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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 people...show 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 unique....it 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.

                        2. Pane Bianco, each sandwich there is terrific ... DeFalco's makes excellent meatball wedges and cheesesteaks ... Uncle Sam's @ 32nd and Shea makes a nice chicken cheese steak ... Calabria Grocery makes great sandwiches, especially the stuffed eggplant and the ones with chicken cutlets ... Pino's sanwiches are sublime -- get them on focaccia. City Bakery's roasted chicken sandwich is pretty good. Tortas del Guero, Los Reyes de la Torta and La Tolteca make mighty fine tortas. Has anyone had a cimeta at Guero's? Oh, and Carly's has a nice, sort of Cuban panini.

                          1. sigh ... I'll try again. Pane Bianco, all of them are terrific. DeFalco's has excellent meatball wedges and cheesesteaks. Uncle Sam's @ 32nd and Shea does a nice chicken cheesesteak. Calabria Grocery makes great sandwiches, especially the stuffed eggplant and the ones with chicken cutlets. Pino's sandwiches are sublime -- get them on focaccia. Tortas del Guero, Los Reyes de la Torta and La Tolteca make superb tortas. Has anyone had a cimeta at Guero's? Oh, and Carly's has a nice, sort of Cuban panini.

                            1. The steak sandwich (the "Encore") and the salmon sandwich (the "Mona"), both at Sacks.


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                              1. re: ipsedixit

                                Interesting - I shop at Safeway right near Sacks on 48th St and have never tried it. Will have to get over and check it out.

                                1. re: azhotdish

                                  Sacks is similar to Baggin's in Tucson, kind of a spin-off. The sandwiches that I like there are (do not remember what they call them); thanksgiving style-turkey, stuffing, cranberry (get it heated), Roast beef with horseradish, red onion and the turkey on 12 grain with cream cheese sprout etc.

                                2. re: ipsedixit

                                  And the egg salad( the Dali), the BLAT (the Jazz) and the veggie (the Impressionist) are also very good.

                                  I'm not sure there's one worthy of legend here yet, still I'm happy with Sacks, Dilly's and Uncle Sam's. Otherwise I'd rather forget the bread and have a split single Chicken Salad with pasta at In Season Deli.

                                  1. re: ipsedixit

                                    First shot at Sacks today was pretty disappointing for me. Admittedly, I should have known better than to order a reuben at a non-deli, so I'm not going to hold anything against the corned beef for that reason, and they're up front about the fact that they use cole slaw rather than sauerkraut -- plus it doesn't need to be pure, I'm okay with that. But the dressing was the really sickly-sweet kind of like Miracle Whip type that seems to be the mainstay of really cheap reubens. Kinda killed the whole endeavor.

                                    A sandwich shop ought to be able to nail turkey with vegetables though, right? Plus avocado, sprouts, bacon, tomato, a smear of cream cheese -- nothing that reflects the "art of sandwicherie" monicker (which is just awful, BTW). Main problem, though, was lousy turkey. Typical cheap deli counter fused lunchmeat swimming in saline. When you're flogging your sandwich prowess, you really ought to be roasting your own turkey -- or at least sourcing something that doesn't look like whatever was on special at the Safeway next door. It's a $6 sandwich. Charge me two dollars more and make it good, please.

                                    I want to give them another shot by trying a couple of their more atypical concoctions, but the turkey is one of those things that kind of speaks volumes to me. Tempered expectations next time around.

                                    1. re: Dmnkly

                                      Unless you have no other options nearby, I wouldn't bother returning.

                                      I remember that on the few occasions I ate at Sacks, I left thinking about how many (really good) sandwiches I could have made at home using the money I spent at the restaurant. The cumulative result of using such boring and substandard ingredients seemed to be sandwiches that were somehow less than the sums of their parts.

                                      1. re: hohokam

                                        Yeah, I'm going to agree with hohokam. Don't get me started on the bread or shredded iceberg lettuce...ugh.

                                        If you want a great turkey sandwich, head up to Chestnut Lane at 44th St and Camelback and order the turkey BLT. They roast the turkey everyday and the quality ingredients speak for themselves. Yes it's a little expensive, but worth it imo.

                                        I'm also a fan of the turkey sandwich at La Grande Orange.

