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May 22, 2011 05:15 PM

Best ham, roast beef, meatloaf, turkey or roast chicken sandwiches in the Bay Area

Sorry, I have never asked the same question in two separate posts, but my first post threw people off.

Surely somewhere in the Bay Area there must be good versions of these sandwiches.

Am I going to have to go to Safeway for a roast beef sandwich?

Forget everything else I said. Focus on the meat. Where can I get good sandwiches with these roast meats. I'll sort out the rest.

Now I'm depressed. For months now I've been dreaming about sandwiches and now coming up with nothing.

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  1. Oops, replied to your other post. I still stand by just for you for the turkey sandwich (with the excellent sliced bread). Weekdays only (they don't do all their sandwiches on weekends) and only solves your turkey needs.

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    1. re: margieco

      Thanks. Mr and Mrs. Miscellaneous is a place I wanted to try.

      Let me see if I an tweak another poster for ideas with this question ... Must I go to Fenton's for a sandwich?

    2. OK -- go to RoastHaus in Northgate 1 in Terra Linda, just north of Marin civic Center. They have all of the above mentioned meat and hand carve. Your choice of bread, condiments, etc. That and a jello salad -- ah, America!

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      1. re: Sarah

        I've had a horrible experience at RoastHaus. Dry bad bread, with meh meat, put together by indifferent teens. On paper it sounds good. In reality, no.

        1. re: rworange

          They did go through an awful period a while back -- they're back on track -- was served by adults who knew what they were doing a few weeks ago. Hope you find your dream sandwich!!

          1. re: Sarah

            Good to hear an uphill report on them. I'll keep them in mind.

            Is Gregoire in the East Bay still open? I trried linking to the website to see if they might have a qualifying sandwich this month and got a dead link.

            1. re: rworange

              Still open, still a decent lunch option (and still way overpriced for dinner). They've had an excellent turkey galantine sandwich on the menu in the past, but it's more of a fall/winter thing and the meat resembles more of cold cut than what you're looking for.

              1. re: abstractpoet

                Thanks. Maybe they are changing the menu for the week. Not to keep the other thread going, but yes, Ike's Place is what I was thinking. Too bad it isn't great.

                Ok, guys ... forced to turn to yelp. Has anyone tried Jersey's?


                "Eric make, thus far, the best roast beef sandwich I've had. They make the roast beef themselves! ,,, Eric's is home roasted, perfectly cooked on the outside and rare on the inside. Juicy and flavorful! ... All there is to know is that Eric takes hours to make his roast beef so it's worth every penny.

                On top of their specialty roast beef sandwich, they also make a delicious pastrami sandwich ... All sammies are thrown onto hot baked bread."

                True or just a yelp?

                I realize the roast beef is on a roll, but they do mention sliced rye and sourdough ... sourdough ... sigh ... for other sandwiches so I'm sure they'd sub

        2. OK, on the meatloaf front ... Fatted Calf?

          I was hesitant when I saw that ... maybe too frou, frou and not classic enough. However, some positive posts on Chowhound, though no detail anad this at least looks in the ballpark

          "Fatted Calf's meatloaf sandwich is neither so kitschy-homey that it belongs in an Amy Sedaris cookbook, nor too gentrified to take over to the park, eat it hunched over your butcher-paper-covered lap, shooing away the insistent sparrows that menace your feet as they dart in to steal crumbs"

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          1. re: rworange

            Bette' s To Go has good meatloaf. Their roast beef and their ham is also good quality. But from the tone of this discussion, you'll probably want them to double the meat on the last two. Their turkey can be a little dry, but so can all turkey.

            And don't write off the hofbraus. I had a delightful roast beef plate at the one in Emeryville Public Market, of all places, and I suspect the bread and dressings are good as well. Brennan's too.

            1807 4th St, Berkeley, CA 94710

            1. re: ernie in berkeley

              Yeah, Bette's might do it for me. I've never had a sandwich there. The vibe might be nice.

              Yah know, I figured out what is putting me off hauf braus ... the German origin. Too much German in Guatemala. Which was a good thing ... no hauf braus though... but I need to get away from that right now. I need 100 percent American ... I'd rather err on the side of New American. I'd actually rather go to Mel's Diner. I guess they could use an update report. But Bette's sounds better

              1. re: ernie in berkeley

                Thanks ernie,

                So far this turned out to be the best suggestion for me. Here's my report.

                1. re: rworange

                  Thanks all, I've finished my sandwich spree and am moving on to produce and Farmers Markets. I've sufficiently scratched the sandwich itch.

                  There are a lot of great suggestions in this thread I still have to try and will get to them when I'm in those areas.

                  Out of what I've tried in the last two weeks, Bette's was the winner. (link in previous reply). While it was a meatloaf platter, it was what I was looking for in meatloaf.

                  I've mentioned the others briefly in this thread, but here are the full reports in order of preference ... but they were all good

                  Breakfast sandwich on sourdough
                  Vallejo: Java Jax – House-roasted coffee, sandwiches, Chicago-style hot dogs and live music

                  Turkey sandwich with stuffing and cranberry sauce / house-roast beef sandwich
                  Petaluma: Lombardi’s Deli and BBQ

                  Meatloaf platter
                  EL Cerrito:Fatapple’s

                  Turkey sandwich
                  Vallejo, CA: Dillon Bread Company – If people have to choose between freedom and sandwiches, they will take sandwiches

                  Turkey sandwich
                  El Sobrante, CA: Cafe Soleil

                  Not to mention the fact I've eaten sandwiches at home for almost ever meal since I've returned. I'm ready to move on ... thanks again

              2. re: rworange

                I love Sentinel's meatloaf sandwich (again, maybe not classic enough). (haven't had fatted calf's to compare.)

