There is a two-mile stretch of Foothills Blvd. in west Roseville that hosts, at last count, over a dozen pizza restaurants, and eight sandwich shops. What sets sandwich shops apart from one another? Fresh ingredients? Reasonable price? Fast service? Family owned and operated? Delicious food? Friendly staff? Would you love to know what puts Fisher's Sandwich Shop at the top of the list? Everything a sandwich lover could want, including some of the friendliest staff in Roseville.
As with all restaurant reviews I publish, I have no affiliation with the restaurant reviewed, and there is no monetary gain on my part, as I am simply a person who likes to eat, and I love to write-up, and publish my dining experiences.
Photo: It's just after 3:30 on Tuesday afternoon, August 28, 2017, and I arrive at Fisher's Sandwich Shop for a second visit. as it's been six months since my first visit, and that's far too long. The mid-afternoon lighting isn't the best on this mid afternoon in late August , but there's not much I can change about the angle of the sun, as I don't believe in using "digital magic" in my photos...
Photo: As soon as you enter the restaurant, you'll notice the colorful menu board. Gaze at the menu and ponder the choices, as the choices seem nearly endless. Today, I decided to start at the "top" of the menu and enjoy a "Lexy's Cali Hot Pastrami" sandwich, which seemed like a good choice on this mid-Tuesday afternoon.
I really think a "project" for me would be to start at the "top" of the menu, and work my way down...
Photo: Just like my visit last March, the dining room is clean and comfortable. On this mid Tuesday afternoon, I arrived at a very slow time, as I was the only customer. That's not a good thing for the host, but it works for me, as I'm able to take photos, chit-chat with the staff without bothering other customers.
Photo: Meet Brennon Gates, the manager on duty, who cheerfully took my order, gladly embraced my many questions and photos, and made me a "bomb" sandwich. As the sign in the foreground states, "Everything..." and that's what I order on my sandwich, which includes mayonnaise, mustard, garlic, tomato, onion, pickle, pepperoncinis, lettuce and olives. My theory is, as long as you're ordering a sandwich, just "go for" it!
Photo: Brennon puts the final touches on my "Lexy's Cali Hot Pastrami" sandwich. Fisher's Sandwich Shop features an open kitchen, where you can watch the staff in action and your sandwich take shape. If you want changes to your order, just ask, as the super-friendly staff is eager to oblige.
Photo: I proudly hold my sandwich, which I'm about to enjoy for my late lunch, or early dinner, on this mid Tuesday afternoon. Thanks, Brennon, for snapping my photo.
Photo: After viewing the overhead menu for a couple of minutes, I had reached a dilema... "where to start?" In that case, start at the top, with a "Lexy's Cali Hot Pastrami" sandwich. The "stock" ingredients include pastrami, bacon, cream cheese, with avocado, on a roll of your choice. I chose a "Dutch crunch" roll, as it seemed to fit the occasion. As per my de facto standard, I ordered "everything" on the sandwich, which included mayonnaise, mustard, garlic, tomato, onion, pickle, pepperoncinis, lettuce and olives. Why not "live" just a bit?
The photo looks amazing, but the sandwich was even better than it looks in the photo! All ingredients were super-fresh and delicious. As the photo shows, there was a VERY generous helping of meat - you're not short-changed at Fisher's - meat dominated the sandwich, but the other fresh components complimented the meat, and made the sandwich a "total" package. Not the mention the "Dutch" crunch roll actually "crunched," as it was fresh, and it didn't get soggy after everything was piled on the roll.
This sandwich is priced a couple of dollars above it's competitors, what's a dollar or two when you're in the mood for a delicious sandwich, served by super-friendly people?
Back on late Sunday morning, March 04, 2018, I had the opportunity to visit Fisher's Sandwich Shop for the first time, and to be welcomed by the owner of this fine restaurant, Art and Carmen Fisher.
Photo: It's 1130 in the morning, Sunday, March 04, 2018, and I'm in the mood to enjoy a great sandwich at Fisher's Sandwich Shop. Such a beautiful, sunny late Sunday morning, but with the temperatures in the mid-40'S, the beautiful outdoor patio wasn't in use. Does this look familiar? You may recall, back on May 01, 2016, I visited this restaurant when it was a member of the Mr. Pickle's chain or restaurants. Yes, I've visited the fine Mexican restaurant next door, Los Cabos Grill. I get around, as I'm a dedicated "foodie."
Note the great morning lighting and the temporary sinage. It's quite a contrast to the photo in the August 28th visit.
Photo: Meet "Max," the mascot, as he stands outside the restaurant, complete with sign, to provide viability to this new restaurant. The restaurant opened on February 10th, only three weeks prior to this writing. If you look over Max's shoulder, you'll see Campelli's Pizza in the background, where I've visited many times, and remains my favorite pizza restaurant in Roseville.
Photo: As you enter the restaurant, you'll see the order counter, and you'll meet the friendly staff who will take time out from their sandwich-making to welcome you with a warm smile. The restaurant works on the "taqueria" format, as you're greeted with the menu, above the order counter/kitchen. You make your selection, you pay for your order, you sit down, and a staff member will bring your order to you with a friendly smile.
