I am normally not very enthusiastic about eating out in chain restaurants. My undisputed love for food trucks is no doubt one of the reasons for this. Chain restaurants also tend to serve menus that are rather too generic.
However, when I heard that Capriotti’s had opened shop in Beverly Hills, I was more than thrilled. Alan and Lois Margolet started it in 1976 in Delaware.
Capriotti’s is a restaurant that specializes in handcrafted sandwiches. It has since built a positive reputation for itself, winning several accolades over the years including Delaware Today Magazine’s “Best Turkey Sub.”
I heard that the original owners sold Capriotti’s in 2008 to two former University of Nevada students (Ashley Morris and Jason Smylie) who were initially franchisees. Just last year, one of the more popular offerings, the Bobbie was voted “The Greatest Sandwich in America” on AOL.com.
Capriotti’s opening a location in Beverly Hills meant it was time for me to experience their legendary sandwiches finally. Plus I had read so many upbeat reviews of Capriotti’s on Yelp that I just wanted to see it for myself.
Interestingly, Capriotti’s is located just a few doors down from yet another sandwich chain, Subways. I found parking quickly thanks to the meter street parking.
The first thing that impressed me about Capriotti’s is that they have an outdoor eating as well as an indoor eating area (I love watching people, so I sat outside). However, there is not much to write home about the ambiance except that it is cool and casual.
Just reading through Capriotti’s menu made my stomach protest in hunger. The sandwiches come in 3 sizes;
- Small (9 inches)
- Medium (12 inches)
- Large (20 inches)
Based on how hungry I was, I considered ordering a large Bobbie, but I wanted to try out different sandwiches, so I ordered the small Bobbie instead.
When my order was finally brought to the table, my eyes lit up. The Bobbie, popularly known as the “Thanksgiving sandwich” is a cold sub featuring very tender turkey, cranberry sauce, very flavorful stuffing and mayo in between freshly baked French roll.
My first bite felt heaven, and I closed my eyes as I savored the moment. The turkey meat was real and very tasteful (they told that the turkey is slow roasted overnight at Capriotti’s) while the stuffing was unexpectedly spicy (to my delight).
As for the cranberry sauce, words simply cannot describe it; blissful and it had whole cranberries too. On the downside, I did feel like the Bobbie was a bit too dry and I think a gravy would add a great twist to it.
My next order was the other signature sandwich at Capriotti’s; the Capastrami. This amazing sandwich features a combination of pastrami, Swiss cheese, cole slaw and Russian dressing. When I bit into my regular size Capastrami, I knew that I loved it more than the Bobbie. It was messy, crunchy (because of the cole slaw), cheesy and dangerously addictive.
Aside from the two sandwiches, Capriotti’s menu also features other options such as cole turkey, homemade meatball sandwich, the Grilled Italian and even the CheeseSteak all of which I have had heard about (positively).
Capriotti’s is definitely worth all the accolades it has received over the years, and I loved that the prices weren’t too high either.