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ejs1492 Jul 2, 2008 07:16 PM

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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    Shiggy Jul 21, 2013 04:46 PM

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

    1. misohungrychewlow Jul 20, 2013 05:44 PM

      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.

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        applethai Jun 4, 2010 09:12 PM

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

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          applethai Jun 4, 2010 09:11 PM

          Azteca Bakery - Carnitas Torta. Better than anything.

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            chicaboom Apr 4, 2010 06:03 PM

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

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              Bax Apr 4, 2010 04:55 PM

              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
                azhotdish Apr 4, 2010 05:10 PM

                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.

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                  Bax Apr 4, 2010 07:35 PM

                  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. rxenergie Apr 4, 2010 03:44 PM

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

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                  jimkut Apr 4, 2010 02:01 PM

                  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

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                    sandragene Mar 31, 2010 10:00 AM

                    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
                      Poerz Mar 31, 2010 03:26 PM

                      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.

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                        azhotdish Mar 31, 2010 04:49 PM

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

                    2. tastyjon Mar 12, 2010 09:57 PM

                      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
                        tkski Mar 21, 2010 06:01 PM

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

                        Orange Table
                        7373 E Scottsdale Mall, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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                        phx1205 Mar 12, 2010 07:51 PM

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

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                          kittyfood Mar 10, 2010 05:19 PM

                          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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                            danieli10 Mar 15, 2010 09:34 AM

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

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                            Phoenix99 Mar 9, 2010 02:01 PM

                            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.

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                              coastalgypsy Mar 9, 2010 06:32 AM

                              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. drewb123 Mar 8, 2010 07:44 PM

                                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
                                  JerryMe Mar 9, 2010 06:06 AM

                                  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. Jen76 Mar 7, 2010 07:36 AM

                                  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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                                    ajs228 Mar 7, 2010 08:26 PM

                                    Any one sandwich in particular?

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                                      Jen76 Mar 7, 2010 08:57 PM

                                      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.

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                                        Seth Chadwick Mar 7, 2010 09:24 PM

                                        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
                                        JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Mar 7, 2010 10:21 PM

                                        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.

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                                          Phoenix99 Mar 8, 2010 06:39 AM

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

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                                      bricap Mar 6, 2010 06:46 PM

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

                                      1. ajs228 Mar 5, 2010 11:19 AM

                                        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.

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                                          duck833 Feb 25, 2010 08:22 PM

                                          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. bortukan Jul 2, 2009 12:53 PM

                                            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

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                                              drobe30 Jul 1, 2009 03:08 PM

                                              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. azhotdish Jun 26, 2009 07:26 PM

                                                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.

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                                                  srf1 Jun 26, 2009 01:48 PM

                                                  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
                                                    danieli10 Jun 27, 2009 09:18 PM

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

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                                                    Poerz Jun 26, 2009 08:20 AM

                                                    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
                                                      avandelay Jun 26, 2009 11:35 AM

                                                      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.

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                                                      oryza Jul 23, 2008 01:15 PM

                                                      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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                                                        ciaogal Jul 23, 2008 05:58 PM

                                                        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
                                                          azhotdish Jul 23, 2008 07:09 PM

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

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                                                            ciaogal Jul 23, 2008 07:20 PM

                                                            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!

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                                                              Inertia Jun 19, 2009 10:20 AM

                                                              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.

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                                                        Elmo Jul 23, 2008 07:55 AM

                                                        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
                                                          azhotdish Jul 23, 2008 10:15 AM

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

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                                                            drewb123 Jul 23, 2008 12:02 PM

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

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                                                              azhotdish Jul 23, 2008 12:38 PM

                                                              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
                                                            ginael Jun 26, 2009 04:56 PM

                                                            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
                                                              johnseberg Jun 27, 2009 02:38 AM

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


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                                                            blair_houghton Jul 16, 2008 05:50 PM

                                                            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.


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                                                              CoteGal Jul 13, 2008 09:34 PM

                                                              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
                                                                Firenza00 Jul 13, 2008 11:59 PM

                                                                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
                                                                  drewb123 Jul 14, 2008 05:07 PM

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

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                                                                    ciaogal Jul 15, 2008 09:46 AM

                                                                    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
                                                                      ginael Jul 15, 2008 10:21 PM

                                                                      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
                                                                        Jess321 Jul 15, 2008 10:35 PM

                                                                        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
                                                                          ciaogal Jul 16, 2008 01:24 PM

                                                                          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
                                                                            ginael Jul 16, 2008 02:29 PM

                                                                            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.

