The 10 best sandwiches around town
Good sandwiches are a dime a dozen in a city where you’ll be hard-pressed to find any bad food (well, except maybe in Union Square). But truly great sandwiches? Now that deserves a list. Without further ado, here’s our cheat sheet to the top ten sandwiches, broken down by SF neighborhood.
Mission: The Smoked Trout Smorrebrod at Bar Tartine
Leave it to Bar Tartine to elevate the sandwich. The smoked trout smørrebrød (that’s Danish for “open-face sandwich”) on their weekend brunch menu comes on sprouted rye with seasonal toppings (currently cauliflower, squash and lemon).
Bar Tartine, 561 Valencia St.; 415-487-1600 or bartartine.com
Tenderloin: The Pork Banh Mi at Saigon Sandwich
It’s worth a trip to the sketchy ’loin for Saigon Sandwich’s roasted pork banh mi. The traditional French-Vietnamese combo is made with fatty roast pork, slivered carrots, cilantro, jalapeño and sweet aioli on a crisp baguette. At only $3.25, it’s a steal.
Saigon Sandwich, 560 Larkin St.; 415-474-5698 or saigon-sandwich.com
Castro: The Menage a Trois at Ike's Place
Ike’s Place is so popular it has its own app. Skip the line by placing your order ahead of time (via phone, online or the aforementioned app) and go for a Ménage à Trois--halal chicken topped with three cheeses (Swiss, cheddar and pepper jack) and three sauces (barbecue, honey and honey mustard), plus a dash of secret “dirty sauce.”
Ike’s Place, 3489 16th St.; 415-553-6888 or ilikeikesplace.com
North Beach: The Fried Chicken Sandwich at Naked Lunch
The Mary’s Farm fried-chicken sandwich at Naked Lunch is one of the best in town (Marlowe’s is a close second). Here, fried chicken meets creamy buttermilk coleslaw and garlic aioli on a soft pain de mie bun. Insider tip: Add a few shakes of hot sauce for an extra kick.
Naked Lunch, 504 Broadway; 415-577-4951 or nakedlunchsf.com
SoMa: The Corned-Beef Sandwich at the Sentinel
The FiDi work crowd has one of the best sandwich spots in the city: the Sentinel. Lines form early outside this corner lunch counter, which quickly sells out of favorites like the corned-beef sandwich with cabbage, Russian dressing and Swiss cheese on freshly baked focaccia. Bonus: This sammy comes with a house-made pickle and Andes mint.
The Sentinel, 37 New Montgomery St.; 415-284-9960 or thesentinelsf.com
Inner Richmond: The Roast Turkey Sandwich at Arguello Market
Sometimes you just want a simple turkey sando. Arguello Market’s roast turkey sandwich comes with light and dark meat that’s roasted on site (no slimy deli stuff here), lettuce, tomato, pickles, pepper jack cheese and avocado.
Arguello Market, 782 Arguello Blvd.; 415-751-5121
NoPa: The Breakfast Sausage Sandwich at 4505
Your weekend mornings just got so much better. 4505?s decadently rich maple-bacon breakfast sausage sandwich oozes with a runny sunny-side-up egg over a maple-and-bacon-infused sausage patty. The whole thing is topped with aged Gruyère and peppercress greens and piled on a handmade Parmesan-scallion butter bun. Consume immediately and thank us later.
4505 Meats stall at the Ferry Plaza Farmer?s Market (Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and Divisadero Farmer?s Market (Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.); 4505meats.com
Inner Sunset: The Steak Sub at the Yellow Submarine
Don’t expect any bells and whistles here. This no-frills lunch counter keeps it simple. The basic steak sub comes with the requisite mayo, pepper, grilled onions, lettuce and tomato, plus a dash of hot sauce.
The Yellow Submarine, 503 Irving St.; 415-681-5652
The Embarcadero: The Egg Salad Sandwich at Il Cane Rosso
Il Cane Rosso is our favorite Ferry Building stop for a workday lunch on the water. You can?t go wrong with any of the meat sandwiches, but the Petaluma Farm?s warm egg-salad sandwich with anchovy garlic, provolone and greens is a perennial crowd-pleaser. Insider tip: If you go on a Friday, order a quartino (two small glasses) of wine to share with your lunch buddy.
Il Cane Rosso at the Ferry Building, 1 Ferry Plaza; 415-391-7599 or canerossosf.com
Nob Hill: The Willie Brown Bird Sandwich at Cheese Plus
You may not think of a cheese shop as a go-to sandwich spot, but this Nob Hill gem is known for its decadently rich Willie Brown Bird. Smoked duck breast is topped with Scottish fig chutney, provolone, arugula and a swipe of butter on a Dutch Crunch roll. Save half for later to avoid a food coma.
Cheese Plus, 2001 Polk St.; 415-921-2001 or cheeseplus.com