Downtown Monterey has a seen a recent resurgence in its dining scene and the Boardwalk Sub Shop is certainly one of the new shining stars. Located in the heart of downtown on Alvarado Street, this gut-pleasing gem is the place to sample classic East Coast sammies right here in Monterey.
Atlantic City natives Terry and JT Teplitzky decided to bring their passion for great food to Monterey as a tribute to their recently deceased brother. Their strong dedication to family roots is depicted throughout the restaurant with a cozy atmosphere and incredible eats.
The small storefront is just a façade to the huge space inside. Photographs and décor pay homage to the brothers’ East Coast heritage with bright lights reminiscent of the city and various black and white images from Atlantic City’s famed boardwalk.
The focal point of the eatery is the pristine open kitchen. Here you can see the meat masters at work; cooking up piping hot cheesesteaks, constructing cold subs and creating fresh salads just before your eyes.
The Boardwalk’s most popular item is the cheesesteak, and rightfully so. They offer not one, not two but four variations of the cheesy concoction including a Philly cheesesteak, a northeast Philly cheesesteak an Atlantic City cheesesteak and a pizza cheesesteak. The classic Philly cheesesteak is a true winner, oozing with homemade “cheese wiz” and fried onions - comfort food at its finest!
As any sandwich connoisseur knows, the key to a great sandwich is in the bread. The Teplitsky brothers have spared no expense over this crucial component by working with local companies to perfect the unique flavors they grew up with; they even overnighted bread rolls from the East Coast to compare. Let’s just say they nailed it with just the right amount of crunch.
What’s a good sandwich without a great side, or two? The Boardwalk Sub Shop has plenty of options to pair with your hot or cold selection including homemade coleslaw, pasta salad, macaroni salad and hot pretzels with cheese sauce. The garlic fries in particular are to die for. The key to these crunchy spuds are the pre-sautéed hunks of fresh garlic which really make the flavors pop without being too overwhelming.
Night owls can rejoice as these comfort classics are offered up into the wee hours, perfect for curbing those late night munchies!
The Boardwalk Sub Shop is open Sunday-Thursday from 10:30am-11pm and Friday-Saturday from 10:30am-1am. Stay tuned for a new delivery service!