Thursday, April 15, 2010


When I first got word of Wicked-Wich opening downtown, I was intrigued. The clever named sounded promising— I am all for more interesting, focused and quality sandwiches being made closer to my office. Overnight marinated meats sliced to order? I'll take that, thank you. Especially since I have been so busy lately that I have been stuck at my desk, eating instant oatmeal for lunch.

When I saw their menu, I knew I’d have a problem with it. Because I wanted to eat about 10 things on it for lunch. See for yourself here.

Should I construct my own sandwich? Try the beef barbeque? The chicken salad? Oh dear god they have an option to try all three of their soups for $4.95, I’m so screwed.

I brought David and my friend Janelle with me to check out Wicked-Wich yesterday, bumping into none other than Polly Campbell, who was also scoping the place out with a lunchmate. Her initial review was positive. We agree.

I really like this mural. The whole menu and the restaurant itself is almost perfectly in sync with the theme. It’s edgy and clever (cledgy?).

We had a few people in line ahead of us, but things move pretty quickly. David likes that the fountain soft drinks have both diet coke and coke zero. Once you have your drink, step up to the counter and order your sandwich. I faced two impulses when I stepped up to the counter.

The first was to go crazy and create some sort of obscenely delicious and huge sandwich monstrosity, with multiple cheeses on a brioche bun. But I wasn’t entirely sure I could eat it all, so I ruled out that option.

The second was panic:—there were so many options, and I felt a little like I was on a Seinfeld episode—that I would break some sort of unspoken sandwich code and then... “NO SANDWICH FOR YOU!”

However, if you also experience the same panic, I advise you to just do what I did—ask for recommendations. They are happy to give them and I was very happy with the results.

I went with the turkey sandwich ($5.95) with lemon rosemary cured turkey breast, and multi grain bun (recommended) I also chose the emmentaler swiss, which was .50 extra. I don’t mind paying extra for tasty cheese. WW also has truffled jack and goat cheese, which I’ll be trying next visit.

For condiments, I kept it simple, lettuce, tomato and chipotle mayo. And wow, was the chipotle mayo tasty. It had a little bit of a kick that I liked a lot. David liked the multigrain baguette so much that when I gave him my ‘wich to try, he wouldn’t give it back until I kicked him from under the table.

The breads at WW are buttered and toasted. Which boosts the tasty to 11.

Sandwiches come with a small cup side, and I selected the edamame wheatberry salad. It was very good—I liked the texture and the size was just right. Lots of onion, though. I made sure to dig in my work drawer for tic-tacs upon my return to the office.


David went with BBQ sandwich ($6.95) with apple cheddar slaw, roasted garlic aioli on a toasted brioche bun. The bun was great—and went well with the tangy, not too sweet barbeque.

For his side, he wanted the curried egg salad. I tried some and it’s exactly what it states—curried egg salad. Very tasty.

Janelle went with the soup trio ($4.95) and an extra side of the cranberry slaw ($1.25). She said she liked all the soups, they had good flavor, but the chicken chili was her favorite.

Cranberry slaw

tomato garlic soup

four onion soup

chicken chili

Someone certainly knows what they are doing at Wicked-Wich. I will definitely be back. I hope that they do well. They’ve only been open a short time, but they seemed to have it pretty together.

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  1. Great, another 7-3pm place.
    It'll be months before I make it there.

  2. i love the original sides! nice change to mac salad, pot salad and chips!

  3. Get the goat cheese!!!! It was fantastic!!

    I went today for the first time and it was delicious. I got a turkey sandwich on sourdough with goat cheese (yum!), lettuce and roasted peppers. Their goat cheese is definitely worth the extra $1, it was not too tangy and seemed to bring out the flavors of lemon and rosemary from the turkey breast. And the lady making my sandwich gave me a very generous helping of it.

    I'm definitely going back, even though I don't work downtown!

  4. I'm with 5chw4rtz - unless you work downtown it is getting difficult to make it to the new goodies opening up...I want to give DT and OTR my $$. Will anyone deliver to Florence?

    does this mean I need to start conducting a job search?



  5. I do like a place with Coke Zero on the fountain!

  6. Great photographs and delicious descriptions! My mouth is watering in wait for my lunch crew for our pilgrimage to worship the sandwich noms!

  7. Despite the good food, I will never eat here again because of the terrible service. Nobody greets you when you walk in. You sit there for about 5 minutes before someone recognizes you. I called in a breakfast order on 3/1 and 3/4. Both times I was told it would be ready in 10 minutes. I waited 15 minutes before walking to the location. When I arrived (and waited to finally be greeted), I was told that they didn't even start working on my order. I then waited another 20 minutes (no exaggeration) for the order to be completed, and I only asked for 1 omelet and 1 egg sandwich. I will not be recommending this place to others. Stay away!

  8. We had the Wicked'Wich in Sacramento on a food truck and it was have an imposter thats giving you a bad name!!


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