Noontime Noca is Nocawich

by Mike Hunter



Spreading the techniques, flavors and culinary excellence to the lunch hour five days a week, Eliot Wexler’s Nocawich is not to be missed. This quick-fix lunch spot conjures up much of the greatness that Noca by night is known for.

Dubbed by many as “the best sandwich place,” its menu and location are making Nocawich a hot spot. With its selection of sandwiches, soups, salads, pizzas and pastas, it’d take months to truly get a taste of all it has to offer. The “Sando,” as they are termed, are some of the Valley’s most unique and tasty sandwiches. Try The Gwyneth, made with grilled cauliflower, pickled radish, Manchego, herb pesto and chili pepper crema. A real favorite is The Dolly. This is a fried chicken breast, slaw, parsley, oregano and a spicy aioli. The Meyer Lansky, named for the famed Mob accountant, is house-made Wagyu pastrami with Dijonnaise and a spicy slaw held together in a marble rye. It’s one for the history books.

The Schiacciata, or Tuscan flatbreads, are unique combinations of sweet and savory ingredients that include prosciutto, oregano, arugula, extra virgin olive oil and more which come together as lighter fare with incredible Italian-inspired flavors. The daily specials (one per day on Tuesday through Friday, and two on Saturday) are more robust creations like the Sinner’s Slider , a variation of the daily offering, made with Niman Ranch ground beef, white cheddar, spicy pickles and relish aioli on a griddled Kaiser roll. Saturday’s Lobsta Roll is an attraction itself, with Maine lobster, chile-lime aioli, pickled celery and apple brunoise on a brioche. It is a combination that will mean visiting Noca for weekends to come.

Located at 32nd Street and Camelback Road (north of Camelback, hence “Noca”), this lunch option is open Tuesdays through Saturdays only from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. A smaller, quaint, modern eatery, this place can get packed, so plan some time and enjoy the incredible tastes of Nocawich.


3118 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix
(602) 956-6622

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