Sheldon’s Luncheonette- Restaurant Review
I was meeting a friend for lunch, and he suggested Sheldon’s. I only knew about the one on 8th street, but he told me about a different one, much closer to work, not far from the dog track on north Nevada.
I arrived right at 11:20, and the place was packed! Come early if you want a table. I scooted up to a stool at the counter, and saved a seat for my buddy. He arrived not long after I did.
I ordered the “queen sized” pastrami, grilled. You get a choice of potato salad or coleslaw. I asked if I could get anything else, and was told, “no”. I don’t particularly like either of those choices, but I went with the coleslaw.
The sandwich arrived, and it looked awesome! I was shocked when I picked it up, because… they only grilled one side of the sandwich!! What the heck is up with that? The pastrami wasn’t anything special, a bit tougher and not as seasoned as I like, but it was still edible. Out of a misguided feeling of obligation to try everything, I ate some coleslaw. I still don’t like coleslaw.
Sheldon’s has been around for ages, and is a decent place to swing in for some quick greasy food. I liked the environment – a true diner. I felt like I was stepping onto the set of Alice, and expected Mel to come out of the kitchen and yell at the help at any moment.
To sum up my experience: Good friendly service. Mediocre food. Not much elbow room. Fair prices, but not what I’d call cheap. Somewhat inflexible menu.