Thursday, February 15, 2018

Hip Hip Hooray for Humphry's

Humphry's Sandwiches
800 Avenida Pico
San Clemente, CA 92673

Well, I had some unexpected time off due to a small health issue, and I decided to make use of my time off by writing up some restaurant reviews, and of course, going to try some new places. After a week and a half of being in bed, it was time to get out and get moving again. I decided it was time for a stroll along the beach in San Clemente, and enlisted my parents to accompany me. After our three mile walk, or more precisely, stroll, we definitely had worked up an appetite. We made our way across the freeway, to Humphry's Sandwiches.

Humphry's is situated right across the street from San Clemente High School, in the Albertson's anchored shopping center. They have been around for coming up on eight years now, and are owned by former San Clemente High School graduates, Tim and Nicole Humphry.

Arriving here a little before noon on a Friday, I was a little nervous that the place would be overrun with obnoxious high school students on their lunch hour, but when we walked in the door we pretty much had the run of the restaurant, but it became quite busy as our visit went along. The inside of the restaurant was clean and comfortable. Ordering is done at the register, you are given a number, and the food is brought out to you. I was a little surprised to see that they have a bar here, and they seem to specialize in craft beer, which we saw more than a few people enjoying at this early hour. No judgments, I also needed a drink after being with my parents for a few hours. Kidding.

The menu at Humphry's was bigger than I imagined it would be. Predictably, it is sandwich-focused, but they also feature a good selection of salads, burgers, hot dogs, and a breakfast burrito which I hear some good things about. Prices hover around the ten dollar mark, with nothing eclipsing that price point. Enough talk, let's check out the food at Humphry's.

As my dad has gotten older, he's getting a little less predictable when it comes to guessing what he will order at restaurants. I thought for sure that the Reuben would be his choice here, but he threw me a curveball by getting this Frisco Burger ($9.95) instead. Good choice. This half-pound burger came with lettuce, tomato, swiss cheese, and thousand island dressing on a sourdough cheese bread. Way better than the version I get frequently at Marie Calendars. This was not as greasy, had a good amount of thousand island dressing on it, and the beef patty was seasoned nicely. Very rare to find a sandwich shop that does burgers well.

Not really the most photogenic of sandwiches, but my mom was very pleased with this Half Chicken Salad Sandwich ($5.95). She had wanted this sandwich on wheat bread, but the girl at the counter told her they did not have wheat and steered her towards the squaw instead. No worries, my mom went with the flow and ended up really enjoying this chicken salad sandwich, with light mayo. My mom claimed that this chicken salad was fresh, and had a good flavor to it. She loved the fact that you could get a half sandwich at Humphry's, which was great for light eaters like herself.

Before coming to Humphry's I did a little research about what the most popular items on their menu were, and two kept coming up, the meatloaf sandwich and the one that I ultimately got, The Rachel ($9.95). For those of you that are not aware, a Rachel sandwich is a Rueben, but instead of sauerkraut, it employs the use of coleslaw along with sliced pastrami, swiss cheese, and thousand island dressing. This sandwich was pretty awesome. It utilized the same parmesan grilled sourdough bread that came on my dad's Frisco burger, and the inside of this sandwich was excellent as well. Plenty of coleslaw and thousand island dressing kept me interested throughout the short life of this sandwich. The pastrami was sliced nicely, and they included plenty of it on here. A very well balanced sandwich, and one that I can see myself getting again. I also wanted to make note of the chips here, which reminded me a lot of Kettle Brand chips. They had a good crunch and went well with the sandwich.

When I was driving home from San Clemente, I could not help but feel a little touch of jealousy that the people of San Clemente have this great sandwich shop so close by to enjoy whenever they want. I was pretty impressed with Humphry's. The Rachel and the Frisco burger have got me excited to try their meatloaf, cheeseburger, and their famous BLT, which features eight pieces of bacon, on future visits to this sandwich shop. Prices seemed to fall in line with the portion sizes that you get here. Service was fine on this visit. Glad I finally got out and about, but even more excited by the sandwiches at Humphry's.

Out of five Tritons, (because that's the mascot of San Clemente High School located across the street, and also the alma mater of the owners of this restaurant), five being best to zero being worst, Humphry's Sandwiches gets 3.5 Tritons.

For more information about Humphry's Sandwiches, head to their website here:

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