Best Sandwiches

Pal's Takeaway, inside Tony's Market

Last year, SF Weekly named the pulled pork sandwich at Pal's one of the city's best. This year we're ready to crown all the daily-changing sandwiches that emerge from this little deli counter as the finest in town. Owner Jeff Mason lost kitchen collaborator Dave Knopp, who moved to the East Coast, but that didn't make the sandwiches any less tasty. Mason has a curator's eye for what's good (bread from Josey Baker and Wise Sons Deli, smoked meats from Ryan Ostler, sweets from Kat Zacher) and some very talented chef friends (Il Cane Rosso's Lauren Kiino, Nopa's Laurence Jossel, Gialina/Ragazza's Sharon Ardiana, Comstock Saloon's Carlo Espinas), who have designed sandwiches for Pal's semiregular guest chef Wednesdays. Among our favorites: Aunt Malai's Lao sausage banh mi, the star ingredient sourced from East Oakland, and an astonishingly tender meatball mini sub with San Marzano tomatoes and melted fresh mozzarella.

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