4724 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292, 310.822.2300
Mr. T and his co-workers have a great tradition, once a week they go to lunch together and try out a restaurant in the area. Sometimes it’s a new restaurant that someone has heard or read about, sometimes it’s just a random restaurant in the area. The benefit for me, is that Mr. T tries out various restaurants and then takes me to the good ones! Win, Win!
Mr. T talked about Mendocino Farms for a few months and said it was a really good sandwich shop. Normal people would think that sounded like a great idea, but I’m not a big fan of sandwiches. I would rather that my carbs come from rice or pasta and for my foods to be much more flavorful than typical sandwiches. Bread, mayo, mustard, cold deli meat… bleh! If I do decide to eat a sandwich I would prefer that it have a lot of flavor and be hot.
So, the idea of going to a sandwich shop wasn’t really tempting to me. However, since Mr. T was so excited about it, I of course was willing to try it as a good wife.
I was a bit confused at first by their menu and structure. When you enter the restaurant you get into a line where 1 or a few people are waiting to take your order. However, I had to step out of line a few times because I was secretly hoping there were other items than just sandwiches. The lady who was taking our order was very helpful, but I quickly realized I was only going to get a sandwich.
So, I decided to eat the most flavorful looking sandwich, the Kurobuta Pork Belly Banh Mi, and Mr. T ordered the Prosciutto & Roasted Chicken sandwich, a sandwich he hadn’t tried before.
I was pleasantly surprised by my sandwich. There were a lot of textures and various spices, the ciabatta was soft and chewy, and the meat was tender and flavorful. I’ve never eaten a real Banh Mi, so I cannot speak to the authenticity of flavor, but I would suggest this sandwich to others. In fact I did! Right after eating at Mendocino Farms we walked a few stores down to Sees Candy, and ordered a little “basket” of chocolate… an enjoyably, simple dessert.
Another surprising element was the soda, Mr. T usually orders Diet Coke to try and cut down on sugar, since he drinks so much soda. I hate the taste of fake sugars and usually only sip the Diet Coke if
I’m choking necessary. I was desperate for something to drink so I sipped the diet soda he had and it was pretty good! I don’t remember the name of the soda, but if you like/don’t like diet sodas you’ll notice a difference in the taste of this soda.
Would I go again to this restaurant? Maybe. I’m still not very keen on sandwiches, but I did discover that they don’t only serve sandwiches. At the back of the restaurant, by the cash registers are various salads and other “sides” and soups that would make a great meal. I would probably try that next time.