By Glenn Hammett and Mark Nessia

Photos by Mark Nessia

Sequoia Sandwich has never been one to rest on its laurels.The popular lunch spot, which, in March, opened Quick Cafe and built a centralized kitchen, recently expanded the primary downtown location and is in the process of increasing its seating capacity by 24. They are also adding pendant lighting and easier-to-read illuminated menu boards. It’s admirable, and telling, that a business that has enjoyed so much success in its 18 years of operation is never satisfied. They are always looking for ways to better serve their customers.

Philly Cheesesteak ($8.95):

Meat and cheese is a combination that can’t really go wrong, and in the right hands, the results can be absolutely spectacular. The Philly cheesesteak at Sequoia consists of only five ingredients: grilled sirloin, melted baby Swiss cheese, and grilled onions and peppers served on a soft French roll. Its modesty speaks to the quality of the ingredients. The tender sirloin is seasoned with only salt and pepper as it is chopped fresh on the grill. The sandwich is overflowing with meat, cheese and veggies and served steaming with a side of homemade marinara sauce that – while delicious – is unnecessary. It’s that good.

The roll is soft, the meat is tender and juicy, the grilled veggies offer a nice crunch and the cheese acts as the delicious glue that holds everything together.

Greek Salad ($6.95):

There are times, especially in Bakersfield’s warmer months, when a Greek salad is the perfect choice for a light lunch. Done right, it is a refreshing contrast of flavors and textures that satisfies on many levels. And it’s no surprise that Sequoia Sandwich Company nails it.

A generous mixture of cold, crisp romaine and iceberg lettuces tossed with fresh cucumbers and topped with sweet grape tomatoes, tangy Kalamata olives and feta cheese, Sequoia’s Greek salad fills you up without weighing you down. The ingredients are all top quality and it comes with your choice of dressing on the side. I chose the traditional lemon olive oil, which added a light tang to the affair. If you are looking for something more substantial, you can add grilled chicken for $2. 

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