Saturday, December 28, 2019

"'This Is Goooood," she purred'

Then belched daintily behind her napkin.  What is "this"? you ask?  One of the best Reuben sandwiches I've ever eaten.  Where were we?  Richie, Dee and I?

The Standard Station Bar and Grill, 26 Standard Street, El Segundo  

What was the occasion?  None, really - just a holiday lunch.  Dee was the finder and naturally we had to put him to the test.  Here follows what we each ate and why it was so good.

Dee:  The pulled pork with barbecue sauce, cole slaw and tobacco onions (aka onion strings) on a brioche bun with French fries.  The brioche top was shiny from grilling; the cole slaw on the sandwich made it Tennessee-style and the tobacco onions for crunch.  For once it was a proper amount of French fries, not half of the plate space.   $13

Richie:  The Italian Melt with salami, pepperoni, mortadella, capicola, olives, peppercinis, red onion, provolone and Italian dressing.  He chose cole slaw as the side.   $13

Self:  Grilled Reuben with corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut on marble bread (dark swirled into white)   $13.  For once a deli got this creation Just Right - my sandwich actually had sauerkraut - many restaurants either omit it or add about five strands.  The chef gave the whole thing a generous splash of the dressing, too. I traded the French fries originally for tobacco straws with no fuss at all.

I ordered the churro dessert which is considerably up-graded from the ones you buy crossing the border.  These are cream-filled with caramel syrup drizzled over them and three great puffs of whipped cream along the side of the platter.  The server, of course, brought three plates and three spoons.  She'd seen us clean our plates.  She was very, very good at her job, too.

It's difficult to give you an exact count on the cost due to missing information (Richie apparently lost the part of the ticket that lists the item and cost which has been a godsend to me over the years of blathering on about various places.  Anyhow, here goes -

Three $13 dollar sandwiches  $39
One churro dessert                      6
For $45
Two 805 beers
One lemonade which added   $30
Grand total:  $69 + tip (always 20%)   Or $23 per person - and well worth it.


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