Jeff Smith 2 p.m., April 16
The Neverending Sandwich: Rubicon Deli
I ate lunch yesterday at Rubicon Deli, 3819 Mission Boulevard in Pacific Beach, and today I shared the other 75% of the sandwich with John for breakfast. Doesn't everyone eat tuna sandwiches for breakfast? No? Never mind, my point was it's a big sandwich.
When you want to stop for lunch in PB, especially on Mission, you have to be prepared to walk a few blocks. Today is no different, I just figure I can use the exercise. There are worse places to walk on a sunny afternoon.
But back to the sandwich. There's nothing complicated about Rubicon Deli. They have several house sandwiches, a build your own menu, salads, soups, and smoothies. I get a full sized Spicy Tuna on pesto bread ($9.49, $6.49 for half), a bowl of shrimp and lobster bisque ($4.95), and coffee ($2.00, from Cafe Moto). While I'm waiting, I have conversations with three different people. Cool, I like that.
The bisque is okay, but it doesn't have a very pronounced shrimp or lobster flavor. It's more of a standard soup base with some chopped shellfish, rather than a shellfish stock as bisque should be.
The sandwich has a decent helping of tuna salad (celery, red onion, grated carrot, parsley, mayo) with avocado, pepper jack cheese, red onion, lettuce, tomato, peperoncini, dill pickles, mayo, and habanero mustard (which I order on the side, like a wuss, but it was unnecessary). I can't really taste a pesto flavor on the bread, in spite of its obvious presence, but the toasty parmesan is nice. It's a soft, pillowy nest for all those toppings, and does an admirable job of holding everything but the chopped lettuce in place. There's good crunch from the pickles and tangy peppers. And, a delicious little two-bite chocolate chip cookie too!
If I was a 22 year old surfer guy, I could probably do justice to the size of this thing. I saw more than one young man busily chowing down. Pretty decent deal overall. Plus, I didn't have to cook breakfast this morning.
3819 Mission Blvd.
San Diego CA, 92109
Monday - Thursday - 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday - Sunday - 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Free street parking.
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