Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > San Francisco Bay Area >
Mar 26, 2013 05:01 PM

New locally made grass fed navel pastrami sandwiches at Rhea's [San Francisco]

On their Facebook site Rhea's Deli announced 4 new sandwiches, all of which contain locally made grass fed navel pastrami:

The 20th St -- with melted Swiss cheese, tomato, red onions, pickles, lettuce, mayo, and yellow mustard on a toasted french roll

The Freak #55 -- with grilled Rhea's Kimchi, melted horseradish chive cheddar, pickled red onions, baby arugula, garlic aioli on a toasted french roll

The Buster Posey #28 -- with the navel pastrami wrapped in another pastrami, melted pepper jack, creamy slaw, roasted pepper & garlic aioli, KC style bbq sauce on a toasted french roll

The Bryant St -- with smoked turkey, melted pepper colby, tomatoes, red onions, pickles, jalapenos, roasted pepper and garlic, spicy brown mustard on a toasted sourdough roll

John and I each chose The Freak and I must say that it was one of the best sandwiches I've ever had! The navel pastrami was absolutely fabulous -- the best pastrami I've ever had in California -- maybe even better than the pastrami I used to get long ago when I lived in New York. Highly recommended!!!


  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Please tell us where Rhea's is located. Thank you.

    5 Replies
      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        I am trying to encourage posters to give the location of the place they are writing about in their initial post! Doing so would be very helpful.

        1. re: DavidT

          Maybe there was something written about this, that I've missed--but when did Chowhound stop appending automatic links to addresses (a helpful, user-friendly feature)

          1. re: sundeck sue

            Gory details here, , and our dear "rworange" was so disgusted, she left the community.

      2. re: DavidT

        Get there early, as they tend to run out of things. The spicy Korean rib-eye is one of my all-time faves.

      3. Will have to try this soon. I like their kimchi a lot. Did you eat it there or take it to go? I'm wondering if it would get soggy on the walk home.

        1 Reply
        1. re: absc

          I took it home -- it was still delicious, though it would have been even better if I had eaten it right there. Well, I guess I'll have to wait for the new Rhea's Café to open in about a month (according to the cashier) at 20th and Bryant. They're supposed to have lots of seating.

        2. My husband and I regularly order sandwiches from Rhea's (they deliver!) which I prefer to Bi-Rite's. Thanks for this tip...sounds fantastic.

          1. Going somewhat off on a tangent, but stop in at The Fremont Diner in Sonoma en route to wine tasting in Napa. (You DO need to line your tummy beforehand.)

            Their pastrami is house cured, and my husband swears it is the best pastrami sandwich he has ever eaten!

            Try to get seating inside. We were seated outdoors under a tent, and there were puddles of water under our feet. This is the real farm experience. Food took a little time to come, and in that span, Husband swotted 19 flies. I swotted 5. Neighbors got into the game too. We made sure we wiped down the menus with wet wipes. There you go, "farm to table"!

            2660 Fremont Dr
            Sonoma, CA 95476
            (707) 938-7370