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Seattle's Best Sandwiches

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Me and my friends are attempting to consume the best sandwiches in seattle. Here is our list (in no specific order) of some of our favorite offerings:
-Drunken Chicken: Baguette Box
-Midnight Cuban: Paseos
-Anything Salumi
-Firecracker: Tubbs Subs
-Cheese Steak: Philadelphia Fever
-Rajun Cajun: Another Coast Cafe
-BBQ Pork (Bah-mihn): Seattle Deli
-Turkey Bacon Avacado: Hop-In Deli (Montlake)

Please help us with some new places to check out for quality sandwiches.

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  1. Try the pastrami at eats, along with bubbies chicken with matzoh ball soup.

    Link: http://www.eatsmarket.com/

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    1. re: windsor

      Terry and Angel at the Brooklyn Grinder north of 52nd on University Way NE make some of the very best sandwiches in Seattle. Their Black Forest is amazing, as are their tried and true favs: Reuben, Muffuletta, and BLT. Their chicken salad with granny smith apples and cashews is memorable, as is their grilled eggplant with basil.

      Link: http://www.brooklyngrinder.com/defaul...

      1. re: lulu

        In pursuit of the greatest Seattle sandwich I have tried Salumi, Paseo, and others. I had never ventured into the Brooklyn Grinder, so my son and I gave it a shot today.

        Prepared with the advise above, we were prepared to follow in stride. However, because of my instinct to to ask questions, I asked the girl behind the counter what the best sandwich was. Instead of a non-answer like "It's all good", she said "My favorite is the Cajun Turkey". So I had to take one for the team.

        It was pretty good! I expected it to be a bit more spicy, and would have enjoyed the heat. But, it was a very nice sandwich. They have it on their cold sandwich list, but the inside scoop was get it hot. Great advise! I felt the toasted roll added to the experience.

        Thanks Lulu! We'll be back to try your recommendations as well. I hope they put a touch of curry in their chicken salad!

        1. re: lulu

          Based on this rec, we went to this place last week. It is no longer the brooklyn grinder, although the weblink still functions. I believe its called Big Dog Bakery now. They've kept the same menu, but none of us were particularly impressed, and I wouldn't go out of my way to return. We got the hot pastrami reuben, the chicken salad sandwich, and some bean/sausage soup. There seemed to be an overabundance of bread, particularly the roll on the chicken sandwich was enormous.

          Now, Paseo makes the sandwiches I would go to great lengths to reach! I haven't made it to Salumi yet.

          1. re: sasha1

            At Salumi, have the prosciutto & fig confit with goat-cheese sandwich that usually appears on the menu in Spring.
            On a hot-sandwich day, have the immensely comfy meatball - a candidate for best ever.
            Messy messy and Texas sweet, Pecos Pit 2260 1st Ave S, by Sears and Home Depot on Lander serves up a classic slow-roasted BBQ Pork Sandwhich. Have beans spicy.
            Zacaggni's lunch counter, right across from the Pike Market magazine stand at the edge of Delaurenti's, features a rotation of lovely and exotic sliders and sandwiches. Identify nearby seating and hope for brisket sliders, though it's all really good. Your lunch comes across the counter sizzling off the grill.
            Uli's Bierstaub on the main arcade at the Pike Place Market will grill any fresh sausage in the display case and serve it right up for you right then in a perfectly lovely sausage sandwich. This is a chance to enjoy several splendid mustards if you can remember to not just scarf it down. Look for grilled peppers and onions. Fries are hot and made to-order and the freshest you can get.
            Right across the aisle and a few feet down, the Market Grill offers fresh-grilled salmon and halibut sandwiches, just yards away from the fresh fish markets.
            Two Bells Tavern Burger is a heck of a hamburger sandwich, as rare as you like and suitably drippy. The robust roll handles that soppingly, though.
            The grilled Reuben at the Pacific Inn Pub is a comfort-food winner - get a half-Caesar with it and eat like a king.

            The Reuben at Dot's, on Fremont, is a chef's showpiece - meaty, savory, flavorful, beautifully cooked and presented. The coq' au'vin is masterful, and the list is long.
            Burgers again, but really, a few doors up the street is Uneeda Burger. Two things 1>The very nice "regular" hamburger is just a classic plain burger with (fresh) lettuce, tomato, pickle... but it is a really nice burger (if Dick's is a 1 and Red Mill is a 5, Uneeda is a 10, and for an amazingly modest price. 2>You will be hard-pressed to order the regular burger when the menu-board above is whispering 'grilled onions' ... 'blue cheese' ... 'Hatch chile'... good luck.

      2. What about the Old Town Alehouse in Ballard? I just went last night for about the 6th time, and I've loved every sandwich I ordered (last night was the traditional turkey, with not-so-traditional sage-whipped cream cheese). Their sandwiches are all very hearty and fresh tasting and always have some extra special touch, like the sage in the cream cheese. Fries are very thin and crisp and wonderfully seasoned (though maybe too salty for some). I'm not going to recommend any particular sandwich---try a couple and post what you think!

        1. Hole-in-the-wall Roy's BBQ in Columbia City makes a mean smoked oyster po' boy as well as some other great sandwiches too.
          Also anything, especially the B.R.A.T. sandwich (Bacon, Rugula, Avocado and tomato) from Essential Bakery on Madison Ave.

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          1. re: Josh

            I second Roy's. Their Georgia Gold pulled pork sandwich is absolutely a must eat. They've won a bunch of awards for it.

