By Sara Hayden
We get pleasure from a superb sandwich as a superbly self-contained, hand-held meal or a decadent indulgence accompanied by a stack of napkins. These Peninsula sandwiches fulfill from bread to filling, layer by layer. Have others you’re keen on? Electronic mail us at [email protected] — we’d like to attempt!
Apple Fritter: Pigs Gone Wild Brekky
This San Mateo eatery affords breakfast and brunch with donuts, burgers, sandwiches and extra. On the menu is a “brekky sandwich” unfold that features the Yoga Mother Brekky (grilled spinach, mushroom, egg, cheddar cheese, pesto) and the Pigs Gone Wild Brekky (grilled mushrooms, bacon, cheddar cheese, scrambled eggs, arugula, chipotle mayo).
The brekky sandwiches come together with your selection of bread (sourdough, egg, brioche, gluten-free, wheat, rye, or English muffin). But when your selection of bread occurs to be a glazed donut, get a donut burger. Yup, there’s a particular part on the menu devoted to donut burgers! Strive the Donut Luther with a beef patty, bacon, American cheese and a fried egg.
applefrittereatery.com // 1901 South Norfolk St., San Mateo; 650-525-9125
Baked “so it’s crispy and your fingers are usually not greasy,” the Chemel household’s B Deux Go affords sandwiches that diners can decide up in Palo Alto from the kitchen door of their fine-dining restaurant, Baumé. (Photograph courtesy B Deux Go)
B Deux Go: Croque Poivrons
B Deux Go’s croque-style sandwiches with ham or peppers, Gruyere cheese and bechamel sauce are completely packaged to eat on the run.
To make it simpler to eat whereas out and about, the sandwiches’ buttermilk bread is baked with no oil on the surface, and served in a paper envelope with a serviette neatly tucked inside.
Choose up your sandwich to go in Palo Alto from the restaurateurs behind the fine-dining restaurant Baumé — the truth is, the staff serves orders from Baumé’s kitchen door. The Chemel household launched their to-go sandwich idea within the fall of 2021.
bdeuxgo.com // 201 California Ave., Palo Alto (decide up from kitchen door on Park Boulevard); 408-900-8000
Cafe Bunn Mi: Crispy Duck
This South San Francisco cafe affords baguettes served with crisp pickled carrots, onions and daikon, and your selection of mixture pork, five-spice rooster, grilled pork, lemongrass steak, crispy duck, greens, tofu and extra. Additionally very satisfying to go together with that crispy duck sandwich? A aspect of garlic fries.
yelp.com/biz/cafe-bunn-mi-south-san-francisco // 226 Grand Ave., South San Francisco; 650-745-8883
Grasping Ant: Artichoke Artwork
This Belmont eatery has a tightly curated sandwich choice with a give attention to contemporary components.
Among the many menu’s seven sandwiches are the Artichoke Artwork (artichoke hearts with fennel pollen, melted brie, roasted crimson peppers, greens, tomato and garlic pesto), Ham I Am (with selection of shaved truffle ham or rosemary ham, plus havarti, marinated onion, greens, tomato and their magic mayo) and Disco Hen (roasted rooster breast with herbs, sauteed crimson onion, jack cheese, tomato, greens and lime-basil mayo).
Every sandwich comes together with your selection of aspect. Select between marinated chickpeas in dill or pickled beets.
thegreedyantgourmet.com // 932 Ralston Ave., Belmont; 650-832-1136
La Casita Chilanga sells tortas with names impressed by soccer golf equipment and celebrities like Sofia Vergara. (Photograph by Sara Hayden)
La Casita Chilanga: La Tremendous Aguila
La Casita Chilanga has been in the neighborhood for greater than 20 years. At an attention-grabbing location painted half inexperienced and half white on Middlefield Highway in Redwood Metropolis, you’ll discover tortas with fresh-baked talera, housemade aioli, xipoctli salsa, avocado, cheese and caramelized onion alongside together with your selection of different toppings.
Circumstances have been troublesome when Juan Zamora and his companion first determined to open their very own restaurant. They got down to obtain their purpose shortly after 9/11.
“In that point, it was a tough time — like proper now (through the pandemic),” Zamora says.
However they weren’t deterred. “We are saying, ‘You realize what? We must always put tortas right here, like Mexico Metropolis-style.’”
He and his companion discovered a small place that might match three tables, developed their very own recipes and arrange store with tortas to go. The menu was impressed by their Mexico Metropolis hometown, totally different from the menus on the Asian and Italian eating places that Zamora had beforehand labored at.
“There’s little jokes within the menu,” Zamora says.
