I’ve heard good things about Specialty’s from several friends. There are multiple locations in California, with two in San Diego. My friends had recommended the one in La Jolla, but it’s only open during the week since it’s catered to the lunch work crowd.
So on a rare week day off that Mr. K and I had recently, we decided to check it out. It’s located in the financial buildings area of UTC, making it a little hard to find. It sharea a spot with Peet’s Coffee. There are several ways for you to order: in person talking to a store employee, in person on one of their tablets, or placing your order online.
We chose to place our order online. I loved that you can customize the salads and sandwiches, and with each customization, it shows the nutrition value and how it is changing with your additions and subtractions. Once we finalized our order, the time estimate was about 15 minutes.
When we arrived, our order was actually already on this pick up shelf. It was that easy. We never even had to speak or interact with an employee!
I heard rave reviews about the cookies, so I ordered one. While in the cafe, I took a peek at the baked goods on display but didn’t see the famed cookies.
The Chairman (Oven-roasted turkey breast and swiss with avocado, cucumber, sprouts, ranch, stone ground mustard, mayo, fresh lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, italian vinaigrette and black pepper, served on an herb bread)
I loved the size of the sandwiches, which tasted fresh and packed with ingredients. I enjoyed the herb bread and all the fresh vegetables inside my sandwich.
Turkey Pesto (Oven-roasted turkey breast, muenster, cream cheese and basil pesto with fresh spinach, dill pickle, bell peppers and mayo on toasted ciabatta)
Mr. K opted for this warm sandwich. This was quite good too.
Chocolate Chip Cookie
After hearing so many rave reviews about the cookie, I was initially quite disappointed with the look. It wasn’t even shaped like a typical round cookie. To tell you the truth, after seeing how it looked, I put it back and forgot about it. I remember it two days later, and oh my goodness, the cookie was so good! Even two days later! It was still soft and fluffy and the inside was oozing with chocolate.
I could see that they used chocolate discs which ensures maximum chocolate coverage inside the cookie. Actually the recipe tasted very similar to The New York Times cookies I’m always raving about.
Overall, we enjoyed this place. There’s a good variety and the portions are very satisfying. While the sandwiches are not mind-blowingly good, they are fresh and well made. And I highly recommend adding a chocolate chip cookie to your order. This is a great option for a quick work day lunch for those who are in the area. There is another location in downtown San Diego as well, which I didn’t realize until after this visit.
Specialty’s Cafe & Bakery
4330 La Jolla Village Dr
San Diego, CA, 92122