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I'm getting tired of Deli Sandwiches that cost $7-10. in the Bay Area. Any great cheaper ones?

I'm getting tired of Deli Sandwiches that cost $7-10. in the Bay Area.

Especially when most Bánh mì sandwiches cost under $3.00.

Of course some of the $7-10 Sands taste great!

However what ever happened to the great tasting,good quality Sub $5 Deli Sandwich?
(pardon the pun)

or Drink and Sandwich deals for under $5 out the door?

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  1. Little Lucca in South SF, Ted's Market on Folsom/10th in SF and Lee's Deli's come to mind.

    Ted's has great daily specials (like roast pork), a line of 40+ people at lunch but the line moves very fast and lots of cops coming in. Most regular sandwiches about $5 bucks (last I checked).

    Little Lucca's sandwiches are around the same price (or more) but are huge. Most regular sandwiches will feed two regular people.

    There's also Lee's Deli all over the FiDi and SOMA. Fresh house roasted turkey and avocado is around $5 or less.

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    1. re: ML8000

      Ted's is on Howard near 10th. Agree though, they are the most unsung sandwich place in the city.

      1. re: chipman

        My bad. Too bad the link generator thingie doesn't work...then I wouldn't have to think. :)

        p.s. another source of inexpensive sandwiches (tortas) are the taco truck. I got a torta al pastor from El Tonayense last year for $5 and it was excellent...sorta like a Mexican version of a Chicago beef with grill green peppers/onions and pork. I notice the taco trucks on International often charge around $4.25 or the same a burrito.

    2. Pretty hard to beat Tommy's Joint, all in all.

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      1. re: OldTimer

        Even Tommy's joints are up to $5.50.

        1. re: Mission

          Its a pretty good deal for what you get. Every time I see the commercials for $2.99 hamburger, I can't help but wonder what is going into that meat. There are a few ethnic places that are true bargains, but there must be a limit on quality.

      2. Love and Haight in lower haight is around $5 still I think.

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        1. re: Josh90004

          eh, but if it's during the day, i'd rather just pay the few extra bucks and go to estela's for a much higher quality sandwich

          1. re: vulber

            "I'm getting tired of Deli Sandwiches that cost $7-10."
            I believe that this was the request of the OP. I'm sure that we can all suggest higher quality sandwiches for more money and in fact have in the thread Best Sandwich in San Francisco.

        2. One of the more famous places that fit your description would be Piccolo Pete's out in Visitation Valley. Not the best quality, but always a great bargain.

          Piccolo Pete Liquor & Deli
          2155 Bay Shore Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94134

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          1. re: Civil Bear

            Safeway deli has the best basic deli sandwiches for $5.00. When we are out of the Bay Are, Raley's has even better and bigger $5.00 deli samy. Not gourmet, but really good, and fine choices of breads/rolls.

            1. re: macadam

              The sandwiches from the Safeway Deli are actually quite good. The Chicago South Sider (roast beef, horseradish mayo, horseradish cheddar, lettuce, tomato), the California Dreamin' and Turkey and Havarti Panini are popular in our house.

          2. El Metate on Bryant Street has the best chicken sandwich on a roll, served with a side of homemade (usually tortilla) soup. It is around $5, and enough for two to share.

            1. I recently went to Guerrero Market and Deli on 19th and Guerrero. It's a corner store run by a couple that makes big, delicious, affordable sandwiches with lots of love. I got a wild salmon BLT, which ran about 8$, but I believe most of the sandwiches were under $7.

              1. These are not deli sandwiches, but...

                Courtney's at 14th and divisadero makes great, inexpensive sandwiches. They have a bunch of creative combos that they make fresh everyday, then stock a refrigerator cabinet with them.

                I always stop there before going to the beach, hiking up to corona heights, or before getting on an airplane.

                My personal favorites are:
                ham and hardboiled egg
                veggies and cheese
                salmom/creamcheese/onion/tomato bagel

                They also have some funny little salads prepacked in containers that I like. (appolesauce, mango salsa salad...)

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                1. re: pauliface

                  Someone mentioned Lee's Delis in FIDI. They are generally $5 or less. They use real handcut turkey and real sliced roast beef. They also make a BLT that is stacked with bacon. No fancy ingredients and usually have to add some salt on my turkey sandwich, but the meat is generous amount.

                  But I still usually get a banh mi at the donut shop on Kearny and Sacramento.

                2. The Sandwich Shop (635 19th Street in Dogpatch) is close to my house and I'll admit I have never actually gotten a sandwich from them, but I keep hearing they are cheap, very generous, and very good. Now I'm thinking I may have to do a field trip to check it out for the benefit of this thread.... :o)

                  1. This is only for today, 3/17, but the Tablehopper eletter yesterday advertised a special at No. Cal. Whole Foods Markets of a corned beef sandwich, potato salad and Alexander pickle for $5. I looked at a list and it looked like all stores in the Bay Area were participating.

                    1. I had an excellent torta carnitas from the Taqueria Sinaloa taco truck for $4.50 (w/ cheese). They "hashed" or refried the carnitas, brushed it with some med-mild salsa, tomato and lettuce and a grilled sub roll. The fact it was $4.50 rocked.

                      p.s. I usually never go by during the lunch hour but it was crowded which means high turn over and that's always a very good sign.

                      Taqueria Sinaloa
                      2138 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94606

                      1. Sorrento Italian Delicatessen on Mission nr. Russia has sandwiches from $5.50 -- $7.00

                        1. In Oakland, Tomm's BBQ and Deli in has turkey, ham, pastrami, roast beef, salami and bologna for 4.29, add two sides for 5.99. My friend was happy with his roast beef. He wasn't sharing, but it looked okay to me. Cheap, anyhow.

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                          1. re: Glencora

                            If we are getting outside SF, Zarri's in Albany is the king of the good, inexpensive sandwich with most about $4 - $4.50 and some less

                            Albany: Zarri's absurdly wonderful $3.75 egg salad sandwich on a sourdough roll