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Monday, March 7, 2011

The Turkey Sandwich at Chiotras Grocery, One of S.F.'s Best Places for a Tryst

Posted By on Mon, Mar 7, 2011 at 8:20 AM

click to enlarge Chiotras' Turkey Sandwich - ALEX HOCHMAN
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  • Chiotras' Turkey Sandwich

San Francisco is full of great spots for a tryst, and there's no lack of places where you can get a quality turkey sandwich. But what if you want both simultaneously? SFoodie humbly suggests Chiotras Grocery.

Situated in the middle of a residential block atop Potrero Hill, Chiotras looks innocent enough, the prototypical neighborhood market. Hidden in back, though, is a creaky, wind-protected wooden deck with westward views overlooking a duo of lemon trees and clear out to Twin Peaks. A couple of rickety chairs and an uneven faded yellow table add to the charm. TMZ's paparazzi brigade couldn't find Charlie Sheen and his "goddesses" back there in a million years so no worries about your spouse finding you. Neither could find a deli-counter turkey sandwich this solid either.

click to enlarge The back deck at Chiotras. - ALEX HOCHMAN
  • Alex Hochman
  • The back deck at Chiotras.

The $8.70 sandwich contains turkey brined overnight, then roasted ― the kitchen roasts a whole bird three times a week. Chunks, not slices, of breast meat are piled onto a toasted Panorama Bakery ciabatta roll, crisp and fluffy all at once. Of course, you can choose your cheese, but SFoodie likes Havarti, which is both creamy and tart.

The result reminds us of Thanksgiving leftovers minus the in-laws or the mess.

Chiotras Grocery: 858 Rhode Island St. (at Southern Heights), 824-2353.

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