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The 7 best old-school sub shops in SF

Published On 07/25/2014 Published On 07/25/2014
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1. King Foot Submarines 258 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117 (Lower Haight)

This Korean sub shop has been around since 1975 and the old-school Beef Teriyaki sub is definitely a must try. There're also “traditional” subs here too.

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2. Roxie Food Center 1901 San Jose Ave, San Francisco, CA 94112

All of the meat and fixings are hidden from view, so you can’t see what’s happening while these old-school sammies are being made, but don't worry, you'll get what you ordered and it will be deliciously amazing.

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3. Marina Submarine 2299 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123 (Cow Hollow)

This Cow Hollow sammy shop has been making near-perfect subs since the '80s, and their bread is always perfectly toasted, their veggies precisely sliced, and don’t even think about foregoing the “secret sauce”.

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4. Submarine Center 820 Ulloa St, San Francisco, CA 94127 (West Portal)

You might have to wait in a long line at the West Portal resto, but once you bite into your perfectly proportioned hot pastrami sandwich (with “secret sauce”!), all of that will be promptly forgotten.

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5. The Yellow Submarine 503 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122 (Inner Sunset)

This old-school Inner Sunset sandwich shop is serving some of the best subs around. Get a cheesesteak and some fresh-cut potatoes to round it all out -- and don't expect to breath afterwards.

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6. Viking Giant Subs 1300 Ocean Ave, San Francisco, CA 94112

Over 30 years young, Vikings Giant Submarines delivers on giant sandwiches, giant lines (because the food is worth it, relax), and giant bottles of malt liquor.

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7. Irving Subs and Cheese Shop 1298 12th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122 (Inner Sunset)

Irving is a classy joint where you can hook up a quality sandwich to stuff your face with while also picking up Brie and other classy cheese to convince people you're actually a really classy guy.

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