We went to Ike’s Place for a late lunch/dinner because we saw some editorial about it in 7×7. Apparently this place had wacky non-traditional sandwiches that had mozzarella sticks and jalapeno poppers inside… mmmm…. I’ve walked by Ike’s Place a million times but have never stopped in. Today was our lucky day, and we got rockstar parking right in front!
The line was terribly long and out the door. People were standing around on the street waiting for their food. The place is as small as a freaking closet. There isn’t a clear menu on the wall either – I couldn’t remember the name of the sandwich I picked out on the website so I described it to the woman working there and she knew immediately which one it was – but she actually put my order in wrong anyway. What I wanted was the King Koopa Sandwich – which is filled with meatballs, mozzarella sticks, jalapeno poppers and marinara sauce… what I got was the Super Mario Sandwich – which has meatballs and mozzarella sticks.
We waited a long time for our food to come out. Apparently they were slammed and they even had one of their employees (who was there picking up food) log in to help take orders and work. We waited a longass time for our food…. it was ok though, because we just snagged one of the very few tables outside after a really annoying family left.
Sidenote: Don’t you hate it when you go to a restaurant and you’re in close proximity to a table where everyone is complaining about something (really loud, then they complain to the people at the restaurant)? Apparently they ordered a sandwich without the Dirty Sauce (which is standard on all sandwiches. What they didn’t know is that the dirty sauce (a garlic aioli) is actually baked into the bread. When their sandwiches came out they then decided that they wanted the dirty sauce after all and complained that they didn’t get any on their sandwiches. They caused a scene, holding up the line inside and even made the cook come out, who had to explain that the sauce was baked into the bread but that they actually ordered their sandwiches without it anyway. UGHHH. People like this annoy the hell out of me. Shut the EFF up already and eat your gddamn sandwich! OOohhh they were makin me so mad!
Ok, so here come our sandwiches. The anticipation was killing me so bad that it made me forget that I ordered the most fattening greasy sandwich ever… I didn’t care… I just wanted stuff those meatballs and those crispy jalapeno poppers and mozz sticks right into my little fryhole….
When the sandwich came, IT WAS MISSING THE POPPERS!! Take a good look… I just died… ohhh the poppers were the only thing I was truly looking forward to, but I didn’t have the patience to go back and order another one (or the gall to complain about it… at least the mozz sticks were there).
THE TASTE: I was sadly disappointed. The hype about the mozz sticks and poppers definitely got me extra excited about this sandwich, and it ended up being a lukewarm mushy mess. I gather that the mozzarella sticks were pre-fried in bulk because they were FAR from crispy and the cheese inside was not warm… with each bite the mozz stick just mushed along with the meatballs, you couldn’t really taste either of them separately – it was just a big mushy mess (and there’s nothing worse than eating something that’s supposed to be crispy and hot and sinking your teeth into a soggy mush instead). The marinara sauce was not bad and the bread was pretty good, but overall what I thought would be a party in my mouth turned out to be a total buzzkill!
If you go to Ike’s Place, I recommend looking at the menu on their website at www.ilikeikesplace.com because it’s kind of difficult deciding what to get on the spot when your’e there. The menu online is also huge and overwhelming – unless you know specifically which sandwich you want, you probably won’t find it on the wall at the actual location because the entire selection is not posted anywhere big and bold…. just an fyi.
Lastly, and this is very important info: THEY DO NOT SERVE FRENCH FRIES ON THE WEEKEND! My little fried heart nearly stopped beating when I waited in line for the 2nd time because I forgot to order fries, and when I finally made it to the cashier 15 minutes later, she said they don’t serve fries on the weekend. Just shoot me why don’tcha! UGHHHH!!!!
Sorry Ike’s Place, you only get 3 fries. It was good but not great. If I return, I will probably try something way way different, and come during the week so I can have french fries.
3506 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94114