Some of the best pulled pork in the city comes out of this tiny corrugated tin hut just up the hill from downtown Fremont. Grab an extra napkin--you'll need it!
Loved by one and all for good reason. With the long lines it's all about timing with this place. Don't fret, it's worth the wait!
Sloppy, delicious and addictive, Paseo's Caribbean sandwiches are all the right kinds of a hot mess. Order by phone to avoid the wait of the lunch rush line and go with the classics.
You really can't miss with any sandwich here, but if you're pinching pennies, go with the onion obsession - their caramelized onions are the key to the deliciousness of most of their options, so save a couple bucks & go straight to the source!
Worth the wait.
We arrived at Paseo shortly after it started snowing to find it so crowded that people were waiting outside in the snow for their food. After we ordered and started waiting ourselves, more and more people just kept filing in, and the prospect of a wait and nowhere to sit didn't discourage anyone. I can completely understand why.
I am comfortable in saying that Paseo has the best sandwiches in the city. I will happily return and wait again just to keep experiencing them. The meat was cooked to perfection, the caramelized onions delicious. They had just the right amount of heat. One sandwich by itself was enough to satisfy, and for a very good price.
The only real problem is if you want to dine in, you might have trouble getting a table. The restaurant is very small, with about enough room to sit less than a dozen people. It seemed like people tended to clear out as soon as they were done eating, so the people waiting could grab a place to sit by the time their food came out. But it would be better if you plan for take out.
The staff were friendly and had a good attitude despite the crowds. The same could be said for the customers, which created a warm, relaxed atmosphere.
Not recommended for people who don't like crowds, waiting, or messy food. For those of us who like fun and good food, trying Paseo is a must.
Why are they out of sandwiches so often?. I have been 3x in the last month, and each time they were out of sandwiches! Does this happen to others? I think the sandwiches are the best I have had, but it is maddening to drive there and have the sandwiches be unavailable. I recommend calling ahead.
Stick to pork and sandwiches. We were really excited to go and try their famous sandwiches. We got there at 5:30 and they were out of bread. Not happy. I tried their garlic prawn dinner and hubby tried pork dinner. His was awesome..mine okay but I will never get it again. I really dug the bean soup and salad was great. Filled up fast and everybody was disappointed about the bread situation. Will go back and try when they are able to make sandwiches. I am hopeful I will be able to give it 5 stars like everyone else.
Great food, but recommend for take out..
I adore Paseo. Fabulous Nosh! I even had them "cater" my Birthday in 2007.
I have tried most everything on the menu, and my senses were delighted by it all. Yes the pork sadwich is amazing, but then so is everything else.
The staff are pleasant, and efficient. The place is clean. The one major downer is that there really isn't much seating, and it's loud and cramped if you do decide to eat there. I suggest you take your food down to the park and eat it, or if it's inclement, go home and enjoy your pork sandwich with your libation of choice. The one minor downer is that they are closed Sunday and Monday and I am craving some right now!
Recommendation from an Out of Towner.
I am from Iowa and am in town for the weekend. I found out about Pesao's via this Web site and was really glad I did! There are only about 4 tables for dining in however the service was really quick and the sandwich was one of the best I have probably had at only about 7 bucks.
Do yourself a favor and check them out!
Best sandwich ever.. Paseo has something very special. Yes - you will have to wait in line, and yes - you'll have to bring cash, and yes - if you try to call ahead during their lunch rush you are likely to be put on hold or ignored. The problems some reviewers have with this place (itsthemirrors) are the product of a coddled comsumerist culture that is refreshingly absent from a place like Paseo. Paseo doesn't pretend to be anything other than what it is, and it is an absolutely AMAZING sandwich shop. The Midnight Cuban Press sandwich is crave-worthy. I lived around the corner from a Cuban grocery and cafe in Chicago (La Unica) and their Sandwiches Cubanos were excellent, and certainly more authentic than Paseo, but put the two in front of me and I will go for the Paseo sandwich every time. A creative and flavorful interpretation of a classic with quality ingredients. They put a lot of care into crafting their food, and as far as I'm concerned they can operate however they choose. And for the record, I've never been treated poorly here - the service is secondary for sure, but that owes itself to the fact that there isn't a whole lot of time for chit-chat and unnecessary formalities when you've got a line out the door all day long. People like itsthemirrors who can't appreciate a good thing should just stay away - I'd venture to guess he's just the sort of customer they don't care to cater to anyway.
atrocious customer service.
