When I can get lunch for under $10 and be met with a friendly staff, I am a happy camper.
I got both at The Sandwich Spot, a casual deli shop that offers 24 specialty sandwiches and five house specials (including tri-tip Friday through Sunday) at its downtown Sunnyvale location.
The made-to-order sandwich company has 28 of its 29 locations in California – one location in Las Vegas – and was born in midtown Sacramento in 2006. The Sunnyvale location hosted its grand opening in January of this year.
Dish of Choice
I was in the mood for roast beef with a little something extra, so I chose the Silicon Slammer – pastrami, roast beef, salami and choice of cheese and bread. I chose provolone and soft French bread. I also selected “everything” to go on the sandwich: mayo, mustard, secret sauce, lettuce, tomato, pickles, onions and banana peppers.
I ordered the combo meal, which included a bag of chips and a 20-ounce fountain drink. My meal came to just under $10, including tax.
At first glance, I thought the sandwich needed more meat. But once I bit into it, I realized it was just enough. The meats went well together and were tender, savory and flavorful. Juices came down onto the basket as I picked up the sandwich. The French bread was soft and thick.
I was trying to distinguish the secret sauce from the mustard and mayo. I thought I tasted something similar to pesto or Italian dressing, but my palate could have been confused from all the flavors combined together on the sandwich. Next time, I’ll ask for the secret sauce on the side. Either way, it was a great sandwich.
I was most impressed with the friendliness of the staff at The Sandwich Spot. I was greeted by the cashier, who had an enthusiastic smile and made me feel welcomed. The staff routinely went around to customers’ tables to make sure they enjoyed their meal. When a customer inquired about the soup of the day, the cashier gladly offered him a sample. Little things like that make for good customer service.
I also enjoyed some of the original mural artwork, including the “Love All Feed All” signage painted in graffiti style on the wall behind the order counter and a picture of what I assumed was the San Francisco Bay on the left side wall. The pillar painted like a Redwood tree with a sign that says “Rooted in the Bay!” was also a nice touch.
The Sandwich Spot in Sunnyvale is located at 121 S. Frances St. A breakfast menu is expected to come soon, but the current hours are 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. seven days a week, according to its website.
For more information, call the Sunnyvale location at (408)962-0463 or visit thesandwichspot.com.