It isn’t too often that my buddy, Joel, repeatedly requests that I go to a restaurant with him, so when he does I try to listen. After asking me to go to Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop in Beverly Hills with him a couple times, I gave in and went. I’m not sure what I was expecting when I walked in, but the place kind of had the air of an upscale Subway. But aside from that and the general shape of the sandwiches they served, to compare this place to Subway would be a severe disservice.
For starters, they have some really inspiring sandwiches, none of which more inspiring than their Bobbie. So what’s the Bobby? Well, the name hardly describes the sandwich that is essentially Thanksgiving on bread. Filled with turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce, this carb on carb on meat on fruit sandwich was just begging for some unvegan eating. Plus, vegetables were only available by request. Swank!
I walked up to the counter and ordered myself a large, but I was quickly set straight by one of the workers who told me the large was 20 inches. They told me I probably wanted the 12 inch medium and they were 100% right. Maybe I could eat a large someday, but I was not prepared for it on this day.
When my sandwich was ready, it was truly a thing of beauty. All-too-often sandwiches just don’t look as good on your table as they do on the menu, but the Bobby was different. It was so picturesque that I was almost scared to eat it. But when some of the stuffing started falling out, I just had to start eating. What I tasted was as delicious as it had sounded on the menu. It tasted a whole lot like Thanksgiving, but without the Scrabble. Yes my family plays Scrabble at Thanksgiving. Yes we are that awesome. Okay, back to the sandwich. The turkey was much tastier than the overly-salted cold cut sort and the stuffing tasted homemade. The cranberry sauce was just how you would expect it to taste, which was great. And the bread was so different from the stuffing that I didn’t feel like I was biting through redundancy. The best part was definitely the delicious stuffing. I was ready to box some of it up, which I may actually need to do when Thanksgiving comes around.
After devouring my delicious sandwich, I was struck by the tryptophan and needed a nap. I still think I could tackle the 20 incher some day, as long as the combination of complex sugars and tryptophan don’t knock me unconscious first.
3 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Come Early at Capriotti’s”
WE LOVE THE BOBBIE!! My wife & I try to eat a Bobbie at least once a month if not more…This past Thanksgiving we didn’t feel like cooking this year the day before turkey day we went around the corner from our house to a new Cap location and bought our two 20 inch Bobbies to get us thru the entire day. IT WAS WELL WORTH IT!!! All this talk about Bobbies make me think I’ll need to get one today…THANKS..jill
I started eating Bobbies over 15 years ago in Las Vegas, but hadn’t had one in over 10 years, since moving to SoCal. I tried to make them at home, but it’s just not the same. Their turkey is always cooked to perfection, their stuffing is always perfectly seasoned; I just can’t duplicate it at home, and now I don’t have to. I was overjoyed to find out about the Encino shop opening, and have been treating myself to Bobbies every couple of weeks since then. I didn’t get there Friday, as planned, but it’s a long weekend, so I’ll have lunch there on Monday and have some left for work on Tuesday (if I don’t eat it all, that is…)
Welcome to the joy that is The Bobbie…every day is like Thanksgiving…life is good!
I’m from DE, the home of Capriotti’s. It’s so cool to see that it’s spread from coast to coast and I’m pleased every time I see that someone new has discovered the Bobby. Try it hot! It’s even more like Thanksgiving dinner and less like the day after, which is still good.