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Top 5 Bay Area Sandwiches?

tenedor Aug 16, 2011 02:15 PM

Hey all,

I'm on an ambitious gastronomic quest and would love a little guidance from some locals. You can help me by answering the following:

If you could only have five more sandwiches in the Bay Area for the rest of your life, what would they be?

Please try to limit them to sandwiches that we could all purchase (i.e. not something that your grandmother makes once a year). Otherwise, you can be fairly liberal in what you decide to count as a sandwich - burger, taco... perhaps even a pork bun if you really feel strongly about it.

Feel free to give a bit of justification for your choices where appropriate.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. drewskiSF Aug 16, 2011 02:23 PM

    Roli Roti Porchetta

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      soupnazi Aug 16, 2011 03:01 PM

      BOCA from deli board,hands down

      Deli Board
      1058 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94103

      1. Frosty Melon Aug 16, 2011 03:05 PM

        My list would have to include a deviled egg salad sandwich from Rossi's in the Castro.

        1. Civil Bear Aug 16, 2011 03:18 PM

          Pulled Pork Sandwich from the Ravioli House in San Mateo.

          Ravioli House
          505 S B St, San Mateo, CA 94401

          1. Robert Lauriston Aug 16, 2011 04:28 PM

            Wood Tavern pastrami
            Della Fattoria Reuben
            Greens egg salad on cottage cheese dill bread
            À Côté croque monsieur
            Henry's tuna melt

            Della Fattoria
            141 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma, CA 94952

            A Cote
            5478 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

            Wood Tavern
            6317 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

            2600 Durant Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

            Greens Restaurant
            Bld. A, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA 94123

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              bigwheel042 Aug 16, 2011 04:44 PM

              Banh mi thit ba roi (Vietnamese red pork), Y and Y Vietnamese Deli
              Whatever is on the menu that day at The Sentinel
              Wise Sons Pastrami (if properly heated)
              Something on Dutch crunch - maybe at Roxie Food Center on San Jose

              Roxie Food Center
              1901 San Jose Ave, San Francisco, CA 94112

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              1. re: bigwheel042
                vulber Aug 16, 2011 05:28 PM

                y and y is closed

                1. re: vulber
                  bigwheel042 Aug 16, 2011 11:44 PM

                  You sure? The last time I passed by a few weeks ago it looked like they were simply building out the deli area to make it a bit more presentable. I would be surprised if the closure was permanent.

                  edit to say: yelp says they are moving somewhere else in the neighborhood. anyone know the details?

                  1. re: bigwheel042
                    vulber Aug 18, 2011 03:06 AM

                    it's now a different bahn mi shop, can't remember the name

                    1. re: vulber
                      drewskiSF Aug 18, 2011 10:30 AM

                      the appetizingly named Ka Ka Vietnamese Sandwiches

                      1. re: drewskiSF
                        mariacarmen Aug 18, 2011 12:08 PM

                        hah! love it. anyone tried Ka Ka yet?

                  2. re: vulber
                    mariacarmen Aug 16, 2011 11:56 PM

                    oh no! those were really great banh mis....

                2. CarrieWas218 Aug 16, 2011 04:49 PM

                  The Artisan Foie Gras Torchon & Duck Prosciutto Sandwich at Naked Lunch.

                  /close thread

                  1. JasmineG Aug 16, 2011 04:57 PM

                    Pretty much any sandwich from the Sentinel, I've never had a sandwich there that wasn't fantastic (but especially the roast beef and the chicken salad sandwich). The egg salad sandwich from Il Cane Rosso. The pastrami from Wood Tavern.

                    Il Cane Rosso
                    1 Ferry Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94105

                    1. mariacarmen Aug 16, 2011 05:10 PM

                      Pork Katsu from Rhea's Deli.
                      just about any sandwich at Golden West (Leary's sister sandwich window on Trinity Pl.)
                      I can't think of others. which means i can't wait to try all the places that pop up here.

                      Rhea's Deli
                      800 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

                      1. jillyju Aug 16, 2011 06:38 PM

                        meatball/su mai bahn mi from Saigon Sandwich.

                        Saigon Sandwich Shop
                        560 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94102

                        1. pamf Aug 16, 2011 07:14 PM

                          Cuban sandwich at Sol Food in San Rafael.

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                          1. re: pamf
                            Robert Lauriston Aug 16, 2011 07:19 PM

                            Tell them to go easy on the mustard if you want to taste anything else.

                            1. re: Robert Lauriston
                              pamf Aug 16, 2011 07:23 PM

                              In general I am not a fan of mustard (or pickles) on my sandwiches, but for some reason it all works for me at Sol Food.

                              I do want to try Mikey's though, for comparison.

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                            Keesey Aug 16, 2011 08:01 PM

                            Great thread! Some nice new recs to try!

