Whisk Review: Sassy’s Sandwich Shack
Sassy’s Sandwich Shack, located about five minutes east of the University Park Mall in Mishawaka, Ind., and approximately 35 minutes from Andrews University campus, provides a quiet, creative space for gourmet burgers, sandwiches, and more. Sharing its space with Indulgence Pastry Shop & Café, Sassy’s provides a variety of food and beverages for many tastes.
Food: As the name states, Sassy’s Sandwich Shack specializes in sandwiches. These sandwiches range from burgers to grilled sandwiches, and the menu also includes wraps, salad, hotdogs and wings. If one is so inclined, all of the sandwiches are available on a gluten free bun. Additionally, all of the 100 percent certified non-GMO beef burgers can be swapped out with a Sweet Potato and Black Bean Veggie Patty or a Turkey Burger. I selected the Goat Cheese & Avocado Burger. This burger has two patties, lettuce, avocado, goat cheese, grilled mushrooms, grilled onions and Sassy’s Sauce. The goat cheese and mushroom combination was absolutely amazing, although I would have liked to see more avocado on the burger than what was present. Sassy’s signature sauce, a combination of mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, pickle, garlic, onion, cayenne pepper, and paprika, is not super noticeable amidst the other ingredients, at least on this burger; however, each order comes with a side of Sassy’s Sauce for fry-dipping. With fries, the sauce is quite flavorful, as the hints of paprika and cayenne contribute to an especially interesting dipping sauce combination. Unfortunately, sides are not a part of the sandwich purchase, but a full order of fries for $2.75 gets you a paper sack full of gluten-free thick-cut fries. Drink options include many flavors of milkshakes, Intelligentsia Coffee, soft drinks, smoothies and Italian sodas.
Atmosphere and Service: Sassy’s presents itself as a small, environmentally-friendly establishment that seeks to meet a plethora of dietary needs. The relaxed atmosphere is well-suited for social interaction. There aren’t large distracting televisions and the music is non-intrusive. The walls are adorned with local art, and the ceiling is decorated with repurposed windows, a bicycle and colored lights. Each of its options are vegetarian-friendly and gluten-sensitive. The staff was warm and accommodating, answering all of my questions graciously. I went for a late dinner, so there were not many other patrons, but it seemed that everyone, even one rather large group, still received their meals in a timely fashion. Within five minutes of placing my order, I was eating my burger, and it was all warm and fresh.
Price: Price for a meal is moderate, as sandwiches average around $8 with additional costs for sides and drinks. Sassy’s runs almost-daily specials on several food items, such as Milkshake Mondays, when all milkshakes are $2.95. Quality and quantity make the price mostly worth it, and I left very satisfied.
Overall: Sassy’s Sandwich Shack is a lovely place for anyone craving sandwiches or burgers. The easy access to baked goods from Indulgence Pastry Shop and Cafe or milkshakes for dessert make it a nice option for anyone fond of finishing their dining experience with sweet treats. For anyone already making the trip to Mishawaka, it is certainly worth experiencing.