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Ham, leeks, and a velvety layer of bubbly, broiled cheddar sauce: ham-and-cheese sandwich that's not so ho-hum.
There's a quiet wine revolution happening in northern California and it isn't in Napa. It's in Mendocino county, an area about three hours northwest of San Francisco that's a visually stunning mix of evergreen covered mountains and rolling vineyards. The wineries are more casual and certainly less crowded than in Napa or Sonoma, but their Pinot Noir is equally delicious. After a morning of wine tasting, I stopped to look for lunch in the small town of Boonville, where the Mosswood Cafe obliged with a menu of hot panini. I was more than happy with the Traditional ($8.75), an upscale version of a grilled ham and cheese sandwich.
"We should really be eating more Hong Kong-style diner sandwiches," Robyn Lee emailed me yesterday; and so this morning, we ran out to try nine of them. (It set us back $20.)
I'm kicking myself for only just discovering their Italiano ($10, includes chips and fruit).
Altogether, it's the kind of crunchy, salty, fatty mouthful so many sandwiches aspire to be. Whether or not you're willing to call it a Cuban.
Neatly packed in a slender loaf of house-baked bread, thin layers of ham are mild and not too salty, complemented by the fruity and nutty Fontina; if that weren't enough cheese, melted brie oozes out softly.
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 Croque Monsieur at Pastis is both a classic and a monster. At $13, it is the complete opposite from the delicate version at Buvette and big enough for two meals (don't even think about trying to finish this).
Buvette's Croque Madame ($10) must be the most elegant version of this French classic in town.
While I wouldn't've minded it heated a little more, and a little cheesier on top, for $3.50 I have no complaints.
When I got to Sigmund Pretzelshop, I'll admit I was excited just at the idea of eating a sandwich whose roll was a pretzel. But it turns out that the Ham and Fontina with Mustard Greens Sandwich ($7) exceeded my expectations.
Leave it to Henrietta's Table executive chef Peter Davis to upgrade an ordinary ham and cheese sandwich from lunch-box fodder to high-class restaurant fare ($14).
While "Sam's Green Eggs and Ham" ($7) may be a somewhat precious name, it's nonetheless a mighty good sandwich.
Crosby Connection can't even be classified as a hole in the wall. No, this migratory sandwich shop (former locations include the Bleecker Street Theater and Parisi Bakery on Elizabeth Street) has now settled down with Eat My Chocolate on Mulberry Street, where chocolates are paired with sandwiches for a $9 lunch special.
For something comfortingly classic in the Bronx, grab the Super Hero (small $6, large $7) from Joe's Italian Deli. Heaps of homemade mozzarella plus ham and sopressata spill out from the edges, with tender, sweet red bell pepper tucked inside.
The House Toast is a survivor from PressToast, the storefront's previous tenant. Swiss cheese, onions, olives, French dressing and your choice of ham, turkey or chicken are pressed into a sandwich roll that packs a powerful punch.
The South Street Seaport is a strange land; when you're wandering around quaint cobblestone streets lined with Abercrombie and Pizzeria Uno, it's hard to know where to stop for a bite. So I was quite happy to stumble into Made Fresh Daily one recent cold afternoon.
The cooked prosciutto was perhaps the most elegant sandwich meat I've ever encountered, while anchovy and tomato is one of those combinations I eat all the time at home, standing over the cutting board with drippy fingers, but never think to put in a sandwich.
My Ham and Avocado ($8.50) was accordingly dainty, but the baguette, from artisan wholesale supplier Tom Cat Bakery, was remarkable.