October 26, 2012

October 26, 2012
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Machine Coffee and Deli’s Crankshaft (a tuna melt). Photo: © tablehopper.com.

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Izakaya Yuzuki’s tofu (and pork katsu) buns. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

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Banchan at Manna. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

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Mixed-up bibimbap at Manna. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Hey there, so instead of doing a single review today, I thought I’d share some bites of some mighty delicious (and inexpensive) things I’ve had around town the past month.

First, anyone who knows me knows what a nut I am for sandwiches. Have you had a chance to try the sandwiches at ~MACHINE COFFEE AND DELI~ yet? The café/sandwich spot is just next to Show Dogs on Market, and it’s also from the Foreign Cinema team. The meats by charcutier Peter Temkin are rocking—juicy and full of flavor—from his pastrami to roast beef to roast turkey. I love the Axle—which is almost like a gourmet version of a Philly cheesesteak—made with roast beef, provolone, spicy broccoli rabe, and onion jam, and they make a wicked version of a Reuben, the Drill Press. But what I am currently crushing on is the Crankshaft, a tuna melt with local albacore tuna that is lightly salted and then poached in olive oil until just cooked through. It rests for a day and is then studded with celery, capers, red onion, aioli, lemon, salt, dill, and hand-blended. It’s an insanely good tuna, just beyond, which is then topped with Shelburne cheddar to make one of the best tuna melts in the city. And it’s 10 dolla no holla. Best of all, you can now order delivery with GrubHub. Lunch is served! And Four Barrel Coffee too. 1024 Market St. at 6th St., 415-913-7370.

Another version of a sandwich I am digging is the Sunday night-only special of pork katsu and tofu buns at ~IZAKAYA YUZUKI~. These tender housemade buns come with either katsu pork (fried in panko) with a feisty eggplant-miso-yuzu sauce, or their superlative housemade tofu that is fried up and oh so custardy inside. Just $11 for two—you will gobble these right up, trust. The sake pairings have also ramped up quite a bit with Yoshi (previously of Corkage) in the house. Follow Izakaya Yuzuki on Facebook to keep up with their sake classes and special sushi nights! 598 Guerrero St. at 18th St., 415-556-9898.

Lastly, on a chilly and damp night a couple of weeks ago, I completely forgot Yummy Yummy in the Inner Sunset was closed on Tuesdays (wah waaah), and ended up having an impromptu dinner at nearby ~MANNA~ instead. The menu of home-style Korean dishes is cheap cheap cheap (nothing we ordered was more than $9), and totally delivered for the price—you even get six little banchan to start (delicious kimchi, broccoli, bean sprouts, and more). We ordered a madly bubbling pot of soondubu jjigae (soft tofu soup) that totally hit the spot, followed by an on-point execution of bibimbap (with beef, vegetables, and a fried egg on top that you mix all together and then anoint with some housemade gochujang/hot sauce), and for my gluten-avoiding friend, we had the japchae (clear yam noodles with beef and vegetables—not the best I’ve had, but it still got eaten). For $30, we had quite the feast. The staff is friendly (example: our server patiently waited for me to finish a loooong slurp/bite of a japchae noodle and shot me a quick grin before placing our bibimbap on the table). For a midweek bite that won’t break the bank and will warm you right up, here’s your spot. 845 Irving St. at 10th Ave., 415-665-5969.