Merigan Is Quite Possibly the Most Overpriced Sandwich In the City

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Pete Kane
The $9 Half Italian Combo (here halved again): mortadella, salami, prosciutto cott, provolone, lettuce, onion, tomato, dressing and hots.
Very near the ballpark, South of Market has a new sandwich shop, Merigan. It's a project from Liz Shaw, formerly of the legendary A16, and it wears its Italian-American heart on its sleeve. If you're from the Empire, Garden or possibly Nutmeg State -- or wherever sandwiches like this are called "heroes" -- you will like them.

However, Merigan might also be the most outrageously overpriced thing in San Francisco. A humble cheesesteak with provolone and grilled onions costs $17. Half an Italian Combo? Nine dollars. No chips, no pickle, just half a sandwich. If you order the full one and train your mind ignore anything that might feel like a potent metaphor for a city that is rapidly spinning away from your grasp, you're still holding in your hands two pieces of bread with some meat and things that together cost almost twice the minimum wage.

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Pete Kane
While colorfully distressed, these cushion-less metal chairs aren't particularly comfortable.
Pete Kane

If it were a great sandwich, or proportioned with Scooby and Shaggy in mind, maybe one could almost overlook the price -- maybe. Salumeria sells $12 sandwiches that are extraordinarily good, and $12 is already a borderline insane amount to pay for a sandwich. But Merigan's Italian Combo was just a good sandwich, on par with Mr. Pickle's or Courtney's. Saison, which is around the block from Merigan, commands outlandish prices because it's basically the apex predator of the San Francisco dining ecosystem. This is just lunch that costs twice what it should, and five times as much as a great banh mi in the Tenderloin.

Merigan, 636 Second St.

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tyronebiggums
tyronebiggums

" Saison, which is around the block from Merigan, commands outlandish prices because it's basically the apex predator of the San Francisco dining ecosystem. "

This. 

These prices are another reason why SF while a good food town, is totally overrated. 


Kimberly Crawford
Kimberly Crawford

Well I went here yesterday and though tasty, I agree over priced. I ordered an Italian with extra dressing and when he told me the price, that was something over $17 I said but the sandwich is $12 and he said the "extra dressing" was $4...I AM fron the Garden State. We call extra dressing, 'extra wet" but I knew they would not know what I was talking about. It is fuing oil and vinegar with some herbs...ARE YOU KIDDING ME! I like it but they have to get it inline for the people who actually know what Italian American subs are all about.

Pauline Stavaris
Pauline Stavaris

Don't you know that the camera puts 10 lbs on? Your hips, sandwiches and the like. For that amount of $$ it should be taken off the waistline and not out of your wallet.

turner.washington
turner.washington

"If you order the full one and train your mind ignore anything that might feel like a potent metaphor for a city." eh? Otherwise, I am with you on this. I also grew up in grinder country and agree with Shaw that that we could use those sandwiches on this side of the land. But those come from greasy places that cater to the working man, not the "working man." This place just hooks into the prosperous city trend of places that are an knowing imitation of the real thing. In a way, not that different from places foodies would never touch, like the Hard Rock Cafe. In SF, the real thing is Ted's Deli on Howard. 

Stephen Francis Toole
Stephen Francis Toole

Big deal. There are restaurants all over town, charging more than 17 bucks for a raisin and a toothpick.

Garcian Smith
Garcian Smith

Chinguen a su madre mejor me gasto esa feria en la casita chilanga y me chi go una cubana

Stephen Herbert
Stephen Herbert

One hundred percent, YES!!! There is absolutely no justification for charging that much for a mediocre sandwich... Opened immediately post-Twitter IPO - coincidence? I think not.

Athena Zenith
Athena Zenith

Thank you for the warning. Won't waste my time by going in.

Ron Cabral
Ron Cabral

How much for a turkey and avocado?

Emma Heinichen
Emma Heinichen

Who cares either way whether the sandwich is good or nitratey or of the price is justified or absurd. Roxie's deli is on San Jose avenue and the sandwiches are the stuff of dreams.

Fran Leidy
Fran Leidy

I wouldn't eat Subway or Mr. Pickles for free, but I can't wait to try this place, looks good. You can buy a Rolex on the street for 10.00 or one at the store for 10k. Only one of them is REAL. Same thing with food.

GETAGRIP
GETAGRIP

What a fucking joke this Pete Kane is. Pay no attention to this no-nothing food bloggeur. This is slanderous in order to get hits- and it has...notice how many comments this article has? How about considering the small business you are destroying.

I won't even debate the merits of the food or the prices because it's not even relevant. It hasn't even been a fucking week, SF Weekly, way to slander a woman who has put her heart & soul into her small business. At least give her some time to get her feet wet & her business figured out. It's hard enough to open a business in this town with crowd sourced shit sites like yelp. 

Melissa Hall Timmons
Melissa Hall Timmons

But people will spend a good $7 for a burger from McDonald's and we all know just how wonderful their burgers are. NOT! I'm sure the cost of living in SF is quite high, hense the need to charge a little more for a sandwich, that looks like you could eat on it for a couple of meals by the way.

Todd Clark
Todd Clark

They make everything they can at the shop. It is all locally made. Keep eating your bargain Subway nitrate sandwiches and quit bitching.

robert571
robert571

This needs to stop! This city is getting outrageous on all sides! I already have to deal with my high rent, now I'm going to have to deal with high dollar below average food! And not to mention I'm the "lower middle class" that makes six figures! I for one will not be supporting this or any other ridiculously priced SF eatery. 

Craig M Sharrow
Craig M Sharrow

$17 for a sandwich in a restaurant that makes Subway look upscale?

