Friday, January 14, 2005

California Delight #6: Toasted Open Focaccia Sandwiches at Mario’s Bohemian Cigar Store

Mario’s Bohemian Cigar Store in North Beach San Francisco is a corner café of some renown. Rumor has it Francis Ford Coppola scribbled down the first draft of The Godfather there, but I’m skeptical. Mario’s seating is informal and comfortable – but not that comfortable. I have no doubt, however, that Mario’s has a special place in his heart.

The Cigar Store does have a modest selection of cigars, if you’re into that sort of thing, but their real claim to fame rests on their toasted open focaccia sandwiches. This writer is particularly taken with the grilled eggplant, and I heartily concur with her. Mario’s earned its fame with this sandwich, and is worth seeking out.
Meatball s'wich also good.
However, for those who can’t book the next flight to San Francisco, here’s an easy focaccia recipe. As for the grilled eggplant, caramelized and lightly suffused with balsamic vinegar ... you’re on your own!

California Delight #5

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