Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Something to Write Home About at Sandwich House

 Sandwich House

9187 Valley View St. 

Cypress, CA 90630

Yes, two reviews in a row for the city of Cypress. We were sitting at two restaurant reviews for 12 years, so we'd double that with this single trip to one of the most northern cities in our grand county. We had just had one of the better breakfast burritos in OC, and I was already thinking about lunch. Yes, I might have a problem. 

Right around the corner from where we had breakfast was Sandwich House. What drew me here was their impressive four-and-a-half-star rating on Yelp, with over 1,600 reviews. Another driving force for this visit was that I last had a Banh Mi sandwich in what seemed like forever. I'm a big fan of these Vietnamese sandwiches, but only a few places where I live have good ones. So, I was hoping that Sandwich House was going to be able to provide me a very good one. 

Feuling my excitement about Sandwich House was some of the research I had done about this restaurant. Not only was their Yelp rating and reviews very promising, but in 2018 they were situated at number 53 on Yelp's top 100 places to eat in the US that year. That is very lofty praise. Other than that, I learned that they have been in business since 2011 and were an instant hit with the students from Cypress College, located right across the street. 

The menu at Sandwich House is pretty straightforward. They offer 14 sandwiches on french bread, ten on a croissant, and three entree items for those who are not fans of sandwiches. There are also hot and cold drinks, smoothies, and various coffee options are also available. Most sandwiches hover around the $10 price point and go up depending on any optional add-ons you may want. 

We arrived at Sandwich House just before the lunch rush at half past eleven. The inside of the shop is cluttered, with plenty of chips, snacks, and baked goods for sale. There was also a good-sized collection of chef figurines throughout the tiny space. Ordering was done at the counter, and then they asked us politely to wait in our car for our sandwiches. It could be a holdover from the pandemic days, or it's more convenient because the restaurant is so tiny. The nice man behind the counter brought two Jasmin iced teas to our car while we were waiting for our food. Very lovely and not unexpected, especially if you read their reviews on Yelp. Within ten minutes or so, we were headed back home with dinner. Let's see if my good feeling about Sandwich House came true.  

Here's a look at Katie's selection this afternoon, the Grilled Chicken Sandwich ($8.75). Each sandwich here comes with shredded carrots, cucumbers, a touch of mayo, cilantro, onion, jalapeno, a bit of soy sauce, and in this case, some chicken. The bread tasted freshly made, had a good texture, and held the contents of the sandwich admirably. Katie thought this might have been the best banh mi sandwich she had ever had. She loved the fresh veggies, the crunchy bread, and the savory tender chicken.  

On Yelp, this House Special Sandwich ($8.75 +$2 for extra meat) kept appearing in every positive review, so I decided to give it a shot. This came with all the same things as Katie's sandwich above, but instead of chicken, it came with pate, pork meatloaf, and french style ham. This was a little out of my usual comfort zone, but it was a good sandwich. The pate added a lovely richness, while the ham and pork worked well with the rest of the fillings. I would have liked a bit more mayo, but it was a nicely crafted sandwich and was one of the better banh mi sandwiches I have had. It was worth two dollars to get extra meat on this. 

My sandwich was a fantastic introduction to Sandwich House and whetted my appetite to try more of their sandwiches when we return to the area. It will be hard not to order the special house sandwich, but I have my eye on the grilled pork or one of their croissant sandwiches on future visits. Adding to the good vibes we have about this spot was the warm and inviting welcome we got from who I presume was the owner. We were two for two on this trip to Cypress, picking good places to eat. It makes me wonder what else this city has to offer. Stay tuned. 

Out of five electric outlets (because the sports teams of nearby Cypress College are the Chargers, and if you stick your finger in an outlet, it will definitely give you a charge), five being best to zero being worst, Sandwich House gets 3.5 electric outlets. 

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