sentinel sandwich shop [San Francisco]
I tried Sentinel sandwich shop today (New Montgomery St.), buying a couple sandwiches and a cookie to share with a friend. I've heard great things about this place; and I'm wondering if I ordered badly.
Shrimp salad sandwich tasted kind of vague--not especially shrimp-y--nothing that came together in a vivid or interesting way. Ditto chickpea sandwich, which tasted sort of muddy, flavor-wise, and also fell apart. The rolls on both sandwiches were good. The chocolate chip cookie was an overly sweet butter cookie, w/ a faint glimmer of chocolate.
What should I have ordered?
I always stick with the corned beef. I do like the lamb as well, but it isn't as good.
Neither of the sandwiches you ordered sound particularly good to me--for a seafood sandwich at that price, the crab/lobster/etc. rolls at Sellers Market are the better option. For the a chickpea sandwich, I would just go straight for a falafel wrap--options abound for that in the same area as Sentinel and they are cheaper. Sunrise is OK (inconsistent), and Ayola is my go-to (great fries, too).
I realize my post above wasn't the whole story.
I'd actually skimmed prior posts before I went (Robert, thanks for re-directing me there--I feel like it's not good Chow form to make a fuss over individuals on the Board, but I'm grateful now and in general for your generosity and knowledge).
So here's a more complete report. The friend w/ whom I was sharing sandwiches had one request: no meat.
And I had a bad feeling, from reading prior posts and seeing what was on offer by way of specials when I went, that the meat options were going to be the stars.
The other factor that I had omitted in my original post: I was also wanting something to schlep to AT&T Park for a game. So steered clear of the hot items, imagining they'd get soggier. As it was, while the rolls stayed not-soggy, there was maybe a mushiness that set in even with the cold fillings. Which may have to do w/ the fact that at least w/ the fillings I got--the shrimp and the chickpeas--they're mighty moist to start with.
Anyway, thanks! I went, wanting to fall in love. And it doesn't always happen like that. Plus the Giants lost in extra innings. :(
re: sundeck sue
Aaaah, well in that case my non-meat-eating-friends (heathens) like to stop at Red's Java House for a veggie burger before Giants games. I have not had it myself (I am stupid and fork over the big bucks for sausage and garlic fries once inside--it's part of the ballpark experience for me) but they always make it a point to stop there so it can't be that bad, I guess. Except that it's a veggie burger. So maybe it's pretty bad. Vegetarians, man. :)