3506 16th St, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9411437.764364 -122.431224
Neighborhoods: Central, Castro
The Ike's Place Sh*t Show – You want to know about the sh*t storm that is Ike's Place (Read entire review to find about the literal sh*t storm that is Ike's Place)? I'll tell you about it. Ike Shehadeh is a greedy, abusive man with a severe Napoleon Complex. He routinely berates his employees in front of customers with his pedantic bullsh*t such as anger at a brand new employee for making one mistake in their second week on job. He ignores requests from his employees for better/safer work conditions.
He only hires girls he wants to sleep with and then sexually harasses them constantly. In fact sexual harassment is encouraged by all male employees in a position of power at Ike's Place! Yay! Sexual harassment is fun kids! From groping to disgustingly explicit "sweet" nothings in the ear to creepy-as-f*ck kisses on the neck Ike Shehadeh is a f*cking pig!
On to getting paid, one of the most basic aspects of having a job. Well not at Ike's Place! At Ike's Place we have bouncing baby paychecks! That's right; there was once a time when your check was like playing the California Lottery. Sometimes you get lucky and it actually clears, but most of the time you just lose money on the bounced check fees. If you're lucky the owners will take pity on you and pay you in cash from the register if you're one of the first to complain. Once that cash runs out, however, you have to wait to get paid. Late on rent? Sucks for you!!
Speaking of cash... let's talk about the other owner! Huda Shehadeh. Girl, where do we start? This woman is the most money-hungry person any of us have ever met! For about 6 months all managers were told to take $2000 in cash out of the register and leave it aside for Ike's mother, Huda. For what?! Who knows! Although she did buy a brand new car shortly after so I have a feeling that's where it went. Was this $2000 a day documented anywhere? Hell no!
Since opening you may have noticed your sandwich getting less appetizing and smaller. You'd be right in that observation, because Ike's place is now weighing their portions and using cheaper and cheaper meats/cheeses/sauces for their sandwiches while increasing their prices.
If all of this doesn't convince you that it's probably best not to eat here maybe this will. I mentioned the sh*t storm that is Ike's Place in the beginning of this review and this is it. There was a period in time where it was raining sh*t on Ike's Place. Literally. You see, a sewage pipe burst over the kitchen of Ike's Place and rained its contents all over the place. Did Ike close down and have professionals come and clean it? Nope! He closed for a half day and let the hipster army of Ike's Place (referred to as Ikesters by the owners) clean it to the best of their ability before re-opening and making hundreds of sandwiches that he later served at the Yelp holiday party! What?! Can you believe that?! I can't even imagine what the poor Yelp partiers went through that night. And if that isn't enough, they didn't even patch the hole the sh*t was coming out of properly! They covered it with a plastic bag that occasionally fell off and rained sh*t water all over the oven your sandwiches were coming out of!
This is getting ridiculous and this man needs to be stopped!
Oh, and Ike has taken to bribing people with free sandwiches for 5 star reviews. How nice! Well Ike, here's one to offset the rest!
I don't get it. – So on a recent Saturday we were just being lazy around the house and decided rather then make lunch we would order Ike's. I have had a sandwich here only once before and don't really remember my experience then, its been a while. So we called in an order at 2:30 and the girl put me on hold and when she came back said we could pick it up at 3:50...are you kidding me? A hour and a half? for a freaking sandwich? So we picked up our sandwiches at the designated time and when i opened my sandwhich the first thing i see is the two things I told the girl I DID NOT want on my sandwich tomatoes and peppers...so that sealed the deal for me....I don't need to go to Ike's again.
Run don't walk... really.... – Ike's has been featured on numerous "best of the bay" specials for a reason. Their delish sandwiches are rivaled by none. There are oodles of specialized menu options and each one is unique. Bottom line: try Ike's.
Get the dirty sauce! – If you go at 10:45am, you don't' have to wait, AS LONG.
But even if you do have to wait, IT IS SO WORTH IT.
The DIRTY SAUCE, the bread, the bacon, the lollipop, all of it when combined, just makes for the perfect sandwich experience.
I'm a normally fussy girl, I don't want veggies or mustard and I want light on this and that on my sandwich. But here, because I trust Ike's that much, I don't forego anything, I just take it all as is. I don't substitute at all.
And I never regret it, the food comes out perfect.
tasty! – try it at least once and decide for yourself.
Great place! – This place has a wide selection of sandwiches for super cheap. Highly recommended! My only gripe is that the lines can get pretty long and if it's raining, you have no where to stand (except in the rain).
The sandwiches at Ike's hidden Castro spot have earned Ike cult status among those who wish they could keep him a secret – San Francisco loves a good mom-and-pop shop, but this family-run sandwich deli might want to consider franchising. Waits can be up to half an hour for coma-inducing Franken-sandos like the Back Stabber (shredded chicken breast, marinated artichoke hearts, caesar dressing, provolone) and the Sexyboy (thinly sliced ribeye steak, mozzarella sticks, havarti)--that just the tip of the iceberg--all on fresh bread slathered with Ike's famous dirty sauce. The meatless options are plentiful, too, so whether you eat like Tony Soprano (turkey, ham, pepperoni, Italian dressing, provolone) or just talk like him ("da best freakin' vegan sandwich in town"), Ike's Place has got you covered.
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