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San Diego Sandwich Spots people like

San Diego is in my opinion, kind of a black hole for good Deli's (doesn't have to be NYC Jewish style either).

Sometimes you just want a good deli sandwich.

I like:

Mona Lisa's Deli
Olive Tree Market OB
Bread and Cie
Cheese shoppe La Jolla (kind of)
City Deli (kind of)
Miltons (kind of)

What are other peoples favorite Favorite Sandwich Spots? (I need some new ideas!)


And Which sandwich do you get there?

Mona Lisa's Deli - imported prosciutto
Olive Tree Market OB - Old Smokie


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  1. K Sandwich. Linda Vista at Mesa College.

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    1. re: Cathy

      Yeh, I was surprised that stevewag23's list included no banh mi shops. K is probably a good place to start, but ECBlvd is littered with numerous little places (like Kim Chan) that serve cheap and tasty sandwiches.

      1. re: Cathy

        If K was the first place I had a banh mi - I dont think I would be interested in banh mi

        1. re: kare_raisu

          The fresh baked bread croissants are what got me. Grilled pork was the first sandwich I tried there. It was hot and fresh also.

        1. Board and Brew Del Mar
          Cheese Shop La Jolla
          Antonelli's Deli El Cajon
          Girard Gourmet La Jolla
          Con Pane La Playa
          Crest Liquor & Deli Crown Point
          Chalkboard Deli Pacific Beach

          1. Krakatoa - El Chicon: ham with cheese and avocado
            It's about 8 bucks, but comes with awesome potato salad.

            1. Sandwich Club in La Jolla - Used to be one of my favorite sandwich spots but its a little out of the way so I haven't been for at least a year now. Most of their sandwiches are pretty good, I like their hot sandwiches on special the best.

              EZ-Js in PB is also really good. The BBQ Biter chicken sandwich is my favorite.

              1. Kono's - Tuna Sandwich
                Alex's - Cheese Steak

                1. Cheer's Deli - inside the liquor store in the Kiel's shopping center in San Carlos

                  1. Chez Nous in Scripps Ranch off Carrol Canyon. Lots of delicious sandwiches and so fresh. Leg of Lamb is fantastic if you are feeling really carniorous. Love the chicken salad with curry in it. Pastrami is great. Spicy chicken is tasty, too! They also have excellent soups. Had a great lentil cashew the other day. The salads are fresh and good, but they are comparatively exensive, I think, so I always go for soup and/or sandwich.

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                    1. re: pkt63

                      I second the spicy chicken and pastrami--both very juicy and flavorful! I am adding the chicken salad with curry to my must try list. Thanks for the rec.

                      I also love Chez Nous's Burmese chicken soup and their mango special salad. Plus their oatmeal chocolate chip cookie. Can you tell this place is on my rotation? =)

                    2. If anyone has suggestions in Downtown/Hillcrest/North Park/Old Town area (South of the 8) etc it would be greatly appreciated.

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                      1. re: stevewag23

                        Cafe on Park, Better Half offer a good solid menu.

                        1. re: stevewag23

                          Cheese Shop Downtown is one of my faves.

                          Oh- duh. Completely forgot my regular place, Mimmo's Grab-n-Go on India, but they do have other locations. I get the Italian Village Special, no peps. I've probably eaten 100 of these over the last several years.

                          1. re: Fake Name

                            Mimmo's ain't gourmet but it is dependable and great for the price. I am in the downtown (6th Ave betw B and C) probably once a week. My new standby is Alex's Brown Bag in the Mr A's building, on the Maple St side betw 4th and 5th.

                            1. re: Bobierto

                              I've seen a website that gets you free fries with a sandwich on Sat at Alex's. How can you go wrong with that!

                              1. re: Bobierto

                                I ate Alex's yesterday.

                                I guess they have new management...and it actually IMPROVED from before.

                                How often does that happen!

                            2. re: stevewag23

                              Cafe 2121 on Adams Ave is fantastic. The chicken pesto sandwich is only one of my faves -- fresh sauteed chicken is tossed with a subtle (yet well seasoned) pesto. Combined with cheese, red onion, tomato and avocado - it is grilled to perfection. Sandwiches come with a choice of sides: fresh salad with strawberries, soup d'jour, homemade potato chips. Everything from the sauces to the soups to the salad dressings are made from scratch.

                              2736 Adams Ave
                              San Diego, CA 92116
                              (619) 640-2121

                              1. re: Paladar

                                good tip!

                                Never had heard of that place!

                              2. re: stevewag23

                                Pete's Meats in Little Italy. All options there are solid.

                              3. How is the Hillcrest Deli?


                                1. The deli inside Windmill Farms does some really decent sandwiches, and they are very reasonably priced, either $3.99 or $4.99. The Lindsay Special may only be $2.99. Plus they do sandwich cards, after 6 your 7th free.

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                                  1. re: DiningDiva

                                    Recently had a gothic sandwich at Red Tracton and it was fantastic.

                                    1. re: stevuchan

                                      What the heck is a gothic sandwich? Inquiring minds...

                                      1. re: DiningDiva

                                        From the Menu

                                        Grilled Gothic Combo Sandwich, Red’s special creation includes turkey, ham, corned beef
                                        and swiss cheese on thin rye with Thousand Island dressing and coleslaw 11.95

                                        1. re: DiningDiva

                                          Ham, turkey, corned beef, swiss on rye with coleslaw. Then grilled and I think its got Russian dressing as well

                                    2. I do also like Vo's cafe in North Park

                                      1. Solunto's on India Street, Philadelphia Cheesesteak Co. (for the hoagies), California Grinders on 6th.

                                        1. Fine, I'll just say it: The Chicago Southsider at Von's

                                          Roast beef, horseradish cheddar cheese, horseradish dressing, lettuce, and tomatoes served on rustic Italian bread. Costs about $4.99 (or sometimes a $3.99 coupon). And sometimes, one of the nicer sandwich makers will add bacon for free.

                                          Very tasty, and price-wise, you can't beat it with a stick.

                                          1. Not deli sandwiches but Tender Greens at Liberty Station has a great chicken sandwich and ahi sandwich.

                                            1. BMH in La Mesa has good Italian cold cut sandwiches and a very good caprese sandwich (with pesto, I think).

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                                                1. re: stevewag23

                                                  BMH were the initials of the 3 original owners, the "B" has been gone for a couple of years now. Sandwiches *are* good. It's on El Cajon Blvd. 2 or 3 miles east of 70th St. It'll be on the North side of El Cajon and if you pass St. Martin's Catholic Churck you've gone too far.

                                                  1. re: DiningDiva

                                                    Hell, If I drive that far, I might as well not stop till New Orleans!

                                                    1. re: stevewag23

                                                      Oh come on, live dangerously...visit the East County. You'll survive ;-)

                                              1. Hi, new guy here, very near Mona Lisa (which I love) is the Hob Nob Hill restaurant, which makes a pretty good reuben, something few places in SD seem to do. I think they have some other old school sandwiches on the menu, but I'm loyal to the reuben myself.