Sandwich Odyssey: Tasty trip

The Aarons enjoy their meal. PHOTO BY RYAN RUSSELL

by Aaron Apple and Aaron Kayser

restaurant celebrating its 20th year in business isn’t incredibly common around these parts, but Sandwich Odyssey is proud to do just that. We stopped by not knowing this fact and we were glad to learn first-hand how the business has lasted so long. Besides serving some of the most flavorful sandwiches we’ve had in town, the staff of the family-owned business is extremely friendly. As some proof to their success, all of their lunch specials were already sold out by 2 p.m. on the Wednesday we arrived. We could tell while waiting for our food that most people were coming in to pick up sandwiches to go, and most seemed to be regulars. Who knows, maybe their parents took them there when they were kids 20 years ago?

The Aarons enjoy their meal. PHOTO BY RYAN RUSSELL

The Aarons enjoy their meal. PHOTO BY RYAN RUSSELL

As a lover of all cured meats, Kayser went with his gut and decided to order the Italian Deluxe ($7.95) sandwich. In addition to the standard lettuce, tomato, cheese, and mayo served on all of the deluxe sandwiches, the Italian Deluxe came piled with salami, mortadella, and prosciutto, and a drizzle of Italian dressing. The straight-forward and delicious sandwich was large, providing a great deal for the price. The combination of cured meats paired well with the fresh lettuce and tomato. Kayser would without a doubt revisit this sandwich again, after trying a few more of the tantalizing cold and hot sandwiches on the menu.

Apple picked up a Philly Stack ($8.95) which was top sirloin steak, grilled onions and peppers, melted provolone cheese and mayo. For the cheesesteak purists, please note that there wasn’t an option for cheez whiz, but you won’t miss it after you take your first bite. The meat was piping hot and house-roasted, just like it should be with a great Philly cheesesteak. Every bite was a juicy explosion of flavors, which made for a sandwich that disappeared far too quickly, and not because of its size. He also enjoyed a side of house-made potato salad ($2.50) that pleased his palette – not too mustardy or too rich, but just right. He could tell it had been fine tuned over many years.

Both Apple and Kayser agreed that Sandwich Odyssey has some of the best bread in town for the kind of sandwiches they are making. The bread is tender on the inside and chewy and a bit crusty on the outside – which was especially perfect for Apple’s hot and juicy sandwich. The middle almost melts in your mouth, but it does a great job of keeping the toppings in place. Needless to say, we were quite surprised after raving to each other about the bread that it came from just down the street at the neighborhood Haggen. Our server told us the secret was that they get the bread delivered straight to them without putting it in any kind of plastic bag – so it’s able to breath without getting rubbery like bread sometimes does.

Overall, the family-run restaurant is a must-try for those who love a good sandwich. The no-frills atmosphere and limited seating make it a great place to call ahead for a to-go order, just make sure you ask what the specials are for the day since you won’t see it on the sign as you walk in. They also provide catering.

Sandwich Odyssey is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, and closed Sunday. They are located at 2001 Cornwall Ave., near Bellingham High School. For to-go orders, call (360) 738-6919, and see their menu online at thesandwichodyssey.com.

Published in the January 2015 issue of What’s Up! Magazine