The extensive sandwich menu offers practically any variety of sandwich you can imagine. Many of the sandwiches are named after local landmarks, such as "The Pleasant Grove," named after Pleasant Grove Blvd., which faces the restaurant, "The Spicy Roseville," duh... and "The Southern Pacific," named after the Southern Pacific Railroad, which the City of Roseville owes it's founding to.
I must confess the "Spicy Roseville" grabbed my attention, but I was already pre-programmed to order a Rueben - I hadn't enjoyed a good Reuben sandwich in years - so I went with the Reuben. No worries, as I plan to completely "go through" the menu in the future.
Photo: The kitchen is open, and you can watch the staff at work, preparing your sandwich. I absolutely love an open kitchen, as it removes any "mystery" about how your food is prepared, and it's always enjoyable to see the staff just "doing their thing."
Placer County has recently introduced a "green-yellow-red" sticker system for all restaurants to post on their doors - you really want to visit "green" restaurants - and Fisher's Sandwich Shop is "green," all the way.
Photo: Meet the super-friendly owners of Fisher's Sandwich Shop, Carmen and Art Fisher. This friendly couple welcomed me to their restaurant, and welcomed me as part of their extended"family." The Fishers have been in the restaurant business for many years, and bring their friendly expertise to the newest restaurant - at this writing - in Roseville.
Art and Carmen are passionate about food, and Carmen, especially, is a die-hard "foodie," like I am. She and I spent many pleasant moments chatting about food, formats, and restaurants in general.
Photo: Carmen presents the Rueben sandwich she made for me. I asked for a Reuben with everything, and that's what I got. As things turned out, I enjoyed one of the best Reuben sandwiches that I've had in YEARS, or maybe for ever.
Do you like certified Angus beef pastrami? Lots of it? Look at the "beef" in this sandwich! There is no skimping on meet at Fisher's Sandwich Shop.
Photo: Co-owner delivers my Reuben sandwich, along with a bowl of "Baja Style Chicken Enchilada Soup" that I ordered at the last minute. Photo gives a great idea of the dining room, and the "open" view out to the plaza, and to the patio.
Photo: Carmen brings my soup and sandwich to my table with a smile, and I take her photo, with "Max" the mascot, who's likeness is on the wall. Little in the decor of the restaurant has changed since it's former Mr. Pickle's days, but the walls have been painted, and "Max" appears on every wall.
Photo: Co-owner Art Fisher, "Max," the mascot, and I give a "thumbs-up," to a great meal, as Carmen takes the photo.
Photo: I ordered a "Rueben Sandwich," and as an afterthought, a bowl of "Baja Style Chicken Enchilada Soup." The lunch included a couple packages of saltine crackers, and ... surprise! ... a chocolate chip cookie! Such a fine lunch.
Carmen and I talked about the restaurant in general, and she told me how passionate she is about food - she's a "foodie" - and the fact their restaurant uses only the best of ingredients. She said fresh ingredients, along with careful preparation is what it takes to make a great sandwich. I agree...
The Reuben starts from a very generous helping of thin-sliced certified Angus beef pastrami, which was super tasty, but not salty, which can be a major fault of many Reuben sandwiches. I'm not exactly a connoisseur of sauerkraut or Thousand Island dressing, but the sauerkraut and the dressing were delicious and really enhanced the delicious sandwich. The Swiss cheese was melted perfectly, and the rye bread was thick, fresh, and delicious.
All of the ingredients blended perfectly together, worked, and complimented each other. You could taste everything, but nothing except, perhaps the corned beef - the heart of the sandwich - was dominant or overpowering. Well-balanced and totally delicious. As I said before, this is one of the best Reuben sandwiches that I've ever enjoyed.
The soup was delicious, and included black beans, chicken, celery, and I don't know what else, but the broth... the broth... the broth... I could go on and on about the broth, as broth is the foundation of soup. This broth was thick, creamy, and delicious. No lumps! Art told me that he's the "soupie" guy around the restaurant, and he definitely knows how to make soup.
Photo: I take my first bite and enjoy.
Photo: Side view of the best Reuben sandwich that I've enjoyed in my nearly 20 years of living in Roseville.
The sandwich, along with the bowl of soup I enjoyed at Fisher's was amazing, and is perhaps the best Reuben sandwich that I've eaten for a long time, or maybe ever. The delicious sandwich, the amazing soup, and the fresh ingredients moves Fisher's Sandwich Shop to the top of the list, but the friendliness of the Fisher family, especially the owners Art and Carmen, catapults this wonderful restaurant to "top shelf" in every respect.
When you're cruising along the "foodie" section of Foothills Blvd. in west Roseville, and you're in the mood for a superior sandwich, along with a bowl of soup, served by some of the nicest people you'll ever meet, head over to Fisher's Sandwich Shop.
Fisher's Sandwich Shop
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