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Ike's Place.....Over Rated, Over Rated

comegetit Apr 24, 2011 09:10 PM

I've witnessed the incredibly long lines for Ike's Place and have read local PR blurbs recommending it as someplace "I must try". So was very excited to finally try the fare, unfortunately I was horribly disappointed. Read on and you'll see why.

- The Paul Reuben, had pastrami that was cut with the grain so it was chewy and the whole piece slid out of the sandwich with the first bite. In addition the meat was rimmed in fat and not in a good, marbled, way. The French dressing was sloppy and made the bread soggy after about 3 bites.

- The Tony Soprano had what I would best describe as a small tree in the sandwich. A dried, hardened oregano stick in the middle of the toppings. It looked a 3 inch resinous herb slingshot. And speaking of toppings, one bite would be on fire with a cluster of peppers, and then another smothered in mayo and nothing else.

I left wondering what all the hype was about. With the never-ending lines, the amazing press, and the $10 price tag I just want to know what happened to my order? They can't execute a tasty sandwich at an all-sandwich shop?

Ike's Place
3489 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94114

Ike's Place
475 Vía Ortega, Stanford, CA 94305

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    poser Apr 24, 2011 09:37 PM

    I don't know why Ted's Market doesn't get more love here. I think, day in and day out they offer the best sandwich for the price in town. And no matter how long the line is, they usually get you out in 15 minutes.

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      ML8000 Apr 24, 2011 10:00 PM

      I'm a fan of Ted's although I haven't worked or hung around that part of town for more then 10 years, although I did go a year or so ago and it was exactly as I remember it. The daily specials are great. The 40 person lunch line (fast moving) and cops should clue people in that it's a good place...that and the really cheap prices. Don't know how it compares to Ike's because there was never a reason to be around there for lunch or similar.

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        Windy Apr 25, 2011 12:10 AM

        I've never heard of Ted's Market until now. What do you recommend there?

        Ted's Market & Deli
        1530 Howard St, San Francisco, CA

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          ML8000 Apr 25, 2011 10:12 AM

          The thing to watch and get are the daily specials which have a regular rotation, that's the draw...and the prices. The roast pork and tri-tip are big sellers. I don't know the regular daily special items. Someone who goes regularly/recently can give a better picture.

          I always got the poor boy (which is really an Italian sub) but that was just my order. A few friends back in the day liked the tuna and egg salad but that was a long time ago. The other thing is they're inexpensive (or were). I was there about a year and a half ago and the regular deli sandwich was under $5 bucks and you only usually finish half.

          Also it has a full deli and the family that owns/runs it is Greek. I never tried anything more then a sandwich and maybe a salad but the deli items might be the real ticket. I think they cook a lot of their specials like the pork.

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            Windy Apr 25, 2011 01:04 PM

            Thanks. Always looking for good Greek options.

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              drewskiSF Apr 25, 2011 05:15 PM

              i'll have to look closer next time, but i don't remember them having much in the way of Greek food.

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                Robert Lauriston Apr 25, 2011 05:22 PM

                They occasionally have Greek items, but Ted's is mostly a straight-up American deli.


    2. wolfe Apr 25, 2011 06:20 AM

      Sorry, that was my order before the big fuss and move and it was fine at the time. Growing pains?

      1. Frosty Melon Apr 25, 2011 09:18 AM

        Thanks for an Ike's report that's not about the NIMBY issues. I've been wanting to try it out of curiosity, but now I don't feel like I'm missing much.

        This reminds me of how much I used to love sandwiches from Rossi's deli in the Castro. I need to stop in there again and give them another go. I remember loving the warm turkey & avocado on a soft roll (Avogobble).

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        1. re: Frosty Melon
          chocolatetartguy Apr 25, 2011 07:33 PM

          Yes, Rossi's makes a good sandwich. I often eat there the few times I am going to the Castro Theater. I usually end up getting an Italian Combo with olive loaf. A very satisfying sandwich.

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          roster Apr 26, 2011 03:04 PM

          Before they moved I had a Paul Reubens at their old place. So good, with tender knife-cut chunks of cornbeef, and house made purple slaw. Wen back and it totally changed at the new location. Their quality slipped from amazing to average. Now the lines are just tourist traffic based on the tv show hype.

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            wolfe Apr 26, 2011 03:14 PM

            Thank you roster. I guess I will just have to live with the memory noted above.

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              Cynsa Apr 26, 2011 05:59 PM

              no line at all today at 11:30 am with a parking space in front... all 3 of our sandwiches were as tasty as ever, no slips in quality noted. I've devoured many of the menu's sandwiches over the years - always managing to time my approach to avoiding long lines.

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            Nopa Apr 26, 2011 06:52 PM

            Agreed, I never understood why Ike's received so much TV attention. My favorite sanwich place is Viking's on Lombard.

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              Cynsa Apr 26, 2011 07:16 PM

              I like Viking's and the Marina Submarine, also.

              Marina Submarine
              2299 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123

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                bigwheel042 Apr 26, 2011 07:40 PM

                Are they related to the Viking's in Glen Park? I've passed by that place dozens of times but always just assumed it was nothing special. Maybe I was too hasty?

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                  Sarah Apr 26, 2011 07:41 PM

                  Or the one in San Rafael?

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                    Civil Bear Apr 27, 2011 08:36 AM

                    or the one on Ocean at Plymouth? I believe each location is independently owned. That location does a decent beef teriyaki sandwich. The rest,,,meh.

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              SouthToTheLeft Apr 26, 2011 09:50 PM

              I completely agree. I went to Ike's once and was really unhappy with my sandwich. It was way too big and mostly flavorless. For the cost, you could get a WAY better sandwich at almost any deli in New York for less money.

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                virtualguthrie Apr 28, 2011 09:42 AM

                Agreed, agreed, I've often thought of making the same post here. I do like the Paul Ruebens sandwich but I don't but only because it's sort've unique and well I love pastrami. I think the sandwiches there are good... not great and I really can't understand all the hype. The ingredients they use are generally mediocre (standard cold cuts pretty much). I think people just like all the unique combinations.

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