Owner Dan Crookston loves sandwiches of all makes and models. Mean Sandwich allows he and his younger brothers, Ben and Casey, the opportunity to serve sandwich lovers from all over the globe who venture to their shop in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle Washington.
Before Dan purchased Mean Sandwich from the Pemoulié's he worked with the Hama Hama Oyster company developing relationships with top chefs across the country while also researching and recruiting quick-serve restaurants for third party delivery services. In doing so, Dan has eaten at some of the world's best (and worst) restaurants.
In addition to the original seven sandwiches developed by the Pemoulié's, Dan and the team have added a deliciously simple "Hama Hama Oyster Po'Boy" and a Dry Aged Meat double smashburger to the menu aptly named "The D.A.M.burger" which has garnered acclaim from both EATER and the SeattleMET.
These menu changes along with some simple updates to the shop has, in the words of EATER, taken "a very good Ballard sandwich counter and, with a few minor changes, made it excellent." - EATER
Created by NYC Momofuku vets Kevin and Alex Pemoulié, Mean Sandwich opened in 2017 to amazing praise from sandwich lovers and food writers across the country including Bon Appétit's “Top 50 Best New Restaurants in America in 2017” as a sandwich shop! The duo are no strangers to building successful restaurants, their first project Thirty Acres in Jersey City was a James Beard “Best New Restaurant” nominee in 2013.
Keeping it simple, the original menu at Mean Sandwich served just about a half dozen sandwiches. Though the menu was abrupt, Seattle Mag noted "Each ingredient, however, is there with a purpose, from the fried lemons on the sardine sandwich to the yuzu kosho mayo on the steak tartare club."