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Meatball Sandwiches 94123 (SF)

Melanie Wong | Jul 10, 2006 07:31 AM

In need of a meatball sandwich around Cow Hollow or the Marina District? You're in luck with three pretty good, distinctive choices.

Viking's Giant Submarines' version is decent if not exciting. The best part is the sesame seed bun. The folks here are experts at toasting, just enough to release a wonderful toasted sesame aroma and crisp the crust while keeping the interior soft and tender. The meatballs seem a bit stale and tired compared to the competition. I'd return here to try another type of sandwich filling on those rolls.

Marina Submarine's offering is closer to the classic italian-American pizza joint's meatball sub. I like that I can order a small size and have some extra lettuce and thinly sliced red onions on the side. The meatballs are so light textured and delicious bathed in an herby marinara sauce. Toasted in the well-seasoned oven, this sandwich breathes in the complex aromas of the thousands of subs who left a footprint here giving this sub a little something extra. The bread here has a chewier bite to it.

Corsagna's hews closer to a Southern Italian ideal with better ingredients. Not toasted, the saucy meatballs are topped with better quality Provolone and heated in the microwave, then plopped in the hollowed-out well of a soft French roll. The light and tender meatballs have a homey taste and the intense tomato sauce is much zestier and cleaner tasting. I like to get the small meatball sandwich and a cup of homemade soup combo for $6.50.

Viking's Giant Submarines
1418 Lombard St
San Francisco 94123
415-673-5619

Marina Submarine
2299 Union St.
San Francisco 94123
415-921-3990

Corsagna Delicatessen
1668 Union St
San Francisco 94123
415-775-0527

Corsagna Deli facade -
http://static.flickr.com/74/184538945...

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