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

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?

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

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

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  1. 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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    1. re: poser

      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.

      1. re: ML8000

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

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

        1. re: Windy

          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.

          1. re: ML8000

            Thanks. Always looking for good Greek options.

            1. re: Windy

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

              1. re: drewskiSF

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

                http://tedsmarket.com/Daily_Menu.html

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

      1. 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

          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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          1. 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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            1. re: roster

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

              1. re: wolfe

                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.