A Sandwich a Day: The Jay at Deli Board in San Francisco
In this great country of ours, one could eat a different sandwich every day of the year—so that's what we'll do. Here's A Sandwich a Day, our daily look at sandwiches around the country. Got a sandwich we should check out? Let us know. —The Mgmt.
[Photograph: Lauren Sloss]
If you believe the hype about SOMA spot Deli Board, you'll be half right. The half about their lauded Boca sandwich is misleading—when eating the greasy gut bomb of pastrami, brisket, and corned beef, you'll find the meats indistinguishable, the richness overwhelming, and the amount of combined fats heart-stopping.
However, if you believe the half about excellent quality, creative, massive sandwiches, you'll be dead on. Deli Board does their meats well, all of them, so be sure to pick a combination that is meat-centric.
Like the Jay, one of their daily "Board" specials (posted every morning). It's a hefty pile of tissue-thin, succulent turkey, hot cherry peppers, provolone, and tangy "board sauce."
Served on a fresh French roll, the crust crackles but remains soft inside. Most impressively, the roll holds up to the sandwich's extensive innards. It's spicy enough to provide a real kick, but not so spicy you'll stop eating it. The sandwich is huge and could easily make for two meals, but it's so tasty you might find yourself downing it one.
Deli Board is little more than a pick-up window, but they do free delivery in SOMA for orders over $15. Outside the neighborhood? It's worth the trek.