Now that I'm working in downtown I'm making a dedicated effort to discover the best casual lunch places in the area. However, my quest may end up being cut short as I'm tempted to just eat at the Sentinel every day until my summer internship ends.
The Sentinel is pretty much the perfect sandwich shop. The offerings are fantastic, the menu has enough variety to please anyone, and they get the food out fast enough to meet the needs of their busy working clientele.
If you need a place to eat, the Crocker Galleria is right across the street and has a beautiful food court on the third floor.
Tried four sandwiches last week:
Corned beef - just phenomenal. Do they cure this in house? Melt in your mouth meat, great flavor, not too salty. Loved the Russian Dressing. Would order this again and again.
Roast beef - exactly what I've been looking for in a roast beef sandwich. Meat was nice and rare - pink and red - and incredibly juicy and tender. Loved the horseradish cream cheese - it was great to have the burn of the horseradish and the comforting flavor and texture of cream cheese all in one bite.
Yellowtail -- much lighter than the beef sandwiches, though still quite satisfying. Generous portion of very fresh fish that was well seared. Avocado was perfect and the fennel added a nice crispness to the sandwich.
Turkey meatball - good, though probably my least favorite of the set. The meatball was nice and juicy, but I didn't love the overall flavors in the sandwich.
Bread on all of these is just fantastic. Really soft and light though it stll stands up to the sandwiches. I love Acme, but it's nice to have something different. Do they bake it in-house? If not, who is their source?
Will have to try the pork next week, and take the Muni out to Kitchennette sometime soon.
55 New Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94105