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A Sandwich a Day: The Golden Gate at Back Yard Kitchen 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.

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[Photographs: Lauren Sloss]

Back Yard Kitchen is a tiny sandwich shop that makes solid sandwiches in the San Francisco style. In other words, they're veggie-laden with killer locally-sourced meats and everything's available on Dutch Crunch. The Golden Gate ($7.50) is a grilled chicken sandwich with gruyere and guacamole. The so-called "guacamole" is actually just avocado that's so ripe it's scooped out of the shell and spread on the roll like butter. The gruyere is melted over the chicken before it's added to the sandwich, which preserves the crispness of the romaine, onions, and tomatoes.

At first I questioned the avocado-guyere combination, but it worked thanks to the addition of super thick-cut bacon. The bacon is optional, but as the girl behind the counter opined, "Sometimes people order this sandwich without bacon. Why would you do that?" The Hobbs Farm bacon is flavorful and makes the important taste connection between the stinky gruyere and fruity avocado.

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The bacon was particularly thick.

The grilled chicken is laid on in chopped pieces and mine was a little dry. However the sandwich felt moist overall thanks to a combination of the avocado spread, the melted cheese, and an herb aioli. As usual, the Dutch Crunch provides a bready yet delicious vessel for a sandwich that has a lot going on.

Back Yard Kitchen

2760 Octavia Street, San Francisco CA 94123 (map)
415-655-3023 www.backyardsf.com/

About the author: Carrie Vasios is the Community Manager of Serious Eats and writes the Cookie Monster, and Serious Entertaining columns. She likes perusing her large collection of cookbooks while eating jam from the jar.

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