Sandwich Express

Sundays can be a difficult day to eat out in Salem, and after driving aimlessly around downtown for an hour, I decided we should try to find someplace kid-friendly back in our own neighborhood. We landed at Sandwich Express off of Mission Street, with three starving kids. I was happy to see children's meals at a reasonable price, and with applesauce as a healthful side dish. The kids ordered one ham with nothing on it, one turkey with everything and one not-so-adventurous peanut butter and jelly. I had the pastrami on rye with everything with a side of garlic fries and my friend ordered the french dip with beer battered fries.

 Our orders came up quickly, thank goodness, and we barely had time to admire the quaint Oregon historical decor before we set in. The bread was very fresh, soft and chewy, and the meats were consistent and tasty, and the ham was especially nice and tender. The six inch sandwiches were generously filled and the fries were decently portioned, though I couldn't tell a difference in taste or texture between the garlic fries and beer battered fries. The a jus served with the french dip was somewhat salty, and likely from a mix.

The kids' meals were also large portions and most places would consider a sandwich for children to be about half what my kids were served.  I noticed several people ordering the cup of soup, which seemed a little overpriced for the size, but later that evening my friend Ryan wrote a sonnet about the broccoli cheese soup so maybe all those diners know something I don't!  We'll definitely be returning and I can't wait to give the soup a try.

11 comments:

Doug Gabbard said...

I went to Sandwich Express several times after it opened. The sandwiches--and particularly the sourdough bread--were always delicious. But on my last couple of visits, I mainly noticed dirty floors and poor service.

If this situation has changed, I'll have to go back and enjoy some of that wonderful sourdough.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, the potato salad and soups are not home made. They just heat up soup. This is basically Subway with a train set.

Anonymous said...

Too true about Sandwich Express. Sad. Cafe Noir on Marion Street has truly homemade soup and homemade rolls. Went there on Wednesday and had some great veggie soup with a fresh garlic and parmesean roll. Yum!

Anonymous said...

Cafe Noir does have good homemade soups. You gotta get them and the rolls when they are fresh. Just ask when they are fresh.

Sandwich Express was not a good experience last two times we visited. Rather than share her I am going to drop them a note of the particulars.

Anonymous said...

Queen of Tarts at the libray also makes their soup from scratch daily and they are to die for. If you call them they will put you on their daily soup e-mail list.

Anonymous said...

meats are blah wouldn't go back

Anonymous said...

Who cares if the soup isn't homeade...it's amazingly delicious! Their bread is made from scratch, and is also yummy. Sandwich Express is my absolute favorite food. I can't even believe these other comments!

Anonymous said...

I always get the Roundtrip Special, which is a 4" and cup of soup for $6.49. Seems worth it to me. It is filling and tastes good

Teresa said...

I tried Sandwich Express for the 1st time yesterday and was overly impressed! Service was great and cheerful and the food was AMAZING! I am going back there today for lunch! We did try the potato salad and the beer battered fries. Salad was perfect and the fries are the BEST in Salem!

Chuck Bradley said...

Teresa,

I'm encouraged to hear of your pleasant experience here. Unfortunately, I went there twice in a parallel but inverted universe. Here is my review from another site written a couple of months ago:

"I gave 'em a second chance...... The first time I tried this new place, the girl behind the counter was a bobble head who was obviously inconvenienced by having to be there. The sandwich was on a par with any number of other fast food sandwich shops. All in all the indifferent service was offensive and I decided I probably would not be back. Last night I was on my way to a musical performance and in a bit of a hurry. Sandwich Express is near my work so I thought I'd try again. WHAT A MISTAKE! This time there was no one at the counter. After waiting several minutes I walked into the back area and roused a lethargic teenage girl. (If not the same one as before, her clone.) She explained that they don't take the credit card I offered and didn't know (or much care) why. I wolfed down my sub par sub and left, never to return. The owners of this place are not good at selecting hired help."

Your review has persuaded me to give them just one more try, in hopes that they have, at last, gotten their act together.

Chuck

Anonymous said...

I have been to sandwich several times and evertime I have been the young girls behind the counter were very rude. Not only that it took way to long for my sandwich and they forgot my fries. I will not be back