2854 St. Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA
Thanks to Living Social Deals, for $12, I was able to order the Cuban pressed sandwich, the Southwestern club and a pint of their chicken salad. A deal well spent! One thing I didn’t like though was that even though the dude (as he shall be referred to for the remainder of this review) said my total was “blah” when I pulled out my voucher, he tacked on an additional 10% tax (I was confused, wasn’t that tax already included in my total?) but I shrugged and paid the additional whatever since I was getting such a good deal anyways.
The decor is very New Orleans pride (or Saints pride, to be specific). And they do have a bulletin board by their drinks where local businesses can post their fliers and business cards (I saw a woman standing on a counter posting hers). Very laid back atmosphere (as most restaurants with entrees under $9 are). The dude was very friendly,I think it was obvious that I was a first-timer so he walked me through everything. He was also very proud of the fact that the cuban sandwich was made of roasted pork that was sliced in their OWN store with their OWN slicer (emphasis on ownership of these items? Or the fact that it’s prepared fresh and on the spot? I took it for both meanings). A woman walked in behind me and ordered just coffee which the dude brewed fresh on the spot. I figured if someone came in here for just the coffee, it’s gotta be good too, so after she left, I asked the dude if I could bother him for a cup of joe as well, and he smiled as he began brewing it and told me to sit and relax and he would bring it to me with my sandwich. Lunch at 10:45 AM does has its perks, such as being the only customer there and getting all the glorious attention for myself.
The cuban sandwich had a lot of ham (I didn’t realize that roasted pork and ham were synonymous. doh!) which was alright (im not a huge ham fan). The pressed sandwich idea was pretty neat (aka a panini except no panini grill lines. a line-less panini if you will). The creole mustard was very subtle (wouldn’t have minded a bit more on mine). I am very excited to dine on the chicken salad for a meals and the southwestern club with turkey,bacon, avocado, tomato will be lunch tmrw. Yay for deals!