San Francisco may not have a single iconic sandwich like some other cities in America, but that means the creativity on display between two slices of bread is endless. Here, 8 spots in the Bay Area embracing the infinite possibilities of the sandwich. Get ready to get hungry.
Imagine a favorite food of your youth elevated to great new heights, and you’ve got Mission Cheese’s very popular California Gold sandwich. A panini press coaxes the very best from the quality ingredients – think Josey Baker's levain, San Joaquin Gold (a cheddar-like cheese), chevre, La Quercia prosciutto, and Dalmatia fig preserves – and the resulting sandwich is crispy, gooey, savory, sweet, and completely irresistible. Before you know it, you’ll be ordering another.
While locals already flock to this restaurant from beloved chef Chris Cosentino for his meaty offerings (like the oven-roasted pig’s head and behemoth pin bone steak), sandwich aficionados should no longer overlook his elegant take on grilled cheese. More of a fork-and-knife situation, this version features soft taleggio cheese between slices of buttery, griddled brioche. While some might be satisfied with stopping there, Cosentino takes it over the top by capping the sandwich with a golden fried duck egg and a drizzle of buckwheat honey.