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Tartine Bakery's Triple-Threat Sandwiches

June 23, 2012 11:07 am · Posted by Nancy Einhart

I am slowly eating my way through the sandwich menu at Tartine Bakery. First, I made a Tartine sandwich recipe at home, and now I've had the real deal, times three. These are no dainty French sandwiches but rather two-handed handfuls, cut into thirds, with each third the size of a normal half sandwich. Check out photos from my first visit as well as a recent return with my mom in the gallery below.


Round Two: The Deli and the Dive Bar

October 8, 2011 6:46 pm · Posted by Nancy Einhart

The first time I discovered Clare's Delicatessen, I knew I'd be back. The premise is just too perfect to avoid: a late-night deli and kitchen that delivers sandwiches and tater tots to the dive bar next door, the 500 Club. Last weekend, my friends and I found ourselves there after a day of drinking in the sun, and it was even better the second time around. Here's what hit the spot.

Easy Cheesy Goodness at The Melt

September 28, 2011 7:59 am · Posted by Nancy Einhart

Though I got an extra special sneak peek of The Melt, it wasn't until yesterday that I paid a visit to the much-hyped outpost of the new fast casual chain in downtown SF. My dining companions, including Julia of PopSugar SF, agreed that the concept of a gourmet grilled cheese restaurant often falls short, but a fast-food grilled cheese restaurant makes a great easy, comfy hot lunch. Click through to see why.

Taco's Sandwiches: Awesome Name, Awesome Eats

August 27, 2011 9:36 am · Posted by Nancy Einhart

Sometimes it pays to be a punctuation snob. When I first saw the awning for "John's Burgers Taco's Sandwiches," on San Francisco's dingy 6th Street, I assumed it was a serendipitously funny apostrophe error, that the owners actually meant "Burgers, Tacos, Sandwiches." My delight and curiosity led me to Taco's Sandwiches, a surprisingly impressive sandwich shop actually owned by a man named Taco. Click through for the whole story.

Outside Lands: Sandwiches Behind the Scenes

August 16, 2011 9:24 am · Posted by Nancy Einhart

I have yet to dine at Maverick or Flour + Water, though both are on my list. So in between catching sets by MGMT, The Roots, Vetiver, Mavis Staples, Beirut, and many more at this weekend's Outside Lands festival in Golden Gate Park, I sampled sandwich offerings from these two must-eat San Francisco eateries.

I love that Outside Lands eschews typical festival fare for booths from local restaurants, including my beloved Phil'z Coffee, Andalu, Memphis Minnie's, Namu, and on and on.

Mission district American hot spot Maverick featured just one offering: a Cincinnati pulled pork sandwich, dressed with coleslaw (pictured above). The tender, plush pork came on a soft potato-like roll, with potato chips on the side (which incidentally started blowing away with the wind, tragic). I washed mine down with a pisco punch before grabbing a spot at Girl Talk.

On Sunday, we stopped by Salumeria by Flour + Water, which also kept things simple with a single sandwich: peppery roasted porchetta on a standout ciabatta roll. It's hard to find a perfect ciabatta, but when I do, I consider it one of the most satisfying sandwich vehicles. The meat was succulently spiced and chopped, rather than sliced, with some sort of onion jam (I think) to complement the robust meat.

Did you make it to the festival this weekend? If so, what did you eat to fortify yourself for the fun?

Mr. Pickle's, I Presume?

July 31, 2011 8:24 am · Posted by Nancy Einhart

Ever since I saw the sign many years ago, I've wanted to eat at Mr. Pickle's for the name alone. Then I started hearing good things about the sandwiches, and that toque-wearing Mr. Pickle looked even friendlier. I finally tried Mr. Pickle's a few weeks back, and I was not disappointed — though, despite what some people say, it's nowhere near as good as Ike's. Click through the photos, then chime in with your thoughts.

Tony Tuna Salad at Bar Jules

June 15, 2011 10:32 pm · Posted by Nancy Einhart

On several leisurely weekend afternoons, I've found myself at Bar Jules in Hayes Valley for lunch, and I'm never disappointed. I love the handful-and-a-half of simple brunch and lunch items; I love how the chalkboard menu changes daily but not too drastically; and I adore the cheery, comforting blue and mustard walls. I even love the bathroom decor.

This weekend, I revisited Jules's preserved tuna sandwich, which I first enjoyed a version of several years ago, and it was better than my memory. The fluffy, oil-preserved tuna, flecked with herbs, is served simply on slabs of grilled country bread accented with piquillo peppers.

I love tuna, but I wish tuna salad sandwiches like this were as ubiquitous as the standard mayo-laden versions. So Hayes Valley of me, I know.

Joining the Roast Beef Slow Club

March 26, 2011 10:29 am · Posted by Nancy Einhart

San Francisco's Slow Club is aptly named for a lazy Saturday brunch spot. Several weeks ago, before the weather turned icky, Andrew and I found ourselves with a City CarShare car on a sunny day, so we settled on an outdoor table for two and a strict definition of brunch: lunch for him, breakfast for me.

Andrew ordered a roast beef sandwich classically condimented with horseradish and unexpectedly served on focaccia. More than an inch of thin-sliced beef kept it from being to bourgie. I, on the other hand, ordered Slow Club's standout eggs benedict, with a perfectly poached egg on grilled country bread.

Eggs benedict reinforces my belief that an open-face sandwich isn't really a sandwich. If we start calling every dish featuring something on bread, what keeps eggs benedict from being counted?

'Wich Way to Venezuela: Sort of Sandwiches at Pica Pica

January 29, 2011 7:04 am · Posted by Nancy Einhart

Many countries not known for making sandwiches eat foods that are suspiciously similar. Take arepas, a specialty of Venezuela and Columbia: a sort of doughy bun made with cornmeal that's grilled or fried and stuffed with meat, cheese, and other fillings. Almost like a South American marriage of the taco and corn dog concepts, eaten like a sandwich.

San Francisco's Pica Pica Maize Kitchen goes even further with the maize'wich, an invention that replaces the arepa's corn flour cake with sweet corn bread instead. After purchasing a Pica Pica offer from FreshGuide, I recently headed to dinner at the super-casual, order-at-the-counter eatery on the edge of the Mission.

The menu is simple and sandwich-y: your choice of three vehicles (arepa, maize'wich, or the tortilla-like cachapas) stuffed with one of eight fillings. Fillings range from chicken salad and avocado to shredded beef with gouda.

I ordered an arepa with the vegetarian filling (pictured directly above): grilled tofu, plaintains, avocado, black beans, and a side of spicy cream. Served with no sides, it seemed like a small dinner, but in the end I was stuffed. The plaintains were remarkably delicious and the tofu pretty tasty, though the black beans were a bit bland. The arepa, however, was to die for. You could pretty much put anything in that little pocket and I'd eat it.

Andrew got a maize'wich, which may have been even better than the arepa, and his filling, the Pernil, was flavorful too: sweet pulled pork with tomatoes and avocado. With the richer filling, he probably could have had the less bold arepa, while the maize'wich might have been better for my vegetarian sammie. But overall, the food was yummy, including the yuca fries.

On the Phone: Memphis Minnie's Pulled Pork

January 8, 2011 9:12 am · Posted by Nancy Einhart

Last night's post happy hour dinner: sweet pulled pork sandwich with North Carolina-style mustard BBQ sauce at Memphis Minnie's, one of the stops on my 10-sandwich tour of the US in San Francisco.