The parking lot is always jammed at Wally's Roast Beef in Bloomington for one reason: tasty sandwiches. Even though the line moves quickly, the staff at Wally's takes more care with its fare than the typical fast food establishment. That's why the place has been a neighborhood classic since the late 1960s.
Now, on to that beef. They don't dress things up too much at Wally's, and from what I could tell, that's how their customers like it. I've heard it's the gold standard for a simplistic roast beef sandwich in the cities, requiring no adoration, so I ordered two roast beef sandwiches. No cheese. No sauce. No screwing around.
Starting things out with a soft buttered and grilled Kaiser roll was definitely a good call, and created a nice foundation for piling on a Minnesota-friendly portion of roast beef. They don't fall into the "paper-thin" trap at Wally's because the beef is so tender and needs no trickery to enhance it. You could honestly eat the stuff sans teeth with no problem. You get a nice play of delicate spices from the rub, and an expected and needed hint of salt, but nothing overwhelming. Roast beef often proves bland and rubbery, but this version was nicely balanced with a great range of delicate flavor. It's a quick, affordable, yet pleasurable meal for a steal--two sandwiches set me back six bones and some change. Wave the white flag, Arby's.
Sandwich Rating: Tasty. I'd stand by claiming that it is arguably some of the finest roast beef served in the cities, but to be honest, I would have liked to try one of the sandwiches with a slice of Swiss. I do think they are great on their own, but I have to admit, I'm a bit curious. There's no doubt in my mind that I will be back to this awesome little classic.
Epic Sandwich copyright 2009 by Teddy Hobbins