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.
At Paladar, a nondescript spot in the Financial District, you'll have to watch your elbows while you eat. The tiny cafe gets packed around lunchtime, and after trying their excellent Cuban sandwiches, I'm not surprised.
There are five choices under the menu's bocadillo section, and we can't say enough good things about the Ensalasa de Camarones ($9.50), a light but satisfying serving of shrimp salad. Coated with a cilantro crema, the shrimp taste fresh and sweet and are livened by the crunch of jicama. Served on a thin baton of baguette, the sandwich is perfect for a work day lunch—it's light enough to avoid the temptation of a desk top cat nap.
Another excellent option for hungrier days is the Choripan ($9). A hot-pressed sandwich of chorizo and grilled onions and peppers, we loved the generous helping of halved sausage links dripping through the crusty bread. Combined with a rich swath of chipotle aioli, this is a hearty, satisfying sandwich perfect for gray San Francisco days.
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