                                        La Grande Orange Grocery
                                        4410 N 40th St, Phoenix, AZ 85018

                                        Chestnut Lane
                                        4233 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ

                                        1. re: azhotdish

                                          Chestnut Lane is actually on my short list. Embarrassingly, I'm a total sucker for cutesy sandwichey saladey places. Provided they're good, of course.

                                          1. re: Dmnkly

                                            Chestnut's turkey is very good. I also love the turkey sandwich at Bertha's cafe. She roasts her own turkey as well and uses excellent bread from the Simply Bread bakery nearby.

                                          2. re: azhotdish

                                            Also concur. Ironically, ate there today before seeing this thread. I ordered the roast beef - and scooped off a cup or more of soggy, shredded lettuce, finding very little else in there. Also got a strange vibe from the staff... not a hello/smile/thank you, etc. Maybe other selections are better, but I left thinking Safeway might have been a smarter choice today - and I'm normally one who really tries to support local places.

                                            1. re: tastyjon

                                              i've found the $2.99 daily sandwich special at Sprouts to be better than Sacks.

                                          3. re: hohokam

                                            Sometimes back, I won a pretty big gift certificate there. We happened to be nearby, and we went, though that gift certificate was back at home. Well, that gift certificate has never been used, and never will be. I donated to some long forgotten charity, and appreciate their support of that charity. I have too little time, and too many other places to dine.


                                      2. I second Flancer's, just about any sandwich there is great as long as you get it with the green chili mayo! I also love Miracle Mile's "New Yorker"- pastrami with russian dressing and coleslaw. The place gets mixed reviews, but I absolutely love that sandwich... definitely need to make a trip to the dry cleaners after that!

                                        Miracle Mile Delicatessen
                                        1949 E Camelback Rd Ste 160, Phoenix, AZ 85016

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                                        1. re: jcoz23

                                          Love Flancer's Philly Cheesesteak, but I have to agree that all of their sandwiches are great

                                        2. I always crave sandwiches from Paradise Bakery. It’s casual dining and their turkey cranberry is delicious, they make their own bread- it’s to die for!

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                                          1. re: TasteBud25

                                            I agree. My favorite is their tuna. I'm not sure what the official name of the bread is on which it is served, but it has oatmeal flakes on the crust. The bread there makes the sandwich, imo. And I love their sugar cookies!

                                            1. re: mdepsmom

                                              I think the one you're thinking of is the Molasses...it's their best bread by far!

                                          2. my top 3 :

                                            1. lamb escarole - if its the market sandwich at pane bianco, it'll be a perfect day
                                            2. improv at sacks - turkey, stuffing, and cranberries on a hoagie, its my weakness *and there's on on 5th ave and thomas*
                                            3. jp turkey at mcgurkee's - to die for. i LOVE this simple sandwich. no wonder mcgurkee's has been open for about 70 years *give or take ;)* on 15th ave and osborn

                                            sorry - but place links hate firefox, at least on my machine :(

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                                            1. re: winedubar

                                              linky dink...

                                              Sacks Art of Sandwicherie
                                              231 W Thomas Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013

                                              Mcgurkee's J P Sandwich Shop
                                              2822 N 15th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85007

                                              1. re: winedubar

                                                I'll mark them (using an old version of Linux and Firefox 1.5 :^P).

                                                Sacks Art of Sandwicherie
                                                839 W University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281

                                                Sacks Art of Sandwicherie
                                                231 W Thomas Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013

                                                Mcgurkee's J P Sandwich Shop
                                                2822 N 15th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85007

                                                Sacks Art of Sandwicherie
                                                4730 E Indian School Rd Ste 123, Phoenix, AZ 85018

                                                Sacks Art of Sandwicherie
                                                35 E 9th St, Tempe, AZ

                                                1. re: johnseberg

                                                  My top 3

                                                  Pane Bianco-pulled pork
                                                  La Grande- Tuna
                                                  Low down Cafe- Any wrap they have

                                              2. I think the torta de conchinta de pibil at Barrio is the ultimate

                                                1. Sausage at Pane Bianco. Actually, pretty much anything at Pane Bianco. But the sausage is amaaaaaazing. And I'm not usually a huge fan of Italian sausage.

