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May 31, 2013 04:24 PM

Breakfast Sandwich - SF Dish of the Month June 2013

The SF Dish of the Month for June 2013 is Breakfast Sandwich. This is a relatively wide category, since there are different types of breakfast sandwiches out there, though largely I expect that this discussion will focus on sandwiches that are sold during the morning hours and that contain egg. But don't let that limit you!

The goal of Dish of the Month is to collectively try as many versions of breakfast sandwiches as possible during the month of June! So let's start exploring and eating—report back with reviews and photos.

For those who regularly eat breakfast sandwiches in the Bay Area, hopefully this project can lead to a new favorit, and for those who don't usually seek it out, hopefully this will be an excuse to go out and try some!

Here's a link to the vote:

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    1. re: Cynsa

      $4.49 at Lou's Cafe this morning for the Original Breakfast Sandwich, choice of ham or bacon - I asked for both ham and bacon - with egg, American cheese, hash browns, Lou's Special Sauce on a warmed fresh crunchy ciabatta - with exactly the right balance of each flavor component, nothing dominates the overall deliciousness of this breakfast sammie.
      Also new on the board for $5.49: Ultimate Omelette Sammie, Southwestern Omelette Sammie, and the Corned Beef Hash Sammie.
      Day One of June's Breakfast Sandwiches

      1. re: Cynsa

        What's special about Special Sauce?

        1. re: Melanie Wong

          dunno, like McDonald's...maybe ketchuppy mayo concoction? I can't deconstruct it.
          I don't like ketchup, but this sauce is a +
          It's a light spread, not gloppy and just enough to moisten the sando, you'll have to taste it and tell us what you think.

          1. re: Cynsa

            I just googled Lou's Special Sauce and who knew? 'citrus note and peppery zing' jalapeno spread (mine did not taste spicy and I know it was pink not green)... or garlic-mayo with herbs...or special homemade, pesto aioli sauce... has this Special Sauce evolved through the years?
            I need to expand the tasting at Lou's beyond the Breakfast Sammie and get myself a Punch Card to continue the Quest.

            1. re: Cynsa

              Their website says Lou's Special Sauce is the garlic, herb mayo.

              The jalepeno spread and pesto aioli are different and also available.

        2. re: Cynsa

          returning to the scene of the crime for another breakfast sandwich... this morning's Corned Beef Hash Sammie. I asked for the Jalapeno Spread and the Special Sauce (mayo+garlic+herbs). It's good with the corned beef adding to the chew factor for morning protein.

        3. re: Cynsa

          I stopped by Réveille on Saturday morning to try the toad-in-the-hole sammie featured in your SF Weekly links. It's listed simply as "Egg sandwich w/bacon". It comes on beautiful thick-cut bread with a chewy crust, which according to the article is from Della Fattoria in Petaluma. Inside was thick, crunchy bacon, gruyere and kale, which with the egg made for a winning combo.

          Regarding Réveille, it's a lovely airy space, perfect for people watching. Staff are very friendly, and they do pull a mean shot.

          I meant to take a half-eaten shot, but alas, I demolished it without stopping. So all you get is the same toadie pic everyone else takes.


          Réveille Coffee Co
          200 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

          1. re: stravaigint

            Was hoping someone would find a toad-in-the-hole example. We've barely explored the diversity of forms that "breakfast sandwich" can take.

            1. re: stravaigint

              "I meant to take a half-eaten shot, but alas, I demolished it without stopping. So all you get is the same toadie pic everyone else takes."

              Ha. I'm usually guilty of the opposite -- forgetting to take a "before" photo, and only remembering that I meant to take pics, when the meal is almost gone.

          2. Cafe 3016 just opened across from the Food Mill on Macarthur.

            drink: Wrecking Ball Coffee (ethiopian), very smooth, pour overs, beans available.

            eats: 3 cheese panini with slice of tomato (5.25)
            -nice acidilty from the tomato, tasty sammies
            -a clump of spring mix with tasty vinegarette came with it.

            also available: "authentic" bagel, gourmet pastries.

            3016 MacArthur Blvd.
            Oakland, Ca.

            1. Cool DOTM! I really like Southies breakfast sandwich in Oakland. Any tips for places just off of 101 between Glen Park and Menlo Park?

              Amoura at SFO's international terminal has a standard issue breakfast sandwich on a bready English muffin. Scrambled egg, American cheese, and choice of bacon or sausage patty. They nuked the sandwich, turning the cheese into some kind of tough polymer and wettening up the bread. Luckily ketchup heals all wounds. $7.95 and comes with home fries.

              1. Had the fried egg sandwich with Nueske bacon yesterday at Plow. Breakfast sammies can often be a bit heavy and stodgy but this was incredibly light and crisp. Egg and bacon were perfect, as was the bun, which survived all the way through. Cheese was a bit mild, though; I think they could use a stronger cheddar, or just switch it out completely. Crispy potatoes were indeed crispy.

                There was a line at 7:40am...I felt like an extra in Portlandia...

                1299 18th Street, San Francisco

                4 Replies
                  1. re: stravaigint

                    wow. that's a knife-and-fork sandwich! runny yolk?

                    1. re: Cynsa

                      Yes and yes! I learnt my lesson after the 4505 breakfast sammy, which resulted in yolk-on-lap.

                  2. re: stravaigint

                    I haven't had it this month, but I like their breakfast sandwich a lot.
                    Their crispy potatoes may be my favorite breakfast potato anywhere.

                  3. I had the scrambled egg sandwich at Market & Rye in West Portal this weekend, and it wasn't fabulous. The description on the menu is:

                    "Soft scrambled egg, cheddar, roasted tomato, butter lettuce, aioli, on housemade English muffin, served with roasted potatoes"

                    The eggs themselves were freshly scrambled and very nice, but the rest of the sandwich was a bit of a letdown. There were no roasted tomatoes (instead, fresh tomatoes), the cheddar was pretty generic, and the English muffin tasted like a dry biscuit. It maybe could have benefitted from more toasting? Anyway, the worst part was the potatoes, which were limp and cold.

                    I liked the vibe of this place overall, and I think I'd come back here for salads. But I probably won't be returning for an egg sandwich.