We’re continuing our local research for ‘best of’ in San Francisco with a search for the tastiest sandwich in the city (last month it was the best chocolate ice cream). And of course, what to wear while you’re doing the research, featuring Old Navy sweaters this month.
Growing up in New York, nothing beat the Boars Head turkey sandwich at our local deli for lunch, and everywhere I’ve lived since I’ve been on the hunt for the best sandwich (in Salt Lake my favorites were the classic pulled turkey from Kneaders and the tasty turkey from Einsteins). San Francisco with its foodie culture has its own fair share of amazing eateries so I was excited to make my casual hunt for the best sandwich a more serious undertaking.
After doing a lot of research we came up with 7 finalists, and then narrowed that down to 4, and then pulled our hair out trying to pick a favorite (we might need your help in the final verdict!)
Also, Military Jacket from Urban Outfitters, Navy wrap around dress a few seasons old from Banana Republic, Plaid dress shirt a few seasons old from J.Crew, combat boots are from a consignment store (but lots of the on etsy here), and wool Indie hat from Ambiance boutique.
Keep reading to see the 7 sandwich finalists, and more pictures…
Photography and styling by Liz Stanley. Assisted by Isabelle Ambler. Modeling by Lauren Bennett
Sweaters this season are all about layering. At the Woodhouse Fish Company where we tried the lobster roll, we paired the classic crewneck sweatshirt sweater with my favorite coated jeans, combat boots, and a military jacket. Isn’t the polka dot scarf so cute too? Cozy and cool for fall incorporating some big trends.
At Ike’s Place where we tried the famous menage a trois sandwich we went for a more preppy look with gingham, navy dress, leather tote, but still incorporated layering with this comfy crewneck sweatshirt sweater (they have embellished versions as well). An Indie hat is super on trend right now (do you own one? I love this one).
So, here’s what our picks are for the best sandwiches: We had a hard time picking one. Really really hard. They were all so different and all super delicious. And honestly, at some spots we got the sandwiches ‘to-go’ and others were eat in and you know it makes a major difference when that sandwich is fresh so it was really hard to really give it a fair shot. I had to rely on my memory if the sandwich wasn’t quite as good as it was another time I had ordered it.
But anyhow, I’m a red meat lover so I’m torn between the beef brisket from Il Cane Rosso and the corned beef from The Sentinel to take first place. Both AMAZING, you must try both.
However, between the three of us (myself, my assistant Isabelle, and our model Lauren) we all kind of agreed the menage a trois was a top favorite. And Ike’s Place is a classic San Francisco institution not to be missed with some other amazing sandwich options as well! But the lobster roll?!?! Oh man, I have to go back and have that one again too.
Okay okay, so if I were forced at gunpoint to choose a best sandwich (which is totally possible with the food culture being as serious as it is here) I’d go with the beef brisket from Il Cane Rosso. Isabelle and Lauren would go with the menage a trois from Ike’s Place. But man, hardest decision ever!
What do you think? Did we miss any big hitters?
PS next month we’re trying to find the best chocolate chip cookie in the city… stayed tuned!
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Hi there! I'm Liz Stanley. Born and raised a New Yorker, plus a few newlywed years in charming Hoboken, I now live in the fairytale city of San Francisco with my husband and son. This blog is a collection of simple ideas for making your home and life more crafty and stylish. MORE >>>