San Francisco's 10 Best Sandwiches
|The oyster po boy at Queen's.|
3030 San Bruno (at Paul), 656-0711
For its national reputation, Queen's classic po' boys can look a little anticlimactic. The bread (imported from New Orleans) is squishier than most San Francisco sandwich-makers use, and there doesn't seem to be much in the way of adornment. No fancy sauces or elaborately conceived fixings. And then, when you take your first bite, you encounter that brine-tinged gush of hot oyster juice and the crisp, gritty shell -- the custardy texture of the oyster is only amplfied by a thick smear of mayonnaise -- and you realize that you're eating the foie gras of hoagies.
1. Mrs. Binh's sausage sandwich from Pal's Takeaway
Jonathan Kauffman Lao sausage sandwich from Pal's Takeaway.
In Tony's Market, 2751 24th St. (at Hampshire), 203-4911
Frankly, SFoodie has never eaten a bad sandwich at Pal's Takeaway. Not even a middling one. Should we single out Jeff Mason's coffee-rubbed pulled pork? The meatball? No, we'd have to go with our sentimental favorite: the Lao sausage banh mi. Its centerpiece is a length of pork sausage riddled with lemongrass and garlic, juicy, and piercingly spiced. And while the sausage is made by the cooks at Vientian Cafe in Oakland, one of the area's best Lao restaurants, the frame is Mason's own: bitter greens, crusty French bread, and sweetly pickled carrots.
SFoodie would like to ask a moment of silence for the sandwich that would have been at the top of this list, El Perol's pan con chicharron, which is currently unavailable while the owner renovates her Mission Mercado stall. May it return soon.
782 Arguello, San Francisco, CA