A Sandwich a Day: Ham and Cheese Sandwiches at Blue Bottle Coffee, San Francisco

A Sandwich a Day

A different sandwich profiled every single day.

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]

A cup of coffee from Blue Bottle alone is worth braving the line at their Ferry Building location. But waiting can also give rise to some excellent ideas—like ordering one or both of the small, simple, and perfectly delicious sandwiches. Each is served on a quarter of crusty sweet baguette (from Acme Bread, just down the way) in a coffee filter, halved and lightly layered with high quality ingredients.

The Gruyere and Butter ($3.75) is French simplicity at its finest. The combination of high-quality cheese and bread is unbeatable. The swath of sweet, fresh butter provides a nice touch of added fat without taking away from the salty pungency of the Gruyere.

For something a bit more substantial, the Ham and Cheese ($4.50) combines thinly sliced Prather Ranch ham with Beemster goat cheese. The tang of the cheese with the saltiness of the ham is addictively good. Each small sandwich is an excellent snack on its own; combined, it makes a simple, satisfying lunch.

Blue Bottle Coffee

1 Ferry Building Plaza, San Francisco CA 94133 (map)

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