Sunday, November 4, 2012

Capriotti's (Torrance)


Capriotti's Logo.

The Bobbie -  Homemade turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, mayo.

The fact that they serve this years round, while most sandwich shops do not, is probably why it is so popular.  I mean, who doesn't enjoy a Thanksgiving sandwich?  Sure, two days after Thanksgiving, we are fed up with leftovers...but that doesn't mean we should limit ourselves to having it for just 2 or 3 days a year.  I'm glad Capriotti's has this sandwich on the menu so we have the option of having it year round.  Now, don't get me wrong.  While I appreciate the fact that it's readily available, that doesn't necessarily mean I loved it.  The whole is definitely greater than the sum of its parts.  Individually, the turkey on my sandwich was dry and a little bland.  The stuffing was simplistic.  All I could really taste was the seasoned bread.  It didn't have the depth of flavor a good stuffing gets at home from added sausage, vegetables, good broth, nuts, etc.  The cranberry sauce I liked and considering how dry the turkey was, the sauce was sorely needed.  Overall, I thought it was a decent sandwich that I would have liked better if it was served warm and on toasted bread.            

Capastrami - Hot pastrami, Swiss cheese, Russian Dressing, and cole slaw.  

The better of the two sandwiches I had, was their take on a pastrami sandwich.  This one came the way I wish the Bobbie had been made.  The pastrami was warm, the bread was toasty and the coleslaw with dressing were cool.  This one had contrasting textures and temperatures that I enjoyed. The pastrami could have been spiced a little better but the meat was tender and juicy.  I liked the cole slaw and russian dressing as well, but I found myself craving some good ole yellow mustard or grain mustard.  And where's the pickle?  Grrr!  That aside, I still liked it.  I'm not sure it merits all the hype I've heard about the place but I wouldn't mind returning for another quick bite.


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