Some tortas are impressed by soccer golf equipment, like [https//www.instagram.com/p/CU6NaAnpjt6/ La Super Aguila (breaded chicken breast, smoked turkey leg sausage, chorizo, ham, yellow and Monterey cheese) and La Mega Chiva (pastor, caramelized pineapple, chorizo, turkey sausage, Monterey cheese), and celebrities like Sofia Vergara (breaded chicken breast) and Raul de Molina (pork head cheese). La Cubana is the most popular, with thin-cut breaded beef, ham, chorizo and smoked turkey leg sausage.
The team is a mainstay in the Peninsula sandwich scene. In addition to Middlefield Road, La Casita Chilanga has locations on El Camino Real as well as in San Mateo and San Jose (watch for different items on these menus).
Other credits include the Sandwich Bug in Palo Alto, offering deli sandwiches with house-baked bread and special mayo “buggy” sauce, Snacks in San Mateo serving tortas and street foods, and The Patty Shack, offering burgers in Redwood City.
lacasitachilanga.com // 2928 Middlefield Road, Redwood City; 650-568-0351
Jood: Taook Sandweesh
The Harbali family has a decadeslong history of building food businesses with prized beef, sheep, poultry, and lamb. Their most recent addition to their restaurant repertoire is Jood in San Carlos, showcasing barbecue.
Try a sandwich made with slaw and pickles on lavash, with fries on the side. The Minced and Kneaded Sandweesh is made with meat or vegan kafta, hummus and tahini, and the bestselling Taook Sandweesh is made with marinated grilled chicken breast, creamy garlic sauce and ketchup. Heaven’s Sandweesh offers a vegan option with eggplant, cauliflower, pesto and tangy housemade sun sauce.
The online menu has a handy chart with allergen information.
eatjood.com // 635 Laurel St., San Carlos
Dad’s Luncheonette: Mushroom sandwich
Served out of a bright red caboose off Highway 1 in Half Moon Bay, the hamburger sandwich previously made the Peninsula Foodist’s chef’s bucket list. Served on grilled bread from Rosalind Bakery, the sandwich is made with beef, soft egg, cheese, red onion pickles, “Dad’s Sauce” and red oak lettuce.
Also not to be missed is the mushroom sandwich, made with the same ingredients as the burger except for the beef. In place of the patty are maitake mushrooms.
The eatery was opened by co-owners Alexis Liu and Scott Clarke in 2017. After the birth of their daughter, Clarke left his role as a chef de cuisine at the three Michelin-starred Saison as the family sought balance.
dadsluncheonette.com // 225 Highway 1, Half Moon Bay; 650-560-9832
Little Lucca: Egg salad on Dutch crunch, with everything
Little Lucca has been on the Peninsula since 1980, expanding from South San Francisco to Burlingame. Choose between a roll (sour, sweet, wheat, Dutch crunch or ciabatta) or sliced bread (rye or white).
If you get a roll, the Little Lucca team scrapes out the middle, creating a pocket of crust for maximum filling.
You choose — there are crab and shrimp sandwiches, meatballs, liverwurst, cured meats (including salami, soppressata, coppa and prosciutto), combos like the Chicken Cordon Bleu (breaded chicken, ham, Swiss cheese) and Veggie Delight (cream cheese, tomato, cucumber, avocado and creamy Caesar dressing), and more.
Order your sandwich with “everything” (mayonnaise, mustard, pickles, red onion, lettuce, tomato), and especially one (or both!) of the housemade hot pepper and original garlic sauces for extra spice and savoriness.
littlelucca.com // 724 El Camino Real, South San Francisco; 650-589-8916 // 1809 El Camino Real, Burlingame; 650-697-8389
Just My Toast: Char Siu Toast
Order ahead so your favorite doesn’t sell out, then pick up street toast at this newly opened eatery in San Bruno.
Choose from Pimi & Cheese (roasted red bell pepper, cream cheese, cabbage slaw), the J.M.T. Signature (prosciutto cotto, egg, cheese, cabbage slaw), Char Siu Toast (char siu, egg, cabbage slaw) and the Chicken Melt (diced chicken, celery, mayo, onion, cheese, cabbage slaw). As a side, get crispy mini smashed potatoes with onions and garlic.
instagram.com/jmttoast // 1212 El Camino Real Suite F, San Bruno
“I just fell in love with brisket, the craft, how long and painstaking the process is.” With Breakwater Barbecue, founder Wyatt Fields fulfilled his dream of opening a barbecue restaurant near his Half Moon Bay hometown. (Photo by Sara Hayden)
Breakwater Barbecue: Brisket sandwich
On the menu at Coastside destination Breakwater Barbecue is the Gold Rush Pulled Pork Sandwich (topped with apple cilantro slaw and Gold Rush sauce), a Reuben (house-smoked pastrami, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, pickles) and a banh mi that features a daily smoked meat selection.
