San Francisco is widely regarded as the mecca of sour-style bread, though that reputation really has more to do with the culture of bread baking, the high concentration of great bakers, and the stiff competition than any sort of magical bread-baking climate (despite occasional claims to the contrary). What's the state of the scene today? We tasted a dozen different loaves available in San Francisco to get a lay of the land.
Welcome to San Francisco's Mission Sandwich week, in which we detail our five-week experiment tasting and documenting over 50 sandwiches in one small neighborhood. The goal? To put together the ultimate sandwich lover's guide to San Francisco's Mission District. We're kicking it off today with grilled cheese.
I spent five weeks this summer living in San Francisco's Mission District, going to bars that let my dogs roam free, making plans for big hiking trips, and pretending that I was going to learn to surf. Instead, I mostly ate sandwiches. Lots of sandwiches. Over 50 of 'em, from 23 different sandwich shops—that's every single self-proclaimed sandwich shop in The Mission, and then some. Here is my totally personal list of the 9 best sandwiches in the neighborhood.