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Socko's Subs -- Westwood Village


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Socko's Subs -- Westwood Village

nosh | Jul 9, 2007 08:41 PM

Was driving thru this morn -- my fallback was to pick up a double-double at In'and'Out, when a parking space materialized in front of Socko's Subs, which I'd been meaning to check out. Place was empty just after 11 as I walked in and surveyed the menu. They have "Skinnies" with just meat and some cheese for about $3, simple "super subs" at $4, and "giants" with combos of meats, cheese, and various add-ons and dressings for $5, with a couple of specials for a buck or two more. The tall blond owner was talking about the hot rolls just coming out of the oven as I decided.

He said a lot of people ordered the #14-turkey, provolone, avocado spread, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, sprouts and mayo or the #11 italian, which I ordered. Good Italian sub -- ham, salami, pepperoni, provolone, and lettuce, tomato, mayo, onion, oregano, oil & vinegar. We talked about websites -- he claimed they had one, I hadn't been able to find it -- as another guy made and delivered my sandwich to go.

I liked my sub. A lot of tasty meat, good toppings. The bread was firm and the sub held together. It was definitely bigger than a Sepi's small, and less expensive and easier to handle than their large. Much better quality than Roll Inn. I am really looking forward to trying their selections with roast beef or turkey -- I'm hoping the meat won't be too overprocessed, but I may be dreaming.

On the other hand, I know that I ordered mine without mayo, or at least specified very light. Didn't come that way -- easily a normal shmear of mayo. Not a huge issue, but would have been if I opened my sub later and found mustard, which I won't tolerate. Or if I had stashed the sub in my car or backpack for later consumption and then discovered the mayo -- the only risky ingredient.

I hope this place succeeds -- they deliver for a 50-cent charge per sandwich. But they need to get the orders 100% right. And I worry about their business plan -- sodas are $2, though large, and they don't offer fries, only chips. (Before Skewers, the location was a Hollywood Fries shop -- there is room and a market for really good fries for a college/office clientele.) The owner was nice and enthusiastic but maybe in over his head -- he said they tried to post a picture of their menu online but couldn't post text...

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