Founder Wyatt Fields has a particular passion for brisket. The brisket sandwich features slices of smoked and seared Black Angus brisket, caramelized onions, pickles, ancho coffee barbecue sauce and mayo, all on thick cut country sourdough from Rosalind Bakery in Pacifica.
breakwaterbbq.com // 30 Avenue Portola, El Granada; 650-713-5303
Mendocino Farms: Mrs. Goldfarb’s Unreal Reuben
Founded in Los Angeles, Mendocino Farms has locations in Palo Alto, San Mateo and Mountain View. The menu clearly marks vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free items, as well as which items contain nuts.
For those who crave a meaty sandwich without the actual meat, try a Reuben on rye made with plant-based corn beef, apple and celery root slaw, bread and butter pickles and Thousand Island dressing. Get it with havarti cheese for a vegetarian option, or plant-based smoked provolone cheese for a vegan option.
The menu also has options for gluten-free sandwiches, including chimichurri steak and bacon or chicken pesto caprese (these both have meat), a plant-based burger and more.
mendocinofarms.com // 401 San Antonio Road, Suite 64, Mountain View; 650-209-3987 // 167 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto; 650-543-8135 // 1060 Park Place, San Mateo; 650-332-8300
New England Lobster Company: Lobster Roll (Dressed)
Head to Burlingame for a luscious lobster roll with a side of crunchy chips and coleslaw. If you want pure meat, order the Naked option, served with a side of butter, or get mayo, salt and pepper with the Dressed option. The menu also offers a seasonal choice.
The company started out as a wholesale distributor in Maine in 1987 before opening up a market for the public in South San Francisco in 2002. Its brick and mortar eatery has been in Burlingame for about a decade.
newenglandlobster.net // 824 Cowan Road, Burlingame; 650-443-1559
Respectable Bird co-owner Christian Perez adds sauce to a spicy chicken sandwich in the South San Francisco kitchen. (Photo by Magali Gauthier)
Respectable Bird: The Sandwich (Spicy)
At a South San Francisco ghost kitchen or food truck, the Respectable Bird team makes their regular or spicy fried chicken sandwiches available via pickup or delivery.
Each is served on a Martin’s potato roll. Also used by Shake Shack, the bread holds up to a hefty half-pound of thigh meat, as well as sauce and juicy pickles.
If you’re feeling especially bold when it comes to spice, try a level 4 hot chicken sandwich from the group’s Love Burn brand. If you do, you’ll be required to sign a waiver. Served with a complimentary side of milk.
respectablebird.com // 312 Swift Ave., South San Francisco; 650-754-6258
Plaza Gourmet Delicatessen: The Godfather
The Peninsula has no shortage of excellent cheesesteak establishments. At Plaza Gourmet in Foster City, you’ll find an assortment, including the Famous Philly (grilled sliced beef, onions, peppers, provolone), the Slim Philly (turkey breast, light Jarlsberg) the Pizza Philly (grilled sliced beef, marinara sauce, pepperoni, onions, peppers, melted provolone and mayonnaise) and the Vegetarian Philly (grilled bell peppers, mushrooms, onions, artichoke hearts, melted provolone and mayonnaise).
You’ll also find other sandwiches like the Godfather (prosciutto, salami, mortadella, coppa, provolone, olive oil, vinegar, artichoke hearts, pepperoncinis, lettuce, onions, oregano) and Shrimp Supreme (shrimp salad, avocado, mayonnaise, mustard, lettuce, tomato pickles, onion), as well as imported meats.
fostercitydeli.com // 929 Edgewater Blvd., Foster City; 650-666-8813
San Benito House Garden Deli: Cheese and avocado on olive-walnut bread
This 116-year-old Half Moon Bay outpost moved out of a temporary location at Pizza Pie and reopened in the fall, following a devastating fire in April 2021.
The San Benito House Garden Deli’s homemade breads are velvety smooth, complimenting hearty slices of turkey, ham, hot pastrami, cheese or avocado, topped with extra fresh and crisp tomato, onions, lettuce and pickles, and just the right amount of mayo and mustard.
Try olive-walnut bread for a briny crunch (especially tasty with a scoop of egg salad), or whole wheat for subtle sweetness.
If it’s really bread you crave and not all the sandwich fixings, take home French bread or a Portuguese loaf.
sanbenitohouse.com // 356 Main St., Half Moon Bay; 650-726-9507