As we proceed down the long and winding road that is our sandwich quest, we found ourselves looking for a good hot sandwich on a cold, rainy spring day; and Fishers Grille was just the place to get it. A confession of instant bias, Sylvia and Brian love Fishers. It’s a small corner bar that sits on Elm Street in the heart of Fisher Park. An older establishment filled with charm… and apparently some really good sandwiches.
It should be worth noting that all of us were extremely hungry when we arrived. So much so in fact, that we forgot to take pictures of our first round of sandwiches (bad sandwich bloggers!). We also discovered something that we already knew, but maybe weren’t applying fairly to our quest. If you’re going to make simple food, make simple food really well, and I know what you’re thinking; if you read Brian’s Challenge you probably think this is a bit hypocritical. But in the name of finding the best sandwich in Greensboro you have to trust your taste buds and be fair to the sandwich that you are eating. And when it was all said and done I think we all agreed that it was very hard to find flaws with these sandwiches. With that being said, let’s take a look at this week’s lineup of sandwiches.
We felt as if this place with its local and established feel scored an 8.5 for total overall atmosphere. The sides were good for the most part, the onion rings were absolutely fantastic and the fries were good too! However we wouldn’t suggest the potato salad. The side salad was not the best we’ve had but it was OK. We’d say the sides were a 7.5 overall
Our first sandwich sampled was the French Dip, which hit the spot. Overall we loved the meat, bread and cheese. The grilled onions were tasty. We feel like the steak and cheese would be off the charts. The dip was really hot and Lisa felt it was better without the dip – giving it a 7.5. Joey felt it was good and the bread was perfect. Sylvia says this is not her style but for what it was, you couldn’t beat it. Brian was supper happy to be eating and felt the meat was well seasoned. Overall we enjoyed the sandwich and felt it was very good!
Our overall average for the French Dip was an 8.1 out of 10
Well if you ordered the Sicilian you would most likely enjoy it. The Sicilian was described on the menu as “grilled ham, pepperoni, bacon & provolone with lettuce, tomato and Italian dressing,” which was all true, but unfortunately was heavy on the ham and some of the other ingredients, especially the bacon and pepperoni didn’t really come through. However, although it may have been a little heavy on the ham, it did match the menu. Joey thought the best bite came with the lettuce and tomato, and liked it but didn’t love it. Lisa thought the sandwich had potential, but lacked balance. The large amount of ham compared to other ingredients overwhelmed the sandwich, and also made it too salty for her taste. Brian felt that slaw or something would help it out in this regard, but it met his expectations. Sylvia again said it was not her style, but for what it was it was not a bad sandwich. She also felt it needed more dressing.
Overall average for the Sicilian: 6.5/10
Chicken Salad Club:
The Chicken Salad Club came recommended, and was served on tasty Texas Toast with crispy bacon and looked good. Joey bites in and said “OK not a lot of flavor but not bad”. The table agreed that the flavor of the chicken salad was the best we’ve had but wasn’t over the top. At this point, this is not a terribly high standard, but nevertheless, it was decent. Although this was a chicken salad CLUB, Lisa wondered what the point of the cheese was, as you couldn’t taste it. Lisa was not a big fan overall, although she agreed it had good intentions. Brian liked it but felt it could use some heat. Sylvia mentions that the toppings were good. Overall, this was a decent sandwich, and definitely the best chicken salad sandwich we’ve had, but none of us were raving about it.
The average score for the Chicken Salad Club was a 6.6 out of 10
After much discussion, we settled on the Barbecue and Turkey Reuben for our final round of sandwiches. However, there were several others on the menu that looked promising. Another patron even told us that his favorite was the Turkey and Havarti, which we had decided against because it sounded boring. Unfortunately, we had this conversation after ordering, so it was too late to try it.
Let us begin by saying that we are ALL from up north and none of us are huge fans of Carolina-style BBQ, which is what this sandwich was (sorry NC natives!). However, given this bias, the sandwich was really quite good. Presumably if this was your kind of thing to begin with you would say it was delicious. At the very least we have finally found a sandwich that the Kiser Roll DID NOT kill J yes! Thank goodness! In this case, the Kiser roll actually absorbed a lot of the pork and barbecue juices and even (shocker!) complemented the sandwich. Lisa said that the sandwich was solid, not dry at all, and that the meat was very tasty and well cooked. Joey felt it was too mild and needed more flavor Brian, who was no longer starving, mentioned that these sandwiches are ALL hitting the mark! Sylvia loves saucy things and felt it was missing a little. In fact, all of us northerners agreed we would have liked it with some more barbecue sauce, although we realize that this would be a sacrilege in North Carolina.
Overall, the Barbecue sandwich averaged a 7 out of 10
We have found something here – it was a rueben that that did not have soggy bread for any of us! The dressing wasn’t spread evenly, which led to some disappointment for Lisa. She loves reubens, but just couldn’t get into this one, because without the dressing the sandwich ended up very unbalanced, with the kraut overwhelming the rest of it. However, the bread hit the spot for all of us. Joey felt we have had better flavors at other spots but agreed that it was tasty. Brian thinks it might be the best so far. Despite definitely not being starving at this point, this reuben was a very good sandwich that certainly earns a try!
Overall Average score: 7.6 out of 10
Notes on Fisher’s Grille:
We all agreed that this place was good in terms of both atmosphere and food. All the sandwiches were solid and the environment was established. Lisa argued that it was on par with Gray’s for the sandwiches and we reviewed that we gave Gray’s some high points for creativity. Brian argued that simple here was better than the creativity at Grey’s. This may be a matter of personal preference, but either way you are likely to get a good (or in the case of Grey’s, at least interesting) sandwich. The sandwiches at Fishers may not have been as creative, however, unlike Grey’s NONE missed the mark. They were definitely classic sandwiches done well. . The bread was good on all the sandwiches and nothing again makes the wall of shame! The place was somewhere you felt comfy and welcome, and generally someplace you want to be.