            I'd also like to add the Three Girls Bakery in Pike Place Market. They've been around forever and have the best meatloaf sandwich I've ever tasted. Lots of other good options as well. It's more of a build-your-own-sandwich type of place.

          2. The Reuben at the 74th St. Ale House is outstanding. Not the classic, but better and an imaginative interpretation. Great craft beers to accompany.

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            1. re: Baboo

              That Reuben is one of the best in the city, for sure! If you ever see their lamb and brie sandwich special, try it! Outstanding!

            2. You've got the right restaurant, but the wrong sandwich.

              The best sandwich on the planet is Paseo's grilled pork sandwich. Every single bite is a nibble of heaven. The midnight cuban can't hold a candle to it.

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              1. re: Peter

                Chicken thigh is pretty killer.

                1. re: Peter

                  Personally, I think Paseo's best sandwich is their spicy prawn sandwich...so greasy, so good...I have dreams about that sandwich...

                  1. re: Peter

                    Old thread bump.

                    Just had the Caribbean Roast: Pork shoulder coated in Paseo Marinade & slow roasted 'til falling into succulent morsels." Get it every time we're visiting. Crazy good.

                    Here's a pic of my half :)

                    ETA: forgot this part - All sandwiches are on a lightly toasted baguette slathered with aioli (seasoned mayo) , fresh cilantro, pickled jalapeños, crisp romaine lettuce & crowned with caramelized onions.

                    1. re: c oliver

                      BEST SANDWICH EVER.

                      Need to figure out when I can get over there and get one....

                      1. re: Bax

                        I'd really like to do a taste test with a Carribean Roast, a Tatstrami, and a Salumi Porchetta sandwich. Or maybe I just want to sit down and eat all three... (with a few friends. If you eat all three at once yourself, you win a lovely stay at the Swedish heart center, I'm pretty sure.)

                  2. Add Boat Street Cafe in the Denny Triangle. Excellent sandwiches

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                      Matthew Weeks

                      The Tatstrami at Tats Deli in Pioneer Square is the best sandwich on the planet!! Check it out, but be prepared to have all other sandwiches cease to matter.

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                      1. re: Matthew Weeks

                        I second this. One of those experiences where you look at the sandwich and think, there's no way I can eat this, and then proceed to devour it because you just. can't. stop.

                        Also: Bakeman's in Pioneer Square does an amazing day-after-Thanksgiving turkey sandwich. Get it with cranberry sauce.

                        1. re: spudsocks

                          I THIRD this... had one the other day, after reading about it here on CHOW... it was FABs... can't wait to get clear down there again (I live 1 & 1/2 hours north) and order another ! mmmmMMMmmm...
                          also tried the hot pastrami at I Heart New York Deli, Pike Plc Mkt... very good pastrami... but I will be sticking with Tats from now on... the chewy hoagie roll and tangy coleslaw they tuck inside, just makes it perfect.

                          Tat's Delicatessen
                          115 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

                          1. re: spudsocks

                            I bet this is the "After any day" sandwich; all fresh-roasted, all good, because they roast every day. Is there something particular on this day, or in this description?

                        2. I found an AWESOME sandwich place in a random neighborhood (maybe South Park, maybe Burien, maybe ???) The joint is called Cemitas Poblanas. They are located at 805 South 112th Street in Seattle. It is in the same parking lot as a Chevron gas station and a teriyaki place.

                          They serve amazing sandwiches from Puebla, Mexico. Fresh, yeasty rolls with huge slices of avocado, cojita cheese, grilled chicken, and a bunch of other goodies. One sandwich could easily be lunch for 2.

                          I also saw a lot of people eating their shrimp cocktail and tacos. Will have to give them a shot next time!

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                          1. re: laurely

                            On the torta front, I find both El Quetzal and Barriga Llena very satisfying. At the latter, try the house special, the Barrigona http://www.chowhound.com/topics/13114

                            In Columbia City, Roy's Georgia Gold has a mustard-based sauce that makes a nice accompaniement to the pulled pork.

                            I think there is a growing consensus that Salumi's meatball sandwich may be the best in the nation, if not the Milky Way. I think it is, FWIW.

                            Agree with the Midnight Cuban at Paseo. The prawn sandwich and the others are all pretty good. I have to admit that sometimes I crave the flat, tin foil-pressed pickles and multi-meat, $4 kind known as "sandwich cubano" at any Cuban deli in Miami or elsewhere, and Paseo sells something else.

                            I always prop up the Persian Grocery on Main Street in Bellevue for their intricately dressed and very substantial foot long Iranian sandwiches, especially the chicken kebab, the kotlet and the vegetarian kookoo sabzi. This species of sandwich has a following in LA.

                            Bahn Mi: Vietnam Saigon Deli (the one in the strip mall with Malay Satay Hut at 12th and Jack.-there are so many with similar names) and Pho Cyclo on Broadway.

                            1. re: equinoise

                              Good call on the Persian Grocery kotlet.

                              It doesn't look like much of a place, but it's a great sandwich.
                              (takes a while though as each is made to order...)
                              A great chowhound find.

                              1. re: GreenYoshi

                                I went to Bellevue looking for this but only found "Zizo's Market," which I assumed was a new incarnation of the same place. I had their Garlic Chicken sandwich - two flatbreads kinda wrapped around each other, then toasted with the most succulent chicken meat inside. It was unbelievable. I've been thinking about it non-stop for the last two weeks.

                                Does anyone know if the Persian Grocery is the same as the Zizo Market I ended up at? Because if not, then there are more sandwiches to find.