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                                                                      crsin Jul 4, 2008 11:41 AM

                                                                      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
                                                                        Starka Jul 8, 2008 10:34 AM

                                                                        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
                                                                          crsin Jul 9, 2008 12:19 AM

                                                                          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
                                                                          azhotdish Jul 21, 2008 04:39 PM

                                                                          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.

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                                                                          Bax Jul 3, 2008 09:11 PM

                                                                          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.

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                                                                            kandmls Jul 3, 2008 06:09 PM

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

                                                                            1. winedubar Jul 3, 2008 03:20 PM

                                                                              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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                                                                                hohokam Jul 3, 2008 03:49 PM

                                                                                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
                                                                                  johnseberg Jul 3, 2008 03:59 PM

                                                                                  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
                                                                                    drewb123 Jul 3, 2008 04:14 PM

                                                                                    My top 3

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

                                                                                2. TasteBud25 Jul 3, 2008 11:30 AM

                                                                                  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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                                                                                    mdepsmom Jul 4, 2008 09:16 AM

                                                                                    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
                                                                                      Jess321 Jul 6, 2008 11:20 AM

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

                                                                                  2. jcoz23 Jul 3, 2008 09:21 AM

                                                                                    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
                                                                                      ggdinero Jul 15, 2008 09:32 AM

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

                                                                                    2. ipsedixit Jul 2, 2008 09:57 PM

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


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                                                                                        azhotdish Jul 2, 2008 10:12 PM

                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                          Molto E Jul 3, 2008 06:00 AM

                                                                                          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
                                                                                          AguasFrescas Jul 2, 2009 08:28 PM

                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                            Dmnkly Feb 25, 2010 11:31 AM

                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                              hohokam Feb 25, 2010 02:23 PM

                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                azhotdish Feb 25, 2010 03:48 PM

                                                                                                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
                                                                                                  Dmnkly Feb 25, 2010 07:08 PM

                                                                                                  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
                                                                                                    drobe30 Mar 8, 2010 07:47 AM

                                                                                                    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
                                                                                                    tastyjon Mar 11, 2010 09:33 PM

                                                                                                    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
                                                                                                      azhotdish Mar 12, 2010 06:42 AM

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

                                                                                                  3. re: hohokam
                                                                                                    Bill Hunt Jun 4, 2010 09:24 PM

                                                                                                    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. misohungrychewlow Jul 2, 2008 08:57 PM

                                                                                                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. misohungrychewlow Jul 2, 2008 08:50 PM

                                                                                                  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. ejs1492 Jul 2, 2008 08:32 PM

                                                                                                    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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                                                                                                      silverbear Jul 3, 2008 06:27 AM

                                                                                                      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
                                                                                                        scorpioscuba Jul 3, 2008 05:41 PM

                                                                                                        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
                                                                                                          scorpioscuba Jul 3, 2008 05:44 PM

                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                          hzp Jul 2, 2008 08:26 PM

                                                                                                          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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                                                                                                            ejs1492 Jul 2, 2008 08:30 PM

                                                                                                            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
                                                                                                              yamalam Jul 3, 2008 02:35 PM

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

                                                                                                              1. re: ejs1492
                                                                                                                mdepsmom Jul 4, 2008 09:12 AM

                                                                                                                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
                                                                                                                drewb123 Jul 3, 2008 04:10 PM

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

                                                                                                                1. re: hzp
                                                                                                                  Bill Hunt Jul 2, 2009 08:23 PM

                                                                                                                  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. silverbear Jul 2, 2008 07:37 PM

                                                                                                                  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. Firenza00 Jul 2, 2008 07:35 PM

                                                                                                                    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
                                                                                                                      Firenza00 Jul 2, 2008 08:10 PM

                                                                                                                      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
                                                                                                                        Inertia Jun 19, 2009 10:23 AM

                                                                                                                        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. azhotdish Jul 2, 2008 07:35 PM

                                                                                                                        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

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