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Jun 22, 2007 11:44 AM

the best SANDWICH in (San Francisco) period.

Who has ultimately eaten the great sandwich? Where does SF have sandwiches that are stacked mile high with roast beef or pastrami?
Any tasty accompanying spreads or mouth-watering condiments that makes one crave for more...
Any secret garlic sauces or homemade spreads that really compliment add the synergistic effect, where the end product is much greater than the sum of the two pieces of bread + whatever your heart desires to be put in between.

I am simply asking fellow SF chowhounds for your favorite rec for SANDWICHES....

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  1. Rina,
    You sound like an ex-pat NYer. Go to Brothers Deli in San Bruno or San Mateo. My wife is a Brooklyn/Jersey girl and when we lived in SF she had the same complaint. Ben Braun, the Cal basketball coach has been known to eat there and the guy can eat.

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    1. re: local_guy

      My recommendation for a good sandwich of the mile-high but still good-tasting variety: Giordano's "all-in-one" sandwich on Columbus in North Beach. The fries are crispy and peppery as is the'd think fries and slaw on a sandwich is a taste-be-damned drunk-at-3am kind of thing, but it's quite delicious and very much the opposite of that.

      1. re: Agent 510

        Giordano's is a Pittsburgh tradition- I'm not sure how many places serve this style, but there is one here, one in Pittsburgh and one in Ft. Lauderdale (pretty random!)

        1. re: P. Punko

          I'll be in SF tomorrow, so may try Giordano's on a stroll thru North Beach. Any idea where the one in Ft Lauderdale is, since I'm from Laudy? I've done a search on CH but so far, no luck. thanks

          1. re: P. Punko


            Giordano's is a knock off of Primanti Brothers of Pittsburgh and Primanti Brothers has two locations in the Fort Lauderdale area. I've been to Primanti Brothers in Fort Lauderdale and it's as good as the original in Pittsburgh.

            Scroll to the bottom of the page for the Fort Lauderdale locations of Primanti Brothers.

            I don't believe Giordano's has locations in Pittsburgh or Fort Lauderdale.

            1. re: Norm Man

              Thanks Norm Man! Just got back onto chow after a terrible bout of pregnancy...LQTM...

              Anyway, unbeknownst to me, DH has discovered primanti in Ft Laudy and is in heaven. Thanks so much! Giordano's was still awesome by the way.

      2. Brothers is great.
        Also check out Max's Diner they have great pastrami and its always piled high. The corn beef is off the hook too!

        1. You might be the first to try Town's End Hobbs’” Carnegie Deli” pastrami, served hot on house-made sour rye, with potato carrot pancakes. Please report back if you do.

          Are you just looking for corned beef and pastrami?

          Would the great in-season soft-shell crab on sourdough sandwich that Hayes Street Grill sells at the Saturday Ferry Plaza Market be something you'd be interested in?

          1. Marina Subs on Union (at Steiner?) BY FAR the best sandwich I've ever had. Of course, I'm a little biased cause I grew up eating them... ask any native San Franciscan, they're probably familiar with the place. They owner/sandwich maker is a little obsessive compulsive about how he makes them, but that's what makes them so good. They're just the right amount of toasted, melted cheese, then he adds the cold ingredients and then the SAUCE! The heavenly drippy tasty sauce that makes the whole sandwich. I usualy get the regular sub, but he's got all sorts of combinations. Be prepared to wait in line, there's always a line, but well worth it. I think he closes around 3pm too.

            1. My votes would be for Morty's Deli in the Tenderloin for good east-coast style pastrami and/or chicken parm, etc. - - and AK Meats for the Die's Decadence in the Outer Richmond (combination butcher & sandwich shop) -