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Alvin Ord's Sandwich Shop

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204 University Dr, San Marcos, TX 78666-5725
+1 512-353-8042
08:30 - 22:30
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131 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Sandwiches reminded of Scholtzky's. But the rest of the place was a dive, smelled of sewage, and staffed by sullen burnouts.

Thank Konrad V
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It is tradition to stop at Alvin's anytime our family drives through San Marcos. I grew up eating these delicious sandwiches in Georgetown, Tx but we no longer have Alvin's in our town.

Thank Kristie T
Pearland, Texas
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134 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

This is definitely a local hole in the wall. The ambiance is not great, all the furniture looks 20 years old. However, the sandwiches were excellent! Very fresh and delicious and totally inexpensive. The staff was very friendly and helpful explaining their menu to us. We don't come to San Marcos very often but I'd we come again, we will... More 

Thank Brian C
Kyle, Texas
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

I bought 4 Large Salvations for takeout which totaled almost $40. Using my card to pay, Zeus asked if I wanted to leave a tip. I thought that was kinda pushy when he did nothing but take my order. I said no and that I had that covered. I had a tip in my pocket for them but they didn't... More 

3 Thank rbrickwall
Wimberley, Texas
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44 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2016 via mobile

Delicious sandwiches on their signature bread - limited choices but it doesn't matter because all their sandwiches are tasty. Institution has been around for a while and has even expanded and taken over the space where the pizza place used to be located. Cozy graffiti covered booths are fun and a conversation piece for friends and non-students.

Thank 2wheel-navigator
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22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2016 via mobile

We practically lived at Alvin Ords when we went to TxState. Since leaving, we also make it a point to stop by on our way through town. They expanded the restraint but the vibe is still the same, casual, small town sandwich shop. The bread is fantastic and the menu is small. My husband always gets the Salvation, while my... More 

Thank Meagan B
San Marcos, TX
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162 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2016

I have no idea how long this place has been here. It was here when I arrived in 1986, so at least that long, but I'm guessing at least into the 70's. The place has a college atmosphere (the campus is just across the street after all) and it was the place to order sandwiches when I lived on campus.... More 

Thank WinthropJQuiggy
Houston, Texas
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70 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2015

Very good sandwiches! Usually try to visit when we go to San Marcos and it never disappoints. Order the Salvation and you will not be disappointed. It is an icon in town and much better than eating a "chain" restaurant.

1 Thank Liz T
San Marcos, Texas
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32 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2015

Great place for sandwich. Very delicious and quick service. Been in San Marcos for years. A go to sandwich shop. A must try.

Thank Linkay3
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24 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2015

I went to High school in San Marcos, and one of the things that sticks in my mind is Alvin Ords. Consistently good, so much better that Schlotsky's, and the funky shop is full of old writing on the wall from so many years of customers. I usually call ahead to place my order so that it's a quick in... More 

1 Thank mgt p

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Fast food
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Delivery, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:30 - 22:30
08:30 - 22:30
08:30 - 22:30
08:30 - 22:30
08:30 - 22:30
08:30 - 22:30
08:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 204 University Dr, San Marcos, TX 78666-5725
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  San Marcos
  • Phone Number: +1 512-353-8042

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?