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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Hot Meal: Oralia's Cafe in Dogpatch

Posted By on Tue, Jun 2, 2009 at 3:07 PM

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Is Dogpatch redefining the sandwich? Sammie aficionados have been buzzing over the weekday offerings at Kitchenette practically since the day it opened. Now, a shop in the same block is redefining the sandwich along sturdier, more traditional lines. Last last month, Gilbert Cab opened Oralia's Café (2347 Third St. at 20th St.), named for his mother-in-law, Oralia Posada, a co-owner. Instead of stocking the sandwich line with cold cuts, Cab roasts meats every morning, keeps them warm, and slices them thickly - to order - to pile into French rolls from Bakers of Paris. If anyone knows the 'hood, it's Cab: In 2007, he opened Mexican-Salvadoran place The New Spot just around the corner, at 632 20th St. Soft, warm slabs of turkey ($7.49) can make you fall in like with a lunchtime cliché (sans roll, it comes as a plate with a couple of sides for $8.49). Expect daily specials with and without bread, like a stuffed pork chop or roast lamb sandwich. You won't find consciously cheffy cooking like you will at Kitchenette. Just blue-collar classics interpreted with the respect they deserve.

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