Ikes Love and Sandwiches at last

by foodhoe on April 29, 2013

1159 Locust St  Walnut Creek, California 94596 | 925 | website | facebook
hours: 10am – 7pm daily

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Huzzah huzzah, for Ike’s has finally opened in Walnut Creek!  It seemed a very long wait since word first got around last fall that the local mad sandwich genius had targeted Walnut Creek to receive his sandwich love.  Stylized images of Ike’s head appeared on the windows back in October, and finally, finally, last week the doors opened.  And of course I went twice the first week…  Twice because the first time I was overwhelmed by the staggering variety of interesting sounding combinations, so I had to go back like a kid on a roller coaster ride…  The menu is full of catchy names for sandwiches that are messy as all get out because the bread is smeared with a goopy and delicious garlic infused creamy dressing called Dirty Sauce that soaks through the bread and all over your fingers.  Eating an Ike’s sandwich is an experience that requires four or five napkins and they are so huge that I could barely finish half.  Some locations offer half sandwiches, which seem like a good idea as most of the sandwiches are $9 and up and like I said, way too much food for one person to eat and expect to be functional for the rest of the afternoon…  You really should take a look at the menu here to see for yourself the awesome possibilities that owner Ike Shehadeh envisions for sandwiches.  It’s like a whole new universe…

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You can choose the bread (french, sourdough, whole wheat, and even gluten free), but their signature Dutch crunch bread from Raymond’s Bakery is hollowed out, the perfect vehicle for absorbing the sauce without getting soggy or falling apart.  All the sandwiches come with lettuce and tomato. You can also request red onions, pickles, banana peppers, jalapenos or mustard for no additional charge.  There are many add ons ranging from avocado, bacon, extra cheese or meat, beer-battered onion rings or zucchini, extra sauces, and a charge to get your halal chicken battered and fried.  If you’re feeling Extra Dirty, add fried mozzarella sticks or stuffed jalapeno poppers to your sandwich for $2.92 each or $3.93 for both.  I had the hardest time deciding and ordered  Hollywood’s SF Cheesesteak, Mushrooms, Provolone, thinly sliced rib eye ($9.99).  It was lip smackingly delicious.  You might look at this sandwich and think there’s not much to it, but the intensely flavorful sauces infuse the toasted bread which has a lightly crispy crust that is totally addictive.  And it seemed to have just the right amount of meat and cheese…

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My next visit I ordered the Paul Reubens, a rich and heady concoction with housemade poppy seed coleslaw, pastrami, swiss slathered with Russian dressing, along with the garlicky dirty sauce ($9.99).  I was feeling filthy rich, notice the fried mozzarella cheese stick nestled in between the tomato and pastrami.

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I liked the look of my co-worker Eric’s wrapped sandwich

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The Tony Soprano, Ham, Italian Dressing, Provolone, Salami, Turkey ($8.98).  You can see the Italian dressing glistening on the lettuce and the dirty sauce oozing out the sides.

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My other co-worker Dustin had visited Ike’s twice the weekend before in Danville, and was game to join us again.  He had the  Shawn Michaels, Bacon, extra dirty sauce, Mozzarella Sticks, thinly sliced rib eye ($11.11).  He requested no dirty sauce the next time.  I think after the fourth sandiwch in a week, he OD’d on dirty sauce…

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They seemed to throw in chips if you wanted them, not sure if that was just promotional for their first week or what…  The Voodoo chips were an ungainly cross between BBQ/Salt and vinegar chips, a bit harsh but strangely addictive.

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I noticed a fellow stacking these foil covered pucks  in the refrigerator and excitedly inquired if they were dingdongs, and indeed they were!  He handed one to me and said to just take it as a gift.  So, I’m thinking that it is a good thing to visit a shop their first week before their official grand opening while the staff is in training and feeling beneficent.

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It was a super delicious ding dong at that, red velvet cake filled with a rich buttercream and fresh raspberries coated in dark chocolate…

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I’m going back soon, I still haven’t figured out the menu, but everything I’ve had so far was good.  It’s rather exciting to try Ike’s unique sandwich formulas.  The only drawback is the mess…

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