Sandwich of the Week: Duboce Park Cafe’s Pastrami on Rye
Opened in 2006, Duboce Park Cafe serves sustainable fare from a curated list of local purveyors with the goal of supplying the San Francisco park’s hungry visitors with healthy and delicious breakfasts, lunches, and afternoon pick-me-ups. Their menu ranges from bagels and a breakfast burrito in the morning to pizza, salads, and sandwiches in the afternoon and evening. One particular sandwich is a crowd favorite: their pastrami on rye.
Who says you can only get this Jewish deli special in New York and Los Angeles? Certainly not Duboce Park Cafe. They’ve piled two slices of rye bread with inches of pastrami, Swiss cheese, lettuce, pickles, red onions, and Russian dressing. It’s an excellent specimen of Jewish soul food — the perfect treat to enjoy during the upcoming Rosh Hashanah holiday.
Owner Rachel Herbert explains that the inspiration behind the sandwich comes from her childhood: “Growing up in a Jewish household, we would have a spread of lox, pastrami, corn beef, and white fish on Saturdays. The pastrami sandwich at Duboce came from my great-aunt Gert. It is a simple combo of Russian dressing (passed down through generations), melted Swiss, red onions, and kosher pickles. Every lunch menu should have one and it should be served piping hot.”
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