Friday, May 13, 2011

Ike's Place

Ike's Place is a sandwich joint located in the Mission District of San Francisco. Ever since I saw it featured on Man v. Food, I made it a point to stop here to see what it's all about.

Ike's gives the customer a LOT of sandwich options to choose from. Each sandwich has "dirty sauce" on the bread, basically a form of garlic butter. I ordered "Going Home for Thanksgiving," with turkey, cranberry sauce, sriracha hot sauce, and Havarti cheese. There are a few flavors of chips to choose from as well.

When Adam Richman of Man v. Food went to Ike's, he ordered the "Kryptonite," a monstrous 4-pound sandwich with just about every topping Ike's had. As tempting as it was to order it, I couldn't get my family to help me eat it. No big deal, the Thanksgiving sandwich was pretty good anyway. I ordered it with no extra application of dirty sauce (the sauce is already baked on the bread, but apparently you can have more sauce applied if you want).

The flavors in my Thanksgiving sandwich obviously worked. It doesn't get much more like Thanksgiving than turkey and cranberry sauce. The tang of the cranberry sauce and the kick of the sriracha worked well together. The Havarti cheese has a buttery taste to it, making it a perfect choice to melt over nice wheat bread.

The sandwich could have benefited by toasting the bread a bit longer. As you can see in the above photo, my sandwich was crushed by the time I ate it -- a few minutes after we got back to the car. The cranberry sauce didn't do the sandwich any favors by leading to a soggier bread, but a properly toasted bread should hold up to a sauce (and not go soggy) for at least a few minutes, right?

Be prepared for a long line here. I don't believe it was worth the extra wait (and hassle for my aunt to race back to the car to put more money in the meter). Nonetheless, Ike's gets points from me for their array of original sandwich choices, nice (yet fairly simple) ambiance, and good flavors. In fact, perhaps the only reason I would really consider going back to Ike's Place is to try one or two more of their eleventy billion sandwich choices. 4.75/10

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