I didn't take any exterior photos of Benji's because, well, it's really a horrible looking restaurant. I remember the first time I ate there a few years ago. I was thinking, "wow, they must have gotten a great deal on rent when the nail salon and used CD shop went belly up".
And (see Deli 1614 above), I actually don't care what a place looks like. I just want good food. But, unfortunately, after my sandwich from Benji's, I was still wanting for good food.
Just looking at the sandwich, it's not too bad. Frankly, after McBob's, I would have been excited seeing my corned beef nestled between two cedar planks as long as they had caraway seeds involved somehow.
The corned beef and mustard had nice flavor but after chewing the first bite for a while, I noticed that everything was dry. I was really surprised -- they take the slab of beef out of a vat of water when you order it. But, somehow, it and the bread both seemed past their prime.
Also securing Benji's inferiority to the Great Jake's (sorry...bias showing through again) was the miniscule size of the sandwich. If you look closely at the photo, even in the middle of the sandwich, the meat is barely 2x the width of the bread.
I left thinking I would have been better off doing a Hopple Popple comparison. I would immediately speed to Benji's if they opened in Minneapolis-St. Paul, but the corned beef seems to have disappeared behind a bunch of other things that they do well. Too bad.
Corned beef: 2 out of 5 (good flavor, just too dry)
Bread: 3 out of 5 (good quality, just too dry)
Mustard: 3 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5
I do offer Benji's an extra bonus point for their proximity to Kopp's. "Super Bowl of Custard" flavor (chocolate with a whole bunch of stuff mixed in...caramel, almonds, chocolate covered peanuts and more) was great:
I also need more time to get a great photo of the cows. I love the cows but every time I'm there, I'm disappointed how I can never get a good shot. Damn you "Don't Climb on the Hill" signs.