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Mar 7, 2007 02:56 PM

Sandwich in financial district

I recently moved here from New York and I work on pine st. just off of market. I've had a tough time finding a decent deli sandwich at lunch. There seem to be plenty of high end sandwich places (as well as plenty of low end sandwich places) but I'm looking for a real good, big sandwich - something stuffed with turkey or chicken breast on a hero, wrap or roll. Somewhere you can feel free to ask for hot peppers that isn't a subway. Any ideas?

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  1. Birley's Sandwiches in Embarcadero 5 by the fountain. Huge delicious sandwiches made to order. The rare roast beef with horseradish is especially good.

    Keep in mind San Francisco isn't a Jewish deli kind of town; the best places here will be different from what you'd get in NYC.

    You might also check out Focaccia on Sacramento and Drumm. Really good roast chicken.

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    1. re: Windy

      I think Birley's has closed and has been replaced by Buckhorn Grill.

      Believe it or not, I love Noah's tuna fish sandwich on a peppercorn potato bagel. It comes with potato salad and a pickle. The Bush/Battery location has seating upstairs.

      I also love Molinari's for their Italian sandwiches. It's a bit of a walk though I've done it many, many times. Mastiacelli (I'm blanking on the exact name) in the Ferry Building is related to Molinari's and is almost as good.

      Those aren't really turkey/chicken breast places (though they might have something along those lines).

      1. re: katya

        Joe Mastrelli actually owns both Molinari's and Mastrelli's.

        1. re: katya

          As far as I know Birley's is still there. Their website is current, and someone posted on Yelp about it yesterday.

          1. re: katya

            Birley's is definitely still there, Buckhorn just moved in next door. I love their sandwiches, but they're definitely on the fancy end.

        2. "Deli &" on Montgomery between Sutter and Bush. Decent sandos, especially on ciabatta.

          1. Working Girls. There is one on Mission and Spear, two blocks away.

            1. Try the roast turkey breast sandwich at any of the Lee's Delis (on Montgomery, Kearny or Battery Streets). Lee's is not a "deli" in the east coast sense. It is basically a sandwich shop.
              The turkey breast they use is real and it is sliced thick. I think you can get peppers on a sandwich there. You can get it on a variety of rolls or breads.

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              1. re: DavidT

                Yes, that's a good recommendation. I like it with avocado but they also offer turkey with cranberry sauce. Cheap too.

              2. Max's isn't bad, in theBoA building, by SF standards for deli sandwhiches...but it ain't that cheap

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                1. re: sfoperalover

                  Max's is definitely NY deli style...