Another day, Another Sandwich in San Diego ladies and gentlemen of DANGER.
This time, my adventures took me to a corner bakery in Ocean Beach: Charlie's Best Bread. A little shop on a street corner with a very small town square feel. I liked the atmosphere of the neighborhood, but would this highly recommended shop make waves with me this week?
Walking into the shop, I was overwhelmed by the smell of bread. Every bit of bread used in this place was freshly baked that day.
After spending a significant amount of time narrowing down to one sandwich from a seemingly endless list of deliciousness, I settled on the pastrami sandwich.
Ah the pastrami sandwich. My friend, and sometimes my biggest letdown.
For me, when there is a sandwich you revere so much, one that truly possesses the talents to achieve the status of Danger Sandwich, it is all the more disheartening to find one that is a let down.
First and foremost, the positives: The bread really was spectacular. A rye bread that was incredibly fresh, and doughy, with a perfectly even rye flavor It really showed that this had been hand crafted by someone who worked there and not delivered in a bag by some unknown megaconglomerate.
Although, I still feel as though it could have been better for the sandwich overall if it had been toasted.
This sandwich had two types of cheese: swiss and bleu cheese. Both excellent choices. The swiss with its smooth and mild flavor played well with the pungent dry taste of the bleu cheese. I enjoyed these two so much that I didn't even taste the pastrami at all.
No, really, seriously. You couldn't taste the main attraction at all.
I had to tear a piece off of the sandwich just to be able to taste it.
And I should have just left it alone. The meat wasn't bad, but wasn't great either. It lacked a definite taste and I could have been eating plain old ham for all I knew.
Maybe that's why they packed on so much cheese.
So, dear readers, I am asking you now for some recommendations for San Diego.
Have you ever been there? Have you heard of a great sandwich that needs to be tried out? Let me know, I'd like to hold onto hope that my next trip there will be devoid of subpar sandwich tastings.
Until next week!
Charlie's Best Bread
1110 Rosecrans St.
San Diego, CA 92106