French Dip Sandwich [San Francisco]
So one of my favorite guilty pleasures is the French dip sandwich. While recognizing that it is not gourmet, a good one (with tender beef, a rich dipping sauce and quality bread and cheese) can be very satisfying.
Currently I satisfy my occasional craving by visiting Claire's Deli (17th and Guerrero). Claire makes one of the best french dips ever, so I haven't looked farther.
But I was wondering if others loved French dips and whether there are other places in the City that I should visit.
Hillstone (formerly Houston's) in the City on the Embarcadero at Bay Street is part of the same group as Rutherford Grill and the Prime Rib French Dip there is exactly the same as the one at Rutherford Grill which, as you say, is exceptional. At its current price of $21, though, it is probably the most expensive in the City but, in my opinion, is worth every penny. It does not include cheese but comes with a great dipping jus as well as either regular or creamed horseradish on the side. French fries accompany the sandwich, though one of many other sides can be substituted. I particularly like the barley salad with almonds, basil and crunchy vegetables. The prime rib is perfectly cooked and it is served on a delicious roll slathered with mayonnaise. Gee, maybe I should stop by there today!
Tommy's Joynt, cheese is probably optional but self applied horseradish is mandatory.
I see the original allows for adulteration with cheese.
'Philippe's "French Dipped Sandwich" is the specialty of the house and consists of either roast beef, roast pork, leg of lamb, turkey or ham served on a lightly textured, freshly baked French roll which has been dipped in the natural gravy of the roasts. Swiss, American, Monterey Jack or Blue cheese may be added.'