April 20, 2010

Roast Beef at Starky’s Authentic Americana

Rating: □□□ 1.7 / 5 ”That will teach me for pre-tipping”

Starky’s Authentic Americana (formerly Starky’s Delicatessen) makes a decent corned beef or pastrami sandwich, no question. But as I glanced up and down the new menu, the thing that jumped out was the “medium-rare house roasted beef [...] on challah.” also known as Grenier’s Way. A half one of these paired with a cup of our previously reviewed chicken pot pie soup seemed like a nice lunch plan.

I should preface by saying I would not have ordered this sandwich if the roast beef description had not said “medium-rare.”

Unfortunately, the roast beef was thick-cut and very tough – too much to be enjoyable.  It was cooked to the point of being gray, I swear they roasted the flavor right out of it.  It was not served on challah bread but some variety of grain or wheat. Half-way through the meal, a hair was discovered under my sandwich. Things were looking pretty grim in this diner’s mind.

The dish was also delivered a good 5 minutes after the other to people in my lunch party received their food. Five extra minutes for a cold-cut and cup of soup was excessive considering we ordered back-to-back and other people were receiving food after them but before I did.

When I venture out for a great deli sandwich, it might not be to Starky’s for a while. If you go there, maybe stick with the corned beef, pastrami, or even lamb gyros. If you have a favorite meal there, feel free to comment below.

Reviewed by Craig Dugas


April 12, 2010

Biscuits ‘n Gravy at Wheat Montana Deli

Rating: ■■■ 4.5 / 5 ”Great food, great service, great price.”

Reviewed by Craig Dugas

$3.95 for a generous plate of fresh biscuits ‘n gravy – what’s not to love? Wheat Montana’s lunch sandwich menu might have received a scathing review, but per usual, their breakfast items never fail to impress. Four country-fresh warm biscuits, slathered in thick sausage gravy served with a smile. It doesn’t get much better than that!


April 6, 2010

Sandwiches at the Manhattan Sandwich Company

Rating: □□ 3.0 / 5 ”Basic, but I’ll be back”

Reviewed by Eric Barnes

I’m always up for a good sandwich. When I heard about the Manhattan Sandwich Company in the Gallatin Valley Mall, I was interested to see what they had to offer. Their menu offers ten pre-defined sandwiches, with the option to build your own. They also have a fair selection of salads in addition to a daily soup and chili.
I ordered a half of the Spicy Chicken sandwich for $4.45, which contains chicken strips, pepper jack cheese, onions, lettuce, tomato, mayo, optional jalapeños (which I eagerly requested) and comes on sub-style bread. Big points were scored right away for the bread: it was fresh, but firm enough to withstand being held without getting mushed or sogged down by the condiments—a technique that some other delis just don’t seem to get. Another point was earned by the freshness and decent taste of the other ingredients. 
However, I wasn’t impressed by the landslides of shredded lettuce and onion that I received upon unwrapping the sandwich (see the photo). The chicken strips were more like chicken scraps, which were little pieces that tended to fall out of the sandwich like everything else. I also was disappointed in the spiciness level, which was barely noticeable. In fact, if it hadn’t been for the jalapeños, there wouldn’t have been any hotness at all.
Even so, the Manhattan makes a good sandwich at a reasonable price that I wouldn’t mind having again. 

Rating: □□ 3.0 / 5 ”Not bad. Not bad.”

Reviewed by Craig Dugas

I’ve had two different sandwiches from Manhattan Sandwich Company (which is not named after Manhattan, NY or even the nearby Manhattan, MT, but is a product of Manhattan Beach, CA). Each sandwich was served up on some dense, yet fluffy whitest of the white breads.

First, I enjoyed a full-sized sandwich named The Mobster - a sub with pepperoni, salami, marinara, onion, olives, lettuce, mozzarella, oil and vinegar. Although it was quite messy while eating, it was an all-around decent sandwich.

A couple weeks later, I came back to try a Sunrise Turkey sub, prepared with turkey, lettuce, onion, cream cheese and cranberry sauce. Sounds pretty fun, but the sandwich flavor came across as flat and did not match my expectations. It was not bad, but there was nothing special to make me want to order it again. I ordered this half-sandwich paired with a cup of chili. The chili was good, but again, quite average.

Manhattan Sandwich Company offers sandwiches in 6-inch and foot-long options, which generally translates to not enough and a bit too much. I can’t hold this against them, but I’m not giving them credit for sandwich sizing ingenuity.

I’ll probably be back, since you can pick up a meal for between $4.50 and $8.00, which is definitely fair. Perhaps next time one of their salad options is in order!