                                                  I'm fond of Andreoli as well; have tried 2 or 3 things there so far, all good.

                                                  On a good day the turkey sandwich at Palatte is very very tasty. Other days, just eh. But I like that it's actual hunks of roasted turkey -- like you'd use the day after Thanksgiving to make a sandwich for yourself -- rather than the thin thin deli sliced type stuff you get at most places.

                                                  1. My top three (in no particular order):

                                                    Brown sugar pork and the chicken/sage pesto/goat cheese, The Herb Box

                                                    Sweet potato/moz/arugala and the chicken continental, Wildflower

                                                    Cajun chicken w/grilled onions, AJ's

                                                    Used to also love the turkey ciabatta at Dragonfly Cafe, but haven't been since they sold the place, so not sure how it's changed.

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                                                    1. re: crsin

                                                      Hey, I was the co-author of that sandwich at Dragonfly! It was definitely one of the staff favorites. I haven't tried it since the new ownership (although I did go back once and was disappointed with the obvious changes in preparation/quality...) PS- Dragonfly's former sous-chef (and the second half of the turkey ciabatta) is now at AJ's on Central with a dedicated following for her weekend omelet station.

                                                      1. re: Starka

                                                        Good to hear. What happened to Dragonfly? Did it just change hands due to finances? It's a shame, I really enjoyed it. Any other ventures for the owner/chef(s) that you know of?

                                                      2. re: crsin

                                                        I had the roasted sweet potato sandwich you mention @ Wildflower in Arcadia this weekend - it was really sweet (in a bad way) and the focaccia was fluffy. Which one do you go to? Maybe they're not consistent. The harvest apple pork was ok, but again too sweet I thought and seemed quite small for the price. I hadn't been to Wildflower is quite a while but left disappointed.

                                                      3. I'm really fond of Chompies deli. Their pastrami reubens are especially messy.

                                                        But then I'm a displaced east coast gal.

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                                                        1. re: CoteGal

                                                          You should try Scott's Generation Deli on Missouri. They have some equally messy and good sandwiches. We tried them for the first time a few weeks ago and really liked it. The sandwiches we got were quite big, as well. Scott's address is in the place links already.

                                                          1. re: CoteGal

                                                            I love chompies seet and sour cabbage soup and all their sandwiches. They need to open a location in arcadia.

                                                            1. re: CoteGal

                                                              I agree w/ jcoz23
                                                              If you like chompies...try The Miracle Mile @ the Camelback Colonnade. The sandwiches are big and messy...love the Hot Pastrami and Corned beef w/ saurkraut and russian dressing. I always substitute a potato latke for the fries.......yum!

                                                              1. re: ciaogal

                                                                I must be missing something. I find the food at Chompies to be gross. Dilly's Deli, a local favorite, is usually pretty consistent in quality and selections. I think the Valley has a wide variety of reputable restaurants that also offer fine sandwiches, but our town certainly lacks a casual sandwich shop.

                                                                1. re: ginael

                                                                  You definitely aren't missing something...Chompie's is pretty gross. Everytime I've been there (WAY too many times to count, unfortunately), things just tend to look grimy, from the cleanliness of the tables to the restrooms. The service is always rude (maybe that's their gimmick? Is that how typical NY servers are?). The food isn't very good, though they do know their way around a bagel. That's their saving grace, but some people just flock to it. Never something I understood, but everyone has their own taste.

                                                                  1. re: Jess321

                                                                    The Sardine #9 Bahn Mi @ Lee's in Chandler is my new addiction....it's neck and neck with the grilled Pork.

                                                                    1. re: Jess321

                                                                      Thank you, Jess! Confirms my suspicions that Chompie's is not only overrated, but on the poorer end of the sandwich spectrum. I can certainly do without rude service, smelly food, greasy meat, and dirty aesthetics.

                                                              2. I wonder if Tukee's is still open for walk-in business. It's been years since I've been in, but back then it would change your entire idea of what a good sandwich was. The website is live, so call ahead to see if they still do seating and takeout.


                                                                1. Good thread. I now have some new places to try this weekend.

                                                                  I like Pane Biano of course. That bread is wonderful. Andreoli is also very, very good. The family that runs it is very nice. But my fav is the Havarti, asparagus and arugala sandwich at Bertha's Cafe in central phx. I actually dream of that sometimes. The flavors are complex, the aspagus just a bit crisp, the cheese melty, the arugala perfectly bitter and the dressing is spicey. mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. I don't know how they came up with this concoction, but it is a winner.

