Jersey's on 6th: Good Sandwiches, Old-School Simplicity
What? No catchy names invoking quasi-unknown bands or indie-film actors? No ingredient mashups of Asian spices with honey-baked ham and fried Provolone? No Twitter feed? How can Jersey's on 6th, the new pint-sized Inner Richmond sandwich shop possibly survive? The roast beef is called "the roast beef." The ham and Swiss simply "the ham and Swiss." It works: Owners Shannon Gnatek and Erick Morton are pumping out simple, straightforward sandwiches with high quality, house-made ingredients, on breads from Raymond's in South San Francisco.
Alex Hochman Shocker! The roast beef sandwich at Jersey's on 6th is called "the roast beef sandwich."
The aforementioned roast beef sandwich ($9) came loaded with a fistful of bright pink, thinly sliced rare beef, roasted in-house. It packed a powerfully meaty punch. Some seriously sharp onions worked well, and a soft, warm white roll made for the perfect casing.
Alex Hochman Small shop, big flavor.
We also liked the turkey Reuben ($9), still warm and not gooey, though it'd waited 15 minutes before we unwrapped it. Kudos to Morton for not globbing on the Russian dressing and sauerkraut ― the house-roasted turkey was moist enough on its own. Dressing and sauerkraut gave the bird a pleasant buzz, though the bread had scant rye flavor.
A word to the wise: Call ahead to order. Morton works solo, so waits of 20-30 minutes are typical. That aside, in a neighborhood long on eateries representing all corners of the globe, a simple sandwich shop like Jersey's stands out as a welcome addition.
Jersey's on 6th: 200 Sixth Ave. (at Cornwall), 221-0444.