By Mannie Miguel
Despite the freshness and simplicity of their sandwiches, The Sandwich Smith does not give the customer the “bang for their buck” with their overpriced sandwiches.
About 6.5 Miles from East Los Angeles College, it sits in the heart of Little Tokyo and is a place that diners can grab a nice, simple sandwich with the freshest ingredients.
Upon entry, diners will notice vast amounts of natural lighting that fills the dining room. Their grey and white color scheme makes the establishment contemporary, yet gives it a cozy home-like feeling to it. The Sandwich Smith also offers free Wi-Fi to their customers, but not many outlets are availble.
The restaurant has plenty of seating available, including tables outside its dining area where customers can enjoy the scenery.
An application-like menu is available upon entrance to the eatery where customers have the option to order a custom built sandwich or salad or choose from a list of 13 specialty sandwiches. The menu allows customers to choose from a variety of meats, breads, dressings, cheeses and toppings.
The menu can be a bit confusing for some customers who may not have experience ordering on these types of menus.
Customer can also order their sandwiches grilled. There is an additional charge of $1 to add fried eggs, boiled eggs, grilled onions or roasted onions to any sandwich, and a $1.50 for Bacon, and $2 for avocado.
Sandwiches start from $6.95 for a plain grilled cheese to $12.95 for a lamb shoulder sandwich. Salads costs $10.95 each. Their specialty sandwiches also run from $7.95 to $10.95.
Customers also have the choice to upgrade their sandwich to a meal for $3.50, which includes a drink and a choice of either macaroni or spinach salad or broccoli slaw.
Although their sandwiches are good, customers do not get the best deal for their money.
Their sandwiches are too simple and it seems that anyone can make them. Given that a meal starts at $13 per person, customers would expect to eat something better.
The Red, White & Blue sandwich is overpriced for the overall tastiness of the sandwich. This sandwich consists of a French roll with primed Angus steak, garlic aioli, blue cheese, red onion, tomato and lettuce.
The tastes of the vegetables are fresh, right of the field, and the meat was tender and juicy. The plain taste of the bread made the sandwich feel like it could be done at home.
The custom sandwich was not as good as the Red, White & Blue special. It consisted of buttermilk-fried chicken with cheddar cheese, cucumber, spinach, tomato and avocado on country white bread.
The chicken was excellent, and like the other sandwiches, the vegetables were also fresh and tasty. Yet, the bread on this sandwich felt like it came from the bargain store.
It seems that the Sandwich Smith is an expert on their meats, rather than delivering great sandwiches.
The bill for two sandwiches was $27.99, which included an upgrade on one sandwich that came with lemonade and a serving of macaroni with spinach. ELAC students get a 10 percent discount.
The Sandwich Smith has happy hour Mondays through Fridays from 5p.m. to 7p.m. with $1.75 oysters, $3 draft craft beers, and $5 House Wines.
The Sandwich Smith is a place to try once for the experience, but not a place that is highly recommended. The Sandwich Smith is located at 362 E. 1st Street, Los Angeles.