Seriously! How many Subways can downtown support? There’s already three I can think of, and I believe another one coming in the retail space at the new Madison Lofts building in the Lake Merrit apartment district, and then today I was just innocently walking along San Pablo, and I see this!
Really? Look, I’m not one of those people who gets all upset about stores I don’t plan to shop at or restaurants I don’t want to eat at, so if Subway thinks they need a spot across from the Uptown Apartments, then that’s fine for them, I guess. I mean, I suppose it’s better than having a vacant storefront there.
But here’s what I don’t understand. I don’t want to sound like some kind elitist food snob or something, but – do people really like Subway that much? Why is Subway sooo successful that the DTO can support one every five blocks? It doesn’t taste like anything! You might as well just take your food in pill form. Make a sandwich at home and bring it with you to work, people. It takes like, five minutes. This new development makes me feel very depressed about the taste level of downtown’s population.
In happier news, this strip of San Pablo, in spite of the forthcoming Subway, is no longer a complete culinary wasteland. The 19th Street corner now hosts the utterly charming El Senor Burrito.
There’s nothing particularly special about this place, except, of course, that it’s there, which is good enough for me. The menu is pretty basic, but it’s clean and cute and usually pretty crowded. Their guacamole is real and made out of actual avocados, unlike, um, certain other restaurants downtown, where they give you, like, big globs of green-colored mayonnaise or something. El Senor Burrito has totally filled the void that was left in my life when Khana Kazana closed (SOB!), and I’m thrilled to once again be able to buy an edible lunch around here on those days where time doesn’t allow me to make one myself. They’re open Monday-Friday until 7:30, and right now everything on the menu is 40% off (I don’t know how long that’s going to last). Check it out if you happen to be in the neighborhood.