Like most of the reviews here, I agree that the quality of the meat is a bit lacking, to say the least. I mostly go for The Duke, Hot Chick, or Porn Star because of the ancillary ingredients, i.e. the bomb sauce; spicy bomb sauce; and, on The Duke, the bomb sauce and cranberry sauce. All the above sandos are made with chicken as the main meat, but as others have stated (and I coyly stated above), it just isn't to quality. The chicken is literally processed chicken strips like you would find at Trader Joes or some similar grocery establishment. You know, those packaged strips that advertise the meat is already fully cooked and ready to eat out of the box--cold or hot.The Sandwich Spot essentially covers up the fact the meat is sub-par by piling on all the other goodies, like bomb sauce, bbq sauce, cheese, and the like. I will say that the freshly baked sourdough rolls are quite tasty though, which helps to bump up my score a bit. And, for better or for worse, they do make healthy-sized portions, so you won't leave hungry.
However, what the Sandwich Spot does well is customer service, and that's what keeps them in business, in my opinion. The sandwich makers recognize return customers and greet them by name, they are really courteous, and they have a good rapport with the people who they are helping. Really, in this day and age, a smile, a hello and how you doin', and a thank you go a long way.
Having said that, some of the employees are, um, forgetful. I've had them forget to make my sandwich on more than one occasion, and that is certainly aggravating. And like others have mentioned, the surfer-vibe inside the joint is mellow and welcoming, especially in the Marina.
Overall, it's a decent place to get a sandwich, but it's not the be-all-end-all place. I would say give it a try and see how you like it.
Yuck. How hard is it to make a good sandwich? Ike's is good... Lucca's is good.... even Marina Subs. Just use good ingredients and the sandwich takes care of itself. Don't cut corners and use crappy meats. wow, don't know how this place stays in business...
Decor was alright but the food was awful. The stoners working there fit the surf vibe. I'm not sure that is intentional though...
But the reason you go to a sandwich shop is the food. The meat on my sandwich was the saltiest, most over-processed meat I've ever tasted. It reminded me of the old McDonald's chicken nuggets that didn't have the texture or taste of real chicken. Maybe their other sandwiches are ok but I don't plan on going back to find out.
Worst. Sandwich. Spot. Ever..
This is a damn San Francisco sandwich tragedy. I really wanted to have finally found a sandwich spot in SF. The reviews rave about this place so I was pretty pumped! And now I have no effin idea why?
The ambiance is cool - I'll give it that. Some Hawaiian flare makes it a different kind of shop. Cool sandwich names, Mello Yello, surfboards on the wall, special sauce. Word.
True to the other reviewers, the service was super lame. I didn't even know how to order because nobody was taking them, so I sat there like an idiot for 10 minutes pacing around the shop. And there were like 30 stoners working at this piece. Holla.
I finally ordered my Big Ron with everything. Turkey, Ham, and Roast Beef. On a sweet roll - cuz those things are so damn tasty.
My sandwich came and all I was thinking was, man...sandwiches have arrived to SF. Then I took my first bite. Was I missing something? Did the flavor explosion happen outside my mouth? Did my taste buds skip out on lunch today because I forced them to enjoy Jack Daniels until 4AM?
I deconstructed the sandwich to find out why. The bread was decent. Not Mr. Pickles soft roll style (which rules), but I'll look past it. The rest of the sandwich was so underwhelming. The meat, I do not lie, tasted like it came in one of them prepackaged containers at Safeway. Can you say way overprocessed? I actually took off a slice of roast beef. Oh wait, there was only one slice to begin with. And then I took off the rest of the meat. And slammed it on my plate in anger.
I left the sandwich half eaten. I ate the bread with my chips and a whole bucket of Tabasco... sans everything else that was strewn across the wax paper.
This is the problem with reviews in SF - it's like a bunch of damn Lemmings here. How can so many people rave about this place?
The Marina's new Sandwich Spot.
The Sandwich Spot is not your average deli. Stepping into the space you leave the Marina behind and find your own sandwich oasis, complete with surf board mounted walls, colorful leis, and well positioned tiki carvings. These are not the familiar toasted sub sandwiches that Marina residents are accustomed to. These sandwiches provide a refreshing kick, most of them including The Sandwich Spot’s famous “bomb sauce”. Each sandwich is more than a number boasting names as clever as the ingredients it offers. Take for example the “Hot Chick”, marinated chicken, pepper jack cheese and spicy bomb sauce for the more adventurous sandwich aficionado. For those who aren’t keen on spice but are still interested in a sandwich venture try “The Horny Hapa”, hot turkey, cranberry and cream cheese. All sandwiches can also include mayo, mustard, secret sauce, lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles and peppers, giving you the ability to custom make your toasted treat.
With so many inventive and robust choices The Sandwich Spot will put an end to the lunch rut for good.
Doesn't matter what's in the secret sauce, its delicious!.
I love coming here because A. usually when I am going to get my nails done a few doors down, I am STARVING, and this is a convenient option and B. the sandwiches here are delicious and there are so many unique options that I want to keep coming back until I've tried them all!
Service is fast, it has a surfy beachy Hawaiian vibe, and everyone is super friendly.
Not a ton of seats, but just enough for a few people to sit and enjoy their food.
Oh and the secret sauce is great!
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