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6 Great Katsu Sandwiches In SF

Because who doesn’t love a katsu sandwich?

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Updated January 7th, 2021

We love sandwiches, like, a lot. We especially love katsu sandwiches, which are as delicious as they are photogenic. And lucky for you, there are tons of excellent places to get one in SF. Here are seven great katsu sandwiches to try right now.


Julia Chen

Cafe Okawari

Japanese  in  Soma
$$$$ 236 Townsend St

We’d keep a miniature statue of Cafe Okawari’s katsu sandwich on our nightstand if we could - it’s that good. Cafe Okawari’s version features a chicken thigh that’s fried to golden brown perfection, and then sandwiched between thick slices of soft white bread. Every element of the sandwich - from the crispy, juicy chicken to the tonkatsu sauce and mayo - is absolutely flawless. You can also grab a side salad or matcha latte to go with it. Place an order online for pick-up.

Lani Conway

Volcano Curry

$$$$ 5454 Geary Blvd

Volcano Curry in the Richmond makes some of the best chicken katsu curry in the city. So it’s no surprise that their katsu sandwiches impress us, too. The important thing to note is that these sandwiches are massive. Two evenly breaded and fried chicken cutlets are stacked on top of each other, and then layered with a ton of coleslaw, and a slightly-sweet sauce. You will need two hands to eat this. Things will get messy. But when a sandwich is this fantastic, there are no complaints.

Julia Chen

Torraku Ramen

$$$$ 300 De Haro St

Torraku Ramen used to be a ramen-only food truck, but now they’ve got a brick-and-mortar spot in Potrero Hill serving everything from donburi bowls to yakisoba. They also recently added a katsu sandwich to the menu that’s excellent all around, but we especially love it for the thick layer of spicy mayo. The sandwich also comes with a side of cabbage salad and dressing, which you’ll want to stuff inside the sandwich - it adds a nice and necessary crunch. Order here for pick-up.

Lani Conway

Bread N’ Chu

$$$$ 1900 Clement St

If you’re in the Outer Richmond, and in need of a perfectly-square katsu sandwich right now, head to Bread N’ Chu. The year-old sandwich shop makes a really good one with a thick, crispy chicken breast, shredded cabbage, a generous layer of Kewpie mayo, and crustless milk bread. They make other sandwiches, too, like tonkatsu and choux sandwiches, but the katsu one is the star. You can get it for lunch for takeout or delivery from 10am to 5pm.

Family Cafe

$$$$ 362 Columbus Ave

The kissaten-style cafe in North Beach is our go-to whenever we need a salad in sandwich form (which, these days, feels like all the time). Their King George sandwich is a rainbow of fresh, thinly sliced vegetables, and it’s really, really good. But this is a katsu sandwich guide, and that’s what we’re here to talk about. And, thankfully, it’s another reason that Family Cafe is so great. The sandwich is a lightly crispy-fried chicken thigh topped with a housemade katsu sauce, red and green cabbage. They also have a pickle katsu sandwich with a herb cashew dressing that we’re hoping to try next time - or, at least, whenever we crave green things.

Julia Chen

Stonemill Matcha

Japanese  in  Mission
$$$$ 561 Valencia St

The cafe in the Mission is known for their delicious matcha drinks and pastries, but that’s not all they excel at - they also make a great katsu sandwich. Their housemade tonkatsu sauce is tart, and a little sweet, and complements the savory panko-breaded pork loin nicely. Stonemill Matcha is open Wednesday to Sunday, from 10am to 3pm. You can order ahead here.

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