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Apr 28, 2010 11:18 AM

Best Turkey Cranberry Sandwiches

I'm craving turkey cranberry sandwiches and have been eating a turkey-cran sandwich for the last four meals. I'm running out of ideas on where to get them. Suggestions?

Places I have tried:
- Quetzal (really good and the cranberry sauce is not too sweet, the bread is really good, served with nice salad with jicamas and olives)
- Specialty's
- Front Door Cafe
- Birley (with brie, very good!)

To try (places around financial district/nob hill preferred):
- Arguello Super Market

Front Door Cafe
1 Front St Lbby 2, San Francisco, CA 94111

Birley Cafe
100 Pine St, San Francisco, CA 94111

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  1. I've never had it, but I believe Cafe Venue (at least the two in the FiDi) has one.

    Cafe Venue
    67 5th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

    1. Arguello Super is my go-to neighborhood stop for a takeout turkey sandwich on Dutch Crunch roll with cranberry sauce. I like that I can request all dark meat - with everything, salt and pepper. Cheese is optional, too. There is seating inside at the front corner of the market and street side tables.
      Roast turkey is sold also by the pound to make your own sandwich at home.
      It's an easy walk from the Arguello gate to Golden Gate Park and the Conservatory of Flowers. Have a picnic!

      1. On the Embarcadero, across from Delancy's is a market whose name I forget. It was my go-to place for turkey cranberry sandwiches when I lived in the nabe long ago. They roast the turkey fresh everyday. Nothing fancy ... chocie of decent bread or rolls ... probably canned cranberry sauce, but very satisfying.

        Last time I bought one was a little over a year ago so can't say if they are still good. however, they were consistant for the decade I lived there, so my guess is they are still good

        3 Replies
        1. re: rworange

          I get mine at Lee's in FIDI. I don't like deli turkey and Lee's uses fresh roasted turkey. They underseason it so I sprinke mine with salt and pepper and get the spicy mustard, but they give you a stack of fresh turkey. Cheap too! Lees is everywhere. I go to the one on California next to the Omni Hotel.

          1. re: myst

            Lee's really is good and it's really cheap. Use to work with people who regularly got the turkey avocado. Ted's Market also does their own turkey...don't know about the cranberry but the fresh turkey is key imo.

          2. re: rworange

            Thanks to Wolfe, the name of the market is Bayside Market. Finally added it to the Restaurant and Bar database so I can keep track of the name if I need to.

            This review of the 9 slice BLT reminded me that I like the chicken breast sandwich quite a lot there too.

            That blogger hated the sandwich for the reason I liked it ... it uses a whole, unsliced chicken breast. Once you get past the crabbing about that there is a pretty enthusiastic review of the blt.

            "The first thing to note, and not surprisingly, is the quality bacon Bayview has got cooking. On days with a blustery southward breeze, a hint of bacon essence can be sniffed up to 4 blocks away downwind – which is great, albeit dangerous. This bacon is thick sliced and not dry and crusty, a big no-no for BLT bound bacon. They give the generous quantity of strips (» 9 strips) an additional zap in the microwave as well to get it sweating hot flavor. The T was also well-played with fresh tomatoes sliced a bit larger than normal due to its headlining ingredient status. The lettuce was lettuce but also crucial to the combo. I put the B, the L, and the T in a fine loaf of Dutch crunch lathered in mayo. Yes siree, I was very happy with this BLT, it was delicious, easy to eat and filling and was one of the cheapest options available on the menu ($5.99). So if you are thinking – “Hey what kind of unoriginal lunch-doosh takes time to review perhaps one of the most common sandos of all time?” you just don’t understand - this was one hell of a BLT treat"

            BayView is better than a nabe market needs to be. The produce is actually good ... some of it coming from Ferry Plaza. So I'm sure the BLT had tasty tomatoes.

            Sorry for the digression on this turkey cranberry sandwich thread, but I like Bayview Market. It is not perfect, but has some pretty good things.

            Bayside Market
            120 Brannan St, San Francisco, CA 94107

          3. Mocca on Maiden Lane near Union Square has fairly good one (turkey, brie, cranberry if I remember right).
            And there used to be a place called Sweet Joanna's at North Point Center that roasted a whole turkey daily and made the best turkey sandwiches. That location has closed, but I did see the same name recently at 101 Howard; might be worth a call to see if they're related and if they still make this.

            Mocca On Maiden Lane
            175 Maiden Ln, San Francisco, CA 94108

            Sweet Joanna's Cafe
            101 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94105

            1. Genova Delicatessen on Telegraph in Oakland has Oven roasted Turkey with (canned) cranberry sauce sandwiches.

              They have 5 different types of turkey available.

              Make sure to ask for the "in house, oven roasted"

              Genova Delicatessen
              2064 Treat Blvd, Walnut Creek, CA 94598