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A Sandwich a Day: Short Rib Sandwich at The Golden West in San Francisco, CA

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.

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[Photograph: Lauren Sloss]

When it comes to sandwiches, Dennis Leary (chef-owner of Canteen and The Sentinel in San Francisco) can do no wrong as far as I'm concerned. Which is why when I learned he was opening a second take-away window, I knew things were going to be creative and tasty. There are only two sandwiches per day at The Golden West, tucked away in a Financial District alley off Sutter Street. One of these, the short rib sandwich ($8.75), has become near-legend since its inception.

A grown-up version of a Sloppy Joe, the slow cooked short ribs nearly melt from the first bite. Doused in a housemade barbecue sauce (a mix of ketchup, vinegar, and chili paste) and cut by the crunchy tang of pickled red onions, the sandwich is rich and hearty without being too much.

And of course, there's the bread. Just as at The Sentinel, the bread is freshly baked, impeccably soft, and slightly sweet. You'll smell it wafting out of the carry-out of the kitchen window, as if the promise of saucy short ribs wasn't enough. If you eat slowly, eating the bread will have a tough time standing up to the sauce, but don't worry. It'll be messy in a good way.

The Golden West

8 Trinity Place, San Francisco CA 94104 (map)
415-216-6443; theauwest.com

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