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                                                                  1. re: Elmo

                                                                    I agree Elmo - that's the best sandwich that Bertha's has.

                                                                    1. re: azhotdish

                                                                      for some reason I am not a fan AT all of Bertha's. I thought it was gross :(

                                                                      1. re: drewb123

                                                                        I have had mixed experiences at Bertha's - sometimes good, sometimes very bad. Breakfast seems to be the most hit-or-miss. I'm within a mile of them though, and wouldn't recommend driving very far for it. I usually stick with the Caesar, Asparagus and Havarti Panini and/or a daily soup (and of course the free cookie).

                                                                    2. re: Elmo

                                                                      Oh man, you had me at "havarti, asparagus and arugula sandwich". I will make the trek from South Tempe to Central Phx for such a delight.

                                                                      Do you like any other sandwiches at Bertha's, or would you say that one is their specialty?

                                                                      Thank you for the recommendation.

                                                                      1. re: ginael

                                                                        Betha's is currently closed - in the process of moving.


                                                                    3. Haven't seen mention of that Vietnamese sandwich place in Chandler yet (name escapes me), but the flavor combinations are certainly interesting. And the bread's pretty good too: fresh, crusty, and a little chewy.

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                                                                      1. re: oryza

                                                                        Do you mean Lee's on Dobson and Warner? I am a big fan of their pork and as mentioned above their sardine sandwich!

                                                                        Lee Sandwiches
                                                                        1901 W Warner Rd Ste 1, Chandler, AZ 85224

                                                                        1. re: ciaogal

                                                                          I really like the sardine as well, along with the grilled pork, bbq pork and special combo w/extra pate.

                                                                          1. re: azhotdish

                                                                            I'll be working in Chandler the week after next....looking forward to trying the pate @ Lee's! Thanks for the head's up azhotdish!

                                                                            1. re: ciaogal

                                                                              Make sure you bring cash - their prices are so low because they don't take cards or checks. The BBQ pork is my favorite, followed by the meatball. The meatballs have pretty much nothing in common with any other meatball you may have had, but they're delicious. Their spring rolls are also good. Take a baguette or two home with you - they are fresh and fantastic for about $1 apiece.

                                                                              And for dessert - Gelato 64 across the street. Lee's Sandwiches is on the SE corner and Gelato 64 is on the NE corner, where Lee Lee Supermarket is.

                                                                      2. Sone vert giid recommendations. I've been to all the torta places mentioned and they are excellent. Also, Phoenix Ranch Market has good tortas. I'm a fan of the Cubano. they are huge and messy.

                                                                        Lee's in Chandler is definitely on the list. Ask for extra meat. There's a small extra charge but it's worth it.

                                                                        Finally, a place that is easy to forget is Miracle Mile Deli in the Collanade Shopping Center on Camelback. They are on the backside with poor visibility. They have a wide variety of deli sandwiches and a couple of specialty sandwiches as well. Big portions.

                                                                        The places you've mentioned - particular.ly Primanti's - are iconic just like Geno's Philly Cheesesteaks. That doesn't necessarily mean anyone that isn't an iconic sandwich shop puts out a lesser product.

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                                                                        1. re: Poerz

                                                                          Not sure if this has been mentioned but the Hero Factory downtown is pretty good as well. Nothing earth shattering. Just good bread and fillings.

                                                                        2. Recently had the California panini from Grazie (their N Scottsdale location) and it was excellent - bread from the wood-fired oven, great ingredients. Going to try a few others.

                                                                          As an aside, Miracle Mile is opening a new branch up on FLW blvd in the Scottsdale Promenade area.

                                                                          Grazie Pizzeria Winebar
                                                                          18835 N Thompson Peak Pkwy, Scottsdale, AZ 85255

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                                                                          1. re: srf1

                                                                            I second Grazie's paninis. They are fantastic. One of the most underrated lunch's around.

                                                                          2. Chestnut Lane's prosciutto and brie sandwich - simplicity at it's finest. Unfortunately, today was their last day open for a couple months - they're remodeling.

