As some of you might already know, I live and work in Los Angeles. One of the nice things about this city is the wide variety of food and entertainment that’s offered. Today, I’m going to share with you the newest ‘thing’ for west L.A. workers grabbing a bite of lunch: Which Wich?
Let me start by saying, and I’m not exaggerating, Which Wich has made the BEST fresh, handmade sandwich I’ve ever had. Their menu? 50 different sandwiches which can be customized to your liking, plus drinks, milkshakes, chips, and cookies to add per your choice. It’s quite literally the sandwich version of The Counter (custom burgers).
50 sandwiches? Holy shit, I don’t have time too read a menu that long! Well, fortunately, you don’t. The way Which Wich works is actually super easy. Along the wall before the cashier, there are a row of different bags in separate containers and two or three large receptacles full of sharpie makers. Along the top of each bag is a category. The categories include:
Ham & Pork
The Wicked (R)
Vegan? No problem. Which Wich’s white sandwich bread is perfectly vegan. Right now they don’t have a gluten-free option, but they are researching it and plan on adding the option to their menu.
Each bag has a list of requests you check off. First you select the type of sandwich you want. Say, for example, you want a Seafood Sandwich. You can select the following from that particular bag:
Surf & Turf
Shrimp Po’ Boy
You then can select if you want the order as a sandwich or as a salad. If you select sandwich, mark off either White or Wheat bread. Then mark off Toasted or Non-Toasted. Below that, you have a selection of different types of mayo and mustard you can add to your sandwich. Such varieties include light mayo, regular mayo, wasabi mayo, Dijon mustard, honey mustard, regular and more. If you don’t want anything, simply leave it blank.
Then, you have a selection of cheeses, vegetables, and additional meats. Check off whatever you want. You’re not limited to one item per category. In fact, a couple of my coworkers conducted an experiment. They grabbed a bag and selected one of the options (say, Turkey Club) and left everything else blank. When they received their order, they received everything that usually comes with a Turkey Club. They noticed, however, that the sandwich was smaller than usual and didn’t have condiments. This means that when you check off your selections, you are not only adding ingredients, you are also requesting for “a little more”!
Then you have a choice of sauces and dressings you can add. If you want a balsamic vinaigrette sauce in your Mediterranean sandwich, check it off! If you want a caesar dressing on your grilled chicken sandwich, check it off! The options are limitless, and the selection process is quick and easy.
Suck it, Subway!
Here’s an example of what the bag looks like:
Then, of course, you write your name at the bottom of the bag. Hand it to the cashier, pay around $6.00 if you order a regular sized sandwich, and wait.
Now here’s the drawback. Which Wich? has been so popular, the lines are quite long at lunch hour. When the place first opened, there was literally a line of people going out the door and along the sidewalk. It’s calmed down since, but it is packed at noon. Go around 1:00PM, and things are lot calmer, although still busy as a bee. The first time I went there, I waited for about 15 to 20 minutes for my sandwich. I was thinking to myself: jeez, this better be worth it.
And of my God. It was!
Scale: OMG I CAN DIE NOW -> Pretty Awesome -> Good -> Okay -> Yikes! -> RUNAWAY!
FOOD: Pretty Awesome
SERVICE: Pretty Awesome
WAIT TIME: Okay