Uncle Uber's Has a Terrible Name but a Pretty Good, and Pretty Cheap, Sandwich

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Scott Reitz
This week, the Cheap Bastard heads into Deep Ellum for yupster-approved Uncle Uber's Sammich Shop.

Other people in front of me in line count: 5
Minutes from walking in door to putting really delicious food in my face: 4

So many things bothered me about the name of Uncle Uber's Sammich Shop that I've been avoiding it. First off, it's "sandwich," people. Not a "sammy" or a "sammich" or a "meat Oreo" or a "two-bread taco." "Sammich" sounds like something a baby-talking mom offers her shitty-at-walking-and-soon-to-also-be-shitty-at-talking-if-her-mom-keeps-teaching-her-cutesy-made-up-words toddler. When I say "sammich" aloud, it makes me feel like my mouth is punching my brain in the dick.

I thought maybe I was the only one bugged by the name of this place, so I invited some friends to come along with me to lunch. Every single person gave me the stinkface when I mentioned we'd be eating at Uncle Uber's Sammich Shop.

Their website argues that "sammich" is a "term for only the holiest and mightiest of all sandwiches. A sandwich is merely a snack, but a sammich is forever." Yeah, forever. Forever not a word. And is Uncle Uber a real dude? What jerk dad names a kid "Uber?" Hubert, fine. But Uber? I dunno, maybe the kid was the coolest person ever until he became an uncle and forgot how to spell. I ultimately decided it was worth trying out Uncle Uber's Sammich Shop, because, let's be honest, a lot of awesome things have shitty names (e.g. bologna, Google, rugby, Cheetos, gastropub, Oprah, halibut, boner, Downton Abbey).

I kept it simple (read: had a hangover) and ordered the grilled cheese plus chips and a drink. The sandwich was $5.29, which is definitely steep for melted cheese plus bread, but it was a pretty fancy grilled cheese, made with Provolone, roasted red peppers and garlic mayo on sourdough. Toasted, cheesy, buttery and delicious, this sandwich had everything you'd want from a fancy grilled cheese -- as long as you aren't a grilled cheese purist, hoping simply for buttered white bread, cheddar and more cheddar.

The food was great, easily worth the price, the service was friendly and fast, they offer beer and the atmosphere beat the shit out of Which Wich. Just refer to it as The Sandwiches And Beer Place or The Grilled Cheese Store or Food Mountain and you'll be fine.


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Uncle Uber's Sammich Shop

2713 Commerce St., Dallas, TX

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Bowenfujii
Bowenfujii

Being so focused on the name completely misses what you would think to be the core requirement of a restuarant review, discussing the food! Name aside, this place is badass! Great food, attentive staff and a comfortable atmosphere. Those of you who haven't tried it need to get over there - it's awesome. A true Deep Ellum gem.

Mrsarvel
Mrsarvel

What is wrong with you? You are the most unprofessional writer I have ever seen.A real food critic does not go into an establishment with a hangover and probably a bad case of "I hate the world today" because I drank too much and feel like trashing someone's reputation. The food at Uncle Ubers is amazing, the service is very friendly and you should re-think your writing style. We really don't give two shits about how you hate the name. You were there to talk about the food, not rant on and on.As usual, the Observer is nothing but a profanity-laced trash paper with nothing but negativity

Dallas Diner
Dallas Diner

Alice is making Tourette's Syndrome work for her; leave her alone.

MBM
MBM

Rib eye sammich is good, so is the burger, so is the grilled chicken. 

Who the fuck over the age of 8 orders a grilled cheese at a restaurant?  You can't judge a place by the quality of a kids menu item.  Who gives a fuck about the name or the sammich term.

Rant over, suck it author.

Stay hard.

Titus Groan
Titus Groan

In fairness to Alice "sammich" sounds Rachael Ray-level-cloying.  So it was kind of a nails-on-blackboard reaction.

Anyway, I must try this place.

Downtown Worker
Downtown Worker

This place is awesome!  Try their slow roasted pork sandwich with cole slaw on top.  I eat at Uber's at least 1x a week.  The people are super friendly, food is fantastic (for a quick sandwich shop) and never crazy busy.  I only wish they were open later and on Sunday's. I hope they make it....please support this Deep Ellum business.

