So now that we have this political business behind us, let’s move onto some food talk. Ever have those days you don’t really feel like making dinner? Or realistically don’t have anything in the house to actually make a decent meal? Today was one of those days. I am not usually a sandwich kind of gal, but when this new sandwich shop called “Ike’s Lair” moved in, I knew I had to give it a shot. When my roommate was heading out to lunch and asked if I wanted anything from Ike’s. YES!
I believe this place is open from about 11-7 (maybe 8) and is normally packed during the lunch and dinner hours. Luckily we were there at 4:30, so no line, but there was still a decent amount of people eating.
I love the open space and vintage feel it has. Tons of retro lunch boxes hanging on the walls and even an entire case of vintage beverages, sodas, and old fashioned desserts (ho-ho’s anyone?)
When you take a look at the menu, you will be surprised to see that they aren’t your typical combinations. Sure you can have a roast beef or turkey sandwich, but how about “Coming Home for Thanksgiving”, “Mrs. Robinson,” or even the “49er” or “Brandi Chastain” That’s sure a different take on things.
I had done a little research online and eyed the veggie side of the menu, but wasn’t sure how I felt about vegan chicken just yet. Eggplant is always an option, but I decided to go big (seems to be that sort of week, doesn’t it?) and tried the “Menage a Trois.” If I thought my Spanish skills have decreased, you should see my French speaking abilities. Slim to none, so I ordered a “111 – Halaj chicken, real honey, honey mustard, BBQ sauce, pepper jack cheese, swiss, and cheddar” Perfect for someone who loves cheese and sauce. This was the end result on Ike’s famous “Dutch Crunch” bread. I was about to order the fixings with onion, peppers, etc. but the cashier encouraged me to try it just the way it is. I think it was a tad bit sweet, even for my tastes, so I added a little Cholulua hot sauce.
Ike’s is a well-known chain in the bay (mostly in SF I think) and I highly recommend checking it out. It’s worth taking a risk. When else can you get a sandwich named “I Wish I Was a Little Bit Taller”. Now only if we could get some good salad shops around here.