The rule of thumb is that the quality of the sandwich is inversely proportional to the amount of lettuce on it.
East Side really does deserve some respect, here. Vegetarian sandwiches are getting harder to find all the time, East Side has always been good to me. Bunk used to have a few decent options, now we get kids' menu stuff. Grilled cheese? PB&J? Fuck that.
Agree with Yair Maidan about East Side Deli. I've put down several Italians after a long night of drinking. Tastes good sober too. While not in the same caliber as some of those listed at the top, it's certainly way better than the garbage served at Jimmy John's and Subway.
Funny, I remember when I really liked Subway back in the early nineties when they had the v-cut bread. Not sure if it would hold up today, but def better than the $5 foot long crap served nowadays.
I must say that I mostly agree with this article. I think shut up and eat is doing great work, everything I have had there has been great including the Italian sub, they also make a killer cheese steak. Bunks cured meats is also a go to.
I must disagree about the east side deli comment, while it is not nearly as good as the above examples, I think it is a good representation of what you could get at an average east coat deli/sub shop. Not great but satisfying in a way that the larger chains can't match.
Ps. A bit ironic to feature this round up in the "fitness" issue, then again nothing hits the spot after a good work out like a giant ginder
Geraldis is great, certainly far above the two chains you sampled. Come on Chris! Beaverton sub station is far better than the last 3 places sampled. Overall though Geraldi's is top 5
Also, I know there are a few other Geraldi's around (I know there is one on Canyon Road), but they are not owned by the same folks who have the downtown shop but basically have the same menu. The owner on 4th told me the story once and it was something like a franchise idea that never really got off the ground, so there are a handful in Oregon and something like the original one in Florida.
I'll put in some love for Geraldi's on 4th in downtown. Great spot that's been around for years and the sweetest owner you could ever want to meet.
i've heard great things about the East Side sandwich, actually. So now I feel like I gotta check it out for myself.
If I can count, that's six meats and three cheeses from Shut up and Eat. Jesus. I've heard very good things, might be time to make the trip.
Bummer that People's Sandwich of Portland shut down - they had some excellent sandwiches that really hit the spot at lunch, with the Italian being arguably the best.
Retiring? What will you be doing onstad of this column?
The Sudra's food is amazing. As the review said, the cocktails need some refinement before I regularly risk 8$ on them.
Hey Dipshit, the restaurant is in NW, not Alberta.
Bizarre and random? You obviously know nothing of Portland's history and specifically the history of the Alberta neighborhood. Get back on the cabbage truck you rolled in on please.
Wonderful review Chris! And honest. This is my go-to after work stop. The friendliest service around, and food that impresses every time. Angel's drinks are great too. AND... VICHY CATALAN mineral water!!! :-D
As for the above comment about "gentrification".... what??? Some people just love being negative, but that's a bizarre and random comment out of nowhere.
energy of his kitchen
Wait this is food?
Gentrification at it's best! Go Portland!
Ok hit the showers soda boy.
If I remember correctly, the Sugar Cube started off as a cart at the 10th&Alder pod, about where the Frying Scotsman or Gaufre Gourmet are now. I miss it being down there, doubly so since St. Cupcake just left as well.
@CC: This is well trod ground and I agree. But also, I wish these places would get off of Alberta and get downtown and into a two block radius of my office. But I'm also greedy and self-centered.
"awkward faces and stiff still-lifes"
Sounds like Achewood!
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