                                                                            1. I just wanted to support a lot of the places listed so far. I totally agree with Pane Bianco, Andreoli, Lee Sandwiches, Bertha's Cafe and Calabria. To this list I would add one more.

                                                                              I know there's a lot of support for Tortas El Guero and Los Reyes de la Torta when it comes to "best torta in town." I do like both those places, but if you would like to try an authentic Mexican sandwhich with a little bit higher quality ingredients, a little less greasy and with a similar price, try TORTA RICA on 91st Ave and Thomas. They have a fresher tasting torta that is addictive. Right ther with TR is El Mantantial, another torta y jugo shop on 67th and Camelback.

                                                                              1. As this old thread has been well and truly revived: my personal favorite is the capacollo, hard salami and provolone sub (with everything plus hot pepper relish) at DeFalco's. It's not "the same" as vaguely similar subs in, say, Philadelphia, but as a lover of cold cuts sandwiches in general, I really like this one.

                                                                                De Falco's
                                                                                2334 N Scottsdale Road, scottsdale, az

                                                                                1. One of my favorites is the signature sandwich at Goldies:

                                                                                  Tenderloin Focaccia
                                                                                  Vinaigrette marinated tenderloin, sautéed onions, & honey garlic mayo. 8.95

                                                                                  I will sometime add mushrooms and cheese.. Nice messy meal that goes great with a cold pint (or two) of beer.

                                                                                  1. Try the Duck Club at Parlor Pizzeria. I would rub that Red Wine Tomato Jam in my eyeballs if I could, it's that good.

                                                                                    1. May I suggest the meatball sub at Raffaele's, which is behind the 7-Eleven at 19th Avenue and Glendale?

                                                                                      1. A little late, but no one has mentioned Miracle Mile at the Camelback Colonnade shopping center. It will definitely drip all over the place. My husband craves it, so that's all I have to go on.

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                                                                                        1. re: Jen76

                                                                                          Any one sandwich in particular?

                                                                                          1. re: ajs228

                                                                                            Its called the Straw (Pastrami, swiss and sauerkraut). I had to go look it up on their website because I always want to call it "the haystack." My husband's favorite is just the plain hot pastrami.

                                                                                            1. re: Jen76

                                                                                              The Straw Sandwich is excellent. Miracle Mile is a gem, but often gets overlooked because of its bad placement in that center. Still, they always have great sandwiches.

                                                                                            2. re: ajs228

                                                                                              Straw on an onion roll. Get it with the thousand island dressing if you're feeling indulgent. Don't get it on rye; their sliced breads won't hold up to the heft of the toppings on the Straw or its cousin the New Yorker.

                                                                                              1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

                                                                                                Amen on the Straw. Don't forget their outstanding sinus clearing horseradish.

                                                                                          2. I love the sueben at teakwoods on 28th and indian..its a pastrami sandwich with the works delish... and luv scotts generations also

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                                                                                            1. re: drewb123

                                                                                              Oh - Scott's! I'd forgotten. One of my favorite places! I have not checked out Teakwoods yet. I'll put it on my "to do" list.

                                                                                              Thanks, Drew!

                                                                                            2. I vote for DeFalco's eggplant parm sandwich or Green Vegetarian's Secret BBQ chicken sandwich -- really delicious, with a side of thyme fries.

                                                                                              1. Tortas have been mentioned previously on the string as has Los Reyes de la Torta. I've tried this place several times and have been impressed with everything particularly the Tortas. The two best are the Los Reyes and the Cubano. I also think those sandwiches say something about Phoeniix or at least the southwest beyond the "imports" from the east like Pastrami and the various Italian sandwiches. Of course these are imports from Mexico but still...

                                                                                                I concur with the comments about Miracle Mile and the Straw sandwich. Everytime I say I am going to get some else and end up ordering the straw. I think I will try it with the roll next next as the rye bread, while tasty and appropriate, does not hold up well as pointed out.

                                                                                                1. I nominate the Mediterranean Roasted Vegetable sandwich at Essence in Tempe -- roasted red peppers, zucchini, eggplant, goat cheese, a bit of pesto, on rosemary focaccia. I think it gets better every time I eat it.

