This is the first in a series celebrating the little places the make the North Park neighborhood (our neighborhood 4EVA!) of San Diego great.
Jason and I live in North Park and are damn proud of it. The neighborhood has had a lot of bad press lately with an attacker on the loose. He's now most likely been caught, but even if he hadn't been I would still think North Park is the greatest damn neighborhood in San Diego. I ain't afraid of no ghost!
One of the best things about the neighborhood is its walkability and the variety of restaurants, bars, and shops to which you can exercise this walkability. One such establishment is the Classic Rock Sandwich Shop, a place that is exactly as advertised. It's a sandwich shop that loves classic rock as much as a sandwich shop possibly could. Take a look at the walls...
They're covered head-to-toe in music pictures, mostly from the '60s, though there are a few references to other eras as well. Classic rock is always playing on their stereo. The owner, Cheryl, sums it up on the front page of their menu...
The menu is so long that it's housed in a binder for your perusal. There is a long counter that you can sit at while making your selection. Cheryl acts as sort of a "sandwich bartender", asking what you're in the mood for, what you like, what you don't, and helping you select the right sandwich from the list of fifty options. She lead me directly to my choice.
Sebastian Spoonful (description below)
Cheryl even told me which types of bread she'd recommend from their list of choices. I went with squaw.
This was one delicious sandwich, with all kinds of flavors peeking through. Blue cheese sauce! And cranberries! And chicken... spicy chicken! All were ingredients that I would never really think to pair on a sandwich, but they worked beautifully together. They were spread out in a way that was very consistent bite-to-bite.
It was served with a pickle (wrapped so as not to befoul the sandwich with its juices) and some pretzels. I didn't make it to the pretzels because the sandwich was so substantial.
Haven's Heat (description in menu picture above)
Jason got this, opting for a wrap since he's watching his girlish figure, but asking for no sprouts since he is not a rabbit. Cheryl gave him a sample of the smoky aioli in advance to make sure he liked it, as the smoke flavor was very strong. He did, and freaking loved it.
We spent some time chatting with Cheryl, who Jason knows a bit since he regularly goes there for lunch. She told us that her goal is to eventually have 100 sandwiches on the menu. She's spent a great deal of time perfecting her Paul McCartney sandwich (which is vegetarian, natch) and her ultimate dream is for him to come in and try it.
We danced away from the place all happy-go-lucky, high on sandwiches and neighborhood love.
(Who wants to go back with me sometime so that we can order the Burnin Band, a sandwich so hot that Cheryl warned it should only be eaten if you have no plans for the rest of the day? IT WILL SEND YOU TO CRIPPLE CREEK.)
Verdict: far out, man! Groovy sandwiches! U.S. Out of Vietnam!
Classic Rock Sandwich Shop
3042 North Park Way
San Diego, CA 92104
This is not a paid advertisement; it just seems like it is because I'm so goddamn enthusiastic. Somebody please pay me to eat. Thank you.