There is a new place in New Westminster for foodies to delight in; the Big Star Sandwich Company. As their sign says, these are hearty sandwiches.
I stopped by the sandwich joint on the weekend to get a feel for what the place was like and I have to say, I was immediately impressed.
Clint, the owner, welcomed me as I entered the shop and was kind enough to entertain me while I pestered him with questions about his new venture even though I had already eaten lunch and was not going to order anything from him that day.
I was intrigued by his story (a self-employed welder-fabricator turned sandwich shop owner!) and I decided that I had to try one of his creations in the next couple of days.
And what do you know, on Tuesday I forgot to pack a lunch so I hurried over to 12th Street in New West to the Big Star Sandwich Company.
There is a very cool, Main Street vibe-feel to the place without being “too cool to serve the customer.”
I ordered a 5″ daily special; a turkey, bacon, cheddar, ranch, Frank’s Red Hot, mayo, cucumber, lettuce and tomato sandwich.
I watched Clint slicing off the bread and I have to admit I winced a little when I thought he was using the Costco baguette. As it turns out, it was NOT Costco bread and the bread he uses is EXCELLENT for sandwiches. Just the right amount of “hold it all together” while still being soft and chewy. Perfect bread from a small bakery.
The bacon is premium, thick cut slices made all the better because they do not fry it, they do some magical pressure-cooker-bake-it-broiler-thing” that simply emphasizes the flavour. Out of sight delicious bacon.
I went ahead and ordered their daily special sandwich because I wanted to put them to my toughest test on my first visit. Personally, I find turkey sandwiches (they roast their own turkey on site) are all too often drier than a popcorn fart.
Clint’s sandwich wizardry passed my test. It had enough mayo, ranch and Frank’s Red Hot to overcome the threat of the turkey. Add on the shredded lettuce, a couple slices of tomato and the sandwich ingredients danced together in perfection.
An interesting thing on their menu suggests that you can add Hickory Sticks to your sandwich. I took the challenge and I will honestly say that I do not want to ever again eat a sandwich without Hickory Sticks. An amazing flavour and sandwich crunch sensation. Do it.
The Big Star Sandwich Co is located on 12th Street in New Westminster. It is sandwiched (I could not resist) between Fat City Tattoos and a union office.
I will definitely be returning in the coming days to try out their corned beef sandwich creations. Clint tells me the corned beef they get is from two ancient Jewish dudes known for making the best corned beef west of Montreal.
My five bucks bought me a 5″ sandwich with a monstrous dill pickle and is a deal worth grabbing.