                            My list:
                            The Atomic at the Sub Center
                            Meatball w/ pate at Saigon Sandwich
                            Bacon burger at Broken Record
                            Croque monsieur at the Butler and the Chef Bistro
                            Fried Chicken Sandwich at Naked Lunch

                            Saigon Sandwich Shop
                            560 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94102

                            Broken Record
                            1166 Geneva Ave, San Francisco, CA

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                              rosiella1 Aug 16, 2011 08:29 PM

                              Lucca's Ultimate Shmeared with their Garlic Sauce from Little Lucca in SSF
                              Sleeper on a Dutch Crunch from Darby Dan's
                              Italian Combo on a French Roll from La Villa (with a side of Cheese Ravioli's)
                              Grilled Pork Banh Mi with a side of Salt and Vinegar Sweet Potato Chips from Pho69 in San Jose
                              Prosciutto, Fresh Mozzarella and Fig Jam Panini from your local Whole Foods

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

                              Little Lucca
                              724 El Camino Real, South San Francisco, CA 94080

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                              1. re: rosiella1
                                Nopa Aug 18, 2011 09:56 AM

                                Any sandwich from Little Lucca, that garlic and hot spread is wonderful.....

                                Little Lucca
                                724 El Camino Real, South San Francisco, CA 94080

                              2. psb Aug 16, 2011 08:53 PM

                                Did anyone (else) try this sando from PAL'S SANDWICH?

                                $8.25: Flour and Water Matt’s porchetta on Ame roll w/ carmelized onions/arugula/chile mayo

                                It was superb. I havent tried the ROLI PORCHETTA.

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                                1. re: psb
                                  Frosty Melon Aug 16, 2011 09:03 PM

                                  Well this got my attention. Never heard of Pal's, is this Pal's Takeaway, 24th & Hampshire? I can't see much info on their website. Is this sandwich on regular offer? It's got my name written all over it.

                                  1. re: Frosty Melon
                                    absc Aug 16, 2011 09:08 PM

                                    They change their sandwiches daily, though there are some repeats. i did not try today's porchetta, but everything I have had there has been great.

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                                  LAMark Aug 16, 2011 09:25 PM

                                  BBQ Shortrib with caramelized onion sandwich at Golden West
                                  Willie Brown sandwich at Cheese Plus
                                  Pork sandwich at Il Cane Rosso

                                  Cheese Plus
                                  2001 Polk St, San Francisco, CA

                                  Il Cane Rosso
                                  1 Ferry Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94105

                                  Golden West
                                  8 Trinity Pl, San Francisco, CA 94104

                                  1. Glencora Aug 16, 2011 09:34 PM

                                    Fried oyster po'boy at Sea Salt

                                    Sea Salt
                                    2512 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702

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                                      Armoise Aug 17, 2011 04:19 PM

                                      Rock Cod sandwich at Wood Tavern
                                      Spicy Hog (pulled pork) at Southies
                                      Seared Ahi sandwich at Southies

                                      Too bad it's not on the menu anymore, but Plum's beef cheek&oxtail "burger" was my all time favorite sandwich ever.

                                      Wood Tavern
                                      6317 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

                                      6311 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

                                      2 Replies
                                      1. re: Armoise
                                        JasmineG Aug 17, 2011 04:33 PM

                                        Oh man, that Rock Cod sandwich at Wood Tavern is amazing, I'd forgotten about that one. I went a few months ago determined to get a sandwich other than the pastrami and tried that one, and couldn't believe how great it was, I need to go back for it soon.

                                        Wood Tavern
                                        6317 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

                                        1. re: Armoise
                                          peterme Aug 21, 2011 08:54 PM

                                          I had the porchetta sandwich from Southie yesterday, and it was divine. I preferred it to the Spicy Hog.

                                          6311 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

                                        2. m
                                          mhuang Aug 17, 2011 04:41 PM

                                          All from food trucks in the Bay Area.

                                          I had some really great sandwiches from Eat on Monday. They use Acme bread, and the Kurobuta Belly Sandwich is my current favorite.
                                          Any Steamed Bun from Chairman Bao's.
                                          Sam's Chowdermobile's Lobster Roll. Soft toasted bread with butter and lobster.
                                          Omininja's Banh Mi. Softer bread than traditional banh mi, and right amount of meat and veggies make this a winner for me.

