"Hey, are you free for lunch today?" queried Rich Guy. Funny that he asked... I had accepted the fact that I would be flying solo for lunch. My plan was to hit up a food cart since that really didn't require a dining companion. Yes, it is true, I really have a phobia of eating alone. Well, maybe it has something to do with the mad picture-taking in the corner by my lonesome... Seems quite disturbing to some people. Anyways, I was more than happy to accept Rich Guy's request. We ended up picking a place which he would never visit on his own accord - Slickity Jim's Chat n' Chew. Hey, admittedly, it is not an establishment that fits into his repertoire.
While we were sitting at the bar, I scoped out the window seat as the 2 people there were leaving. Yes, I still am OCD about that since pictures just look so much better with light! To get a better feel of the menu, we decided to share 3 times starting with the Mr. Happy Crab Cake Sandwich. Nestled inside a baguette was 3 crab cakes, lettuce, tomato, home made mayo and guacamole. This was an enjoyable sandwich that could've benefited from some more bold flavours. Sure, it is never a good idea to overwhelm crab meat (since it is a delicate ingredient), but we felt there was no distinguishing flavours present. However, the crab cakes were fluffy and crisp while the lettuce and tomato were very fresh.
For 2 of our dishes, we opted for a side of soup which happened to be the Chicken Vegetable. Uh... That doesn't look like chicken! Well, I swear the meat was chicken, but the broth was so dark... It really didn't matter though because it really needed some more salt, which we promptly added ourselves. Our next sandwich was somewhat of a risk - The Cuban Sandwich. Fact- it is very hard to find a good Cuban in the GVRD. I've had it in Miami before and have yet to find a really good one (except for the one I had at Be' Wiched). Well, the one here was pretty good in my books. Just look at it. Spilling out from the aggressively toasted baguette was black forest ham, pulled pork, pickles, Gruyere cheese and Dijon. Authentic? Hardly. Tasty? Absolutely. I don't really care about the non-traditional ingredients. The bottom line was that it had a nice crunch and the flavours worked.
Lastly, we shared the Fried Egg & Cheddar Burger with roast potatoes. Although the burger patty was made of lean beef, it was moist and not dry at all. The multigrain bun had texture, yet was soft at the same time. Once again, the lettuce and tomato were fresh and vibrant. We loved how the fried egg had a perfectly runny yolk as well. The side of roast potatoes were not to Rich Guy's liking as it resembled boiled potatoes with a slight pan fry. If these were crispier, they would've rocked. Overall, we enjoyed our meal despite a lack of flavour in everything other than the Cuban. Bottom line is that the prices are reasonable and the food is a whole lot more interesting than one would get at a chain restaurant.
- Eclectic vibe and decor
- Decent execution
- Food could benefit from more seasoning
- Tight seating arrangements