I had lunch today at Specialty’s Bakery and Cafe in Downtown San Jose. No joke, this place is like a high tech sandwich warehouse, which I guess makes sense for being in the heart of the Silicon Valley. The space itself is modern and big. There’s a large area for indoor seating, as well as 10 or 12 tables outside with the big umbrellas so you can enjoy the nice weather outside. It is located amidst office buildings in Downtown San Jose and during lunch hour the clientele is mostly working folks in the area.
They have a very extensive menu of sandwiches, all of which seem like it can be customized to your liking. The menu also has breakfast foods, salads, soups, and snacks/desserts. What made this place stand out was the technology they used inside the restaurant. They have three computers set up so you can order from the screen and customize your sandwich. It’ll even sync you to one of those buzzing beeper things to let you know when your order is ready. There is a similar system on their website where you can order it at the office and then drop by to pick it up when you’re ready. If you think that’s too complicated, you can always just order at the counter with a real live person.
So I ordered the Hot Cheesy Steak Sandwich with provolone, plain cream cheese, red onion, mushrooms, mixed bell peppers, pepperoncini, mayonnaise, stone ground mustard, roast beef, and all sitting in a toasted country ciabatta roll. I found this sandwich to be absolutely delicious. The roll was toasted well, the roast beef was tender and juicy, the cheese was melted to perfection, and the different components added to the juiciness of the sandwich. Nothing was out of place in this sandwich and everything just worked.
Although great, some of their sandwiches are a bit expensive. For example, my sandwich was $7.20 after tax. I think this mostly applies to their hot, specialty sandwiches though. My coworker ordered a sandwich that only cost $3 something. It’s your preference what you want on your sandwich and how much you’re willing to pay. But let me tell you, I’m willing to pay a little more and get a good sandwich rather than something cheap and bad. You can’t get a sandwich like this at Subway.