Great Sandwiches - not touristy.
My mate and I had just arrived in San Francisco after a 12 hour flight from London. We went wandering in the afternoon trying to shake off the jet lag and stumbled on this place. We sat at the bar and had a couple of beers (Happy Hour prices of $2.50 a beer) and a sandwich each. Great food food - unique with the fries in the sandwich and friendly staff.
Just a nice authentic place to grab a bite and wind down a bit.
Bringing a classic Pittsburgh sandwich to San Francisco, Giordano Bros. finds a niche in North Beach..
The all-in-one sandwich--meat, provolone cheese, fries, and oil-and-vinegar slaw between two slices of Italian bread--was concocted for busy truck drivers in 1930s Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Today, the sandwich is still a staple in Steel City, even rumored to be chef Mario Batalli's favorite. But it's also made a name for itself here on Columbus Avenue in North Beach. "Just go with it," is the best advice for anybody who's wary of the sandwich's seemingly incongruent fillings. The bread is culled from the Italian French Bakery, the meats from the venerable Molinari's, and the veggies from Bob Sbragia Produce. And unlike every other North Beach deli that looks like the set of a Fellini film, Giordano Bros. boasts a stainless steel bar, four TVs, a young crowd, and an ad-hoc space (calling it a 'stage' would be a gross exaggeration) for live music Tuesday through Saturday.