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