Glorious Nonstandard Pastrami

Wood Tavern’s pastrami sandwich is not even remotely like what most people have in mind when they order one, says Robert Lauriston. But if you keep an open mind, you will find joy beyond joy, for this may be the absolute best pastrami sandwich in town. It’s definitely the best pastrami sandwich Robert’s had, by a long shot. It’s “simply the best in the Bay Area,” agrees The Dive.

It’s Niman Ranch pastrami—nice and fatty—sliced thin, and piled high on a wide chunk of La Farine baguette. The baguette is slathered with Dijon mustard and horseradish, and there’s a nice hunk of melted Emmentaler cheese, too. It’s a fantastic combination, though a salty one. It comes with wonderful cabbage slaw, spiked with cilantro and green chiles. There are awesome flavors in the rub, but we don’t know what they are. “I was too busy gorging myself to analyze it that carefully,” Robert says.

The pastrami sandwich is only available at lunch, and it’s certainly worth the trip from San Francisco.

“Wood Tavern is one of those restaurants that just seems to be hitting on all cylinders,” says IanW.

Wood Tavern [East Bay]
6317 College Avenue, Oakland
510-654-6607

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