Jason and Sam's Local Sandwich Review
By Sam Lynam and Jason Carpenter
Nothing hits the spot like a freshly-made sandwich that is suitable to everyone’s needs. The city of Novato has many excellent sandwich places, so we took it upon ourselves to visit the best spots around. We decided to review the quality of their signature sandwiches, ingredients, and tastes. Our journey took us to many great sandwich sites including Perry’s, Tagliaferri’s, the classic Italian Delite, along with the very popular sandwich joint Michael’s Sourdough, located in Bel Marin Keys. We decided to use a traditional 5-star scale for this review. Let’s get started baby!
971 Front St, Novato, CA 9494
Signature Sandwich: Philly cheesesteak
The first place we visited was Italian Delite, near downtown. Italian Delite is known for their Philly cheesesteak sandwich, a popular choice among NHS students. Established in 1977, it has been one of the top sandwich shops in Novato, providing a great option for families or people just wanting a splendid sub.
The cheesesteak came out to a total of $6.42. We ordered the half sandwich (basically a whole sandwich). We weren’t hungry enough to order the full sandwich (two sandwiches for $11).
Sandwich ingredients: steak, American cheese, onions, peppers.
The steak was cooked and seasoned nicely with some salt and pepper and was pungent, yet somehow not greasy. The peppers and onions could’ve been crispier but we appreciated the fact that they were cooked in the flavorful steak drippings. We wanted more cheese as it felt somewhat nonexistent in the sandwich. A thin roll was used well due to the fact that it didn’t overpower the rest of the sandwich. Too much bread or thick bread like ciabatta would be too much. The bread had a satisfying crunch on the outside while keeping a soft bite in the inside.
One of the best aspects is their spicy and flavorful hot sauce that enhanced the cheesesteak and took it to higher level with another layer of flavor. Italian Delite was nothing special but it got the job done. Overall, due to a solid performance but relatively mundane all-around taste, we gave Italian Delite a 3.765834 out of 5 stars.
“Italian Delite is my favorite sandwich place in Novato because I love Philly cheesesteak sandwiches and it’s the only place with cheesesteaks I’ve been to. You could say it’s like a rich tradition in Novato. I used to go there after my little league games at Hamann field because it was close by,” said Conor Mack, a sophomore at NHS.
7380 Redwood Blvd, Novato, CA 94945
When we arrived at Perry’s, we had absolutely no idea what sandwich to order. There were so many luscious and enjoyable choices on the big chalkboard menu, such as the reuben, club, chicken pesto, hash fecta, trifecta, corned beef hash, chicken ranch melt, BLT, Tri TIP, and Italian meatball sandwich.
The chicken pesto sandwich came out to a total of $8.97. The sandwich was spectacular and it took us on a ride to Flavortown. It consisted of hot chicken breast, melted provolone cheese, a toasted soft roll, pesto, lettuce, and tomato. The presentation was a little messy, but man it was delicious! The chicken was fresh and succulent, provolone was perfectly melted, and the supporting ingredients complimented the stars of the sandwich incredibly. It blended together nicely and you could taste every artistic aspect of the sandwich. The pesto was one of the best parts of the meal as it had a lot of flavor and freshness to it. Because of the delicious tastes and blend, but failure to fully fill us up, we will give it 4.6754 out of 5 stars.
Next, we ordered the unembellished club sandwich on a dutch crunch roll. This sandwich came with basic necessities such as turkey, ham, bacon, swiss, lettuce, and tomato, and it was delicious. Because it was a big sandwich, it was a whopping $11. Having both turkey and ham on the prodigious sandwich gave it a unique and explosive flavor. The bacon also added another unexpected positive dimension to the sandwich. We loved the dutch crunch bread a.k.a. “Tiger bread”, a pleasant dense and doughy roll with a soft consistency and a moist crunch on the outside. A little more lettuce on the sandwich would have been nice, but overall, it was a quality and supreme experience. The old school deli style was a big hit and their chalkboard menu was unique, which amplified and added to the jovial experience. We will give this sandwich a 4.6754 out of 5 stars as well.
“Perry’s is the best sandwich spot in Novato because when you walk in, it doesn’t look like much and it’s a little old looking, but the sandwiches are always perfectly made and delicious,” said NHS sophomore Neil Knight.
1701 Grant Ave, Novato, CA 94945
Our third stop on our mission was Tagliaferri's Delicatessen on Grant Avenue, located in a small shopping center next to Noah's bagels.
We ordered a peppered Sante Fe turkey sandwich with provolone cheese, lettuce, and tomato on a dutch crunch roll. Expecting it to be a hot sandwich, there was some initial disappointment but that’s what was ordered. The dutch crunch bread was delectable, but the sweetness of the bread did not blend well with the spicy turkey. The turkey was fresh, as well as the tomatoes and lettuce, and the portions were solid. Because it was nothing special but a decent performance, we will give it 3.141592 out of 5 stars.
“I really like Tags because it’s a local business. They care about quality of the food and it just tastes downright incredible,” said NHS senior Peder Fish.
Michael’s Sourdough Sandwiches
42 Digital Dr, Novato, CA 94949
Last on our magnificent trek is the famous Michael's Sourdough. On our Swarm survey, Michael's got the most votes for “Best Sandwich Spot In Novato.” It is clear that many NHS students go there because of its location in Bel Marin Keys, which is in the southern part of Novato along with our high school. At Michael's, all the sandwiches are represented by a number.
The number 15, Pastrami and Turkey sandwich, definitely lived up to all the hype it had received from NHS students. When it came out, it looked like the most substantial and puissant sandwich out of the places we went, and it was almost too much for even the biggest appetite. It was stacked with turkey and pastrami which gave it great flavor. But it also had several alluring aspects to support and round out the sandwich, such as the lettuce, tomato and of course the sourdough roll. If we had to critique the sandwich, we would say the roll is large in comparison to the rest of the sandwich and in some cases, can be a little much too handle. Although, for people who like a fresh sourdough roll, it can be a distinguished experience and for just a little over $8, it is a proven sandwich place for lunch for anybody in Marin. We will give it an even 4 out of 5 stars.
“I like Michael's Sourdough because it’s close to home, not too expensive, and their sandwiches always stay fresh. I like having the many options and the ability to try new sandwiches,” said Sarita Parikh, a Novato High freshman.
Overall, we believe that the above sandwich spots are the top 4 in Novato. All 4 provide prompt service and will have you satisfied and pleased. For our winner, we recommend Perry’s due to its consistently tasty sandwiches. If you're craving a cheesesteak or a hot sandwich, no question you should go to Italian Delite. If you're seeking for a cold sandwich, Tags is the place for you. Michael’s has fresh ingredients and great flavors. It all depends on your preference as a sandwich eater. We hope this review inspired you to eat some sandwiches at the spot that will fill your individual needs.