Reader Gina said she was driving by the former Subway location at the corner of Mission & State Streets, next to by 7-Eleven, and noticed that work is going on and that for Ike’s Love & Sandwiches has been posted. This would be the second South Coast location for the eatery chain which opened at 6530 Seville Road in Isla Vista in April 2016. I met founder Ike Shehadeh Mission, who was in town for the Isla Vista grand opening, and was told that his restaurant is the kind of place where if you’re vegan, or your significant other eats meat, or they’re gluten free, everybody can go to the same spot together and not feel like they’ve compromised. Historically the Ménage à trois and Matt Cain sandwiches are really big sellers. I tried the Ménage à trois sandwich, which was invented by staff members, and it is now officially on my top-ten list of favorite sandwiches across the South Coast. It gets its name because this chicken sandwich has three sauces (honey, honey mustard, and bbq) and three cheeses. Visit loveandsandwiches.com.
(L-R) Jessie Trimm (employee/owner), Ike Shehadeh Mission (owner), and Alex Bermudez Jr. (employee/owner) at Ike’s in Isla Vista.