                                          Chairman Bao
                                          San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

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                                            Smitty1964 Aug 17, 2011 09:24 PM

                                            Gorilla BBQ's Philly Cheesesteak
                                            Vy's coffee's Banh Mi spicy pork sandwich
                                            Little Lucca's Fire Roasted steak on Dutch Crunch
                                            BullsHead restaurant's Challenger Buffalo burger
                                            Ad Hoc's Lobster Roll

                                            Ad Hoc
                                            6476 Washington St., Yountville, CA 94599

                                            Little Lucca
                                            724 El Camino Real, South San Francisco, CA 94080

                                            1. v
                                              vulber Aug 18, 2011 03:12 AM

                                              fried oyster po' boy at cafe 15
                                              pastrami at deliboard
                                              can't remember what i got from lou's cafe, but it was amazing
                                              roast pork from saigon sandwich
                                              braised lamb from spencer on the go

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                                              1. re: vulber
                                                Frosty Melon Aug 18, 2011 08:29 AM

                                                This braised lamb mention reminded me of the lamb sandwich I had at Barbacco a few weeks ago, which was fantastic.

                                                230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

                                                1. re: Frosty Melon
                                                  mariacarmen Aug 18, 2011 01:01 PM

                                                  oh man. upon reading this, i ran out and got one. it's heaven in a take-out container. thanks!

                                              2. d
                                                Dustin_E Aug 18, 2011 09:22 AM

                                                lobster roll from sam's.

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                                                1. re: Dustin_E
                                                  mariacarmen Aug 18, 2011 12:10 PM

                                                  is that a special? i can't see it on their menu....

                                                  1. re: mariacarmen
                                                    drewskiSF Aug 18, 2011 01:10 PM

                                                    probably referring to Sam's Chowder House/Mobile

                                                    1. re: mariacarmen
                                                      Robert Lauriston Aug 18, 2011 01:32 PM


                                                      1. re: Robert Lauriston
                                                        mariacarmen Aug 18, 2011 02:00 PM

                                                        oh. damn. but thanks, both of you.

                                                        1. re: Robert Lauriston
                                                          Dustin_E Aug 19, 2011 09:01 AM

                                                          yes, that's the one. thanks.

                                                          i'd also suggest:

                                                          spruce burger
                                                          buster's cheese steak (if you like greasy)
                                                          4505 meats cheeseburger

                                                    2. Scott M Aug 18, 2011 04:26 PM

                                                      Nice to see there is an overall consensus on the top 5

                                                      1. BernalKC Aug 19, 2011 10:11 AM

                                                        Po Boy from Cafe15
                                                        whatever kitchenettesf.com has today
                                                        fritata panini at Mario's Bohemian Cigar Store
                                                        brisket sandwhich from Pauline's Pickling

                                                        Mario's Bohemian Cigar Store and Cafe
                                                        566 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

                                                        1. h
                                                          happyhoney Aug 19, 2011 03:45 PM

                                                          Mushroom Gruyère at the American Grilled Cheese Kitchen
                                                          Banh Mi from Little Green Cyclo food truck
                                                          Olive Oil Fried Egg Sandwich at Il Cane Rosse (Ferry Building)

                                                          .. ok now im hungry! lol!

                                                          The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen
                                                          1 South Park Ave, San Francisco, CA 94107

                                                          Little Green Cyclo
                                                          San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

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                                                          1. re: happyhoney
                                                            drewskiSF Aug 22, 2011 01:02 AM

                                                            i tried Little Green Cyclo near the beginning of the year and it was not a good Banh Mi at all.

                                                            very unbalanced flavors. too little meat, too much Maggi or Soy Sauce, too little pickled veggies, baguette did not have the nice crispy crust and soft inside. i didn't finish it.

                                                            hopefully they have improved.

                                                          2. m
                                                            mlutsky Aug 21, 2011 11:58 PM

                                                            The mushroom or any other sandwich from the Sentinal on Montgomery.

                                                            1. s
                                                              sdv231 Aug 22, 2011 12:29 PM

                                                              Are you really going to eat sandwiches in L.A., Chicago, the bay area, London, and Miami ? As you have posted this same question on all these boards.

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                                                              1. re: sdv231
                                                                wolfe Aug 22, 2011 12:56 PM

                                                                Didn't even bother to change the request for the Chicago Board
                                                                Top 5 Chicago Sandwiches
                                                                Hey all,
                                                                I'm on an ambitious gastronomic quest and would love a little guidance from some locals. You can help me by answering the following:
                                                                If you could only have five more sandwiches in the Bay Area for the rest of your life, what would they be?
                                                                Sounds like another magazine article to me.
                                                                I apologize, I see from posts on the LA Board it's a school project.

                                                              2. d
                                                                DomDom Aug 25, 2011 07:43 PM

                                                                True Italian Beef or the 1/2 pound pastrami at Roy's - www.eatatroys.com

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                                                                1. re: DomDom
                                                                  wolfe Aug 26, 2011 12:53 AM

                                                                  This place, it has an address?
                                                                  Roy's Chicago Doggery
                                                                  84 Corona Rd
                                                                  Petaluma, CA 94954

                                                                  Roy's Chicago Doggery
                                                                  84 Corona, Petaluma, CA 94954

                                                                  1. re: wolfe
                                                                    Mission Oct 10, 2011 09:27 AM

                                                                    I think I will send in Roy's website to Worldsworstwebpages.com

                                                                    They forgot to put their address or map link any where??
                                                                    Its not even on their menu's!!


