Last but hardly least in my tale of three tortas comes San Francisco's very own That's It market, an unassuming corner store on Mission and 23rd that's been on my sand wish list ever since Anthony Bourdain downed the gargantuan cubano torta on No Reservations
Once a hidden gem, That's It is now infamous for its cubano, a massive serving of late-night drunken sustenance that includes ham, chorizo, pork, bacon, and ham. Wow. Massive amounts of meat aren't really my thing, so I opted for the chicken torta (pictured below) while Andrew ordered the ham (above), both of which were plenty massive — and massively delicious. Get the full lowdown.
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I never dreamed someone would make me into a sandwich! What an honor.
Pal's Takeaway has been on my list of must-try sandwich spots for at least a year, but I'm not often at 24th and Hampshire on a weekday. So when I recently had a rare Monday off in SF, I finally buddied up to Pal's.
Needless to say, expectations were high. On Pal's website, the sandwich makers proclaim that their ongoing mission is "to find some good f*cking stuff to put between pieces of bread." It is succeeding with a daily-changing menu of innovative eats and an irreverent sense of humor.
I ordered the delightfully clever 'Wich Came First sandwich, featuring tarragon-poached chicken breast and egg salad with chives. Get to know Pal's.
Since I'm mildly obsessed with spicy tortas, I couldn't let my first trip to Mexico end without trying a local sandwich. Though Zihuatanejo is more known for pozole and tacos al pastor, we heard good things about hole-in-the-wall Tortas Ziranda and hit it up for our last meal.
Markedly different from Nopalito, obviously, but far more authentic, Ziranda serves reasonably sized tortas on toasty grilled rolls. I ordered ham and cheese (pictured below), while Andrew got the Ziranda specialty of shredded pork and jam with two kinds of cheese (above)
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Today, Nov. 3, is National Sandwich Day! I plan to celebrate by eating a sandwich for lunch. But you know, I eat a lot of sandwiches, and I take a lot of pictures of them too. Each month I find myself with some leftover pics that didn't make it into a blog post but still look delicious. So I present my new feature, Randomwiches, where I round up eight sandwiches that have nothing really in common except that I ate them. Let the celebration begin!
Sandwiches and potato chips go hand in hand, but how about sandwich-flavored potato chips? My buddy Phil spotted these on a recent trip to Thailand: ham and cheese sandwich chips.
I kind of love this concept and I'd love to try them. Unfortunately, I think Phil just brought back a photo, but I won't hold that against him. Would you try the ham and cheese sammie chips?
I've been on a serious torta kick lately, devouring the Mexican sandwiches everywhere from my neighborhood to the Mission to Mexico itself. To show my deep appreciation for this delicioso dish, allow me to tell this tale of three tortas, starting at San Francisco's bourgie yet authentic Mexican eatery Nopalito.
Like a Mexican hoagie or a burrito on bread, tortas take South of the Border flavors and sandwich them in a soft, toasted roll, such as a telera or bolillo. Nopalito stays pretty true to tradition with its housemade bun, which contains adobo-seasoned shredded pork, refried beans, jack cheese, and avocado.
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The mayo-free tuna sandwich at 'Wichcraft is one of my favorites, and compared to many of the other recipes in the cookbook 'Wichcraft: Craft a Sandwich Into a Meal — and a Meal Into a Sandwich, this one is relatively simple. The resulting meal is so magnificently complex and and innovative, I couldn't believe I'd made it all by myself.
As I learned making 'Wichcraft's goat cheese with avocado and celery, this cookbook gives you the option (and the recipes) of making many of the ingredients from scratch. In this case, I skipped the homemade lemon mayo but did make the lemon confit, which was extraordinary. I have since used the thinly sliced, cured lemons on numerous sandwiches and salads, and it's a great accent to have in the fridge.
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The Blue Angels flew into town this weekend for San Francisco Fleet Week, and some friends of mine with a roof deck hosted a brunch bash. Since the Blue Angels hail from my hometown of Pensacola, I honored my roots by whipping up a Southern party-food staple: miniature pimento cheese sandwiches.
At work last week, we were sent some Oroweat sandwich thins minis, which were about the size of coasters, so I made some sammies with those (pictured below) and another batch with cute pumpernickel toasts from the supermarket (pictured above). I thought the pumpernickel tasted better with the pimento cheese, but the minis were classier and easier to eat.
Everyone from the South knows what pimento cheese is, but for the unfamiliar, it's basically a mayo-based cheese spread made with shredded cheddar and jarred pimento peppers. This time, I added chopped pecans and worchestershire sauce, which gave it a nice texture and smoky flavor. Get the recipe.