14 Tasty Sammies You Need To Try NOW!

In case you haven’t noticed, we take chowing down pretty seriously. Whether it’s innovative ice-cream flavors or a perfectly toasted pizza pie — unearthing the Bay’s greatest grub is something we’re incredibly passionate about. And, the fact that National Sandwich Month is upon us (who knew, right?) we figured it was about time we decided to take it back to the basics and revisted the best lunchtime staples around.
Because when a sammy is piled to perfection, each layer provides an extraordinary mesh of magical flavors (we don't think we're exaggerating even a bit, here!). So, we did the dirty work (tough, right?) and tasted a slew of yummy options you need to sink your teeth into, stat. From egg-salad sandwiches to meaty delights at old-school spots and newbie haunts alike, this list has got a delectable bite for everyone. But be warned: This slideshow will make your tummy grumble…nom.
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Salumeria, Prosciutto Cotto
New-ish outpost Salumeria doesn’t skimp when it comes to delivering fresh, one-of-a-kind sandwiches starring artisanal meats. The menu rotates frequently, but we assure you that all the items are top-notch and offer a unique fusion of flavors. We really recommend noshing on the house-made prosciutto cotto, reading, pickles, sweet mustard, and pretzel sammie. Take it outside and chow down in the sun-drenched courtyard — lunchtime bliss.

Salumeria, 3000 20th Street (at Florida Street); 415-471-2998.

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Ike’s Place, Meatless Mike
How could we discuss a selection of sammys and not include locally lauded Ike’s Place? The iconic S.F. spot is known for its hearty, finger-licking grub, witty sandwich names, and excellent service. There are so many options it will make your head spin. But, one of our faves on the sprawling menu? The Meatless Mike — vegan meatballs, marinara, and pepper jack on a Dutch crunch roll. This vegan snack is so tasty it is guaranteed to satisfy both meat eaters and veggies alike.

Ike’s Place, 3489 16th Street (between Sanchez and Prosper streets); 415-553‑6888.

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La Boulange, Goat-Cheese Sandwich
Spend today’s lunch money on yesterday’s shopping spree? Thankfully, La Boulange has you covered with its delectable $3.50, just-the-right-size goat-cheese sandwich. Prepared on a fluffy olive roll and stuffed with goat cheese, juicy tomatoes, and fresh basil, this sammie is the perfect on-the-go bite. It's an appetizing and no-fuss nosh!

La Boulange, 2300 Polk Street (at Green Street); 415-345-1107.

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Il Cane Rosso, Petaluma Farm Warm Egg Salad
If you find yourself strolling the Ferry Building, working up an appetite, and needing to nom, there’s no refuel spot quite like Il Cane Rosso. And if you neglect to order the Farm Warm Egg Salad, you are doing yourself a major injustice, folks. This burst of lunchtime freshness featuring egg, anchovy-garlic, aged provolone, and greens is a collision of standout flavors. This isn't your typical stinky egg-salad sandwich. Nope, this sammy is a meal-time star.

Il Cane Rosso, One Ferry Building, #41; 415-391-7599.

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Bun Mee, Sloppy Bun
If you’re a fan of the old-school American classic Sloppy Joe, then wait until you get a load of this. Imagine a Sloppy Joe, but with Thai basil, jalapenos, red-curry ground beef, shaved onion, garlic aioli, and an egg! BAM — that’s what Bun Mee offers up. Enticing, eh? It will knock your socks off, trust. This sammy is on a different level completely.

Bun Mee, 2015 Fillmore Street (at Pine Street), 415-800-7696.
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The Yellow Submarine, Steak Sandwich
Nestled in the Inner Sunset, Yellow Submarine is a no-frills, unsuspecting dining destination that serves its sammy up simple. Meat, mayo, hot sauce, and veggies are just about all you’re getting at this joint. But, man, that’s all you need. The steak, mayo, pepper, and hot-sauce sub is a fave of ours and it comes as no surprise that this haven has been a neighborhood must-hit for over 35 years. The Boston-style subs are made right in front of you by a family of hard-working hoagie connoisseurs. If you’re in the mood for a spot that’s all about the grub, this is it.

Yellow Submarine, 503 Irving Street (at 6th Avenue); 415-681-5652.

