So I went to Art's deli in studio city yesterday to try their corned beef sandwich, and the trip taught me something about my corned beef sandwich philosophy that I had never been conscious of before: I don't like the sandwich shaped like a pyramid. I'm not complaining about diagonally slicing the sandwich; I am complaiing about stacking all the meat onto one side of the sandwich and having the back of it be empty - bread on bread. Now this looks great in pictures, if you see just the side wih the meat - "Wow, will you get a load of that sandwich!" - but it's a stupid way to eat. I've noticed this style of loading up one side with meat so it looks so full, and then having the back be empty at many places, but never to such an absurd degree as at Art's. Is there a benefit to this architecture that I am unaware of? Are there people that prefer lopsided sandwiches?
Other than that, the meat was okay, nothing special, but very nice bread. Overall, the sandwich was WAY overpriced at 10.95. (I got the "full" expecting it to be large, but it was the same as an average size anywhere else. I wonder if the half is just that: half of a sandwich - which would make it one of the worst lunch deals I've ever seen at 7.95 if this were the case - or if it is simply skimpy portions of meat across two full pieces of bread. )
Add in a sub-par pickle, and yellow mustard on all the tables, and you've got one less than exciting corned beef experience. I looked around for other mustard, but didn't see any on other tables. I should have asked the semi-friendly but nonexistent service, however, for when I checked out I noticed a bunch of mustards under a counter. I can understand not stocking them all on each table, but it might be nice to let people know there are other options, rather than hiding it from them. After all, condiments are a crucial aspect of a sandwich, and they advertise that each one is "a work of art."
[sidenote: am i the only one that thinks beaver brand mustard is worthless? (of which i saw several versions of below the counter)]
Also, forgive my non-native naivete, but I was immediately put off by the opportunity for valet parking outside of this deli. If i ever request valet parking to eat a corned beef sandwich, I hope to be slapped by my company.
Overall experience C(-)