Everyone in Seattle can tell you that the aioli that drips from all of Paseo's dishes is fantastic. These sandwiches are really, really good; however, after just returning from a Paseo's "run" this morning, I felt compelled to sign up for an account on CitySearch and describe how I feel about this place.
The attention to the customer at this joint is atrocious. After going here every few weeks for the last year, I must arrive at the conclusion that the owner has specifically set a guideline of "screw 'em, they'll keep coming, we're so good that we don't have to be nice." Let's look at the evidence:
1. The place doesn't take credit cards. Come on! What century are we in? The owner's blithe unawareness of the revenue lost by people who avoid going to Paseo because of the prerequisite ATM visit is astonishing. Come on, Paseo, bite the bullet, face a nominal credit card charge and make obtaining your delicious sandwiches a little easier for the customer. Its a win-win situation.
2. To combat the usual lines and slow service, we've adopted the strategy of calling in our orders ahead of time. Many times, I've called and been put on infinite hold (10+ minutes). Other times, they ignore their phone completely and don't answer it!
3. No sign out front: come on, the place is a gold mine, invest $100 on a sign.
4. They just SHRUNK THE SANDWICHES! That's right, at least of September 29, 2007, the sandwiches are now about 66% their normal size and the bread has been changed. Not cool guys!
5. Every evening, its inevitable that they run out of bread and reach for the sarcastic sign that declares "No More Sandwiches! Yes Really, NO MORE SANDWICHES!" After about a thousand days in a row of running out of bread, you'd think they could improve their inventory planning.
I want to throw a pie in the owner's face. The place is almost communist -- but then again, its Cuban.
The best Sandwiches in Seattle...Period1.
I un-knowingly drove past it on my way home from work and every day I smelled this succulent spicy aroma and I could not for the life of me, figure out where it was coming from. I finally gave in and stopped to ask around at various nearby businesses who pointed me towards a non-descript little white shack. How could this place be a good eatery I thought as there was not even a sign out front. I went inside and asked one of the regular customers what the best thing to order was. He suggested the Midnight Cuban Sandwich...oh baby is that a good choice! The bread alone is the best I have ever tasted. I am not usually a fan of onions or even of pork in general, but let's just say I am now! The key is unique blend of herbs and spices they use.
I have been eating there regularly ever since for the last 3.5 years. You don't go there for the ambiance, you go for the over the top delicious food! I have had just about everything on the menu and it is all good. The Prawn sandwich is great although very garlicy. The chicken is a good alternative to the pork with similar flavoring. The fish is sandwich sooo tender!
I have some minor complaints. The first is that they no longer make the rice pudding. I loved that stuff as it was a rich custard with a crem-brulet consistency that had raisins and rice in it. They stopped cooking it because they said it was too much work to make it?whatever. Oh ya and bring cash as they do not accept checks or credit cards. Parking is limited to the street which in Fremont meant that you better plan on parking in the nearby neighborhood and hoofin? it. Seating is limited and the lines are almost always long as they make every order fresh and there are often many folks waiting for this delectable food. In spite of all this it is well worth the wait although the smell of the food wafting out form the back kitchen will likely cause your stomach to growl while you wait.
I dream of the Midnight Cuban sandwiches ... . .with its crusty french bread, slathered with mayo and oozing out the sides with that divine thick cut, carmelized onions. YUM! I couldn't move away from Seattle for fear of what the withdrawals from Paseo's sandwiches and Ezell's chicken would do to me!!
Bring your friends!. The best food!! But take it to go there's not much seating. I've had both the fish and veggie, both are to die for!!
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