Brandon Hernández 9 a.m., Dec. 12
College area sub shop has stoner quotes for days and Kool Aid on tap
I’m not totally square, but the menu at the Cheba Hut sub shop out by SDSU makes stoner references that I couldn’t get. The whole place is decorated to embody the chilled-out culture of cannabis consumption. Bob Marley’s portrait overlooks the dining room and the napkin holders bear the motto, “friends don’t let friends eat shwag.”
Unexpectedly, the place charmed me. The endless, tongue-in-cheek pothead references came across as clever. As though the brains behind the operation are proud of their thing, but also know how to laugh at themselves a little bit. And the restaurant was staffed by the most industrious and competent bunch of 420-friendly kids ever.
The subs may have been named after different types of ganja, but they were otherwise very normal. Acapulco Gold sounds exotic, but it’s just BBQ chicken and cheese! Likewise, my Five-O sub had ham, salami, prosciutto, bacon, pepperoni, and cheddar cheese. Nothing crazy there, just a good ration of pork and a well built sub. It was toasted in the oven and loaded up with fresh veggies. No complaints. I’ve had much worse sandwiches from much more “serious” places and I’ll take this over Subway any day.
Even the sizes get cute names: nug (4” for $4.20), pinner (8” for $6.50), and blunt (12” for $8.75). It’s as stony as can be. They even have a Kool Aid fountain, which doesn’t make delicious punch when mixed with Sierra Mist. Learn from my mistake and drink one or the other! If you’re feeling boozy, there’s a little bar on one end of the dining room with bunch of beers on tap for surprisingly low prices.
6364 El Cajon Boulevard