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Guide to Ike’s Bliss

New Oakland sandwich shop’s eclectic menu offers something for everyone.


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Ordering from Ike’s Lair is a practice in overcoming indecision. The tiny sandwich shop, whose hot, messy stratifications gained local fame in San Francisco’s Castro district, now has a location in downtown Oakland. Over the years, Ike’s energetic owner, Ike Shehadeh, has come up with more than 200 sandwich creations, from the MC Hammer (Halal chicken, BBQ sauce, cheddar) to the Jeremy Stoppelman (fried eggplant, melted provolone, pesto, and spicy habanero sauce).
 

In Oakland, the menu lists only 30, and there’s even a separate top-10 cheat sheet. But adding to the complications, and the napkins needed to handle the fallout, is a list of add-ons, for those who want to include a layer of avocado—or blue cheese dressing or a few fried mozzarella sticks. See below for tips to maximize your Ike’s ordering experience (and avoid the wrath of customers behind you).

Anatomy of a Sandwich:

The Foxy Boxy

Add-ons

From the conventional avocado to a range of beer-battered fried indulgences: onion rings, zucchini sticks, jalapeño poppers, and mozzarella sticks.
 

Meat

It’s all about the meat: sliced rib eye, Halal chicken, turkey, pastrami, tuna.
 

Sauce and Dressing

Ike’s is known for its dirty sauce (spicy mayo) and godfather sauce (creamy Dijon), but a full cast of characters is available: Caesar, ranch, BBQ, cranberry, and French.
 

Bread

Dutch crunch is the mainstay here and a solid start. Whole wheat, sourdough, and gluten-free are available, too.
 


2204 Broadway, Oakland, (510) 338-6789, ilikeikesplace.

 

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