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                                                                                                  1. re: kittyfood

                                                                                                    I really like this sando too, but wish it were a little bigger! Give me more of it.

                                                                                                  2. My vote would be the Nine Iron at Postino. Good stuff.

                                                                                                    1. This time of year, one of the best sandwiches is the one you make yourself at/from one of the farmer's markets... fresh bread from a local bakery, veggies, cheeses, jams/jellies/pickles/sauces/honey/mustards, etc. Even protein-wise, there are purveyors of beef, pork, lamb, eggs, seafood.

                                                                                                      Subway might seem like a steal for $5 for a foot long, but for $3 you can get a real, basic baguette (@ about twice the size) and simply dip it in olive oil, swirl it in marinara, spread on some cheese or load it up with Pork Shop bacon and heirloom tomatoes (or dozens of other combos), feeding 2 or 4 people.

                                                                                                      That's no help if you're on a 30-minute lunch break, but if you have a free Saturday morning, it's bounty time at regional markets and all you have to do is a little bit of assembly (and there are now more markets different days of the week).

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                                                                                                      1. re: tastyjon

                                                                                                        Some of the sandwiches at Orange Table are very good!!

                                                                                                        Orange Table
                                                                                                        7373 E Scottsdale Mall, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

                                                                                                      2. If someone mentioned this deli, then I missed it and apologize. BUT I was surprised everyone didn't mention Miracle Mile Deli....since I retired years ago and moved out to the desert very east of the valley I haven't been there but it was THE PLACE to go for lunch when I was an office worker in the 1970's. It's been around since 1949!! And I see on their website they have 3 locations now. http://www.miraclemiledeli.com/menu.html
                                                                                                        I think I ate thousands of corned beef on rye sandwiches there! This is genuine deli not just a sandwich shop.

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                                                                                                        1. re: sandragene

                                                                                                          It's up earlier in this thread with a discussion of which sandwiches to order and the best bread strategy but feel free to chime in with more specifics on your experiences at MM.

                                                                                                          1. re: Poerz

                                                                                                            i always get the new yorker on marble rye. in fact, it was my lunch today.

                                                                                                        2. This quaint restaurant is maybe the best kept secret. They have the most delicious "super Sicilian" toasted sub and the chicken Athena toasted sub. To be honest I rarely get anything but the super Sicilian. I have been eating there for 15 years and the consistency is uncanny. Don't forget the pickles and peppers on the side. The owners work this every day. If you have never visited, you must.

                                                                                                          Mcgurkee's J P Sandwich Shop
                                                                                                          2822 N 15th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85007

                                                                                                          1. Am I the only fan of Capriotti's on Chandler Blvd? They make delicious sandwiches... wish that there was a CenPho location!

                                                                                                            1. The "Sheridan" at the Main Ingredient on 7th St. in Phoenix is really good. Lovely crusty baguette, salami, medium-thick sliced turkey (yay for real turkey instead of weird deli turkey "loaf" stuff), mayo and tasty grainy mustard, a little bite from the melty sharp cheddar, plus nice field greens and fresh local tomato. It's crunchy and warm and melty and a little drippy and just good.

                                                                                                              I've had it twice; meant to try something different on my 2nd visit and ended up just getting the Sheridan again. Next time....

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                                                                                                              1. re: Bax

                                                                                                                I believe the Sheridan has cream cheese, not mayo.

                                                                                                                My favorite sandwich in town right now is the brisket torta at The Mission in Old Town.

                                                                                                                1. re: azhotdish

                                                                                                                  Nope. Definitely mayo. There's a just turkey (no salami) one that has jalapeno cream cheese. I haven't tried it yet, but it sounds good.

                                                                                                              2. Flancer's in Mesa is great. So is Arcadia Farms in Scottsdale.

                                                                                                                1. Azteca Bakery - Carnitas Torta. Better than anything.

                                                                                                                  1. Azteca Bakery - Best Carnitas Torta. Really the Best. Worth a long trip.

                                                                                                                    1. Revisiting this thread and find it hard to believe that no one -- myself included -- nominated the Italian sandwich at Niccoli's. I had my most recent one yesterday and it is as good as ever.

                                                                                                                      1. If everything goes according to plan, I will soon be serving one of the best sandwiches to Greater Phoenix area residents.