East Coastin’ It On Polk

I don’t want to brag or anything, but when it comes to sandwiches, I know my stuff. You want turkey? I know the best. You want the right kind of bread? No problem. I can point you to someplace that can get you the kind of sandwich with the kind of stuff you’re looking for. It’s a pride thing. When asked about favorite foods, most people answer “Italian,” “Chinese,” or the like. My answer? Sandwich.

Which is why I was shocked and dismayed that it took me until just last week to discover Miller’s East Coast West Delicatessen.

Located on Polk (at Clay), East Coast West is exactly what is says it is. Knishes? Done. Blintzes? Here you go. Need some Matzo Ball soup? Step right up.

Oh, you want a sandwich? Good luck making up your mind from the endless menu of deli hot and cold choices: Ruebens, Rachels, Cheese Steaks, Toasted Hoagies with names like The Barkley, The Truman, and the Datzu, and the mother-of-all-turkey-options – Boar’s Head Maple Glazed Turkey.

Having worked for a gourmet shop that served Boar’s Head in a previous life, I zeroed in on the heavenly stack of meat immediately, getting mine on a hoagie roll with swiss cheese, lettuce, mayo, and onions. Pre-stuffing myself with a hot bowl of Matzo Ball soup (rather dense, and huge, but tasty still) may not have been the best idea, even though I’d ordered only half-a-sandwich. No matter – what I did have room for was as good as I’d hoped. And they pile so much damn meat on there, I could’ve easily brought home the surplusage for late-night snacking needs.

Add shoe-string fries and half-sours to your group’s table and forage to your heart’s content. The atmosphere is relaxed and uber-casual. The friendly staff is patient and helpful – likely because they are used to waiting as customers’ eyes glaze over in sheer awe and delight at the endless menu above.

East Coast West, I don’t know how I lived without you for so long, but I’ll be seeing you again. Soon. And often.

Miller’s East Coast West Delicatessen: 1725 Polk Street (at Clay), San Francisco; 415-563-3542; sandwiches $6.99-$9.99; burgers $6.49-$7.49; sides $1.99-$5.99; features an array of salads, bagels, traditional fish appetizers, hot plates, sides, desserts, and did I mention the Maple Glazed Turkey? Catering available. Delivery available through Waiters On Wheels.

1 Comment so far

  1. Arlew (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2005 @ 10:19 pm

    And the pastrami is awesome too. Only pastrami worth eating in SF as far as I am concerned. It’s not Katz’s but it’ll do in a pinch.

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