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Best Sandwiches In San Francisco

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Each August marks National Sandwich Month, and what better way to celebrate than by sampling some of the best sandwiches San Francisco has to offer. With a plethora of menu options from numerous stellar delis, sandwich lovers could try a different sandwich every day of the month. Diners can choose from traditional meat-loaded subs to gourmet vegetarian eats. Here is a list of five of the best sandwich finds in San Francisco.

Ike's Place
3489 16th St.
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 553-6888

Started in San Francisco in 2007, Ike's Place has expanded to several Bay Area locations and among locals is a well-known favorite sandwich destination. Sandwiches have clever names ranging from the Tony Soprano Italian sub to the chicken fried steak and mozzarella filled Lex Luther. Sandwich names such as the Lincecum and Barry B. frequently reflect local celebrities. Make sure to sample the popular three cheese, BBQ sauce and honey-filled Menage A Trois.

Lou's Cafe
5017 Geary Blvd.
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 379-4429

Located in the Inner Richmond, Lou's Sandwich Café is open six days a week, Monday through Saturday. Lou's serves up gourmet sandwiches, soups and salads. Sandwich options run the gamut from the more traditional club or tuna melt to those filled with crab or hot links and sauerkraut. Lou's also offers a modest selection of breakfast sandwiches stuffed with everything from chicken apple sausage to hash browns.

Roxie Food Center
1901 San Jose Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94112
(415) 587-2345

The Roxie Food Center is a local secret hidden inside a mom and pop corner grocery store. Many regular customers favor sandwiches on the freshly baked Dutch Crunch rolls. Hot and cold options are available with every type of filling from roast beef to turkey. Do not miss the Simon Special which is a tasty combination of turkey and pastrami, or the Tony Tri Tip BBQ sandwich. To avoid long lines during the lunch and dinner rushes, call ahead with orders.

Deli Board
1058 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 552-7687

Begun in 2009 as a catering business, the Deli Board has since expanded into a traditional counter deli. Sandwiches are massively sized, include people's names and are comprised of everything from Romanian pastrami to brisket. Several customizable vegetarian fillings are available such as egg salad and falafel. Employees here also craft handmade soups and salads. Check The Board for the deli's daily specials.

The Boy's Deli
2222 Polk St.
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 776-3099

Tucked inside the Polk & Green Produce Market on Russian Hill, The Boy's Deli serves up Boar's Head meats and cheeses in creative combinations. Cleverly named sandwiches include the turkey, gouda, pesto and bacon-filled Sannfranpsycho and the raging sriracha, pepperjack, jalapeno and turkey-stacked Hot Lava. Sandwich spread choices go far beyond the traditional mayo and mustard and include over 15 different options ranging from A-1 Steak Sauce to marinara. Fillings are served up in generously sized portions, and diners will not be left hungry after indulging at The Boy's Deli. The deli also sells rotisserie chickens and meat by the pound.

Joanna Metheny is a freelance writer covering all things South Bay. Her work can be found on

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