Sunday, June 28, 2015
Schlotzsky's ~ Southlake, Texas
Schlotzsky's is one of those chains folks tend to miss if you don't live near one. We've been fortunate that in both Texas and Colorado, they are well represented. But it's not something we take for granted, and they would be sorely missed if suddenly they were shut down due to something like bankruptcy. If you haven't been for awhile (or ever), support your local franchiser and give it a shot!
Food: With Schlotzsky's, it's all about the bread. Long before Quizno's showed up, Schlotzsky's pioneered the conveyer belt toasted concept, and their bread reacts well to it, providing the right crispiness and flavors when heated properly. That being said, the Southlake location, going back to the first time we went here in 2003, never got their ovens set right. No problem for the RJG, as he always gets the sandwiches to go, and toasts them again at home! Problem solved. They have various breads, veggie, and meat combinations that are all very good, but if it weren't for the bread itself (including for pizzas), Schlotzsky's would be long gone from the culinary landscape. My favorite is a medium Original Deluxe, which is double the meat. It's a big sandwich, and certainly something I only eat after having run over 3 miles. Mrs. RJG likes a small Original on Jalapeno Cheese bread.
Location: This particular Schlotzsky's sits on prime real estate, on a surprisingly undeveloped stretch of Southlake Blvd northeast of Davis. It's there all alone. Though a choice location, if heading east, you will need to make a U-Turn on Southlake Blvd to get there. It's a clean restaurant, though as stated above, we now only use the drive through so we can reheat the sandwich.
Notes: Schlotzsky's humble beginnings goes back to 1971 in Austin. Being relatively close in proximity to Austin, Dallas was an early expansion city for the then small chain, and so I first enjoyed them at their northwest Dallas location in the early 1980s while still in high school. And they followed me to my college years in Lubbock throughout the middle 80s. Today, they are an international chain, though Texas is still their primary home, and where you will find the most locations.
Hours: Mon-Sun: 10:30a - 10:00p