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.
If the key to a truly great sandwich is in the bread, than the sandwiches from Tartine Bakery are pretty much guaranteed to be the best. Ever.
That country bread... poems could be written praising its perfect, airy consistency; its dark, crackling crust; and its superb, distinct, sourdough flavor. I would happily eat slices of it plain and call it lunch, but I'm not one to disregard the option to top it with high-quality meats and cheeses.
Their croque monsieur ($9.75), for example, takes one thick slice of the bread, covers it with gruyere, thyme, and bechamel, along with generous pieces of sweet ripe tomato and your choice of ham, mushrooms, or spicy turkey. We opted for the turkey, which lent a wonderful note of pepper to the sandwich and complemented the richness of the sharp cheese and rich sauce.