I quite enjoyed Red Wagon (or Daybreak?), the Tumwater sandwich shop, but how about its across-the-street rival, Meconi’s? Better? Worse? A slap in the face? A punch in the gut?
No, the thing about Meconi’s is that I don’t feel a whole lot of anything for it. It’s not bad, and it’s not good. It just… is. There’s no reason not to go there, yet there’s really no particular reason to go there either, unless you have the choice between it and the proverbial Subway. That is a choice no person ever should face.
It only made sense to try to pit it head to head with Red Wagon (or possibly Daybreak), and so I tried the Philly cheesesteak, which was perfectly average. It was served as one would expect a Philly to be served, other than it being way too hot. Any flavors in the meat were hard to pick up on, though that wasn’t just because of the heat, as a quick cool-down wait would prove. There were traces of pepper in there, but the steak itself was clearly not of any particular quality.
The bread? Fine. Cheese was as one would expect, and yada yada yada. Look, it was a fine sandwich, and I’m sure you’ll get your money’s as long as you don’t expect anything mind altering. You’re not going to trip out on Meconi’s Philly is all I’m saying.
In fact, I’d recommend going with the veggie sandwich instead. One thing is that it looks pretty; another is that the sauce it’s served with is pretty good. The veggies are fresh, too, which, granted, should be the least to expect, but either way… There was more flavors in the veggie sandwich than there was in the Philly, and I’m not sure what my take-away is from that.
More importantly is Meconi’s location. Red Wagon (Daybreak?) is right across the street, and their sandwiches are clearly better. So, as inoffensive as this spot might be, why not walk a few hundred feet more, and try something better? I’m pretty sure that’d count as exercise, too.