Ike's Love and Sandwiches is now open in Rockridge, serving up owner Ike Shehadeh's signature hot, saucy sandwiches to Cal students and locals alike. The modestly sized shop is located between a Philz Coffee and CREAM shop, satisfying everyones most basic, basic needs all at once.
The sandwich store, which is the 22nd location of the rapidly multiplying chain, features a lengthy list of sandwiches that is basically a reconfiguration of about 20 different ingredients, including a couple "Rockridge only" specialties, like a chicken-fried steak, #feastmode sauce and smoked gouda called "I'm the 4th Toniey."
Shehadeh is also poised to open another location in Berkeley in a matter of weeks, to accompany the newly-opened locations in Emeryville and Rockridge, but isn't telling where that might be. Also of note: Ike's adds .50 cents to each order, according to a sign by the register, to "help offset rising business expenses and offer additional employee benefits." While the sign also notes that the charge can be removed from a customer's order if they object, the money is intended to provide competitive wages, affordable healthcare and paid sick leave.
Ike's is open daily from 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m.