Can a sandwich shop be adorable? Juliebelle’s Gourmet Market & Sandwich Shop is. The compact little blue and white storefront that used to house Jean-Marie Patisserie (recently relocated to Middle Neck Road) is co-owned by married couple Monica and Michael Guida and named for their two daughters, Juliana, 3 and Isabella, 1.
Michael, who is chef, used to manage the ESPN Zone in Manhattan’s Times Square as well as Grand Lux Cafe in Garden City. He said that almost everything served at the new place is made from scratch.
On the lengthy menu, cute names abound. There’s the “Nerf Herder” (a "Star Wars" reference) made with marinated hanger steak, house-made barbecue sauce, applewood smoked bacon, onion rings and melted Cheddar, and, also, the “Mind Meld” (think "Star Trek") of braised beef short ribs, lettuce, tomato, house-made mayo and bacon.
I stopped by for lunch and ordered the "Cross Bay Blvd.": Italian pulled pork, roasted peppers, caramelized onions and mozzarella on toasted garlic bread. The sandwich filling was lively and full of flavor, but I wished it had been served on something better than an ordinary kaiser roll. Hand-cut fries tasted of fresh potatoes and would have exceled had those potatoes been cooked until very brown and crisp.
Juliebelle's has only four tables and no public restroom. Prices are gentle, with most sandwiches in the range of $7 to $9 (for larger-sized heroes). An added convenience is that the shop will deliver within a radius of about 5 miles.
Juliebelle’s is at 98 Northern Blvd., Great Neck, 516-466-2240