                                1. re: cscsman

                                  Naw, Persian market is further east on Main, next to the new Toy's Cafe location, across the street from Broiler Bay.
                                  Again, it doesn't look like much, so it's kinda easy to miss

                                  It's one guy just making sandwiches as he also tends the register and at times my friend has gotten a sandwich that was a little greasy, but it can be a great sandwich.

                            2. re: laurely

                              Cemitas Poblanas
                              805 S 112th
                              Seattle, WA 98168 - 2183
                              (206) 241-3899

                            3. Must stop for sandwiches is Grinders on Hwy 99 in Shoreline (south of Costco), but only if you like toasty, garlicky and messy large portions. Be forewarned: with tax you'll fork out nearly 10 bucks for your sandwich, but quality has its price. My personal favorites are the Ciabatta Grinder, with a variety of Italian cured meats baked with sun-dried tomato pesto, grilled onions and mozzarella; and the Dipper, a French Dip on prednisone with roast beef, portobello mushrooms, grilled onions, horseradish sauce and Swiss cheese. A veggie-oriented friend insists on the Giardino – think ratatouille on toasted ciabatta.


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                              1. re: Roo

                                have to second the Grinders rec. the ciabatta grinder is great but you have to also try their gilbano (it's their gloss on a cheese steak) it's amazing, and it is all very garlicky but what's wrong with that?

                              2. Maybe more for interlude of Soup Nazi in the daily grind than for notabilty of chow, Bakeman's presents a decent, if unexceptional downtown lunch. Hungry? Get a turkey (roasted in house) on whole wheat (with cranberry schmear), cup of soup (soups run from acceptable to pretty good, considering), a salad, and a slice of pie - all with change from a ten.

                                1. Add to this list the hazelnut crusted chicken sandwich at Skillet (see my post about Skillet on this board).

                                  1. How could I forget Pecos Pit BBQ pork sandwich? - Get some beans.

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                                    1. re: mrnelso

                                      Normally, for BBQ, I prefer pork, but the Pecos Beef is my favorite of the Pecos sammies.

                                      Bring dental floss.

                                      1. re: mrnelso

                                        Prosciutto and goat cheese with fig confit : Salumi
                                        Hot Meatball sandwich with Gorgonzola : Salumi
                                        Pork Cheeks : Salumi
                                        Grilled tofu: Baguette Box
                                        Grilled Reuben : Pacific Inn pub
                                        Grilled French onion sandwich French Onion Sandwich : Traveler
                                        New Yorker or Tatstrami : Tat's
                                        Grilled Halibut/Salmon sandwich: Market Grill

                                      2. I would have to add the meatball sub at Casa D'Italia on NE 65th and 27th Ave NE in Ravenna. The meatballs are excellent and the sauce a little bit spicy. Sublime.I think it's the best meatball sandwich I've had (and yes, I've been to Salumi!)

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                                        1. re: unagi

                                          I wasn't a huge fan when I had it.
                                          The meatballs were dry and the bread seemed too tough for the sandwich.

                                          1. re: GreenYoshi

                                            Ditto GreenYoshi - altho I think its better than Salumi.

                                        2. the BLT w/ avocado, peppercorn-maple-mayo and (optional) crab on toasted rosemary bread at 94 Stewart--- best (and biggest) BLT i've ever had

                                          1. I suggest you try the "Tatstrami" sandwich at Tat's Delicatessen East Coast Steaks and Subs on Occidental in Pioneer Square neighborhood. I maybe shouldn't mention it because they are so busy already but maybe if they get a bump in business they'll find a spot with a bigger dining room.


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                                            1. re: the_deb

                                              I just had a cheesesteak at Tat's, and it's legit. I've been to Pat's, Geno's, and Jim's in S. Philadelphia and I think it compares very well (though I suspect the illadelph peeps will probably note that these three have become tourist targets and have probably been surpassed by lesser knowns in Philly). Tat's uses the white american cheese and assembly is right. Whiz is an option.

                                            2. The Pate sandwich at Le Panier. The combination of crusty French bread, Pate, and slivered pickles is divine.

                                              1. We used to own a sub shop in northgate...it's called submaster now so I can't attest to what the quality is like anymore, but we used to make a nifty hot & crispy teriyaki chicken sandwich...

                                                Also love the grilled pannini sandwiches at Arosa Coffe in Arboretum Park. Their artichoke, tomato and gruyere is to die for, as is the black forest ham.

                                                My favorite at Paseo, as I mentioned above, is their spicy prawn sandwich.

                                                And weirdly, I love the turkey & havarti baguette at Fred Meyer. The butter havarti is so great w/ the crusty baguette.

                                                1. The bbq pork sandwich at the Pecos Pit BBQ, on First, near Sodo, is excellent. It's only open Mon-Fri. for lunch. Always a line. Only tables outside, so eat in your car or take home if the weather is rough. It's my favorite sandwich.

                                                  1. The Mo Betta Club at Kingfish Cafe is a favourite of mine. Turkey, bacon, avocado with spicy mayo on Rye, Only at lunch time (i think) and served with their seasoned fries. So good.

                                                    Now I'm in Fremont and need to hit up Paseo. I've heard/read so many good things.

                                                    1. Hot pastrami on light rye with mustard from the "I love NY" deli stand in the pike place market.

                                                      The catfish sandwich at Matt's in the Market.

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                                                        1. re: terrier

                                                          "I love NY" deli just opened a second location on Roosevelt & 52nd. THeir pastrami is very tasty... I do wish they would slice it thicker, though..in true NY style...and also use better quality rye bread (their 'zissel' rye turns to 'mush' before you're done w. the first half of the sandwich) & better quality cole slaw....THEN that sandwich would be sublime IMO (NW of the Rockies, of course)

                                                          1. re: staffstuff

                                                            What other offerings from ILNY deli would people recommend?

