Where to Find the Best Sandwiches in San Francisco
It’s what’s inside that counts
It might not be much to look at from the outside, but this neighborhood gem serves legit lunchtime fare between two pieces of bread.
Marina Deli & Liquor, 2299 Chestnut Street, at Scott Street (415-346-7800 or marinadelisf.com).
Scrounge up a crew to take down by-the-pound barbecue (smoked on-site with white oak) like Texas beef brisket, Carolina pulled pork, and Memphis baby back ribs.
Cedar Hill Kitchen + Smokehouse, 3242 Scott Street, between Lombard and Chestnut Streets (415-834-5403 or cedarhillsf.com).
Dennis Leary’s long-awaited follow-up to The Sentinel is finally in lunchtime swing. Dig into the barbecued short rib sandwich, a massive pile of tender meat, caramelized onions, and mayo on a seeded bun.
The Golden West, 8 Trinity Place, at Sutter Street (415-216-6443 or theauwest.com).
Biergarten, 424 Octavia Street, between Linden and Fell Streets (biergartensf.com).
Mary’s Chickens (air-chilled, free-range) are spit-roasted in full view from the open kitchen, then served with standard and seasonal sides. Chopped salads and sandwiches are primed for lunch.
Roostertail, 1963 Sutter Street, between Fillmore and Webster Streets (415-776-6783 or roostertailsf.com).
Call it the little grocer that will: This 300-square-foot artisan market is stocked with the best local produce, meat, cheese, and pantry items. Grab-and-go sandwiches hit the spot in a hurry.
Little Vine, 1541 Grant Avenue, between Union and Filbert Streets (415-272-7567 or shoplittlevine.com).
This casual Vietnamese resto takes it to the streets with a variety of Vietnamese variations on classic sammies (steak, lime-pepper aioli, pickled veggies, jalapenos) and unconventional subs (Sloppy Bun with curry ground beef, shaved onion, Thai basil).
Bun Mee, 2015 Fillmore Street, at Pine Street (415-800-7696 or bunmee.co).
The Italian cafe serves espresso drinks alongside lunchtime sandwiches (BLT with black pepper mayo) and pressed panini (Nutella, peanut butter, banana).
Bravado Coffee Bar and Lounge, 170 King Street, between 2nd and 3rd Streets (415-957-1100 or bravadosf.com).
Cassava Bakery + Cafe, 3519 Balboa Street, between 36th and 37th Streets (415-640-8990 or cassavasf.com).
At Sarah Dvorak’s charmingly rustic, cozy cafe, build your own tasting plate around artisanal American cheese, and double up on traditional raclette, mac ’n’ cheese, and pressed sandwiches.
Mission Cheese, 736 Valencia Street, between 18th and 19th Streets (415-484-6553 or missioncheese.net).
A carnival-themed restaurant, complete with Tilt-o-Whirl booth and Coney Island pics, serves the Bearded Lady (pulled pork, blackberry coulis, chipotle barbecue sauce) and Ring Master burger (between two glazed doughnuts).
Straw, 203 Octavia Street, at Page Street (415-431-3663 or strawsf.com).
The full-service deli puts the sandwich on a pedestal. The My Cousin Vinny is meatballs, provolone, onion, and peppers — and it’s delicious.
The Sandwich Spot, 3213 Pierce Street, between Lombard Street and U.S. Highway 101 (415-829-2587 or sandwichspotsf.com).
This spot is seasonally minded, with a generous (and healthy) emphasis on California wines. Head to brunch for the Biestwich (bacon, avocado, and greens on ciabatta).
Scala’s Bistro, 432 Powell Street, between Post and Sutter Streets (415-395-8555 or scalasbistro.com).
It’s one thing to top a burger with crispy strips of bacon. But it’s another very delicious thing altogether to grind them into the patty to create the bacon burger from heaven.