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Seattle Chain Brings ‘Environmentalist’ Sandwiches to S.F.

$4 toast, meet the $14 hummus sandwich.

Homegrown Sustainable Sandwiches arrives in the Bay Area.


In San Francisco, the words Seattle and chain typically add up to Starbucks, but as of January, they also equate with Homegrown Sustainable Sandwiches. Born in Seattle in 2009, the company made a name with its brand of so-called sandwich environmentalism, which more or less means using organic, local-whenever-possible produce and pasture-raised meats and dairy devoid of hormones and antibiotics.

What this means in strictly practical terms is that if you’re looking for a cheap sandwich, go elsewhere. But if you’re open to spending $10 on a hummus-and-roastedred-pepper sandwich, then you could definitely do worse. The hummus here is creamy and liberally applied, the peppers are silky, the raw kale is inoffensive, and the whole-grain bread has a crunchy crust and soft crumb.

The only bitter note comes from an addition of avocado, or rather its price, $3, which means you end up paying about $14 after tax for a hummus sandwich. There’s no doubt this sandwich is better for the planet, but whether it’s sustainable for the average wallet is open to interpretation. 222 Battery St. (at Halleck St.), 877-567-9240


Originally published in the March issue of San Francisco 

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