Beyond the Chain: Unique Sandwiches

Camille Frigillana || PR Manager 

If there’s one versatile food food item that exists, it’s the sandwich. Sandwiches range from simple, such as a PB&J, to complex, like a custom order at Subway. Simple or not, what makes a good sandwich in general is the stuff that’s between those two pieces of bread.

Around the APU campus, you have your typical choice in sandwich chains like Subway, Which Wich and Jersey Mike’s, where you can go to get your sandwich fix. But there are also plenty of hidden gems that provide a much more unique sandwich experience that you can’t get at any one of those chains.

Green Monster at Plaza Produce


Located just minutes away from East Campus on Foothill Blvd, is Plaza Produce. This quaint supermarket offers local and organic products as well as being home to a deli that sells made to order specialty sandwiches.

A must try off their menu is the Green Monster, which is described as having “tons of avocado, baby lettuce, tomato, roasted red bell pepper and feta cheese” as well as your choice of meat and bread. The description was spot on with this sandwich, loaded with avocado and the nice touch of pepper and feta cheese.
If this isn’t your sandwich style, then you can also customize your own sandwich or pick from the list of other specialty sandwiches. A whole sandwich costs $7.50, while half is $4.25.

Bacon San Franciscan Burger at California Grill Express


California Grill Express, or CGX, is located on Foothill just a few blocks away from West Campus and serves things such as pasta and burgers at a reasonable price.

Although described as a burger, the Bacon San Franciscan Burger can pass as a sandwich, as it is served on grilled cheese sourdough bread. In between the two pieces of bread is swiss cheese, bacon, sauteed mushrooms, onions, and a beef patty cooked to your liking. However what really makes this delicious is the bread, which tastes like cheesy, buttery goodness that melts in your mouth.

This burger and other things on the menu won’t break your wallet and the amount of food makes it well worth it.
When it comes down to it, the beauty of the sandwich is that you can make it what you want it to be. You have the power to create, from the type of bread to what goes in between them. If you can’t choose, then you have people that do it for you in the form of the specialty sandwich.

Happy Sandwiching!

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