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Hanging Out at Sloopy’s

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A not-so-well known sandwich place in Manhattan Beach goes by the name of Sloopy’s. I’m not sure how they decided on that name, but as long as it isn’t related to the state of Ohio, I’m cool with it. When you first walk into the place, you realize that you’re pretty much still outdoors, only there are walls around you. As for the ceiling, part is covered with a greenhouse-esque roof, but the rest is open to the world. Oh, the joy of living in a place where you don’t have to worry about rain. There is a menu stuck to one of the walls and a counter to order from. The sandwiches mostly involved a whole load of vegetables, so I ordered the one sandwich that looked like it would retain some substance after being ripped free of veggies: the Bar-B-Q Chicken Sandwich. For some reason, this sandwich was fried, but since I’m not exactly a health advocate, I accepted it for what it was.

I took a seat on a plastic chair at a table that was made from a slab cut from a tree. The thing was huge, and I’m pretty sure I could’ve counted over a hundred rings if I had the chance. The general ambiance of the place was pretty awesome and reminiscent of sitting in a garden. My name was eventually called and I went to grab my food.

I started eating and was a bit disappointed with what I tasted. The chicken was a generic chicken patty and the sauce was pretty plain to go along with it. In general, the sandwiches seemed pretty uninspired, but maybe I just chose the wrong sandwich. It would have been nice to see them offer a grilled chicken option for some sandwiches just to mix things up, but that is just wishful thinking.

With such a cool set-up, it would be great to see if the place can think up some better sandwiches to serve.