Wrap Delight vs. Out the Door
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
Nope, won't get fooled again.
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 :)
re: Robert Lauriston
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!