Raine Devries
Raine Devries

I confess I'm a simple biker trash kind of girl, but dammit I get confused whenever I try to read this "Cheap Bastard" column (which isn't often).  What throws me off are the references to c-o-c-k because then I get sidetracked to find the by-line to see that yes, indeed, this column is written by what I think is a female given the name is "Alice". 

But then I get to wondering if their Mama was a Johnny Cash fan and instead of naming their boy Sue, they named him Alice. 

Per chance this is an Alice like Alice Cooper? 

Or, maybe Alice is kind of like Chastity / Chaz Bono and she/he is on her/his way to being a man and she/he is needing to eat at the Cheap Bastard venues in order to save up for her/his add-a-dick-to-me surgery. 

In the first paragraph, Alice tantalizes us with this missive:  "...it makes me feel like my mouth is punching my brain in the dick."   WHAT?!  Why would a girl have a brain with a dick?!  Girls have anatomy parts that are sensitive too so why doesn't Alice reference those? 

But, much like Alice did in this article, I radically digress from the issue at hand.  In a city rich with such unique restaurant names as "The Porch" or "The Screen Door", a little venue in Deep Ellum with the name of Uncle Uber's Sammich Shop is definitely going to stand out.  And the fact that they have tasty food qualifies them for a bit more air time than from a writer who takes pride in being a drunken lush on an eternal quest for cheap, greasy food to satiate her upset tummy.

And, should Alice darken Uncle Uber's doorway again for a post-hangover meal, afterward she can trot over a block to Main Street and visit Leather Masters for that strap-on she's obviously jonesing for.

Kisses 

Gymmyt
Gymmyt

What a jack wagon! Uncle Ubers is great, the folks are friendly and the food is delicious, hands down. To have some douche bitch about the name of the place, c'mon! "Every single person gave me the stinkface when I mentioned we'd be eating at Uncle Uber's Sammich Shop." Stay away from there then.

pstawicki
pstawicki

The foul mouth rant of the first two paragraphs is what passes for journalism in this day and age? Bottom line, I have eaten here often. The sammich's are good. There's a wide variety to meet most taste buds. The ice'd tea is great and all you can drink. The Service is quick. And an important in my eyes, they have big clean bathrooms.

As for the name, it's unique, and makes for a damn good neon sign out front.

Mervis
Mervis

Lighten up Francis. This is the Cheap Bastard after all.

Newp
Newp

way to come off like a total tool for the majority of the article.

sammich nazi

Paigefischer05
Paigefischer05

I agree, nobody cares how you feel about the name. Get to the point...the place is amazing!

matt
matt

their burger is extremely good and the shaved ribeye is delicious as well.  

G_David
G_David

Every time I stumble into the Angry Dog, which is often, I think I need to try this place out.  I will soon.

Jonnyfree
Jonnyfree

They have awesome food!  too bad the author had to spend the first 3/4's of the article trying to be cutesy with her prose.

Mervis
Mervis

First time here Johnny?

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

ce sandwich est aussi belle que devant, en bas de ma femme, et je mange de la merde hors de cette

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Que paso?

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

before it translated, this sandwich is as beautiful as my wife's front bottom, and I eat the shit out of that

Mervis
Mervis

From Bing translator:

This sandwich is also beautiful that before, at the bottom of my wife, and I eat the shit out of this.

Bottom.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

They should've just named it Uber to have the hipster crowd all over it.

And I fully support not using "sammich", but it's appeared in print (pixels) on this here blog multiple times before, and not in an ironic way. You know the whole finger-pointing saying.

littleloo
littleloo

I am confused, that isn't a grilled cheese sandwich in the picture, is it?  

Jana
Jana

That sammich in the photo is their shaved ribeye it looks like... Soooo good! Ribeye, bleu cheese, onions....

Alice Laussade
Alice Laussade

That's some sandwich Reitz ate, I guess. I ate my sandwich too quickly to take a picture. My bad.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Steak!  I've heard great things about UU's....never tried it though; I've been to Deep Ellum once in the past 6 months.  

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