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Pasadena Sandwich Company: Made By and For Families at Affordable Prices

By Kelly Church

At Pasadena Sandwich Company, making sandwiches isn't just a family business -- it's all the Fink family knows. Meghan Fink, one of the owners of Pasadena Sandwich Company, inherited the family sandwich shop alongside her three siblings. The foursome is the second generation of Finks to be making sandwiches for the Pasadena, CA community. They pride themselves on making fresh sandwiches with home-cooked meats, which goes back to the family business' roots. 

"We have a family-style lunch atmosphere where everyone is welcomed," Fink says. "We have every type of customer imaginable. From customers who conduct business meetings at lunch, families, sports teams and city employees to the regulars who have been coming in since the beginning with their newspapers. Come one, come anyone, come all."

Fink says her favorite sandwiches at the shop include the Reuben, made with freshly-cooked corned beef that gets piled on rye bread right out of the pot it's made in. It's topped with mustard and Russian dressing. The Veggie Supreme is another favorite, with lettuce, tomato, onion, bell pepper, sprouts, avocado, mustard, mayonnaise and the customer's choice of cheese piled on wheat bread.

Fink says the horseradish chive white cheddar cheese is a customer favorite and some even add freshly-cooked turkey breast to the sandwich. However, of all the menu items, Fink says her absolute favorite is the potato salad. It's her grandmother's recipe and offered as a side. 

Pictured above is The Big Steve

An unusual, and ever changing, menu item that is unique to Pasadena Sandwich Company is the Trust the Cook sandwich. This specialty item is a tradition at the shop and came about when customers use to walk into the sandwich shop and ask Fink's dad what was good that day. He'd invite them to sit down and trust him because he was going to make them something great. You never know what you're going to get when you order the Trust the Cook sandwich, but they promise it's big. 

The company has a rich, family-oriented history. After Fink's grandparents started their in the 1950s and made everything from scratch in their kitchen, taking their goods to a storefront and assembling sandwiches until they were sold out. In the 1970s, Fink's dad, Steve, joined the business until her grandparents retired.

Pictured above is The Chicago

Steve then opened up the Pasadena Sandwich Company storefront, opening and closing at times that worked with his schedule as a father. They opened at 9 a.m., giving him enough time to drop his kids off at school, and closed at 2:30 p.m., allowing for restaurant clean-up and to pick his kids up at the end of the school day. Saturday hours were shorter, only 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. allowing Steve to coach his kids sports teams. Steve passed away in 2010 and the four kids kept the restaurant alive. 

Fink and her three siblings are also the founders of Fink Fund, which they started after the death of their father to keep his memory alive and carry on his legacy of feeding the community. Through Fink Fund, the Fink children raise awareness of amyloidosis, a rare disease when the amyloid protein accumulates in the organs and can result in organ failure. The Fink Fund also co-founded the Pasadena Thanksgiving Share a Meal Program, which supports families in the Pasadena community in periods of transition. 

PSC also caters! It is an incredible part of their business and allows them to serve the community for meetings, light breakfast bites, lunches, dinners parties and all other events. Inquire at pasadenasandwichcompany@gmail.com.

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