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sandwiches for Angel Island?

I want to go to Angel Island this Saturday and grab some sandwiches to bring with me beforehand. The ferry departs from Pier 41, but I can probably make a stop at the Ferry Building before walking or taking the F to Pier 41. Any suggestions on places to get good sandwiches, either Ferry Bldg or closer to Pier 41? I won't be eating it for a few hours, so it needs to not get soggy or spoil. This makes me think, for example, that the Roli Roti porchetta sandwich or the Il Cane Rosso beef brisket sandwich is not the right call, but maybe I'm wrong. Ferry departs at 10:35 AM, so the place also needs to be open by 10:00 AM.


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  1. Boccalone opens at 8am on Saturdays:


    Boccalone Factory - Not Open to Public
    1924 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94606

    1. Out the Door opens at 8:30 on Saturday. The sandwiches are rather overpriced, but hold up well for picnics.

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      1. re: Glencora

        Do they have sandwiches at 8:30?

        1. re: wally

          Hmm.. don't know. But they are made to order, so I see no reason why not. It took a fairly long time, though, when I ordered a couple at 11AM.

      2. What time does Acme start their sandwich service?

        1. Are you hiking to the top of Mt. Livermore on Angel Island? It's one of my favorite Saturday strolls. If so, a sandwich may not be enough.

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          1. re: steve h.

            "A Book of Verses underneath the Bough,
            A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread--and Thou
            Beside me singing in the Wilderness--
            Oh, Wilderness were Paradise enow!"
            The Ruby Yacht of Rocky and Bullwinkle.

            1. re: wolfe

              Good doggie.
              Hokey smoke, Bullwinkle. It's the ruby yacht of Omar Khayyam

            2. re: steve h.

              Well, planning to pick up some snacks from Trader Joe's on the way to BART, and then sandwiches on the way to Pier 41. So hopefully enough to keep us fueled! I've heard the food sold on the Island is bad and overpriced.

              1. re: betterbeheaven

                This time of year, there's hardly any food sold on Angel Island. There is a TJ's at the wharf on Bay and Mason.

                1. re: betterbeheaven

                  As Windy says.
                  Take advantage of the Saturday Ferry Market and what you can score inside. That includes cured meats, breads, wine, cheeses, olives, fruits and terrines. Throw some wine into your canvas, maybe a beer or two. Hike to the top of Mt. Livermore, take the last picnic table at the edge. Drink your wine (out of real glasses), enjoy your bounty, breathe-in the finest 360-degree views of San Francisco Bay. Heady stuff.
                  Bring a plastic bag because there are no garbage bins at the top.

                  edited to add: save the beers for when you hike back to the marina. Makes waiting for the ferry a lot more pleasant.

                  1. re: betterbeheaven

                    Freddy's Sandwich on Francisco & Stockton should be open on Saturday at 8:30 am....

                    1. re: gnomatic

                      Seconded. Freddy's for sure. Italian Combo on soft sour roll...

                2. I've been caught with this dilemma before except on a weekday...and nothing was open until 10 a.m. and the ferry left at 9:30. Luckily there is a concession on Angel Island but you want to check when it's open. Burgers, fries, snacks, sodas. I think it's seasonal but also open on weekends. Nothing special a tad high but not bad for a captive audience. On Sat you'll have many options as mentioned. Acme was open but no sandwiches until 11 a.m., if I recall.

                  1. Ok when you find what's open please report back for the next request. TIA.

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                    1. re: wolfe

                      I might be going on Sunday now but I'll report back!

                      1. re: betterbeheaven

                        Drat, that seems to rather narrow down my options. Out the Door and Freddie's Sandwich are both closed on Sunday. And I won't have the Farmer's Market to pick from either.

                        1. re: betterbeheaven

                          Freddy's keeps surprisingly well overnight in the fridge. If you can get there at all on Saturday...

                          1. re: eliu01

                            I'm in the East Bay, so it's not quite worth going to pick up sandwiches tomorrow :) But now that you mention the idea, maybe I'll get some from Star Meats in Berkeley and keep them overnight...

                            1. re: betterbeheaven

                              I guess making your own sandwiches is out of the question?

                              1. re: poser

                                It sounds silly; it isn't that I don't cook, but I don't have much in the way of sandwich makings in my kitchen, nor have I ever made a particularly tasty sandwich. And I thought it would be fun to pick up something delicious to enjoy. Just my preference.

                                1. re: betterbeheaven

                                  If you are set on buying, I would recommend Ted's Market on Howard near 11th. If you are driving from the East Bay, Ted's is only a couple of turns off the 9th st exit. If you are taking Bart, Howard is two blocks off Market.

                                2. re: poser

                                  A sandwich always tastes better if someone else makes it, other things being equal. Few things are as easy to bring along.

                                  1. re: ML8000

                                    Why not a sandwich and picnic fixings from Genova Deli in Oakland Sat evening for your excursion Sunday morning?More time to sleep and be leisurely ready for your adventure.Market Hall could do the same for you.

                                    1. re: casalbore spirit

                                      Get dutch crunch rolls rather than sourdough, I think they make better next day sandwiches.

                      2. Thanks to everyone for their suggestions! We ended up going today (Sunday), so many of the great options you guys recommended were not as feasible. For convenience's sake, we ended up going a not terribly interesting route -- picked up build your own sandwiches at Whole Foods the evening before going. Mine was dutch crunch (per wolfe's suggestion), lemon herb chicken, brie, garlic aioli, spring mix, lettuce. It wasn't extraordinary, but it held up well and was satisfying at the top of Mt. Livermore.

                        Although the lady at the Blue & Gold booth warned us there would be no food on the Island, the Cove Cafe was in fact open. I was going to poke my head inside to see what they offered on my way back to the ferry, but they closed shortly before 3:30pm.

                        All in all, a great way to spend Sunday. Nice that they have so many picnic benches available, both at the peak of Mt Livermore and all over the the rest of the island too.