Rubicon Deli in San Diego (Mission Hills)

Rubicon Deli in Mission Hills (Central San Diego) is officially open for business!  For those of you who aren’t already familiar, Rubicon Deli is a very popular custom sandwich destination in the Mission Beach area.  When I first noticed a new location in San Diego, I was super excited!  The Mission Beach location is excellent, but quite a pain to get to and parking is plain tough.  This new location is right off of India St. nearby El Indio and Blue Water Grill.

We decided to stop by for an early lunch today.  This was nice since we didn’t need to battle with any crowds.  The menu was immediately familiar and the fresh bread stood out front and center.

As you can see, you have several selections of daily fresh baked breads to choose from.  (Note, if you look at the picture, we did verify the “Pesto” and the “Dutch Crunch” in the case were mixed up accidentally.)  If you haven’t tried these breads yet, you’re in for a real treat!

As you move down the line, you are given the opportunity to see your wonderful sandwich creations from start to finish.  In this picture you’ll find freshly grilled chicken and bacon.

Here you can see a master sandwich maker, Antonio Carasali, at work!  He is one of the owners and likely making sure the new location meets up to expectations.  So far so good.

Jorgina built her own sandwich from scratch.  She started out with a full Garlic Cheese loaf, followed by grilled chicken, smoked gouda, pesto mayo, and topped off with fresh lettuce and tomatoes.  We love how they come on these individual metal trays topped off with a chocolate chip cookie!  The whole sandwich was around $10.

The breads are always fresh and the sandwich was great.  The only minor thing was that we wished there was more pesto mayo to add a little more flavor.  The honey mustard sauce was a nice touch.

I ordered a 1/2 sandwich with a soup (lobster & crab bisque).  For my 1/2 sandwich, I selected the prime rib sandwich on their fresh Pesto bread (Note, although the 1/2 and 1/2 sandwich says “any” sandwich, we had to pay $1 more for the prime rib).  It comes with a creamy horseradish (not too strong) and a cup of warm au jus.  Total for this combo was about $11.25.

The sandwich was fantastic.  The pesto bread was perfect with the thinly sliced prime rib.  Add in the au jus and it made for a very tasty dip sandwich!

The lobster/crab bisque was decent, but I believe it’d be more accurate to say it’s closer to a “chowder” than a traditional “bisque” you’d find at a French restaurant.

I ordered a regular fountain drink and was super surprised and happy to find Boylan sodas on tap!  Sweet!!

You might not be able to make them all out here, but there is Ginger Ale, Lemon Lime, Black Cherry, Creme Soda, Rootbeer, and regular/diet Coke.  I tried them all today!

Boylan sodas are sweetened with pure can sugar… nice.

One pretty cool feature that Rubicon Deli has in place is a self wrap station for any leftovers you may have.  The sandwiches are huge, so there is a pretty good chance you’ll have extra.  The self wrap station is convenient and eco-friendly which we liked.

Mr. Rubicon I suspect?

Overall Rubicon Deli in Mission Hills has successfully transported the magic of their Mission Beach store to the heart of San Diego.  Their attention to detail, great customer service, and ability to deliver a unique sandwich experience is second to none.  I can’t wait to go back and try something new!

Rubicon Deli
3715 India St
San Diego, CA 92103


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