The Sandwiche Shoppe-July 29, 2011

The Sandwiche Shoppe in Soddy-Daisy is easy to miss, if you don’t know it’s there.  It’s just a restaurant, in a very nondescript brick building, with another store located in the same building.  If you aren’t looking for it, you might drive right by!  I am not sure how long it’s been around; it started in a different location and moved to this location years ago.  We affectionately refer to it as the “sandweesh shoppie” because of the spelling…because we’re silly like that.  And we love the Sandweesh Shoppie, so it truly is affectionate!

The decor at The Sandwiche Shoppe is spare….diner-style tables and chairs, a few pictures hanging on the walls, and a few snapshots on the counter.  It’s okay.  Honestly, I don’t expect a lot of “ambiance” from a restaurant like this.  It’s definitely not an unpleasant atmosphere.  One thing that I really like is that the food prep area is right in the middle of the dining room, surrounded by a counter.  There is no funny business going on, and the proof is right there for you to see!  Of course, my favorite part of the decor is the table of desserts that are pretty much front and center….but more about that in a minute!

The menu is very simple.  Sandwiches, salads, desserts, drinks, and a very limited number of sides.  There are seventeen (yes, seventeen!) sandwiches available, plus a corndog…maybe that fits into the sandwich category?  I’m not so sure about that, but I’m not likely to order a corndog there (or anywhere).  Four salads are available: garden, chef, teriyaki, or cajun chicken.  I haven’t tried the salads, and to be honest, I probably haven’t even looked at the salad menu!  Now that I look at it, though, I need to try the teriyaki!  Sounds good.  But anyway…

The sandwich menu, as I said before, is pretty extensive.  It ranges from standards (BLT, Club, Roast Beef) to more unique or unusual, such as the Muffaletta (I know this is not “unique” but you don’t see this on a lot of menus…it includes Genoa salami, ham, provolone, olive salad, and onion), The Pizza Sub (sauce, cheese, pepperoni, ham, bacon, beef, onion, olives, and jalapenos or pepperoncini), and the Hawaiian Hero (ham, swiss, pineapple, mayo, and lettuce on a honey-wheat bun).  Choose between 14″ ($7.75) or 7″ (4.95); the price includes the sandwich and a side of chips or homemade potato salad (by the way, potato salad, chicken or tuna salad, and pimento cheese can be bought by the pint or half-pint).

On this visit, Philip decided to try the Manna Sub-kind of a Maid-Rite or sloppy Joe sort of sandwich with a twist.  I had eyed that one, but since he decided to order it I decided to take a bite of his and order myself a French dip.  The Manna is described as “perfectly seasoned ground chuck with Swiss and special sauce”.  It was very nicely seasoned, and the sauce was slightly sweet with an unusual flavor (in a good way!).  Philip had the potato salad; I am not really a potato salad fan but I tasted it and it was very good.  The French dip is described as “sliced roast beef, provolone, mayo, and au jus dipping sauce”.  I had chips (original Lays) with mine.  It was great!  The cheese was perfectly melted, there was just a little bit of mayo, and the roast beef tasted great.  The jus was warm…not too salty, not too oily.  The bread on both sandwiches was fresh.  We were impressed.

The Manna Sub

The French Dip

On to desserts…on any given day, when you walk into the Sandwiche Shoppe, you will find an assortment of cakes and pies (usually four or five).  On the day we were there, there was Key Lime cake, Italian Creme cake, chocolate cake, and Hershey chocolate cheesecake.  Some others available are pineapple upside down, red velvet (I must find out when they have this!), and strawberry.  They also offer several pies, such as pecan, key lime, and coconut creme.  We decided to split a slice of chocolate cake for $3.25.  Now, the cakes are gigantic-three layers.  The chocolate cake was super-rich.  It tasted good, but it was just chocolate cake.  I have a feeling I would have been happier with key lime cake-but Philip doesn’t like key lime…oh well.  I wasn’t sad that we got it!  Whole pies can be ordered for $14.00, and whole cakes can be ordered for $24.00-$26.00.

Chocolate Layer Cake

If you are in Soddy-Daisy, please check out The Sandwiche Shoppe.  It’s been around for at least ten years (more, I believe-if anyone knows, let me know!), and to be around that long they must be doing something right.  I have never had anything there that I didn’t like, and every time I go I think that I should go more often.  They also offer catering services.  They do ask for 24 hours notice for catering or whole pies or cakes.

The Sandwiche Shoppe is located at 8855 Dayton Pike, Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee.  They can be reached at 423-332-0320. Their hours are 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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