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Feb 15, 2013 10:30 AM

Which deli has fantastic sandwich bread/rolls?

I am opening up a deli mid-peninsula. The place I am taking over has awful breads which is leading me to look for a new supplier. Which sandwich shops do you frequent that "wow" you with the bread/rolls selection?

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  1. Most of the ones that impressed me have been from Acme. They do custom rolls for some of their commercial customers.

    I've had some good ones from Panorama as well.

    1. Thanks for paying attention to this basic building block of a good sandwich.

      While I'm not a fan of the sandwiches at Ike's, the Dutch crunch roll baked by Raymond's in South San Francisco used there is good. Likewise the gluten-free sliced bread but I don't know the source.

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      1. re: Melanie Wong

        Could you explain why you don't like Ike's? (In another thread, if necessary. I've looked, but don't find much.) I keep almost trying the place. I've had so much bad food at Stanford, it's getting depressing.

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            Thanks very much. Those topics did not come up on my search, but I remembered reading negative things here. The only good thing about the Stanford location is that there's usually not much of a line. Still, the prices and negative associations put me off.

            1. re: Glencora

              Well, the first link is on the California board since it is my report on the Salinas location so it wouldn't pop up in a search on this board. I did go back a second time to try another couple of sandwiches during the BOGO and still felt ripped off but didn't take the time to continue the body slam with another post. Previously I'd had sandwiches from the Ike's at Stanford and came to the same conclusion: Quizno's with a line.

              I recently met someone who knows the investors behind the franchise locations. Apparently Ike's are huge cash cows. Sad statement about our food culture.

              You might post an inquiry about eats near Stanford, maybe there's something new.

              1. re: Melanie Wong

                I completely agree with you. They make extremely unremarkable sandwiches and mask the mediocrity with some sauce. I think their popularity is just herd mentality.

      2. Acme is very hard to beat unless baking it yourself. Their "sweet rustic" rolls are my preferred hamburger bun and when I am making Italian sub sandwiches, I always use this bread. It holds up really well without being too crusty, chewy, overly flavorful, etc. I also like La Farine a lot but that likely does not work for the peninsula (I think they are East Bay only).

        1. Agree it's hard to beat Acme but there's a few. Semifreddi's ciabatta rolls are excellent for sandwiches and burgers. Ratto's uses it on some sandwiches.

          1. Raymond's, SSF. All choices are excellent.