326 North West Ave.
Cuisine: Sandwiches and salads
Noise level: Low
Overall ambiance: Relaxed
Price range: $7-$10
Time: 40 minutes
Open since: May 2008
Our reviewers were hesitant to try Gullett’s Gourmet after seeing at least three previous ventures fail at the same location on West Avenue.
It was beginning to seem as though nothing could survive at the cursed Fayetteville spot, previously home to Dadoo’s Pizzeria, Bourbon Boys and a seafood eatery.
But if there is a restaurant that can do it, we’re counting on Gullett’s.
Grant Gullett, who has been involved in Fayetteville’s restaurant scene for years, including stints with Grub’s Bar and Grille and Lou Lou’s Fish Shack, opened his own eatery in May.
Each of our reviewers chose a selection from the original line-up of gourmet sandwiches.
After hearing the server’s glowing recommendation, one reviewer went with the Panini Club ($7), a grilled concoction of turkey, ham, bacon and Cheddar cheese served with honey mustard.
“A perfect Panini,” he said, “The fries could be a bit crisper, though.”
Another reviewer went with the Stuffed Cheese Burger ($7), which it turns out is a piece of cheese stuffed between two four-ounce hamburger patties.
The flavor was good and the burger was filling, he said. But he was disappointed he chose such a standard after seeing the others’ meals.
He will definitely go back to Gullett’s, if only to try the Panini, he said.
The third reviewer tried the Rowdy Reuben ($7), which featured corn beef cooked slow daily, a generous heap of sauerkraut, 1000 Island dressing and Swiss cheese on toasted marbled rye.
The Reuben was one of the best of its class, she said, and just the right size.
She can’t wait to return to Gullett’s and try the Meatloaf Sandwich, a popular three-tier monstrosity.
The sandwiches are served with a choice of fries or chips and “Fire n Ice” pickles.
Our reviewers raved about the pickles and considered taking home a jar for $7. The recipe is a well-kept secret containing both sweet and spicy flavors.
Gullett’s is unpretentious in its décor. The outdoor patio is nice place to sit and watch people struggle for parking spaces in the overcrowded lot behind Dickson Street.
Overall, our reviewers found Gullett’s to be a nice place to grab a well-above-average sandwich, as well as several “entrees to go.” We hope it sticks around for a while.