Would you choose a restaurant for lunch called “Mr. Pickles?” I wouldn’t, but at a strip mall in Sacramento, I had the choice of dicey Mexican, fast-food, worse fast-food and Mr. Pickles Sandwich Shop. Boy am I glad I went into Mr. Pickles.
First off, it’s exactly what it says it is: sandwiches. Proclaimed in a 9 foot by 6 foot board behind the sandwich makers are a couple of dozen ready-made combinations with names like “Blat (a BLT with a wonderful sprout and avocado kicker)” and the “Big Easy (chicken salad with swiss cheese and avocado).” However, if you don’t see it, ask them to make it. The sandwich components are top-notch and that-day fresh. There are tons of varieties of meats, veggies and bread-types to choose from and many are heated up for you.
There is more room here than the other chains. In the two Mr. Pickles I’ve been there were high ceilings, fresh paint and plenty of places to sit. The restroom was immaculate.
The other key feature to both of the shops I was in were the employees. Remember the early days of Starbucks when everyone was happy to see you, treated you with respect and were detail-oriented? Same at Mr. Pickles. Either they are paying a living wage or they are putting something in the workers’ soft drinks, because it’s a pleasure to do business with them.
Mr. Pickles is the definition of a business run with pride by people that care. Ignore the funny name and the “Mr. Hanky” looking mascot and go in. You won’t be sorry.
1 = Bad, 10 = Outstanding
Food: 8.5 (Fresh ingredients, well proportioned and prepared)
Service: 9 (Enthusiastic and professional. They actually seem happy you showed up for lunch!)
Price: Varies by location, but my “BLAT” BLT was $6.50 in Sacramento
Ambiance: 8 (Clean, nice ambiance, open-feeling)
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