                                                          2. re: terrier

                                                            Agree and throw in the "honking hot albacore" at Matt's

                                                          3. The sammiches at Louisa's Cafe on Eastlake are pretty damn good "comfort sandwiches." It's a very "I wish my mom made sandwiches like this" kind of sandwich. The bread is homemade, and it is the cushiest, softest most home style bread I've had in Seattle. The turkey sandwich uses big chunks of turkey -- not deli style slices -- and the tuna salad is really tasty.

                                                            I also love Paseo -- for the Midnight Press -- but also the scallop sandwich. They give you a bunch of big, plump scallops and it's the same drip-down-your-arm deliciousness you expect from their sandwiches.

                                                            BOKA (downtown) makes a delicious bacon, avocado, chicken breast club -- and it comes with homemade root chips! So good!

                                                            1. This is worth the drive to Bellevue...Porcella Urban Market is this little European deli/bistro/grocery store. They serve the best baguette sandwiches in Seattle. I would recommend the Croque Madame - prosciutto, gruyere cheese, and fried egg on a baguette. Yummy!

                                                              Another French baguette that is phenomonal is at Le Panier in Pike's Place. The baguettes are lighter sandwiches rather than heavy meal-like ones like at Porcella. However, the bread is the bomb. Get there eary in the day to get them because they always sell out.

                                                              Pho Cyclo has great pho, but their Vietnamese sandwiches are better! The traditional one is the cold cut combo, but the steak, chicken, and tofu are just as good. Each sandwich is less than $3. Awesome!

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                                                              1. re: porkbelly

                                                                I second Porcella. I wish they would open up a storefront in Seattle.

                                                                1. re: porkbelly

                                                                  I'm so bummed to report that Porcella is gooonnnneeee!!! Although Monsoon is now there in it's place. But...still. Too bad, it was a great concept.

                                                                2. GRinders on AUrora Ave. and 198th...worth the drive...so many great sandwiches to choose from......friendly, helpful folks who work there....nice atmosphere for bringing friends & family....

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                                                                  1. re: staffstuff

                                                                    ...except they don't know what moderation means when it comes to garlic.

                                                                    1. re: kirkj

                                                                      besides being a 'nobrainer' for flavoring, Garlic, I believe, is the strongest antibiotice found in nature. Good to know during cold season.

                                                                  2. When in W seattle, get the prime rib sandwich (2 sizes, w/ jus, horseradish dijon and caramelized onions) at the carving station at the Metropolitan Market (on Admiral way at 41st). if you're still hungry, you can always pick up a brown butter pear tart there for dessert.

                                                                    1. Anything from Three Girls in the Pike Place Market. They are the real deal--make their own meatloaf, pastrami, corned beef. I love their grilled Reuben on dark rye, yummmmm...

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                                                                      1. re: Erika L

                                                                        Not 10 yards away, you will find a far superior Reuben at the I Love NY Deli. However, without fear of drawing the ire of fellow chowhounders, I must state that there is no reuben in Seattle that compares with Kenny and Zuke's in Portland. In fact, I don't think there is a reuben in Seattle worth eating, (I Love NY Deli in a pinch.) So, in review:
                                                                        1. For Chinese food of any region go north to Richmond.
                                                                        2. For a reuben, go south to Portland.

                                                                        1. re: hhlodesign

                                                                          late reply... but I ABSOLUTELY agree... Kenny n Zukes is to die for... and it kills me that I have to go clear down to Portland to frequent it... wahhhhhh... wish they would open another location in Seattle

                                                                      2. hh- I just had the reuben at three girls and really loved it! I didn't have the reuben at I Love NY but just their corned beef and cheese but I have to say that the panini grill at 3 girls makes a huge difference to me and it is my favorite in the market so far.

                                                                        The Queen Anne pizza place right by the Queen Anne Cafe makes a kick ass messy hot melty Italian that is my hang over go to cure :)

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                                                                        1. re: little ms foodie

                                                                          LMF, I'm with you. Three Girls Bakery has my favorite Reuben and I do think the panini grill helps make it that way. Actually, since I'm a Jack Sprat kinda guy, I also favor the very lean pastrami they use.

                                                                          1. re: bbqer

                                                                            Agree with the view on the leaner reuben. I felt kinda sick after the one at I Love NY - just too heavy.

                                                                            I had a nice little reuben at Boka in the newish Hotel 1000 downtown on First and Madison. It was suprisingly good with a cup of their tomato soup for lunch.

                                                                        2. here are my 10:

                                                                          1. Pork Cheeks - Salumi
                                                                          2. Cuban Roast (formerly Midnight Cuban (not the current Midnight Cuban)) - Paseo
                                                                          3. Pork Belly Sandwich - Quinn's
                                                                          4. Porchetta - Salumi
                                                                          5. Tofu Bahn Mi w/ Avocado - Baguette Box
                                                                          6. Tatstrami - Tat's
                                                                          7. Fried Pork Sandwich - Sitka and Spruce
                                                                          8. Chicken thighs - Paseo
                                                                          9. Roasted Pork Loin w/ apricot - Baguette Box
                                                                          10. Dark, White, Mayo, Cran, Lettuce - Bakeman's

                                                                          1A. Pastrami reuben - Kenny and Zuke's, Portland

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                                                                          1. re: hhlodesign

                                                                            As the original poster (under a different moniker) I like where your head is at. I have had most of these sandwiches and really the top 10 is tough bc like you list, there are certain places that make many good sandwiches. I think I would add Pecos Pit to the list, and am looking forward to trying the Quinns pork belly. 2 places that are a little far for me but I want to try are the torta's place on Aurora and Grinders which is also on aurora. If anyone knows some other great sandwiches post them here!

