Our Sandwich Expedition Took Us to Sid's Rainbow Grill, But You Don't Have to Follow

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Each week, Justin Bitner goes hunting for DFW's most interesting sandwiches. Have a sandwich suggestion? Leave it in the comments and he'll check it out.

Venue: Sid's Rainbow Grill

The Sandwich: The Club ($6.75)

Bread: Wheat seared by an angry toaster

Toppings: Ham, Turkey, Lettuce, Tomato, Bacon, Swiss, American Cheese, Spicy Mustard (a dicey audible)

The Case: Sid's Rainbow Grill, hunkered down in the center of the action in old timey Carrollton, is the type of joint you expect to see in every little Southern town. Norman Rockwell-style prints hang in nicked-up wood frames, while Troyer-sized statues of James Dean and Marilyn Monroe cast their gaze from atop the antique soda bar. The servers are the types of ladies who coat you in so many "Honeys" that you feel like you're in a Winnie the Pooh wet dream.

Gripped by the familiar sensation of menu anxiety, I asked my particular honey lavisher to lend me a sandwich recommendation. "The Club is really good, Sugar," she offered, changing up my saccharine epithet. I accepted the friendly suggestion and was pleased when my sandwich was delivered by the owner of the Club himself, Sid. Served with a smile beneath his Paul Teutul-ian 'stache, I had high hopes for the exclusive entree.

The sandwich arrived dressed with a stout pile of homemade chips, made from a combination of sweet and Russet potatoes. Not to be outdone, the sandwich brought its share of girth, with layer upon layer of turkey and ham, the lettuce and tomato creating a barrier between the two proteins. It would be great to see all sandwich places practice the latter of these habits, as tomatoes should never be within one layer of touching the bread.

Despite the ebullient charm of the staff and surroundings, the Club's taste couldn't live up to the hype. The meat and vegetables were fair, but the toast laid down a texture too dry to overcome. While I expected the American cheese to be of the single wrapped slice variety, I didn't expect the Swiss to come from an individual plastic sheath as well. The bacon and chips both shared the same overly singed crispness, with the chips marginally benefiting from a dash of salt I threw on them. I felt a strange drop of water leave my eye as a fleck of bacon fell out of my sandwich and I didn't even feel the urge to eat it.

The Verdict: With a few tweaks (untoasted bread and better bacon would be a good start), Sid's Club could be above average and a fun place to have lunch during weekend suburban errand-running. Otherwise, it's time to drop it off at the sandwich farm to run and play with all the other sandwiches of yore.

Previous 'Wich Trials:
The Reuben at Coppell Deli
The Italian Hoagie at Fred's Downtown Philly


Location Info

Sid's Rainbow Grill

1107 S. Broadway St., Carrollton, TX

Category: Restaurant

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Deb
Deb

On a rainy day, the best bet at Sid's is the cheesesteak sandwich w/fries.I'm a hometown Carrollton girl who used to come this shop when it was Rexall pharmacy—old school, with a soda fountain and lunch counter. The stools and counter there now are the same ones I sat on in 1963.And I wish this writer hadn't been so flip about the waitresses at Sid's—they're hardworking human beings, darn nice people—not the smarmy caricatures the author tries to promulgate...

Jim
Jim

Been to Syd's a number of times and the go to items were the burgers and loaded up fries and the girls always ordered the milkshakes.

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

I'm partial to their tuna melt

primi timpano
primi timpano

A few suggestions: Focus your pictures.  If that means getting a camera to replace your smart phone, do it. Like all things in life, there are lots of poor to average sandwich shops.  I do not care to learn about these.  Instead I would like DO to find those diamonds in the rough, or even theose cut and polished but still off the radar. John is right about Winnie the Poo. Never trust a sandwich shop with presliced American cheese unless it is grilled cheese sandwich.   

Jim
Jim

The picture is in focus.....on the background.

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

It's interesting that your view of exploring "sandwiches" is to order different preparations of the same commercial Sysco ingredients that are ubiquitously available, at different places. I am not sure what this is telling us readers. How are you using this forum you have been so generously  been given?  Are you informing us? Are you challenging us? 

While I applaud you for going off the beaten path to Sid's, I am puzzled why anyone could have "Menu Anxiety" in a place like that. I would not consider a burger/sandwich place worthy of menu anxiety. It's like having menu anxiety at McDonalds. I don't recall anything on the menu that should have been surprising. 

But why not try something that they make "in house"?  I would expect they don't cure their own meats at Sid's, so you are just getting what they pull out of the fridge. I think the chicken and tuna salad are things they make in house.

Next time order a coke and check out what everyone else is ordering (not by asking the waitresses). Try to get a feel for what is popular. Ask the waitress what they make in house, or at least try and doctor up.

Otherwise why not just follow a Sysco truck around to their delivery every day, and see how many ways these restaurants can serve the same thing over and over.

Finally - Winnie the poo doesn't have a dick, so he doesn't have wet dreams...

Meaders
Meaders

Although the sandwiches at Empire Baking are grab and go, they are unique and good.  Worth taking a look at.  

Justin B.
Justin B.

Thanks for the tip, I'll have to check them out. 

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