Restaurant Hopewell Waves Sandwich Company: Vegan, Vegetarian options

HOPEWELL Michael Benton and Meredith Dean with a shared passion for the restaurant industry opened Waves Sandwich Company in Hopewell last fall.

“We genuinely love being able to share our passion with the people who live and work here,” Benton said.

“My mom’s family is from Hopewell, and we’re happy to connect with our history and our community,” Dean said. “We appreciate everything the city has to offer.”

Dean and Benton both came up with the name of their Waves Sandwich Company restaurant, and Dean is responsible for the hip, tropical-themed decor.

Two surfers catching huge waves are displayed on store windows. I had to ask…no, none of them surf. Ha!

Ruben Waves Sandwich Company and homemade dill pickles

Waves Sandwich Company menu

As you enter the fun and colorful space, look for the off-menu daily specials on the sandwich boards right out front. Gluten-free options are available upon request. The 12 sandwiches on the menu range from $7 to $15.

Dill pickles prepared by Benton and Dean are served in a small cup with each authentic sandwich.

The most popular sandwich is the Cheesesteak with house shaved steak, sharp American cheese, grilled onions on a buttered Amoroso roll.

The second favorite dish of diners is reuben. On my sister’s recommendation, I tried the reuben from Waves. It was very similar to how they are made in Iowa, “stacked” with corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and thousand island dressing on rye bread.

Fries at Waves Sandwich Company.

Other than the delicious pickles, the sandwiches don’t come with any sides. However, the sandwiches are quite large. Next time I plan to share one or take half home.

Sides available include fries, fries, potato salad, fruit cup, vegan pasta salad and a bowl or cup of soup.

Do you know what dazzled and dazzled me? Any sandwich on the menu can be turned into a salad for an additional $1.

“We have multiple people ordering this every day,” Dean said. “It’s a great way for people to maintain their dietary preferences and needs.”

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Vegan options

Waves makes a vegan sandwich with Dave’s killer bread, seasoned mashed avocado and tomatoes. Another vegan option is the vegetarian BLT sub with homemade tempeh bacon, avocado, tomato, lettuce, and homemade vegan mayonnaise.

“We get our bread from New York and Philadelphia because we want to keep the authenticity of our sandwiches in New England styles,” Dean said.

Waves Sandwich Company in Hopewell

Full bar: unique tropical cocktails

Waves offers limited and specialty craft beverages that vary based on fruit and produce availability.

“We have margaritas and mojitos like Roja,” Benton said. “We hope to expand our cocktail menu when our hours expand into dinner hours.”

If you have a sweet tooth, homemade desserts such as margarita cupcakes and a variety of cookies are available while supplies last.

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Reviews on Rave Waves

“If you’re a healthier eater like me, you can turn your sub into a breadless salad,” Valerie Monroe Jones, owner of Good Karma in Hopewell, posted on Facebook. “They don’t skimp on the meat! Omg absolutely delicious!”

“We had to go back a second time just to make sure the Philly Cheese Steak and new French Dip were real,” Lori Goff said on Google. “YES they are!! Great sandwiches, inviting environment and friendly owners.”

At left, delegate Carrie Coyner and her children have dinner at the Waves Sandwich Company in Hopewell.

“This place has a great atmosphere, cool tapestries on the walls, and amazing food,” said Kristina H.’s review on Yelp. “The steak sandwiches, reubens and Italian are all spectacular. Best sandwich I’ve ever had!”

“Love this place! Great atmosphere, very cool interior design and awesome beach theme. Very friendly staff,” said Yelp reviewer Robin S.. “Food was very good and I had the steak and cheese and it was great. Portions are big and well worth the price! Will be back!”

Robin S. from Chester also likes the way Waves allows introverts to order food on a tablet or through bar staff.

Waves Sandwich Company in Hopewell

Bosses roll up their sleeves

The two co-owners contribute to all areas of the business, but they each have one main goal. Benton’s is the kitchen and Dean’s is the front desk and guest experience. Hopewell residents currently employ nine people at Waves.

Dean owns Roja Taco Joint just 0.2 miles from Waves, a five minute walk or two minute drive past the historic Beacon Theater.

Business partners opened Waves near Roja because they love Hopewell and are happy in the town centre.

“We want everyone to feel comfortable and welcome at both of our locations,” Benton said.

Waves Sandwich Company Chicken Salad Sandwich

According to the co-owners, officers and staff from the Hopewell Police Department, located across the street, have become regulars.

“Meredith’s father is a retired police officer from Hopewell and her mother also worked for the police department and the justice system,” Benton said.

Owners scrambled from table to table refilling drinks, taking orders, delivering food, and making sure customers were happy with their orders. It was great to see restaurateurs wholeheartedly protect their investment while doing something they love.

Previous restaurants that operated in the same space as Waves near the Municipal Building and Hopewell Courthouse were Main Street Cafe and Courthouse Cafe.

Check out Waves at 224 N. Main St. at the corner of Main and Broadway in Hopewell. It is open Tuesday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, follow Waves Sandwich Company on Facebook.

– Kristi K. Higgins, aka The Social Butterfly columnist, is the food news and Q&A reporter at The Progress-Index. Do you have a current tip on local trends or businesses? Contact Kristi (her, her) at [email protected], follow @KHiggins_PI on Twitter, @socialbutterflykristi on Instagram and follow progress-index.com.


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