San Francisco Sandwiches

May 23, 2013

I feel this is an important post. Sandwiches tend to summon a thoughtful, measured response from me in general. Bread and fillings are not something I take lightly.

It will not surprise you to hear that I have taken on the duty of resident food finder in our group. Come lunch time, whether working from home or the office, the boys will rumble, “HeidiApples, where can I find food?”. I’ll then gather my sandwich thoughts, source a few good options and set them free to discover deliciousness.

Sweet friends, here are my San Francisco sandwich finds. For all the hungry geeks out there, furiously working away on their computers, just hankering for something scrumptious between two slices of bread…some toasty tastiness… I’ve got your back.

Pickles and such

Paulie’s Pickling. I adore this little shop, located in a shared market place on Cortland Ave, one of my favourite strips in Bernal Heights. Their sandwiches are big and the combinations are completely delicious – braised brisket with grilled slaw and Russian dressing, or their popular egg salad. Yum. I say go for the marble rye bread option (get there early to be sure you don’t have to wrestle for the last loaf).


Pork it

Avedano’s. My friendly local butcher! I spoke of my love for Avedano’s in my last post, so “porchetta panini” is really all I should need to say right now. There are other options, but trust me, go with the pork.


Queen T

Tartine. Worth the queue, worth the $13 price tag, it’s just worth it all, dammit. Their bread is pure divinity and the fillings will make your heart sing. And you get adorable little pickled carrots on the side of your giant sandwich. It’s a surely dazzling combination, every time.


Darwin Deez
Darwin Cafe
. This cool little cafe serves up seriously scrumptious toasted sandwiches, fresh baguettes and a rocking kale salad. You can’t go wrong here. Prices are friendly, too. Get on it. And no, there is no relation to Darwin Deez here, I just really like this song


Meat. Meat.

Deli Board. There’s a lot of meat up in these sandwiches. Pistrami and brisket and roast beef, oh my! If you’re wary just select your own ingredients, go easy on the dressing and add a few sprouts in there for good measure. These sandwiches are on the expensive side,  but are sure to hit the spot. There are vegetarian options, too – fun for the whole family!

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My new pal

Pal’s TakeAway. Possibly my favourite sandwich spot in SF. These guys offer little choice, but that’s ok as they sure dang offer deliciousness. Focusing on daily specials based on where their mood and produce take them (using local, quality ingredients), their combinations are smashing! Think smoked trout with wasabi mayo, pickled daikon and ginger, sprouts, avocado and crunchy chips. Mmmmhmmmmm.


I’m yet to visit Mission Cheese and B. Patisserie for their sandwiches, but based on their stellar ingredients list I just know they’ll be amazing. I wouldn’t kid about this sandwich business.

Now go forth and stick your face in a San Francisco sandwich.

Heidi xo


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  • Hannah May 23, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Darling will you help me in my quest to make Australia understand the beauty of pickles, both as ingredient and requisite side, upon our respective returns? xo

    • Heidi May 23, 2013 at 2:04 pm

      I feel it’s what I was put on this Earth to do. So, yes. x

  • Cilla May 23, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    +1 for loving pickled veg.
    I love a good sammich.
    From the gourmet to the vegemite and cheese toastie.

    • Heidi May 27, 2013 at 1:08 pm

      High five for sandwich love! x

  • jac May 24, 2013 at 2:11 am

    Smoked trout with wasabi mayo! Yummmm.

    • Heidi May 27, 2013 at 1:08 pm

      seriously good! x

  • Hannah May 26, 2013 at 3:12 am

    I love a decent sandwich-those sound amazing!! The smoked trout one sounds absolutely delicious! yum…xx

    • Heidi May 27, 2013 at 1:09 pm

      Good sandwich living! x

  • Yasmeen @ Wandering Spice May 27, 2013 at 5:02 am

    I LOLed at the Darwin Deez. I love him! His new-ish video (You Can’t Be My Girl) is really funny as well, made entirely of him green screening against stock footage.

    However these sandwiches are no laughing matter! That smoked trout one is boss.

    • Heidi May 27, 2013 at 1:09 pm

      Must check out that song! Sounds freakin awesome x

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