2010.Jan.19 Tuesday · 8 comments

in Restaurants

“Too few people understand a really good sandwich.”

– James Beard

Strobel’s San Pablo Sandwich

Growing up in the midwest, lunch was virtually always a sandwich. Even to this day I tend to prefer that for lunch, regardless of whether it’s some basic comfort version like grilled cheese, peanut butter, or tuna salad, or something fancy like a club. In general, while I like sandwiches here, they tend to be simply bread flanked versions of very basic porteño dishes, like sticking a milanesa or a lomo onto a roll, and, of course, ham and cheese is ubiquitous.

So, it was a great pleasure to find Strobel’s, Pasaje Carabelas 261, a small pedestrian walk right near to the Obelisco. It’s a gleaming, new looking, sandwich counter. There are a series of high tables with stools – my goodness, shared tables in Buenos Aires! – and a counter where you can place an order, or, you can wait for a waitress to come around and take it. They offer a dozen sandwiches, each named after a major world capital – the fillings don’t seem to necessarily relate to the name (the Sydney is chicken and mustard, the Roma is vegetables, the New York is steak and mushrooms, while the London is smoked salmon and cream cheese), but so be it – they describe them well.

And, having just tried one, I’ll say it was delicious – possibly the best sandwich I’ve had in nearly five years here (well, maybe excepting the lomo sandwich at Rodi Bar). I tried the San Pablo – grilled pacú with black olive tapenade – sorry about the photo, only had the phone camera with me. At lunch, the place is packed – they’re open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. only – they also serve coffee, some salads, and pastries – so you might have to wait for a spot to open up to sit – then again, a lot of folk seem to be local office workers who either grab a sandwich and take it to go, or wolf it down faster than I think I’ve ever seen Argentines eat. The prices range from mid-teens to mid-twenties for a sandwich, but they’re big, filling, and come with a small side salad.


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schussheim January 20, 2010 at 11:44

Strobel was a very good german-jewish fiambreria during the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s, until the merchants of Mercado del Plata moved to Belgrano Market. Valenti was also there as other specialities stores, all of them very good.

dan January 20, 2010 at 12:36

Is it the same family/company? This place seems to be quite new and sort of a hip, trendy spot run by a group of 20-somethings. Or are they simply using a name that has some history here because it isn’t currently in use?

Paz January 20, 2010 at 13:02

wow! now, THAT’S a sandwich. looks good.


schussheim January 20, 2010 at 15:44

well, Dan, in theur page they show old pictures of the Strobel famous fiambreria.
Perhaps the new owners belong to the familiy. I don’t think the brand Strobel is important to anybody younger than 50.

dan January 20, 2010 at 19:41

I have to admit, I didn’t explore their site in detail, so didn’t look through the photos in the gallery. Love the look of the old space!

Barbara Hansen January 22, 2010 at 18:57

Lomo sandwich at Rodi Bar? Darn. I missed it. I only had gnocchi there. This means I must go back.

dan January 22, 2010 at 20:36

Not only is the lomo sandwich probably the best thing on Rodi’s menu (and their papas fritas provencal, garlic-parsley french fries are great too), but it’s easily the best lomo sandwich I’ve had in BA, which doesn’t discount the possibility of finding a better one, but I haven’t so far.

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