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Red Wagon

Posted in OlyCOOL—the premier-ish guide to Olympia.

I mean, I think that’s what it’s called. The sign seems to suggest it, the internet guides agrees, yet Red Wagon stubbornly wants to be called Daybreak. That’s their website address, and that’s the only self-referential mention I’ve found of Red Wagon. Or Daybreak. Yeah, I dunno…

Confusion aside, I gotta say… Those Philly cheesesteak sandwiches… Pretty, pretty, pretty good. Not that comparing Phillies is particularly simple: Anyone who has visited the “classic” sandwich shops in Philly knows that the originals are less than stellar. In that sense, I guess this is a Philly inspired sandwich, as are the other of its ilk that I enjoy. But I digress…

I went with the pepper steak sandwich, which really has a subtle kick to it. It won’t make you downright sweat, but there’s a mild burn there. That kick complements, as opposed to overpower, the flavor of the steak, which gives a profile of something that is just a little different. The steak is about as high-end as one can expect from a $6 sandwich, all tender and surprisingly juicy. Real steak (within all relativity), on good bread; it’s something one can enjoy. And the cheese, too, is actual cheese, as opposed to the whiz found on the originals. How very novel.

The location itself is a pretty standard sandwich shop (not in the Subway sense, mind you), yet somewhat bizarrely you can buy six packs of beer, too. I mean, had it been a convenience store, I could understand that, but it’s an odd thing to find in a sandwich stop. That’s neither here nor there, of course; just an ever so fascinating aside.

It’s a simple shop, and one that gets you a surprising high quality sandwich for a good price. Surprising to me, at least. Other members of Team OlyCOOL have talked up the fish and chips, where the fish is more than just fried batter. That’s a step above many. As is Red Wagon. Or Daybreak.