                                                                            1. re: hhlodesign

                                                                              The beef tongue sandwich at Quinn's is also spectacular

                                                                              1. re: bourbongal

                                                                                I second that, had the beef tongue Rueben a couple weeks ago and it was delicious!

                                                                            2. I agree with Other Coast Cafe- Huge Deli sandwiches in with a yummy vegi one too. Kinda on the pricey side but so worth it. And Baguette Box is great too. There is also a place called Honeyhole in CapHill, though lately I haven't been so pleased. Also inside Pike Market there is a place called Market Grill and they have THE BEST fish (Halibut, Salmon or Shrimp) sandwiches!! Don't get the chicken, its a waste of a great meal.

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                                                                              1. re: Alial

                                                                                I would add a new one: Mr Lu's Seafood in U-Districts Blackend Salmon Sandwich. lots of perfect spicy fish with grilled onions.

                                                                                1. re: Jeters

                                                                                  I figured I would resurrect this thread in part because you can never allow this great, accumulated knowledge to die, and because I found a good sandwich the other day.

                                                                                  Take 5 Urban Market (70th and 8th) in Ballard/Phinney - I had a very good Reuben (corned beef, swiss, slaw) that is a bit out of the usual, but is definitely on my list of good reubens in the city. My wife had the curried chicken sandwich that she raved about (not really my thing). Good prices, excellent value.

                                                                                  1. re: Jeters

                                                                                    WORD? lived there forever and didnt know

                                                                                2. For my money, the best sandwich ever built is Prosciutto and goat cheese with fig confit at Armendino's Salumi. Close second is meatball with Gorgonzola there, but as as OP observes
                                                                                  "anything salumi."

                                                                                  1. I work in downtown Seattle and my favorite places for sandwiches are

                                                                                    Skillet http://www.skilletstreetfood.com/

                                                                                    Maximus/Minumus truck http://www.maximus-minimus.com/

                                                                                    Pamela's Fine Foods http://www.pamelasfinefoods.com/

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                                                                                    1. re: Hanads

                                                                                      Pamelas Fine Foods on Stewart St. downtown is AMAZING. a little pricy but SO worth it. The food is made to order, the ingredients are so fresh and the sandwiches are delicious. My favorite is the meatloaf sandwich served with an au jus.

                                                                                    2. Turkey, Bacon + Avocado @ Homegrown in Fremont.


                                                                                      1. Great discussion, and inspiring me to look for more sandwich options.

                                                                                        I would love to see a discussion of the best East coast-style deli sandwiches. I've heard good things about Tat's, The Other Coast and I Love NY Deli, but would love to hear rec's from knowledgeable Chowhounds.

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                                                                                        1. re: Scott O

                                                                                          Tat's may be a cheese steak destination but I seem to be addicted to their Hot Beef. It's house roasted beef, cheese, hot peppers and you should definitely get the Au Jus. Once you have one it's hard to order anything else.

                                                                                          I've also had the New Yorker [Pastrami and Corned Beef on Rye], the cold Turkey, the Sub Club and the Tatstrami. All of them were good but the Hot Beef is so good. I will say that they roast their own turkey and it's really great stuff. The pastrami and corned beef are good but the turkey and roast beef stand out.

                                                                                          1. re: seattleviking

                                                                                            Based on your rave about Tat's Hot Beef, I tried it. It was great, thanks! Reminds me a bit of Phillipe's French Dip in LA, which is Heaven.

                                                                                        2. I think Rizzo's French Dip in Ballard deserves a mention on this thread. Incredible!


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                                                                                          1. re: soypower

                                                                                            ditto for rizzo's. just like the originals in l.a. they dip it you don't. and it's delicious. i restrained myself from making a pun there. it was tough.

                                                                                            1. re: soypower

                                                                                              Rizzo's is definitely a tasty french dip sandwich and thats from some one who REALLY likes Phillippes in LA [which they admit as their model]. But heavens! its a huge sandwich. I would have felt better if I'd only eatten half. Thank goodness eldest pup was there and ready willing and able to eat the remaining 1/3 of my sandwich on top of his own because I couldn't eat another bite and it would have been a shame to waste it.

                                                                                              3 cheers for growing boys!

                                                                                            2. the newish 'taste of chicago' on the ave in the u district (btw 52nd and 55th) does a very good and credible italian beef sandwich, wet and with gardineira mix or hot sport peppers. they also do (but i haven't tried) a chicago style dog: vienna beef frank with the celery salt, tomato, relish and pickle, etc. i for one have never tried one of these anywhere, and i've always been dubious of the formula: so many toppings. but at least it's clear that these guys know and follow the formula. some chicagoan who loves and misses these should try one and report back. in any event the place is a fine addition, in this city of many transplants, to our burgeoning 'back home' sandwich culture. now if only i could get a maryland blue crab cake or soft shell sandwich

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                                                                                              1. re: ericlutzker

                                                                                                I've had their Chicago style dog. I'm no hot dog expert, but I liked it. Good pork chop sandwich, too.

                                                                                                I also recently tried I Love NY Deli. Good pastrami. There used to be another good sandwich place nearby, owned by a Vietnamese family. Changed names a couple of times, and is currently closed.

