A Sandwich A Day: Meatball Sub from Poma's Italian Delicatessen, San Diego

A Sandwich a Day

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In this great nation 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: Erin Jackson]

Ocean Beach's culinary scene seems to almost exclusively cater to surfers and other seaside slackers with a serious case of the munchies. It's one of my very favorite things about the place. If you're craving a sandwich, steer yourself towards Poma's Italian Delicatessen. It's been an institution since the 1960s, a fact that's immediately obvious when you watch the stream of locals beelining towards the counter, as if on auto-pilot. The conversion rate from first-timers to regulars has got to be steep with food this good.

Try the meatball sandwich ($6.50). The meatballs (80 percent beef and 20 percent pork) are slow-cooked in housemade marinara—which keeps them moist and saturated with sauce—then stuffed into a lightly flaky roll, topped with more sauce and heaps of provolone, and finished in a pizza oven to melt the cheese.

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What's so magical about the sandwich is how once assembled, it tastes like all of the elements were fused together on a subatomic level, to the point that it's difficult to tell where one ingredient ends and another begins. Also magic? For the price of $6.50, it's huge.

Poma's Italian Delicatessen

1846 Bacon St. San Diego, CA 92107 (map), 619-223-3027; pomasdeli.com