I wanted to like Rubicon Deli before I even tried one of their famous sandwiches. As soon as I walked through the door the beach-bro staff put a rousing communal crossword effort on pause to coach me through making a choice from their signature menu. These bros were friendly, I mean really friendly, almost “you think these fellas want to hang-out?!” type friendly. It was going to kill me if I had to report that the food couldn’t match the service.
Luckily, I don’t have to. When is the last time you had a sandwich so big they cut the half in half? That’s how they do things at Rubicon. Your choice of sandwich (including make your own) on an awesome selection of house baked breads that are freshly made throughout the day.
All orders come with a complimentary cookie, which does more to serve as a reminder of the friendly staff than it does to cure a sweet tooth. The cookies aren’t anything spectacular – the sandwiches are.
I chose the Rubicon Special on Jalepeno Jack bread, and opted for Napa Valley hot sweet mustard to compliment my choice. The bread was obviously the star; substantial with just enough crust before hitting pockets of gooey jalapeno laden cheese. Spice was kept in check by the sweet roasted red peppers, fresh lettuce, and 4oz of turkey. If I had any qualms at all, it was that they seemed to skimp with a measly 1/2 oz of Gouda, at an 8:1 ratio it was barely discernible.
I visited during off hours, the picture above of an empty house is rarity. Breakfast-Lunch the place is packed. I can vouch that it’s worth the wait, but your better off to call ahead – or visit later in the day.
These guys remembered my name on the way out, a rarity for a quick sandwich pick up. “Have a good one, Rod.” I don’t know if they were referring to the night or my sandwich, but It ended up being both.
If my word isn’t enough, check out PaniniHappy’s Sandwich Guide