                                                                                                Also, not technically a sandwich, but I finally found a place that serves real shawarma. None of that mystery-meat-and-lettuce-in-pita that's so common in these parts.

                                                                                                  1. re: akq

                                                                                                    Also in the U District. Shawarma King. Just north of 50th on University Way.

                                                                                              2. Tat's cheesesteak and also Tatstrami is infinitely better than Philadelphia Fever

                                                                                                The cuban sandwich and roast pork sandwich from Paladar Cubano
                                                                                                Rizzo's French Dip in Ballard

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                                                                                                1. re: Chief Seattle

                                                                                                  My husband is a big cheese steak fan---where is this "Tats" of which you speak?

                                                                                                  And paladar Cubano? where is that too please.

                                                                                                  1. re: jenn

                                                                                                    See links for Tat's and Paladar.

                                                                                                    (p.s. swimming fire fish for breakfast? That's vigorous. Bravo!)

                                                                                                    Paladar Cubano Catering Company
                                                                                                    8953 Aurora Ave North, Seattle, WA

                                                                                                    1. re: equinoise

                                                                                                      what can I say, my monsters are hard core! ;)

                                                                                                2. This is a great thread. One place that also deserves a mention is Buffalo Deli in Belltown on First. Their Kimmelwick roast beef (aka "beef on weck") with horseradish mayo is great, as are the subs. And they occasionally have the best chicken salad in town.

                                                                                                  1. Just had the most incredible banh mi at Go Deli in Renton. Freshly baked bread, delicious pate, jambon, and head cheese. A must try.

                                                                                                    Go Deli
                                                                                                    306 Williams Ave S
                                                                                                    Renton, WA 98057

                                                                                                    (425) 255-0620

                                                                                                    1. Finally got around to checking the I Love New York Deli out in Ravenna. I am super psyched to finally find a REAL sandwich place in Seattle. If you have been out east and know whats up with some real deal jewish style delis, this place will NOT disappoint. Obviously Salumi's is some of the best you can find anywhere for Italian style, but this place is NO slouch. I cant wait to try out some of their other stuff. The rueben was REAL DEAL. Def NOT too heavy!? Its a RUEBEN, dude! Maybe you need to go with the turkey rueben next time. Which is just as awesome. Dont space on getting out there soon!

                                                                                                      I Love New York Deli
                                                                                                      5200 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105

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                                                                                                      1. re: smellymel

                                                                                                        I was disappointed with the quality of the meat and bread at I Love NY Deli.....a mediocre substitute for those of us here who miss NY Jewish Deli food. I did discover George's Deli on Pill Hill ( Madison St.) across from The Sorrento Hotel...and boy was my smoked pork shoulder sandwich delicious...great on-site smoked meat & sausages, very, very fresh bread and very fresh sandwich condiments.....they're a Polish-style food joint.

                                                                                                      2. Does everyone know about Delicatus, which just opened in Pioneer Square? I'm pretty happy to have a decent new place for work lunches.


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                                                                                                        1. re: christy319

                                                                                                          Haven't tried them yet, but I work just a couple of blocks away (I actually used to be in the same building for a while, but my workplace moved before they opened) so I'll give them a try and report back.

                                                                                                          And on a semi-related note, it looks like Tat's is planning to move (about a block away from their current location to a place on Yesler) shortly.

                                                                                                        2. I know this thread is 3 years old, but I'm setting out on a similar mission. Any new can't-miss sandwich opportunities?

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                                                                                                          1. re: soypower

                                                                                                            The Swinery in West Seattle! Butcher shop with cafe. Burgers, pulled pork, bacon dogs, good stuff galore. Shhhhh :)

                                                                                                            1. re: soypower

                                                                                                              I'd say that when heirloom tomatoes are in season, it would be hard to beat a BLT from Dot's Deli.

                                                                                                              1. re: soypower

                                                                                                                Newcomers to the scene since this thread originated are Rainshadow Meats Squared in Pioneer Square. I had lunch there today, and it was exceptional. Check out the daily specials. Also, Where Ya At, Matt?, a cajun food truck, has killer Po' Boys.

                                                                                                                1. re: Chief Seattle

                                                                                                                  i agree re Rainshadow Meats Squared. I'm not even a big meat eater and I LOVE their roast beef sandwich.

                                                                                                                  1. re: Chief Seattle

                                                                                                                    Concur... they've really cemented Pioneer Square as the sandwich center of Seattle. Now all we need is to convince Paseo that they need to open a branch in the neighborhood.

                                                                                                                    1. re: Booklegger451

                                                                                                                      I've been very high on Rainshadow Meats lately. The polyglot "press" sandwich was crazy good, and the lambwich was excellent too, with a north african sort of flavor. The porchetta was a bit disappointing, IMO, with the meat cubed rather than sliced or shredded and oddly configured on a half open-face sandwich. But the overall impression of the place was so positive I'd probably try everything on the menu.

                                                                                                                      1. re: equinoise

                                                                                                                        I agree with all of your observations. I thought I would add (for the uninitiated) that their sandwiches are offered at the newer Pioneer Square location, but still not at the original location in the Melrose Market.

                                                                                                                        1. re: Gizmo56

                                                                                                                          They really hit it out of the park. I want to try them all. Their potato salad is also spot on, and grey have beer on draft, which makes them a great pre funk option for Sounders and Mariners.

                                                                                                                        2. re: equinoise

                                                                                                                          FYI... try their Morty mortadella sandwich. Out of this world good! For porchetta, I would definitely walk the extra 5 minutes to Salumi, which makes maybe the best porchetta I've ever had.

