We here at Austin Eat Cetera have always had a profound inclination toward the art of the sandwich. There just seems to be no better – or cheaper – way to get all of your favorite foods into a compact space in a sociably acceptable manner. Austin has a great selection of sandwich places, but when an establishment has a name so blunt as The Sandwich Joint on Burnet Road and 51st Street, I just had to check it out.
Walking into The Sandwich Joint put me in a relaxing mood. The décor just screams “Austin” with the bright primary colors and paintings relishing in edgy, pop culture icons like The Simpsons and The Boondock Saints. The Beatles’ “Don’t Let Me Down” was playing over the sound system – this was very cool Austin vibe.
Luckily the sandwich I had was pretty good. The Sandwich Joint’s special for the day was the Grub Club, complete with smoked turkey, ham, gouda, bacon and Dijon mustard. The Joint’s sandwiches usually come with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and onions but I opted for sprouts and sautéed mushrooms in place of the pickles and onions.
I was very satisfied with the Grub Club. It wasn’t an overflowing sandwich, but the ingredients were very good and came together nicely. The meat was very well-sliced – thick cuts and get too messy sometimes – and the bacon was just right amount of crispy to make an efficiently clean sandwich for those on-the-go. For a restaurant only open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., lunch-time efficiency is key.
Besides sliced meats between bread, The Sandwich Joint also has a great selection of chicken sandwiches and burgers to choose from. They even have a nice $2.99 menu, letting customers choose between simple turkey and Swiss; ham and cheddar; salami, pepperoni and provolone; and cheddar and veggies sandwiches. By far one of the best places in Austin to have lunch, I’ll definitely be back to The Sandwich Joint soon enough.