Grilled pork sandwich – Pho Big Bowl

Grilled pork sandwich - Pho Big Bowl
Banh mi thit heo nuong. French bread with grilled pork, cucumber, mayonnaise, pickled daikon and carrots, jalapeno, and cilantro. $4.85
Pho Big Bowl, Seattle WA

This was a pretty sizeable sandwich for costing less than five bucks! That’s why I love banh mi’s, they tend to be delicious and a great value. The pork on this sandwich was tender and flavorful.

Seattle Cloud Cover glass bridge
Seattle Cloud Cover glass bridge, Teresita Fernandez, Olympic Sulpture Park.

Savory clams and frites – Nojo

Savory clams and frites - Nojo
Spicy ponzu, mayonnaise and sake-garlic butter. $14.75
Nojo, San Francisco CA

I’ve had mussels and frites many times, but I rarely see clams and frites on a menu. This Japanese version was lovely and full of flavor. Noms!

Pink snapdragon-like flowers

Pink snapdragon-like flowers (Plantaginaceae), West Field Road.

The Crispy Tofu banh mi – Dinosaurs

The Crispy Tofu banh mi - Dinosaurs
Shredded fried tofu, rice noodles, and taro with Vegenaise, pickled carrot and daikon radishes, cilantro, cucumber, jalapeno, and mayo on a French baguette. $4.75
Dinosaurs, San Francisco CA

Hmm, this was fun to eat but it wasn’t really my kind of banh mi. I definitely prefer the more meaty variety. The tofu shreds were also really small so it didn’t seem substantial enough for me.

Orange Aloe sp
Orange Aloe sp. (Xanthorrhoeaceae) flowers, West Field Road.

SF Giant & Fixin’s burger – It’s Tops Coffee Shop

SF Giant & Fixin's burger - It's Tops Coffee Shop
“It’s Tops award-winning fresh ground burgers are juicy and hand formed. Fixin’s are grilled onion, mayo, lettuce, tomato and pickles.” Added Monterey jack cheese and subsituted crispy onion rings. $11.20
It’s Tops Coffee Shop, San Francisco CA

I’d been meaning to finally try this hole-in-the-wall 50’s diner on Market Street. We were starving after a night at the theatre so we decided to duck in for a late meal on our way home. The restaurant decor is very kitschy and the service was super friendly, but the food was marginal verging on just plain bad. This burger was pretty large, but really boring and sad looking. The onion rings were limp, soggy and greasy. Ew!

Anchor Steam beer - It's Tops Coffee Shop

Anchor Steam beer.

Pickled Pink sliders – Sliderbar

Pickled Pink sliders - Sliderbar
Ground shrimp with chili and ginger patty, house made pickled onions, cilantro and lime mayo, arugula on an artisan white bun. Two for $10
Sliderbar, San Francisco CA

Mmm, there are some delicious Asian flavors in this unique slider! Gotta give it to Sliderbar for creating some pretty creative sammies.

Belgian fries – Sliderbar

Belgian fries - Sliderbar
Cooked fresh to order with hot chipotle ketchup, hot sriracha mayo, and their secret sauce. Family size $6.50
Sliderbar, San Francisco CA

Why are things that are bad for you so tasty!? French fries are my weakness and these were delicious. They have plenty of dippings sauces to choose from too.

Wooden piglets
Wooden piglets, Church Street.

Spicy scallop roll – Tokkuri Tei

Spicy scallop roll - Tokkuri Tei
Scallop mixed with masago and spicy mayonnaise. Uramaki (inside-out) $9.50
Tokkuri Tei, Honolulu HI

Mmm! It’s a bit sad that one of the better rolls we had here was a simple spicy scallop roll. Some of the other items weren’t so fresh tasting, but maybe the spicy mayonnaise helped to cover up the old flavor. Who knows? I still enjoyed it.

Garbage container, Waikiki Beach
Garbage container painted with Philodendron leaves, Waikiki Beach.

Times Square sandwich – Giovanni Pastrami

Times Square sandwich - Giovanni Pastrami
Double Decker! 1/2 pound of gourmet bacon and turkey breast with avocado, tomato, lettuce, and mayonnaise on toasted sourdough. Served with macaroni salad. $16
Giovanni Pastrami, Honolulu HI

Another gigantic sandwich from Giovanni Pastrami. This one was less creative with the ingredients, but it still hit the stop. Actually, it more than hit the spot – it sat in my stomach for a long while afterward, hehe.

Fort DeRussy Beach Park
Fort DeRussy Beach Park.

Breakfast sandwich – Big Ed’s Alley Inn

Breakfast sandwich - Big Ed's Alley Inn
Bacon, eggs, cheese and mayo of white bread. Served with home fries. $8.95
Big Ed’s Alley Inn, Reno NV

I think this just about gave me a heart attack, lol! The sandwich bread was definitely grilled on the same area on the grill where the bacon and eggs where first cooked. And that healthy slathering of mayo just about stopped my heart. If I was younger, I’d say this was awesome but sadly I’m getting old and have to admit that this was a bit too greasy and fatty for me…

Coffee - Big Ed's Alley Inn


D Bar M Western Store sign
D Bar M Western Store sign, E 4th Street.

The Meatball banh mi – Dinosaurs

The Meatball banh mi - Dinosaurs
Pork meatballs, pickled carrot and daikon radishes, cilantro, cucumber, jalapeno, and mayo on a French baguette. $4.75
Dinosaurs, San Francisco CA

I think I’ve tried all but one of the different Vietnamese sandwiches at Dinosaurs. They’re all SO yummy that I couldn’t possibly choose a favorite. Fried tofu banh mi, here I come!

Wooden play sculpture, Dolores Park

Wooden play sculpture, Helen Diller Playground, Mission Dolores Park.

Darby Dan sandwich – Darby Dan’s Sandwich Co.

Darby Dan sandwich - Darby Dan's Sandwich Co.
Ham, mortdadella, Italian salami, cheese, mayonnaise, garlic spread, mustard, crushed jalapenos, lettuce, and tomato on Dutch crunch bread. $7.75
Darby Dan Sandwich Co., South San Francisco CA

The sandwiches here are quite large and pretty good! They tend to pile on the spreads so if that doesn’t interest you, I’d suggest requesting a light application, hehe. I also love that their Dutch crunch bread is extra flaky on top!

San Francisco Bay Trail sign

San Francisco Bay Trail sign.

Boudin blanc sausage – Pig and Pie

Boudin blanc sausage - Pig and Pie
Shallot confit, arugula, mayo, preserved lemon. $9
Pig & Pie, San Francisco CA

Mmm, this was VERY good! My one food critique would be that the sausage could have been seared a little more – it was difficult to tear through the skin. I also had to wait a REALLY long time for it, but I guess this was OK since it was yummy!

Lavendar starflower (Grewia occidentalis, Malvaceae)
Purple crossberry or lavendar starflower shrub (Grewia occidentalis, Malvaceae), Dolores Street.