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The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen, Mushroom Gruyére
If you’re looking to get a little cheesy, there’s no place quite like The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen. The SoMa eatery offers a unique spin on the classic after-school special. The Mushroom Gruyére boasts two different kinds of cheeses (fontina and gruyére) with roasted wild mushrooms, leeks, caramelized onions, and gold potatoes. Once you sink your teeth into this thing, you’d better believe you’ll never make eyes at another grilled cheese again.

The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen, 1 South Park Avenue (at 2nd Street); 415-243-0107.

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Boxing Room, Muffuletta Sandwich
Are you on the market for a seriously filling sandwich? Head over to Boxing Room for its substance-packed Muffuletta. This delectable delight is filled to the brim with ham, salami, housemade mortadella, provolone, olive salad, and mixed greens. Depending on how much you plan to chow, Boxing Room offers this mouth-watering sandwich in three different sizes. Another plus? This delicious sandwich comes with a yummy salad. We recommend sharing a half with a friend!

Boxing Room, 399 Grove Street (at Gough Street), 415-430-6590.
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Outerlands, Fried-Egg Open-Face Sandwich
When a bowl of cereal just isn’t enough for your morning meal, head to Outerlands for an out-of-this-land breakfast. Its tantalizing fresh bread, topped with layers of crispy bacon, golden-melted provolone, and parmesan with two fried, over-easy eggs will open your eyes wider than that morning cup of Joe. Warning: That oh-so-worth-it commute to this Outer Sunset destination will become your daily routine.

Outerlands, 4001 Judah Street (at 45th Avenue); 415-661-6140.

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Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen, Reuben Pastrami Sandwich
Itching for a Jewish-deli-style pastrami sammy? Wise Sons Delicatessen is right up your alley then. This Mission hotspot is known for its outstanding Reuben Pastrami Sandwich. Prepared with pastrami, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and Russian dressing on rye bread — it’s one crazy-good lunch option.

Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen, 3150 24th Street (at Shotwell Street); 415-787-3354.

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Genova Delicatessen, Salami And Provolone Sandwich
Italian-deli fans, this is the lunchtime spot you’ve been dreaming of all your life. Grab a number, stand in line, and prepare yourself for a lip-smacking sandwich experience. You can pile on any delicious meats, condiments, or veggies you’d like to truly make it your own. Our go-to combo? You can’t go wrong with a slather of salami, tomato, onions, and cheese on rye bread!

Genova Delicatessen, 5095 Telegraph Avenue (between 49th and 51st streets), Oakland; 510-652-7401.

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Bite, Gouda Good
Rotisserie chicken, gouda cheese, Pepperhouse sauce on Dutch crunch? Sounds like a little bite of heaven, right? Well, the late-night sandwich spot Bite in Lower Nob Hill knows what it’s doing on the delicious front. This unique compilation of flavors won’t disappoint, even well into the wee hours ... at 2 a.m.

Bite, 912 Sutter Street (at Leavenworth Street); 415-563-2483.

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Bar Tartine Sandwich Counter, Lentil Croquette
Alas! A veggie sandwich with substance. The freshly opened Bar Tartine Sandwich Counter’s Lentil Croquette is all we could ever ask for in a veg-centric sammie. Despite the name, this is no soupy sandwich. With crunchy, falafel-like balls of lentils, fresh cucumber, sprouts, tomato, and padron peppers, all generously drizzled with yoghurt and hugged by spelt-slab bread, this sandwich is our new veggie go-to!

Bar Tartine Sandwich Counter, 561 Valencia Street (at 16th Street); 415-487-1600.

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Bakesale Betty, Fried-Chicken Sandwich
Don’t let the around-the-block lines discourage you. This Oakland eatery specializes in fried-chicken sandwiches that everyone and their mom raves about. The crunchy chicken sits in a bed of mouth-watering coleslaw and is accompanied best with an ice-cold lemonade and cookie. This place has even been nominated for the manliest sandwich in the U.S. The line moves quick, and we assure you that once you taste this irresistibly yummy lunchtime staple you’ll be back again … and again … and again.

Bakesale Betty, 5098 Telegraph Avenue (at 51st Street), Oakland; 510-985-1213.

Photographed by Anna-Alexia Basile

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