Matt Bonner's Sandwich Hunter: Dec. 28, 2009 - Santa Monica pg.3
Page 3 - Bay Cities Deli: Santa Monica, Calif.
Ratings (out of 5)
By the time I got to my room I was starving and couldn't wait to sink my teeth into "The Godmother". It was made of a fresh baked (every hour) Italian sub roll for the bread, genoa salami, mortadella coppacola, ham, prosciutto, provolone cheese, and "the works" (mayo, mustard, onions, pickles, tomatoes, lettuce, Italian dressing, and mild pepper salad). The sub looked amazing and I was very excited to devour it.
I took my first bite and immediately realized my disappointment. Don't get me wrong. The sandwich was very good, but there were two major flaws. The first was the bread. For whatever reason, it was very tough and difficult to tear with each bite. As a result, it made the physical act of eating the sandwich very difficult. I had to bite so hard to tear the bread, that the innards kept squirting out the sides. First the sauce, then the veggies, and by the end even the meat was coming out the sides. It was a very messy affair and made every bite very inconsistent. Some bites were all meat, others all veggies...
The second problem was the sauce. The combination of mustard, mayo, onion, and Italian seasoning made for an eerily familiar taste. It tasted exactly like the "special sauce" in a Big Mac. It seemed to dominate and overwhelm the overall taste of the sandwich. By the time I finished, all of the insides had fallen out of the sandwich because of the tough bread and with just the sauce left, it literally tasted like I was eating a Big Mac.
If Bay Cities can solve the bread problem and maybe tone down their sauce a bit, they definitely have all the other tools needed to contend for "The Hoagie Grail". But until then, they are just another really good sandwich shop.
Sandwich Quote of the day: Life is like a sandwich - The more you add to it, the better it gets. -- unknown
Song of the day: Arcade Fire - Rebellion (Lies)