I’m something of a connoisseur when it comes to sandwiches. There’s really no more versatile or more portable carb-and-meat combination for my money (which isn’t very much money). The only problem with sandwich shopping in San Francisco is that every “sandwich shop” has a two-hour wait for something they’re just going to slather in garlic sauce anyway and the sandos are never really that cheap. I think even Subway charges 8 bucks for a five-dollar footlong in this city.
So imagine my surprise when I came up a massive sandwich for $4 out-the-door while perusing the most bourgeoisie grocer in my neighborhood – the Falletti Foods on Broderick and Oak. If you’re not familiar, Falletti’s proximity to the Panhandle and Golden Gate park makes it an ideal pre-picnic stop, but they generally only stock high-end items so it’s never very cheap. Even if you just pop in for a candy bar and a soda, you’re going to spend more than you want to because they only have imported chocolate bars and 100% organic pure-cane bullshit sodas. Their deli ain’t exactly cheap either, because they only stock the most delicious, least-affordable, high-end meats in town.
But if you’ve got a keen eye, you can find – hidden amongst the pre-made sushi and the take-and-bake empanadas - a selection of $4 Po’ Boy sandwiches. As far as I can tell, these half-price sandwiches are just a random selection of multiple meats and cheeses on a nice roll, priced to move. They don’t even try to mess around with lettuce and tomatoes, which is fine with me because those just make sandwiches soggy anyway. The deli labels don’t even tell you which meats you’ll be getting, so you kind of just have to go with your gut and grab one that looks tasty. On the bright side, you know all the meats are quality because this is still Falletti’s. So far, my spins on the wheel of Po Boy roulette have gotten me a couple of killer turkey and salami sandos without trucking all the way over to North Beach and waiting in line at Molinari’s.
Falletti Foods Deli Section
$4 Po’ Boy Sandwiches
All the time!
Broderick St at Oak [Panhandle]