#61 Machine Coffee and Deli: Crankshaft Tuna Melt (’13)


The Place:

A tiny box of a deli with a few seats outside (but usually some activity around it), Machine Coffee and Deli sits right on Market St between 6th and 7th.  At first glance it looks like a small coffee shop that would service the 9 to 5ers with their coffee needs.  However, we came here to try some of their food.


The Dish:

A tuna melt reminds us of childhood.  It was a dish your mom or dad made for you as an easy to make, filling option when the fridge was bare.  Usually nothing more than bread, tuna, and melted cheese on top, it never really stood out.  Machine has decided to up the quality of things and attempt to re-introduce us to this classic.

The Crankshaft Melt comes with albacore tuna, arugula, housmade pickles, and Shelburne cheddar.  This combination comes off well, as the tartness of the pickles, the cheddar-iness of the cheese, and the tuna all blend together nicely.  The arugula gives some additional texture, and the choice of a toasted baguette is a solid addition as well.

The Verdict:

Machine does a great job of upgrading this dish of our youth.  They take quality ingredients and make this sandwich straight and to the point.  If you’re looking for lunch, or craving a tuna melt, you are pretty well off checking out this little deli.

Dig In,

A & K

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1 Comment

  • Mark

    November 25, 2015 at 1:18 am Reply

    Mmmm… Guess what I have to make myself for lunch now.
    BTW, I’m not a big fan of the “toughness” of the crust of french bread in a sandwich; I wonder how this tuna melt would taste w/ some SF sourdough?

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