Friday, June 24, 2022

Eating Around the World - 2022 "Challenge" [June - Sandwiches]

I came up with a fun "challenge" for the hubby and I to tackle in 2022. You see, we try and limit our eating out to once a week (because I'm frugal like that ;)). With that said, we tend to stick to our tried-and-true favorites (you gotta make the most of those dining-out experiences, right?!). Well, that means we usually eat at the same two restaurants. Hear me out, I am NOT complaining, but I thought it might be a fun "challenge" for the year to try a new place once a month. To take the idea one step further, I thought we could try a different cuisine every month - that way we aren't just trying a new Mexican restaurant every month (because, let's be real, I can never turn down great chips and salsa ;)). Here's how it went:

[Originally this was going to be a single post, but blog readers said they preferred monthly, so ask and you shall receive.] 

January - Indian

February - Korean

March - Pizza

April - Vegan

May - Mexican

June - Sandwiches

The close of June really snuck up on us (we had visitors the first weekend of the month, the second weekend of the month we were out of town, the third weekend of the month I was still under quarantine due to COVID, so the fourth weekend was the weekend we needed to make sure we fit in a new-to-us restaurant), so we scrambled a bit this month. The hubby and I looked through Yelp and we decided on trying a totally vegan sandwich spot - The Green House.

Downtown Oceanside has changed so much in the past 16 years!

I had to work all day, so we decided to order some sandwiches after I got off and take them home to eat. (The restaurant has indoor and outdoor seating, but since I had worked from 9am-5pm, I wanted to eat and relax in our backyard.)

Yes, I know we did "Vegan" for April, but we are considering this "Sandwiches" for June ;)

There were so many yummy sounding sammies to pick from. Maybe it was because I was hungry but EVERYTHING looked delicious! The hubby and I both narrowed it down to our top two choices and stepped up to the counter to order. 

It wasn't a huge menu, but everything sounded like it would have been amazing!

Unfortunately the hubby's first choice (the Cheezesteak in Paradise) was sold out, so that technically made his decision for him. He went with the 53rd & 3rd on Rye (similar to a Ruben, but obviously VEGAN!), but was still stoked for it. 

Eating in your own backyard also meant you could drink your own beer ;)

I was teetering between the Victory Lap and Navigator, and decided on the Victory Lap (but no tomato and with pickles). 

The bread was scrum-didily-umptious (as were the rest of the ingredients!)!

We sat down while we waited for our sandwiches. The sweet employee told us it'd probably be about 20 minutes, but we were okay with that. (She was the only one working and we did see a "Help Wanted" sign in the window. There were three orders ahead of ours, so the wait made sense, but definitely not ideal for sure {especially at busy meal times}.)

The front is sparse, but they do also have a cooler of drinks and sides that you can purchase out of.

Once our food was ready we took it to the house to get our grub on. Let's just say it was DELISH! Sure, the sandwiches are pricey (I think it was about $35 for the two full sized sandwiches), but they were yummy. This won't be an every week sort of place, but say we were on the way to the beach and wanted to bring lunch with us, this could definitely be an option. And, shoot, we've gotta go back anyhow so we can try our back-up sandwiches that we didn't order this time. 

We loved the vibe. There were tons of awesome items for sale that we were able to scope out while waiting.

When was the last time you tried a new-to-you restaurant?

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