Restaurants of the Road
|RoadTrip America® update, December, 1998: The Pasadena Sandwich Company has moved, but it's still within a few blocks of Route 66. The new address and telephone number are listed at the end of the story, and the sandwiches are as good as ever.|
Pasadena Sandwich Company is celebrating its second anniversary in March, 1997, which means it wasn't around when the original Route 66 tourists arrived at the end of their jouney in the land of palm trees and movie stars.
this place had been around in the fifties, it would have been
just as popular as it is now. When we went there recently
with our friend and guide George Hamilton, we joined a packed
house of people waiting for French dips, Reubens, and a long
list of other choices, including "Trust the Cook: How
He Feels Is What You Get."
cook is Steve Fink, PSC's owner, and he was far too busy to
pause for a sedate portrait. A one-man sandwich factory, Steve
also greets everyone who comes in the door and tells jokes
as he stacks the Dagwoods. Even though he seemed to be in
a terrific mood, we opted safely for a French dip and a salami
on rye. "They're huge," warned George. "I hope
While we waited for our food, Jeanninell Perkins brought us drinks in traditional soda fountain glasses, and we admired the decor. An impressive collection of bseball hats lines covers one wall, and there's sawdust on the floor. As the crowd inside grew, we felt lucky to have a table. "You should see this place at lunch time on a weekday," said George. "You can barely get in the door."
sandwiches were indeed huge, and arrived adorned with little
flags made out of Beechies chewing gum packages and toothpicks,
another bit of fifties nostalgia. One bite was enough to explain
the crowd. Steve is a true sandwich master, and we're grateful
to George for introducing us to his art.
Pasadena Sandwich Company
269 North Sierra Madre Villa
Pasadena, CA 91107
"Call! We'll have 'em ready!"
January 31, 1997