                1. re: rworange

                  Fatted Calf might work. I'm not sure what bread they use but everything they sell is really good.

                  Fatted Calf
                  320 Fell St, San Francisco, CA 94102

                  1. re: Robert Lauriston

                    Della Fattoria on all of their sandwiches.

                    Della Fattoria
                    141 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma, CA 94952

                    1. re: pane

                      Della Fattoria is great, but I don't think they have the kind of simple meat sandwiches requested. I had one of the best chicken salad sandwiches ever there.


                      Della Fattoria
                      141 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma, CA 94952

                      1. re: Robert Lauriston

                        Somewhere in this or another post, I looked at the DF menu and they had a few simple sandwiches and it is high on my list right now. There's another deli next door that might do it, so it is a two for one shot.

                        Actually, I think DF might fit the bill very nice. I wasn't much of a fan of the cafe because it was a little too simple for my tastes when I was in the area. Nicely done stuff, but there wasn't a lot of pizzaz there (speaking cafe-wise).

                        But what I'm looking for now ... yeah ... this might do it. Top notch ingredients, a llittle frou. Then I'll head over to Fremont Diner for some salad. Nice little excursion in that area. Maybe hit some of the great coffee places in Sebastopol on route.

                        1. re: rworange

                          You can't beat Della Fattoria for sliced bread. They make a great Reuben.

                          Della Fattoria
                          141 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma, CA 94952

                2. I know, Capitola isn't quite in the Bay area, but consider driving down to Gayle's and pick up their rare tri-tip sandwich, complete with horseradish/mayo dressing, carmelized onions, lettuce, on their house-baked onion roll. Pick a beach (Sunset is good) where you can watch dolphins jumping and enjoy. Welcome back.

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                  1. re: California Sunshine

                    I always meant to try Gayle's. Yeah, tri tip would work There was some sort of tri-tip vendor at the Old Oakland Farers market Will have to check if they are still there.

                    We have dolphins in SF?

                    1. re: rworange

                      Gayle's is really lovely, tho I haven;t had a tri tip sandwich there.

                      And yes, there are often dolphins seen from the Santa Cruz beaches.

                  2. What exactly are you looking for...a classic slice bread, RB, etc.? Or will a semi-hot sandwich?

                    I'd try Tommy's Joynt or Lee's for a fresh roast turkey sandwich. Tommy's RB is good.

                    For either, try Little Luca's in South SF. Many variations available.

                    Tommy's Joynt
                    1101 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94109

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                    1. re: ML8000

                      Ok, I've clarified and nixed Hauf Braus. No italian and I am not a fan of Little Luca's anyway. Hmmm ... but what is that other joint in South SF for sandwiches. That would be near the airport.

                      Bread and meat. Heat is optional, but no gravy covered sandwich.

                      Why is this hard? I thought people would jump in with tons of ideas. Has the Bay Area lost the ability to appreciate the simple sandwich or even understand what it is? Don't people eat sandwiches anymore?

                      Ok, sandwiches like Marie Callendar's serves. That is starting tto sound like a great option. They have meatloaf. They have ham. I'll check out Applebee's while I'm at it. What is more American than chain like those? Though I was hoping for better.

                      Sorry for the crankfest, but I've been looking forward to a sandwich for months now ... and living in a world where I only half understand people and they only half understand me. Roast beef sandwich. Ham sandwich. Turkey sandwich. Chicken sandwich. Meatloaf sandwich. Really, do those require details I tried details and that didn't work out. I just tried simple. Man, now I've freaked I've lost the ability to communicate in English. I need to come home and when I get home I need a sandwich.

                      1. re: rworange

                        I'm hung up on the bread issue. Very few places I know of use good quality sandwich bread. I can't imagine that a place that makes frou-frou sandwiches wouldn't make you a simple one. Here's a recent thread on East Bay sandwiches:

                        How about Darby Dan's?

                        Darby Dan's
                        733 Airport Blvd, South San Francisco, CA 94080

                        1. re: Ruth Lafler

                          Yeah, Darby Dan's. That's the place I was trying to remember.

                          That's why I pared down my request. I can deal with the frou and have it removed if the good basic ingredents are there. Like if anyone has any thougts on Jersey's I can have them pare down some of the extras.

                          I just don't want something like duck meatloaf with wasabi on a baguette grilled with cilantro butter ... well, you get the idea. I have wasabi on the brain. Had fig wasabi ice cream yesterday. It was actually quite good.

                          Thanks for the link.

                        2. re: rworange

                          For one item only, Jan's Deli on Alma St. in Menlo Park, across from the train station. They roast their own turkeys daily.

                          roast turkey on dutch crunch roll

                          Jan's Deli
                          1004 Alma St, Menlo Park, CA 94025

                          1. re: 512window

                            You know, at this point even though I said sliced bread, everyone has me craving a Ductch crunch roll. Thanks for the suggestion.

                            1. re: rworange

                              Jan's also has very good Dutch crunch rolls.