Early Bird Special: Three Corner Markets

An early nibble from the Weekly's Wednesday food review.

SF Weekly food critic Matthew Stafford haunts corner markets in the Mission this week, only not for the reasons you'd think. Instead of showing up to score Snus and St. Ides (or shall we say, just to score Snus and St. Ides), Stafford's on the hunt for sandwiches — good freakin' sandwiches, no less. Turns out the Great Recession has been good for more than just draining 401(k)s and giving millions of the laid off the ability to blow entire afternoons in the consumption of online porn. It's also made culinary destinations of some formerly funky deli counters. Stafford checks in on Pal's Takeaway inside Tony's Market, Rhea's Deli and Grocery, and Mission Burger at Duc Loi Market — loci of deliciousness that, in any normal economy, might have been standalone places. Follow Stafford on his quest for takeout deliciousness later today at SFWeekly.com. Need something to tide you over? Get a free sample in SFoodie's extended excerpt (after the jump).

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