Like most I do a little touristic/local research prior to visiting my destination(s), or in this case, new home. After several weeks of hacking away at the TA top 10 list for Monterey I finally made it the number one spot. After buzzing the tower a few times I found what I believed to be parking, though I am learning the parking methodology here is “get in where you fit in”. This place is small and quaint and can be missed if you blink through the intersection, though probably not a good idea.
Upon entering you will notice this business savvy owner’s target, and rightly so. Located about a block from the DLI, Compagno’s has been serving up hardcore sandwiches to hungry soldiers for years. The dated military hats, shirts and awards seems to only sprinkle more character on this gem. But come one, we aren’t here for the atmosphere (so quit your whining), we are here for what I can only refer to as the Atomic Fat Man and Little Boy of sandwiches.
The menu doesn’t disappoint and the additional sides only completes the meal. My recommendation, review the menu BEFORE you go, as things move quick and if you’re not ready, I assure the guy behind you is. Once you receive your sandwich grab a beer in the back, sit and enjoy or go on a picnic with your treasures! A side note here, the scuttlebutt about the sandwich sizes are true and one can be split between two.
At the checkout you will likely meet Bennett, who I can only assume is the craftsman behind this belly-busting establishment. He’s a talker and yes quite inquisitive, so engage in conversation, you are at HIS sandwich shop.
All-in-all, I can say this sandwich is/was (expletive) and please don’t complain about the cost, $10 is cheap for two meals in these parts.
Bennett I salute you my man, well done. Here’s to you keeping the bellies of our soldiers full, your patrons belts busting at the seams and your loyal repeats completely satisfied.
And Bennett, thank you – Chuck.
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