonable for the atmosphere and they have a great wine list.

          I find it hard to pay more than $3.50 for a bánh mì.

          2 Replies
          1. re: Robert Lauriston
            sfbing Sep 8, 2009 05:57 PM

            Like Slanted Door, I think Out the Door does new "Cal-Vietnamese" dishes much better than they do old classics. Their pho is also not very good.

            1. re: sfbing
              melisky Sep 8, 2009 06:34 PM

              Nice tip on Wrap Delight. I'll be checking that out soon!

              At Out the Door, I've had summer rolls (bland, served with extra bland peanut butter sauce) and a noodle (bun) with grilled chicken (very bland, sparse vegetables, served with bland fish sauce/no peanuts, no chilies, nothing -- both disappointing, especially given the high price tag. While I am not an expert on Vietnamese food and can appreciate the Cali-fusion tone, I still expect some flavor and value!

          2. PorkButt Sep 8, 2009 08:22 PM

            I don't like Wrap Delight at all. They've never included daikon in the vegetable mix for the sandwiches I've tried and my last banh mi was terrible. I won't bother to go there again with Saigon Sandwich nearby.


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              ltsering Sep 14, 2009 10:25 AM

              I'm so glad you proved my theory right!

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