Freddie's Sandwiches (North Beach), SF - any good?
Excellent sandwiches but beware the place is packed at lunch time. Our office gets lunch here regularly; one swears it is the best egg salad and he considers himself quite the expert. Love the chicken salad myself. Give it a go and let us know what you think.
Feddie, if that is his name, can be quite gruff
I like Freddie's. Here's my report from a few years ago.
Freddie's isn't the type of place that changes much over the decades. One of the workers at the shop took over a few years before my visit and kept things pretty much the same. Stick with the Italian cold cuts.
Freddie's is a good simple sandwich. I don't think it is a destination but a nice option if you live in San Francisco and want an honest sandwich at an decent price. I actually prefer Freddie's to Molinari's, but I've never been a fan of Molinairi's sandwiches because in addition to being expensive they just have too much going on. Freddies is about basic done well.
In one way I think all those Yelp five star reviews are misleading and could lead to disappointment if you think you are going for sandwich nirvana. But I guess in it's category and compared to Safeway or fast food chains like Quiznos, yes, I can understand it. I'd put Freddie's as a solid three stars and not with disrespect.
It's not the Frank Sinatra of Italian sandwiches ... the type you make a trip for and pay big bucks. I't more like the Rocky Balboa of of Italian sandwiches ... the next door neighbor that plugs along and doesn't seem like anything out of the ordinary but is a winner.
300 Francisco St, San Francisco, CA 94133
OMG, has this place been there for ages and ages? I remember loving it as a kid. I'm going to have to go by there and check it out! Thanks for this memory!