San Francisco's 10 Best Sandwiches
|The grilled cheese from Outerlands.|
4001 Judah, 661-6140
At first sight, Outerlands' grilled cheese sandwich defies all expectation of the proper relationship between cheese and bread. The bread's an inch thick -- that's 2 inches, total! -- and though there's enough melted cheese in the center to seep out and coat the slices, the ratio still seems suspect. But Dave Muller's naturally leavened bread has its own presence, and though each slice is brushed with enough butter to brown the exteriors, the bread's light enough that you taste the cheese inside. Bonus: all those crisped cheese drips on the exterior, which can be peeled off and snacked on between bites.
5. Pressed Cuban sandwich from Ironside
Jonathan Kauffman Ironside's Cubano.
680 Second St. (at Townsend), 896-1127
You will find regulars at Ironside ordering the pizzas or the tuna conserva sandwich, but most of the rest of the customers, it seems, are ordering the pressed Cuban. There's no attempt at authenticity here -- it's made with gruyère and chipotle mayo -- but that's not the point. The point is the pork butt, molasses-basted and roasted for hours, set off by chopped pickles and salty ham.