Mason Dixon American Sandwich Bar, 480 Collins Street, Melbourne. Phone: 8610 6316
Up this end of Collins Street, as well as there being some good lunch action going on in various laneways, there are also several swish food courts, all of which offer something interesting and good.
Mason Dixon is tucked into one of them.
They’ve been operating, IIRC, since about Christmas times and, by all accounts I’ve laid eyes on, are going gangbusters.
I’m keen to check out their sangers in the company the Urban Ma, Jacqui, and her hubby, Wes.
By the time Jacqui and I locate the joint following much confusion and consultation of device maps, the crowd is substantial – but Wes has been doing patient queue duty so our wait time is minimal.
Two of us go the cubano (pictured at top, $9.50) of roast pork, smoked ham, dill pickle, swiss cheese and “citrus mojo” on a pressed roll.
Our third sandwich is the reuben ($9.50) of corned beef, sauerkraut, swiss cheese and russian dressing.
Both are served with a handful of mini-pretzels and a couple of plastic-wrapped Mentos.
Both our sandwiches are good and constructed right for the $9.50 price tags.
But there’s the rub … I do find both of them a bit bland and lacking in real oomph.
But for the kind of sandwich dynamite for which I have been hoping, $15 would be a more likely price demand.
And Mason Dixon, being pitched directly at the office lunch crowd, is nailing it in spades.
Jacqui passes by the next day and subsequently reports the queue is nearly out the door and on to the street!
If I our adjudge our sandwiches to have been slightly off target – for me anyway! – the cheeky slice of peanut butter cheesecake ($5) Jac and I consume after Wes has split is a direct hit of glorious gooey richness.