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Friday, January 29, 2010

Favorite Sandwich?

Lincoln seems to have a severe shortage of sandwich places so where do you go to eat a sandwich?

Lately I've been addicted to the grilled pork banh mi at Vung Tau at 27th & Y. Even if I get a big bowl of pho or noodles I usually get a sandwich to go for later. You can't beat it for $2.75.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

CheeseSteak Grille

This isn't going to be a full review since they just opened yesterday and I just sort of stumbled across it while I was out running some errands.

CheeseSteak Grille next to the gas station on the NW corner of 16th and Old Cheney. I had noticed Mi Guadalajara closed awhile ago so the new sign grabbed my attention. I drove up into the parking lot for a closer look and surprise, they were open.

I went in and ordered a cheesesteak combo with a 20 oz. soda and fries for $5.95. You can get the sandwiches with either chicken or steak. Besides the regular cheesesteak you can get your sandwich with optional sauces including Thai, Teriyaki, Fiesta (enchilada sauce), atomic and BBQ.

My sandwich was better than I was expecting to be honest. A lot of places make sandwiches with cheese and steak on them and call them cheesesteaks but they're dry and bland. This sandwich was moist and cheesy all the way through. It was served on a nice fresh, crusty grilled hoagie roll.

It seems to be a family-run place which I like. The young woman who took my order confirmed that it was not a franchise. I should have asked more questions but I'll leave the bio and background for the LJS.

For some reason this location has been bad for restaurants. In the past two years Doozy's and Mi Guadalajara have been there with no success. Considering the proximity of Fiserv-ITI, Design Data, Time Warner Cable, Black Hills Energy and several other employers there are probably at least 2000 people working within just a few blocks on a daily basis.

One of the challenges for restaurants in that location has probably been the lack of separation from the gas station. There was never a wall or door, just a low divider. Former co-workers of mine would scoff when I told them to eat at Mi Guadalajara because they said it felt like they were eating in the gas station. That's no longer the case. There's a full wall with a glass door separating the two now. It definitely made the place feel more like a restaurant.

It's definitely a place worth checking out.