10/29/2012 03:31:00 PM

The Bay Area's 5 Best Sandwiches

Sandwiches at Fatted Calf
From old-school Italian-style to artisanal gourmet varieties, the Bay Area has no shortage of awesome sandwich options to please just about any palate. Check out our list of the five best sandwich shops in the Bay Area from our 2013 San Francisco Bay Area Restaurants guide. What's your favorite spot for sandwiches? Let us know in the comments.


  1. Bay Area =/= San Francisco exclusively. I have to imagine there are good sandwich shops in places besides the city...how about some of those as well? Peninsula needs some love, plus I'm not driving to SF for a sandwich.

  2. What happened to Ikes? Precita Park Cafe? Giordonos?Wise Sons? Monks Kettle?
    Seriously, this is the best you could come up with in all of SF? It would be wise to venture beyond a .5 mile radius


  3. The pastrami sandwiches at The Refuge in San Carlos are indeed worth the drive. I come from NYC, and never had pastrami like this. One of the commenters on their site describe them as "better than sex." I guess that depends on what you are used to on both fronts, but it does put it in the right stratosphere.

  4. I just back from Katz's Deli. There no way Refuge compares to Katz's..

  5. If you've never had a great Lobster Roll, or if you dream about the one you had when you visited Maine, then you need to make the jaunt to Half Moon Bay for the Lobster Roll at Sam's Chowder House next to the harbor. As an alternative -- maybe more convenient, but without the great view -- you can look on their website for the varying locations of their Sam's Chowder Mobiles. In either case, you won't regret it, and may find it addicting enough to make regular trips there. I speak from my own experience!