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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Roxie Food Center's Roxie Special

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The Roxie Special, ham, mortadella, salami, cheese, and artichoke hearts ($5.99). - TORO E./YELP
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  • The Roxie Special, ham, mortadella, salami, cheese, and artichoke hearts ($5.99).
Thursday, August 19, 2010

click to enlarge TORO E./YELP
While we're as much into the artisan sandwich craze as the next blogger, sometimes we just want to sink our teeth into something satisfying and be spared the terroir. That's when we venture out to Roxie Food Center in Mission Terrace. Don't be thrown off by that "food center": Roxie's is the quintessential corner store, complete with an admirable Hostess selection, pocket combs, and, of course, a sandwich counter.

Instead of wannabe hipsters and coiffed office types, lunchtime brings a rush of cops, construction workers, and City College students. The sandwich board is void of cutesy names, offering old standbys such as turkey, roast beef, and tuna. Remember those? Our standard order is the Roxie Special, a soulful combination of ham, mortadella, salami, your choice of cheese (let them choose), and marinated artichoke hearts, which add a healthy dose of zing. We order it warmed in the oven on a Dutch crunch roll, crunchy like a cracker on the outside, soft as a Philadelphia pretzel on the inside. What garden are the artichokes from? A can. Who baked the bread? We don't know or care. Stop asking so many questions and just enjoy your sandwich.

Roxie Food Center: 1901 San Jose (at Havelock), 587-2345.

Read more from Alex Hochman at Urban Stomach. Follow us on Twitter at @sfoodie

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