Those of you who have read my posts in the past no how much I dread the deli sandwich checklist so often found on the west coast. Next to over processed supermarket sub rolls nothing really ruins a sandwich experience for me more. So I am just a little excited to tell you that if you live in the Seattle area I finally found a sandwich shop that really means it when they say “make your own”. And to top it off, they used real bread and high quality meats and cheeses.
The Other Coast Café has been recommended to me numerous times by folks either from the east coast or at least equally in love with it. I’m not exactly sure why it has taken me so long to finally make to this establishment, but my proximity to the Capitol Hill location finally made it a reality. My original reason for wanting to go to The Other Coast Café was that I had read in numerous online publications that they made a really authentic chicken parmesan sub. I kept looking at their online menu and never saw a chicken parmesan sub mentioned but I figured it was probably a special not offered all the time.
So I hoped the #11 bus outside my office up Pike St into Capital Hill. After a short bus ride I found myself in front of The Other Coast Café. The Capital Hill location is fairly non-descript and located a block or two west of the main happenings in the area. I walked into the restaurant and I wasn’t overly enamored. The décor was fairly sparse and the deli case was miniscule.
I spent some time reviewing the menu and still did not see a chicken parmesan offering. However I did see a “make your own” option. After being offered the dreaded sandwich checklist the last time I saw a “make your own option”, I decide I would just ask upfront what it really meant. To my surprise I heard music to my ears … “you can put whatever you want on your sandwich, I’ll just have to charge you for it”! Finally someone or someplace that gets it. I don’t care how much it costs (within reason) I just want to make the sandwich the way I want it.
With the that in mind I approximated my usual new york Italian deli order as best I good with the ingredient offerings at the other coast café. I ordered Cajun turkey, salami, capicola, smoked mozzarella, cherry peppers, and a pesto sauce, all on a hero roll. I didn’t hear a single complaint with my order and the $9 price was still reasonable.
I took my sandwich back to work and when I opened it up I was really excited. The smell was intoxicating, and the sandwich was the perfect size. The first thing I noticed when I took a bite was that the bread was great and since the bread is the overwhelming factor in a good sandwich I new the rest was bound to be good. This was your perfect hero bread … slightly crunchy on the outside but airy with a little bit of chew on the inside. The oil from the cherry peppers and the pesto sauce perfectly dressed the sandwich. The meat and cheese were all fresh. Hands down this was the best Italian deli sandwich I have found in the pacific northwest.
Needless to say the other coast café made me a happy camper. So much so that I have been back numerous times since my first visit. Don’t waste any more time reading this post. If you live in the Seattle area and you are craving an east coast Italian deli sandwich there is no need to drive to the other coast … just take a short journey to The Other Coast Café in capital hill. You will thank me.