Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Hail to the Sandwich King?

Sandwich King
17885 Sky Park Cir.
Irvine, CA 92614

This is another one of those posts where we were not where we were supposed to be. We were all set to go to another lunch spot, but due to circumstances beyond our control, they were remodeling, we ended up driving past Sandwich King and decided this would be as good a place as any to eat. I would like you to think that we had this all planned out. That we had sought out this hidden sandwich shop in the back of a business complex, but that is not the case. Also, Katie only had an hour for lunch, so we probably did not have time to drive anywhere else.

Sandwich King is in the same business complex as Harry's Deli, which was remodeling. Sandwich King is far from the street, and I am sure they get a lot of their business from the overflow at Harry's. The restaurant is a real mom and pop kind of place. Ordering is done at the counter, and your name is called when your sandwich is ready to be picked up.

We got to Sandwich King at about 12:30 on a Tuesday. They have about ten tables, and most were occupied with business people and others from the industrial park. The restaurant was pretty clean, our order was taken promptly, and the guys in the kitchen got the food out quick. Let's take a look at how it came out.

Katie went the traditional sandwich route at Sandwich King with a Turkey Avocado and Swiss. The sandwiches at Sandwich King all include tomatoes, onions, and pickles for those inclined to get them. Katie was surprised with the smoothness of this sandwich. From the creamy avocado to the thickly sliced Swiss cheese. The turkey was sliced a little thicker than she usually likes, but overall this sandwich was a hit for her.

I may not have rocked the world with my sandwich selection, but it is something I have never had before. Pastrami, Avocado and Cheese. Of course I have had pastrami before, but never with avocado. These two do not seem like they go together, but the contrasting saltiness of the meat, and the smoothness of the avocado really worked here. Add in the onion and the sturdy bun, and the result is a well balanced sandwich. All of the ingredients were very fresh from the avocado to the onions, and the pastrami had a good bite to it. The large size was indeed large, and would easily tide anyone over until dinner time. At $8.49 it was well worth the extra $3 you would have paid at Subway for an inferior sandwich.

The menu at Sandwich King has enough on it for us to come back and try more. They feature over fifty varieties of sandwiches. Sure, most of them are pretty basic, like Ham and Swiss, or Roast Beef, Ham and Cheese, but if all the other sandwiches are as fresh and stuffed as the ones we had, it will be a pleasure coming back to try them, unless they are closed for remodeling.

Out of five Peanut Butter, Banana and Bacon sandwiches, (because this was Elvis Presley's favorite sandwich, and he is referred to as the King), five being best to zero being worst, Sandwich King gets 3 Peanut Butter, Banana and Bacon sandwiches.

Sandwich King does not have a website, but you can find information about them here:

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  1. I've seen this place every time I've gone to Harry's and have seen it empty. I've been afraid to give them a try -- but maybe I might now.

  2. Anita - It is a solid sandwich place, but nothing that is going to rock your world. Worth the trip, especially while Harry's is closed. Thanks for the comment.