                                                                                                                          1. re: Booklegger451

                                                                                                                            Maybe someone should organize a sandwich tournament pitting our local favorites against one another in an open-voted contest. Eater did this with the Philadelphia sandwiches 2 years ago: http://philly.eater.com/tags/sandwich...

                                                                                                                            I have a feeling the Paseo Cuban roast would be the run-away favorite.

                                                                                                                            1. re: equinoise

                                                                                                                              Agree. Tat's Tatstrami would be the Tonya Harding to Paseo's Nancy Kerrigan, though...

                                                                                                                              1. re: kaleokahu

                                                                                                                                I dunno, you guys think they can stand up to Armandino Batali's best from Salumi? It'd be a real knock down, drag out fight.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: kaleokahu

                                                                                                                                    Salumi would be hindered by infighting : oxtail vs meatball vs porchetta (I love them all). Tatstrami would not fight fair, as our Hawaiian colleague warns. Watch out for El Quetzal's pambazo as a sleeper.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: equinoise

                                                                                                                                      Ok, so we have:

                                                                                                                                      Paseo: Cuban Roast
                                                                                                                                      Tat's: Tatstrami
                                                                                                                                      Salumi: One of (oxtail | meatball | porchetta)
                                                                                                                                      Jamil's: Shrimp Po'boy
                                                                                                                                      El Quetzal: Pambazo
                                                                                                                                      Rainshadow: Polyglot dip

                                                                                                                                      Does Delicatus have a sandwich that makes the cut?

                                                                                                                                      Is there a BBQ pork or brisket sandwich we should include?

                                                                                                                                      What about Uli's sausages, or the market fish sandwich?

                                                                                                                                      Is there a Bahn Mi that stands proud above it's brethren?

                                                                                                                                      1. re: Booklegger451

                                                                                                                                        Hi, booklegger:

                                                                                                                                        To make this truly Olympian, I think we need a Bánh mì entrant. Anyone?


                                                                                                                                        1. re: kaleokahu

                                                                                                                                          I cannot rave enough about the fried egg banh mi at 88 Restaurant in White Center. There is something so perfectly savory about it (what DO they fry that egg in? I couldn't get them to tell me but it's more than just soy sauce) along with the pickled vegetables. We look for excuses to work from home so we can trek down there to get them for lunch...

                                                                                                                                          1. re: kaleokahu

                                                                                                                                            I haven't tried most of these on the newest Seattle Met list, but I can attest that the fried oyster sandwich at Westward on this list is pretty damn good.


                                                                                                                                            1. re: Brunhilde

                                                                                                                                              Thanks! Went to Terra Cole in West Seattle today, based on the recommendation in this article. The pastrami sandwich was indeed fabulous--lean, smoky, and full of flavor, with just the right touch of whole-grain mustard. Good service, and nice folks, too (I was sitting at a table in the window, when a guy walked by outside with a bulldog. The bulldog ran up to the window like he was begging for a bite of my sandwich. The owner of the shop grabbed a dog bone out of the case and ran out and gave it to him. Happy dog, happy owner!) I will definitely be back!

                                                                                                                                          2. re: Booklegger451

                                                                                                                                            I haven't had the Catfish Sandwich or the Pork Belly Bahn Mi at Matt's in the Market for a while, but if they're still as good as I remember I would put them on my list.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: Booklegger451

                                                                                                                                              Delicatus in general is IMO not as memorable as Rainshadow, but I have liked the "The Dumwamish (Filthy, just not toxic) Shaved ham, tender pulled pork, swiss emmental, pickled cucumber, pickled red onions, jalapeño-lime aioli on an Italian roll – $9.50"

                                                                                                                                              Since the days of the Georgia Gold from Roy's BBQ (sadly closed), no local pulled pork or brisket sandwich has really grabbed me. But perhaps Rainshadow has a sando including these meats?

                                                                                                                                              Uli's sausages are great in and of themselves; I'd imagine they are pretty basic in sandwich format. Matt's catfish is a favorite.

                                                                                                                                              As far as tortas, barriga llena is exceptional. The house special 4-meat "barrigona" is a bit over the top, but I love the following three combos: Caribeña Pork leg steak, pinapple, and quesillo (Oaxan Cheese); Jarocha (Veracruz, Mexico)
                                                                                                                                              Breaded steak, pinapple, and quesillo (Oaxan Cheese); Toluqueña Carne asada (grilled steak), and spanish sausage.

                                                                                                                                              I find the bahn mi from Pho Cyclo (take-out only) to be the most consistent. I understand Cyclo is owned commonly with Huong Binh, which would explain the quality of the grilled pork. Most other bhan mi shops are sort of hit-or-miss in terms of whether the chosen meat will be hot and fresh or lukewarm, even cold. That said, I generally prefer the $2-3 bahn mi to more precious, tarted-up versions that I think are being served at more hip restaurants for double or triple the price.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: equinoise

                                                                                                                                                "but I love the following three combos: Caribeña Pork leg steak, pinapple, and quesillo (Oaxan Cheese); Jarocha (Veracruz, Mexico)
                                                                                                                                                Breaded steak, pinapple, and quesillo (Oaxan Cheese); Toluqueña Carne asada (grilled steak), and spanish sausage."

                                                                                                                                                I'm drooling! Thank you.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: equinoise

                                                                                                                                                  I enjoyed a first visit to Q Bakery, which is in the same strip mall on MLK with Tony's Bakery and Viet-Wah Superfoods. The volume of customers for the bread alone was remarkable; the bakers just kept rolling out fresh racks of hot loaves while we sat.

