Avenue/Grant St., SF
hearing at Spec's
Hello? Is there
anybody out there? I have been away a long time. Can someone tell me
how to get to www.fudcourt.com?
Oh. Hi. Welp, we
did it again. Thought our last extended hiatus was pathetic? Well,
the second one was even
more shameful. But don't call this a comeback.
Wait, yes, do, 'cause that's what it is. We were here, and then we
were not, and now we're here again. That's a comeback. And it's our
time doing that. So I guess it's The Comeback II. We're like all those
boxers who retire, unretire, get knocked out, and go through the whole
cycle again. Earlier today I was nearly finished writing this review
when my computer ate it. TKO! Instead of having a tantrum, I just spit
in the bucket and nodded. Because I deserved that.
We negligent judges
have deserved misfortune for some months now. Such as a slow but steady
decline in traffic, till it hits zero. But this
hasn't happened. Still people continue to visit the site, even if
it's just to get a decent on-line Zuni review (and getting ours instead).
And, you know, we're still going around eating in restaurants. Just
barely ever together. The last time was ages ago. We ate at Giordano
which back then was new, but has by now probably achieved landmark
Giordano's is located
on the busy strip of Columbus in North Beach, where you'd think there'd
be a few good restaurants, but you'd
is where you see all those barkers out on the sidewalk trying to
rope you in with $8.88 linguini. Giordano Bros. doesn't want to
that. When we talked to the owner, he said they're after a loyal,
-- not a tourist one. So, no barking. I don't know if that's good
business sense or not, but I hope so.
Plus, there's no
$8.88 linguini. Instead, there are all-in-one sandwiches! That's your
choice of meat, provolone cheese, cole
slaw, and french
fries between two soft pieces of white bread. Drop a fried egg
inside for an
extra 50 cents. Entire meal in there, see? These sandwiches got
their start in Pittsburgh (PA, not CA), where truck drivers would
during early-morning deliveries. Wheel in one hand, whole breakfast
in the other. We ate them at a table, inside the restaurant,
with two hands.
I had pastrami, which after a griddled flash-fry took on a bacon-y
quality. I ordered extra meat. Without it, the other fillings
tend to overwhelm
the sandwich. With it, the thing's a real taste sensation. Extra
meat tacks on two bucks, bringing the sandwich to $8.75. Not
but it is a full meal.
Next time you're
up on Columbus, drop in. If it doesn't seem right without the barking,
bark at yourself, and then go in.
egg, and let me
know how it is, 'cause I didn't know about it (at the time
it was a secret menu item).
Watch out PB&J, there's a
new sandwich in town and it comes here
from clear across this wide, wide country of ours. This review, like
the all-in-one-sandwich, was a long time in coming but better now
than never. The all-in-one reminds me of a sandwich I enjoyed while living
in England, I think it was called the Chip Buddy, basically a french
fry sandwich, fried potatoes on white bread.
The comparison ends there though -- the boys in Pittsburgh go far beyond
the buddy. At Giordano's you can choose from a few different meats:
Italian sausage, hot coppa, pastrami, cheesesteak, smoked turkey, double
egg and cheese, or just cheese. My favorite is the sausage.
I think this is the best value meat-wise and the flavor is excellent.
I also recommend the hot coppa but to get the full flavor meat effect
you may need to add extra meat for $2 more.
The slaw is light, crispy, and a bit zippy. It's olive oil, vinegar
and black pepper, no mayo here. The fries are fresh cut, fresh fried,
and fresh tasty. The meat is grilled with provolone cheese on top which
melts up oh so nice. The topper and bottomer is the Italian bread, oh
so soft. It makes a perfect holder for the fillin's, and doesn't get
in the way of all the goodness.
The all-in-one is great before, during, and after a night of North
Beach drinking. You can also hang out at G. Bros. and have a bucket
of beer -- Sierra Nevada is $20 for 6. They have a couple tables on the
sidewalk, where you can enjoy the sights, like a bachelorette party across
It is worth a trip to North Beach just for the Giordano Bros. all-in-one
sandwich. The folks there are nice and will treat you right. I recommend
you get over there immediately so you have time to go again tomorrow.
do you ever wish you could have a full meal of a sandwich, fries, and
cole slaw, but you just don't want to deal with three separate items?
Well apparently the people in Pittsburgh feel the same way, and they've
designed a sandwich to deal with the situation. I think it might have
been for truck drivers or something. Steel workers?
this sandwich kicks ass! I got the hot coppa, which is kind of like
proscuitto but from the other end of the pig. I think. Anyway, it's
tasty as hell on its own, but when you griddle it up it takes on
bacon flavor. Damn! But, do get the extra meat if you get the coppa.
If there's one criticism I have it's the portions. I know coppa's
not cheap, but if I hadn't tacked on the $2.00 extra meat, I think
have been disappointed. $8.75 is really straining the limits of sandwich
said, this sammy was a new experience for me. I mean, fries and cole
slaw ON the sandwich? Nutso! But no, it works. Tasty
a simple olive oil and vinegar cole slaw, grilled meat and melted
provolone on their nice soft bread that doesn't get in the way. "Italian" bread,
baked daily in North Beach, they say. Don't know if it's baked
on the premises or not, but it really works for this sam, and it's
we had to get a side of fries ($2.50 for large) to start. Cuz we're
sick like that.
definitely be back, and see if I can choose between the coppa, sausage,
pastrami or cheesesteak, for that matter. Maybe
get around to smoked
turkey and "just cheese," but I kind of doubt it. But
go check this place out, these people are kicking down a quality,
in a nice atmosphere in a cool part of town and are friendly to boot.