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Jul 2, 2008 07:16 PM

Best Sandwich in Phx?

I'm taking nominations for the Best Sandwich in Phoenix. I have had so many bad ones here that it's almost incredible. I'm looking for great bread, a great choice of meats - hot or cold, and an interesting combination of flavors. A big, hearty, drip-all-over-the-place-take-it-to-the-dry-cleaners-later type of sandwich. The kind that you crave. Interesting combinations or old stand-by's....I don't care.

I've lived here since 1983 and haven't found it. Am I missing something?

I was lamenting to my wife today that if I don't find it soon I'm starting my own sandwich place.

Come on me what you've got.


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  1. Three that I crave the most:

    1) mozz / tomato / basil @ Pane Bianco
    2) torta cubana @ Tortas El Guero
    3) pulled pork @ Stacy's Smokehouse

    Pane Bianco
    4404 N Central Ave Ste A, Phoenix, AZ 85012

    Stacy's Smokehouse
    1650 E Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ

    Tortas El Guero
    611 N Arizona Ave, Chandler, AZ 85225

    1. Flancer's in Gilbert and Mesa (new location) has some really good sandwiches with interesting combinations.

      Scott's Generations Deli has some great ones. Huge menu of options.

      Dilly's Deli has several locations in the Valley and have some really good sandwiches. I got a somewhat traditional Italian on their focaccia recently that was amazing.

      There are some Mexican sandwich places that are supposed to have amazing tortas, but I'm blanking on the names at the moment.

      Flancer's Cafe
      610 N Gilbert Rd Ste 300, Gilbert, AZ 85234

      Scott's Generations Restaurant
      5539 N 7th St # 108, Phoenix, AZ

      Flancer's Cafe
      1902 N Higley Rd, Mesa, AZ 85205

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      1. re: Firenza00

        Dilly's place link didn't take the first time.

        Well, CH is being flaky. The link didn't take again, and my other reply vanished. Lovely. :)

        1. re: Firenza00

          My favorite at Flancer's is the Chile Verde Birdie. They have a half-and-half deal with the sandwich and salad (or soup) that can't be beat. Try the goat cheese bruschetta as an appetizer and you will roll out of there satisfied.

        2. Pane Bianco
          Tortas El Guero
          Los Reyes de la Torta

          Pane Bianco
          4404 N Central Ave Ste A, Phoenix, AZ 85012

          Tortas El Guero
          2518 N 16th St Ste 2, Phoenix, AZ 85006

          Los Reyes de la Torta
          9230 N 7th St Ste E, Phoenix, AZ 85020

          1. i'm a fan of duck and decanter..... and lisa g's does some great sammies too..... they definitely run high end.....

            i'd be interested in finding a REALLY good french dip...... not an overly salty mess...

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            1. re: hzp

              Good call on Duck and Decanter. I practically grew up there in the 80s but it's been a while since I've been back. I'll make that a priority.

              I'm a fan of the French Dip at Cafepino in N. Scottsdale, although I know that's a trek for you. In the Scottsdale 101 center. They use great beef and the au jus is totally has a very slight thickness to it, subtle, but there.

              1. re: ejs1492

                Specifically I love the Duck's Smokey Forest and Duckling. Mmmm.

                1. re: ejs1492

                  I have to disagree on the "very slight thickness" to Cafepino's au jus. Unless they've changed it since I was there six months ago, when I had it it was the flavor and consistency of a canned beef gravy. After the first few bites, I found the sandwich to be much better w/o it.

                2. re: hzp

                  hzp keegans on 32nd street and camelback has a great french dip!!

                  1. re: hzp

                    The only memorable sandwiches in Phoenix have been at D & D. We've had great ahi, and also chicken there.

                    All of the rest fade, but then we are originally from NOLA, where sandwiches are king.


                  2. Has anyone been to Primenti Bros. in Pittsburgh? Amighetti's in St. Louis? Molinari's in San Fran? These are the sandwiches that legends are made of! Although I'm not searching for only Italian places, are any of these in that league?

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                    1. re: ejs1492

                      I've not been to any of those places, but if you're looking for Italian-American deli sandwiches, I suggest the following:

                      Andreoli -- North Scottsdale
                      Calabria -- DT Phoenix
                      Niccoli's -- North Central Phoenix

                      Andreoli Italian Grocer
                      8880 E Via Linda, Scottsdale, AZ 85258

                      Calabria Italian Grocery & Deli
                      1001 N 3rd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003

                      Niccoli's Deli & Pizza
                      6102 N 16th St Ste 9, Phoenix, AZ 85016

                      1. re: ejs1492

                        I haven't been to the St. Louis or SF places you mention but every trip we make to Pittsburgh we make a stop at Primanti's. I don't think anything can compare to Primanti's as its so unique in my mind. Very different from anything you can get here locally.

                        I like Andreoli's paninis and I haven't had a sandwhich I didn't like at Flancer's. Their bread is homemade and it makes all the difference.

                        1. re: ejs1492

                          I haven't been to either the STL or SF places you mention, but every trip we make to Pittsburgh requires a stop at Primanti's - usually late at night! Primanti's is very unique in its own right and I don't think anything anywhere can really compare.

                          I love Andreoli's panini's and I haven't had a sandwich at Flancer's that I didn't like. Their homemade bread and unique combinations are real winners every time.