                                                                                                                                                  The sandwich selection is perhaps the best of any banh mi shop in town. The pate/headcheese/jambon combo was delicious, served on hot bread with standard condiments including "house mayo." Except for the most deluxe combo, all of the sandwiches are $3. The grilled and BBQ pork versions were also well-done, with the caveat that the BBQ pork itself was not as tasty as Pho Cyclo's.

                                                                                                                                                  I prefer Q Bakery now to Tony's, Tammy's, Seattle Deli, pretty much anything except the aforesaid BBQ Pork at Cyclo.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: equinoise

                                                                                                                                                    That's right by Tamarind Tree, right?

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Booklegger451

                                                                                                                                                      Q Bakery is not near Tamarind Tree. It is at the southeast edge of a big parking lot with other bakeries and grocery near Columbia City. Address is 3818 S. Graham, but the bakery faces MLK. It is close to the corner of Martin Luther King Way & Graham. Parking is plentiful (did you get that Kaleo?) but kind of tricky driving in there because you can't take a left off of Graham if you are heading east across MLK (you are fine to turn in there heading west off of Graham from Seward Park side), nor can you cross the light rail tracks. Easiest to access it off heading north off MLK, or take light rail and walk. I made that sound trickier than it is, it's easy driving there after you do it once.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Olympia Jane

                                                                                                                                                        Thanks O-Jane! I seem to have a problem keeping the various Vietnamese supermarkets straight in my head. Graham & MLK is just the other side of Columbia City from me.

                                                                                                                                                    2. re: equinoise

                                                                                                                                                      Total agreement, eQuinoise - Q Bakery is my fav banh mi in Seattle. That said, I've just had the chicken and the tofu banh mi at Pho Cyclo (chicken is fine if a little meh, the tofu - yuck - terrible, what was I thinking - tofu banh mi- really?). I will try the Cyclo BBQ pork next time, thanks for the tip.

                                                                                                                                                      And, yup, I'm in that river of people streaming through Q for the bread in the baskets by the door...crunchy fresh bread for cents. Kinda fun. 98118. Gotta love it!

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Olympia Jane

                                                                                                                                                        Oh man, Pho Cyclo is my favorite place and I LOVE the tofu banh mi. I'm going to have to try Q Bakery, I assume they'll have a tofu one.

                                                                                                                                                  2. re: Booklegger451

                                                                                                                                                    Has Salumi done the oxtail sandwich recently? I was part of a private backroom lunch there just over a year ago and Chef Bryan mentioned that he was pretty burned out of doing oxtail.

                                                                                                                                                    They used to post a calendar schedule for it online but now their website says to check their Twitter for it. I don't Twitter so maybe I'm just out of luck.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: gumption

                                                                                                                                                      You could try a 20th century approach: call them and ask about it.

                                                                                                                                                      (206) 621-8772

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Gizmo56

                                                                                                                                                          My 21th century approach is to set up a google alert for it. They seem to always do it mid-June and early October (birthdays or anniversaries, I'm guessing?) and then other than that just rarely and randomly.

                                                                                                                                        2. re: equinoise

                                                                                                                                          I occasionally surprise my coworkers when I bring back the Romanesco (the beef sandwich) from Rain Shadow Meats, because I rarely eat meat and they always think I'm a vegetarian. But I love this sandwich.

                                                                                                                                      2. re: Chief Seattle

                                                                                                                                        Between the two trucks, I prefer the po'boys from Jemil's Big Easy to Where Ya At, Matt? Better get a big wad of napkins to go with yours, though--they make Paseo's sandwiches look positively tidy in comparison.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: MsMaryMc

                                                                                                                                          Agreed : Jemil's > Matt. Jemil's fried shrimp is a contender.

                                                                                                                                    2. New to the city and checking out old threads. Just thought I'd update this one:

                                                                                                                                      Recommended sandwich shops which appear to have closed:
                                                                                                                                      Old Town Alehouse in Ballard
                                                                                                                                      Rizzo's French Dip.

                                                                                                                                      Also, the Skillet restaurants seem to have changed their menu and don't offer the mentioned hazelnut crusted chicken sandwich. They do, however, offer their fried chicken sammy - fennel seed crust, pickled and charred
                                                                                                                                      jalapeño aioli, kale, potato bread. Haven't tried it myself but it looks DELICIOUS.

                                                                                                                                      Other things have probably changed, but that's what I've noticed.

                                                                                                                                      1. Thread bump:
                                                                                                                                        The Thanksgetting sandwich at the Now Make Me a Sandwich truck needs to be on the list. It is by far the most well balanced sandwich of this kind that I have had; the parts are well executed. The bread, which in this sandwich is hard to get right, is a great choice - chewy, but not too; soft but not too. The aioli could have been a mistake but it matches up really well and adds a welcome subtle boost. A great sandwich.
                                                                                                                                        Sliced turkey, bacon, cranberry sauce, stuffing, gravy, and rosemary aioli on a grilled Telera roll.

                                                                                                                                        1. dude, jayson. tubs subs is that dankkkkkkkk. super into your selection, YUM!

                                                                                                                                          1. This is a great list to which I must add the vegan Reuben at Plum Bistro. No matter how much you think you could never love anything vegan as much as the Midnight Cuban at Paseo, I assure you that it is a worthy alternative.

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                                                                                                                                            1. re: bourbongal

                                                                                                                                              Good to know. I've pondered it for a long time, but just couldn't wrap my brain around a Reuben without meat or cheese.