Whoever thinks they need meat in their sandwich to be satisfied has clearly never bitten into the current Anti-Hero Sandwich offering from new-ish Chinatown spot Say Hey Cafe.
Situated at 156 East Pender Street (right across the street from Jade Dynasty Dim Sum Restaurant), we recommend you hightail it over to this sandwich shop to get involved in some mind-blowing veggie ‘wich shenanigans.
So what makes this $10.50 beauty so damn good?
Well first of all, it could be the crispy, chopped and wonderfully layered arugula, avocado, and carrot mess jam-packed into the sesame bun freshly-made from Bonchaz Bakery Cafe on West Hastings.
But in retrospect, the thing that makes this sandwich so stellar is the sauce that brings it all together – they call it Turbo Sauce, and it’s made of cheese melted down and drizzled to perfection.
This, along with a house mustard and one of Say Hey’s “Fancy Sodas” ($3.25 a pop) makes for one satisfying sandwich stint.
While we love the idea of being able to customize your food and drink to suit your unique taste and preferences, we also think that having too much choice when it comes to food can be crippling at times – that’s where Say Hey’s menu is a godsend.
With a selection of six sandwiches at all times (ingredients predetermined), you’ll always find the Mortadella (provolone), Roast Beast (shaved beef shoulder), Albacore Tuna (mixed with smoked ham hock), and two rotating “Super-Hero” and vegetarian “Anti-Hero” selections on the menu.
You’ll also find the mega-mother of all Meatball Hoagies as a permanent fixture up for order.
This bad boy is a combo of house-made meatballs, provolone, pickled Serrano chilis, arugula, and chili aioli. It’s a tender, filling, spicy wonder and we love it – and we guarantee you will too.
Things that aren’t between two buns on the menu: Magic Beans, a Wedge Salad, and a Soup of the Day.
Owners Zachary Zimmerman and chef Graham Marceau love their 16-seat open concept eatery, and they’ve seen a ton of positive feedback in the three short months they’ve been in operation.
With an emphasis on well-travelling lunch and dinner sandwiches and sides, Say Hey is taking it back to the basics by offering a small menu of high-quality creations, and we’re totally digging it.
Say Hey Cafe is open Monday to Saturday from 11 am to 6 pm.
Address: 156 East Pender Street, Vancouver