“Uber” is on my uncreated list of words not to use. But I’ll let that slide for two restaurant owners who use the adjective to describe their impressive sandwiches being served in Deep Ellum.
Bryan and Kathy Crelly opened up Uncle Uber’s Sammich Shop last September, graciously providing much-needed, decadent sandwiches within walking distance of downtown-dwellers.
The menu has a variety of meals in a bun, including some bahn mi options and a hamburger (which Bryan says is “amazing;” I’ve yet to try it, but it looks like he might be right). My first visit had me choosing what is still my favorite: the shaved ribeye sandwich.
While it’s not a common order for me, the ribeye is a favorite cut of mine. I didn’t know I would still love it when it was thinly sliced and placed in a warm baguette, one that could be a delicious starch-filled meal of its own. The grilled red onions are a necessary combination with the lightly-seasoned meat. The romaine and tomato don’t take your mouth’s attention with the blue cheese crumbles that meld with the roasted-garlic mayo.
The smokin’ turkey sandwich may sound healthier with the lack of fatty red meat, but it does prove to be satisfactory with overly buttered sourdough takes care of holding the turkey, bacon, lettuce and tomato for you. It’s a basic sandwich, with turkey slices that keep their juices. Of course, anything basic is made superb when the bread around it had a copious amount of butter on the griddle.
The grilled cheese may hit your limit for saturated fat, though. The heavily buttered bread (thankfully) takes on this sandwich that has provolone melting with red peppers and garlic mayo. The peppers add a kick that’s almost enough to make the grilled cheese a particularly special one. The mayonnaise, while it’s a good, homemade concoction, takes over the sandwich, making it feel like every bit melts and drips down your throat.
An order of their hand-cut fries can break up that feeling, though. These salty potatoes are worth getting for the table. They’re the somewhat floppy kind–as opposed to the thin and crispy or wide and dense–keeping hold of their flavor (and grease).
It’s a good lunch spot that found its place among the dining establishments on the east side of Central. The couple, who lives in Uptown, aren’t new to the restaurant business or Deep Ellum: this is their fourth restaurant to own and second one located at 2713 Commerce St.
Uncle Uber’s Sammich Shop
Location: 2713 Commerce St., 75226,214-653-8237
Hours: Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Ambiance: Clean, casual, busy lunch crowd
Payment Information: Major credit cards accepted