Ever since I tasted Al's Beef in Chicago, I've been saying that Italian beef sandwiches would make a killing in San Francisco — especially in North Beach. If only I'd gotten into the Italian beef business sooner.
This week, Tony's Coal-Fired Pizza & Slice House opens on Sutter and Union, selling pies and sammies to go, including seven kinds of Italian beef sandwiches, all made with slow-roasted meat cooked in garlic and Italian herbs in the coal ovens. For dessert, another Chicago staple: Italian ices. Better yet, it's open until 11 p.m.
Tony already made a name for himself with Tony's Pizza Napoletana, so he probably knows more about running a restaurant than I do. At least my loss in sandwich riches is a gain for San Fran's sandwich scene.
After being thwarted on my latest visit to Ike's Place by a horrifically long line — seriously, who waits an hour for even a great sandwich? — Andrew and I ducked into Starbelly. A new-ish, chic-cazh Castro eatery from the folks behind Beretta, Starbelly has a brunch menu offering everything from French toasts to pizzas to a pristine Pimm's Cup. Of course, I was in the mood for a sandwich; we split one along with a pizza and some fries. All delicious, so check out the slideshow below.
You take a thin slice of pizza (like the kind you get at bars), then you wrap it around a chicken finger (like the kind you get at bars), then you dip it in ranch dressing (like the kind bars give you to dip your chicken fingers in), then you eat it. Then you take a big gulp of beer (like the kind you get at bars). Then you restart your diet on Monday.
— A friend describing her favorite late-night sandwich, which gives the KFC Double Down a run for its money.