                                                                    If it was not for Wolfe post above, I still would not know where it was?

                                                                    1. re: Mission
                                                                      wolfe Oct 10, 2011 01:00 PM

                                                                      The Italian beef sandwich was very good. Please note that the Roy's sign may be hard to see but the Petaluma Livestock Auction on the building is hard to miss.

                                                                      1. re: Mission
                                                                        drewskiSF Oct 10, 2011 04:53 PM

                                                                        weird. they do have the address on their Facebook page . . .

                                                                    2. re: DomDom
                                                                      Civil Bear Sep 11, 2011 11:59 AM

                                                                      Just made it out there for the first time, They were out of pastrami, but I'll vouch the Italian beef. It's gotta be in my top 5.!

                                                                      1. re: Civil Bear
                                                                        cmvan Oct 13, 2011 02:24 PM

                                                                        Roy's is changing hands, being taken over by a couple of their longtime customers. Time will tell if things change.

                                                                    3. Atomica Aug 26, 2011 08:25 AM

                                                                      Chicken katsu sandwich from Rhea's Deli. I could eat these every day, but I'm on a diet. Maybe I'll treat myself after the next 5 lbs.

                                                                      Cheeseburger at Super Duper Burger.

                                                                      Rhea's Deli
                                                                      800 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

                                                                      Super Duper Burgers
                                                                      2304 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94101

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                                                                        Bunson Sep 11, 2011 09:48 PM

                                                                        Standard In N Out Cheeseburger

                                                                        1. t
                                                                          TechGamer Oct 10, 2011 01:11 AM

                                                                          Our company had the Mayo & Mustard food truck feed us and I highly recommend the tri tip sandwich.

                                                                          1. r
                                                                            rblomq Oct 10, 2011 09:07 PM

                                                                            Star Grocery on claremont is hands down the best "deli" type sandwich you are going to find. People like to rave about Genova but Star uses La Farine rustic bread and only top quality cold cuts. Keep in mind, I'm not reviewing some high end sandwich from a restaurant, I'm talking about a $6.50 sandwich that makes you wish you were in New York.

                                                                            I normally go for the GodFather.

                                                                            La Farine
                                                                            6323 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

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                                                                              Bunson Oct 16, 2011 08:49 PM

                                                                              After reading the other thread about http://thelocalbutchershop.com/ their daily sandwiches always sound amazing...Berkeley is kind of a drive for me so I haven't been there yet, but the comments on here make that place seem like it's well worth the time.

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                                                                              1. re: Bunson
                                                                                Glencora Oct 16, 2011 09:08 PM

                                                                                I dunno, they're pre-made and pre-wrapped. There was one unwrapped on display and it was on a rather hard-looking baguette. The meat's probably wonderful, but I wasn't inspired to find out.

                                                                                1. re: Bunson
                                                                                  psb Oct 17, 2011 02:09 AM

                                                                                  I wouldnt drive there for the sandos alone. But once in the area, even if not buying more stuff at LOCALBUTCHER, can always hit CHEESEBOARD PIZZA and/or STORE and/or GREGOIRE [same parking location], or LA BEDAINE [pretty easy parking, under 10min drive away], or BERKELEY BOWL, BSB etc.
                                                                                  I'm my opinion their sandos have not suffered much from being pre-fab ... and I've eaten a few hours later. They dont have a giant amount of slaw like the BSB FRIED CHICKEN etc to turn the bread into a wet sponge. Although I dont think I've any of their sandos on a baguette.

                                                                                  1. re: psb
                                                                                    Robert Lauriston Oct 17, 2011 11:07 AM

                                                                                    Sometimes TLBS uses baguettes.

                                                                                2. j
                                                                                  Joan Kureczka Oct 18, 2011 11:58 AM

                                                                                  I'll put in a vote for the merguez pannini at Chez Maman. Merguez, cheese, carmelized onions, and aioli, put under the panini press.

                                                                                  And the truffle, chicken and pork sausage at the Mission St. Rosamunde.

                                                                                  Chez Maman
                                                                                  1453 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94107

                                                                                  1. nicedragonboy Oct 18, 2011 01:49 PM

                                                                                    Banh Mi Thit Cuon(Bacon, though I think they mean BBQ pork belly) from Banh Mi Ba Le.

                                                                                    Banh Mi Ba Le
                                                                                    10174 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito, CA 94530

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                                                                                      nattythecook Oct 18, 2011 02:15 PM

                                                                                      Can't think of anything else but Kim's Vietnamese Sandwich on Tully Road in San Jose. Just great!

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