Sunday, December 26, 2010

San Francisco's Specialty's Cafe and Bakery

Chairman Sandwich

I once had a boss who would talk a lot about Tadich Grill whenever we went to San Francisco. But he also used to have a fondness for another local shop during lunchtime, and that shop was unforgettably named Speciality's. The sandwiches there were so big that he described them as "casserole in between two slices of bread" - or something to that effect, anyway.

I don't remember being as dazzled as he was by their sandwiches back then, but that was a very long time ago, and it looks like they've now expanded quite a bit beyond their San Francisco base. So we popped over to one of their outlets today for a quick lunch - I was curious to know if maybe I'd have a better impression this time.

Well, the Chairman sandwich that I got above was definitely loaded with lots of fresh ingredients, which was a good thing. And in retrospect I now remember their unique bread with its crumbly crust. But I don't know if I'd go so far as to say that they are better than Potbelly Sandwich Works. Don't get me wrong; it was good and refreshing enough that I'd come here for lunch regularly if I worked nearby, but I'd also go to places like Erik's DeliCafé without hesitation too.

1 comment:

JinSF said...

Don't know how long you are out in SF for, but you should try the porchetta sandwich from the Roli Roti Rotisserie that rolls into the Farmer's Market at the Ferry Building. They may be there tomorrow (Tues 12/28). If they aren't there, Il Cane Rosso (Daniel Patterson) has gotten a lot better. I didn't like it much when it first opened, but it has since improved vastly. Also, the sandwiches at Boccalone (Chris Cosentino) are good, but on the small side. That said, based on some of your blog entries, you are used to the small sandwiches that the rest of the world eats.