Chris Raphael
Chris Raphael

I could see the price if the sandwich is gigantic, like a Central Grocery muffuletta. Not sure if that's the case though. Probably they are just preying on the artisan sandwich trend.

johnny137
johnny137 topcommenter

Just went... They must of changed their prices because there was nothing over $13 and its fucking awesome.

Héidi Lyñ Hööver
Héidi Lyñ Hööver

Jersey food at SF prices. I've lived in both places, and the fact that subs are unique and expensive is hilarious to me. But I'm glad to see Italian jersey deli food getting some respect, although at stupid prices. Get a grip foodies;)

Pete
Pete

This sandwich was overpriced in absolute terms ($17 is a lot, no matter what) but much more importantly, in relative terms too, as it was nowhere as good as Salumeria. That's my real critique. The fact that the ingredients are artisanal and the butchery is in-house should mean that this was the very greatest sandwich I ever ate, or at least close. It was not. I will never go back.


But thanks for reading!

Colleen Cummins
Colleen Cummins

$17 for a cheesesteak. that's crazy. people should just learn how to make a damn sandwich. smdh

Cremeux ex machina
Cremeux ex machina

I'm from mother fucking Jersey and grew up eating sandwiches. I went to this place and its not that bad stop complaining. I mean I got the full meatball and for that amount I had it for lunch and dinner so I'm not going to bitch. I'll agree with the death of cultural diversity though. It's happening everywhere. The only people who can afford to live in SF or the burbs are the borg. They come from cultureless places and want to suburbanize places like SF and NYC. But can you blame them? They are the products of cultureless towns and a lousy education system. Oh my only gripe with that place was the $1.50 pickles.

Cest Moi
Cest Moi

Let's face it, most goofballs spend a little under10 bucks at starbucks getting a crappuchino and some snacks, if people are willing to pay more, let them. Who gives?

Robert la Bohème
Robert la Bohème

That doesn't change what I said above, and, like I said, I wouldn't pay that for a sandwich, but if others in this town do, well, great for everyone involved. I tend to make most everything from scratch, including red wine vinegar, so I don't begrudge anyone a profit from their time or labor if the market bears it. If it doesn't, so be it. Someone else will move into that space. Meanwhile, no one's being forced to shop there.

Dub Gabriel
Dub Gabriel

Food for dot com yuppies, ill stick to my $4 Bánh mì' thank you! I'm getting tired of over priced foodie crap. The best food in SF is from its cultural diversity, just so happens the cultural diversity in SF is getting shoved out by dot com yuppie shittyness and their 3 grand rents.

John Rodriguez
John Rodriguez

heck 10 bucks for a sub in San Fran is actualy cheap! Shit the toll bridge was 6 bucks last time i was out there. Just to cross a bridge!!

Eric Carlson
Eric Carlson

No doubt they are using the high prices to pay the people that make the sammies and clean the place a living wage.

dub
dub

Fuck this over priced sandwiches for yuppies with dot com jobs! This kind of crap is what is shoving out cultural diversity that SF has always had and turning everything into a overpriced yuppie playground for the rich and white!

I grew up in Brooklyn eating the best Italian sandwiches and still go back to Brooklyn for work and have never paid more then 10 bucks for a sandwhich.

Jenifer Ackerman
Jenifer Ackerman

This article is clearly written by someone paid to slander LIZA's sub shop! The sandwiches are insanely delicious and HUGE! The quality of the product is outstanding. And the chairs.... the chairs are great for christ's sake! If you have a chance, give this place a try for yourself. You will see that it is worth every penny.

Jason Gentry
Jason Gentry

that looks good. I'd pay $10 for the whole thing.

Alejandra Alvarado
Alejandra Alvarado

Those ingredients are expensive to the average consumer at grocery store but for restaurants we have price breaks and if you get a good provayer you get good cost and quality. Now a $9 HALF sandwich I'm letting you know is a gouge to the consumer. That means is an $18 dollar sandwich

Pete
Pete

@GETAGRIP OMG, hilarious. I am totally going to refer to myself a "bloggeur" from now on in casual conversation just to see what reaction it gets. Thank you for that.

Chris
Chris

@robert571 It won't stop, and there is nothing you or anyone can do about it, except the logical thing, which is don't eat there.  You don't have to "deal" with anything.  These sort of restaurants are, and always will be, in the minority.  Just don't go to them, and you don't have to "deal." Simple, problem solved.

Why are people such fools about expensive restaurants, etc.  Don't like the prices? Don't eat at the place.  I would never make a trip to go a sandwich joint, period, even if their sandwiches were $3.  I only eat sandwiches occasionaly for lunch, and then I just go to what is close, as do most people. 

This sandwich place caters to a select few who want to be parted from their money.  Fine, that is their right to do so.  Just don't be one of the patrons, and you need not worry about it.  

So, now I have solved your angst, and without a high therapy bill.  You are welcome. 

Chris
Chris

@dub Who cares?  Let them eat their expensive sandwiches.  It doesn't impact you.  Most restaurants in the city do not charge these prices.  Why should you care if someone wants to blow their money on an overpriced sandwich, or just throw it in a pit and set it on fire.

Don't eat at this place, I certainly know I won't.  Problem solved.  There are plenty of reasonably priced places for you to eat at--patronize them and drop all the drama.

thebeej72
thebeej72

@Jenifer Ackerman  ha you are obviously paid to pump them up...my experince was an hour and half wait for a cold roast beef that was no better than going to lee's deli...ingredients may of been better but keep in mind they make theirs in house too...and the chairs please first thing me and my buddy said was these suck

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