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Top Five Sandwiches in San Diego

Borrowing (cough, stealing) a discussion idea from the LA board, what are your top five choices for sandwiches in San Diego?

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  1. Do we have to name five, or just a few favorites?

    Or one?

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    1. re: Fake Name

      wSince when have the elite been constrained by a topic's limitations? :)

      1. re: Gypsy Jan


        In that case, I'll start the reply of the elite:

        It's simply impossible to find a decent- nay- even minimally acceptable sandwich in this backwater 'burg called San Diego. Nothing can possibly measure up to my very high taste and standards which, by mere association, tells you all about ME- the single most important subject of my posts.

        One would have to travel very far, and by mere association, tells you about how far I travel and the great depth of my very high standards for both food and travel.

        Thusly typed, I'm damn fond of the Italian Village Special (without pepperoncini) from Grab 'n Go on India.

        As it was between my studio downtown and home for many years, I must have eaten hundreds of these sandwiches. They are another in-the-car food with a technique for consumption, and have the additional hazard of dripping oil/vinegar. One must unwrap the meal and handle the waxed-paper wrapper and the long, skinny paper bag in a particular way (a technique that is proprietary and shall not be licensed or sold) to avoid oil drips in embarassing places on one's clothing.

        These are not to be eaten prior (even hours) to a client meeting or, in The Dark Old Days when there was no Mrs Name, a date.

        However. I do not warrant, in any way, especially to He From The North Who No Longer Shares Our Village, that these are "Italian". Nor from any "Village" and possibly not even "Special".

        They're just sandwiches I particularly enjoy because I'm hopelessly ignorant and lacking any discrimination whatsoever in my choices of foods, flavors and anything else.

        1. re: Fake Name

          Oh My Dear J, (referencing my amazement, (me not the religious), your essays, especially the one on soup, but all your oeuvre should be packaged and printed in book form

          1. re: Gypsy Jan

            I'll admit, Fakey is on a roll..
            Maybe someone will start reading Fakey's post on YouTube..ha ha ha

            1. re: Beach Chick

              Truth is I'm supposed to be writing about photographing a helicopter, and I'm procrastinating. Amazing how the copy flows when you're not getting paid. Arrgh.

          2. re: Fake Name


            No doubt it will surprise you to learn that I was quite a fan of Mimmo's, and used to frequent them when they only had the one location. A few years after that I worked in the India St. Design Center across from Grab-n-Go and maintained a monthly tab there.

            I did eschew convention, though, by mainly sticking to the Tunisia or the Grilled Cheese Feta - so I guess you have me there, Mr. Champion Of The Plebs.

      2. Olive Tree Market - Bacado
        Tiger! Tiger! - Wood-fired pork belly banh mi (not always on menu)
        Mona LIsa Deli - Sopressata sub - and I walked over to Bottlecraft, bought a bomber of GF West Coast IPA and enjoyed them both there.

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        1. re: Stiflers_Mom

          I've not eaten a lot of quality sandwiches in San Diego and was a bit embarrassed to contribute, but I'll concur on Tiger! Tiger!'s banh mi.

        2. They are making an excellent Grilled Cheese of the Day at the new Brother's Provisions in Rancho Bernardo. I've been twice.....excellent both times.

          1. Turkey Cobb: Con Pane
            BBQ Pork Banh Mi: Pont Loma Pho
            Ham and butter on mini-baguette: Bread & Cie
            Fired Scallop: Point Loma Seafood
            Capicolla with Provolone: Mona Lisa

            1. I don't have five, but one of my favorites is the Spicy Chicken Sandwich at Chez Nous (Scripps Ranch).

              1. Pork loin sandwich at Wich Addiction. Hard to pick which of their sandwiches is best though. Let your preference guide you.

                1. The Duke Sandwich at Swami's in Oceanside...turkey, sourdough, ortega chili, and swiss Cheese is very good, also the fried chicken thigh sandwich at TBG Oceanside. Loins of Fire Sandwich Big Front Door North Park.

                  Been wanting to go to Tiger Tiger so will have to try the banh mi.

                  Oh and I know it's a chain but Fish Sandwich with lettuce, red onions, and tartar sauce at King's Fish House in Carlsbad. (I can only speak to that location. Pelly's is very good as well.

                  1. Espana with hot sauce for breakfast at Azucar
                    Turkey Cobb at Con Pane
                    Tuna Salad at Point Loma Seafoods
                    BBQ Pork Banh Mi at Point Loma Pho (the one at Tiger! Tiger! awesome too)
                    Cubano at Tiger! Tiger!

                    1. Turkey Cobb at Con Pane

                      Turkey and Cheddar on Rye/Hunter bread at Antonelli's Deli in El Cajon

                      Turkey Avo and Cheddar on Rye at the Cheese Shop in the LJ Shores..great eaten between waves..Indian summer

                      Filet of Fish with extra tartar sauce from McD's..small fries slightly well done squished together..oh my gawd..no sitting around FoF..has to be straight from the fryer and eat quickly!

                      Scallop sandwich from Point Loma Seafood with extra tartar..go early so the bread isn't stale and the lines aren't out of control..PLS is different later in the day..no likey as much

                      Grouper sandwich at El Pescador

                      1. Open-faced tuna sandwich at Jsix

                        Pulled pork at Cowboy Star

                        (And the steak sandwich at PQM ... To return in a year hopefully)

                        1. Warm, roast pork sandwich with cilantro and melted jack cheese at the cheese shop. Still available at LJ Shores location, don't know about Gaslamp where I first enjoyed it.

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                          1. re: foodiechick

                            Wow, I really miss that sandwich from when I worked downtown; worth the 9 block trek. I forget about the La Jolla location, thanks for reminding me!

                          2. Turkey pesto panino at Bread & Cie
                            #1 Special at K Sandwich
                            Plus one for the Fake Name Grab 'n Go rec
                            Chicken salad Sonoma from Shiraz Cafe- ok, not fair because not available to the general public because it's within the inner sanctum of the Mission Valley YMCA, but always always always hits the spot. It's Sonoma because it has walnuts in it, and that's fancy.
                            Grilled cheese at Starlite Lounge.

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                            1. re: SaltyRaisins

                              If nothing else, the prices at Shiraz are pretty decent. So their chicken salad *Sonoma* is good?

                              1. re: DiningDiva

                                Well, the filling is from Costco, and I like the leaf lettuce and tomato treatment, but the chit-chat with Mr. Shiraz himself is worth the $4.

                                He'll make you a fresh one- the occasional soggy bread from the ones in the fridge can be annoying.


                            2. 1 - El Gallito's Torta ahogada
                              2 - Linkery's Primanti and Reuben
                              3 - Mona Lisa's Soppressata sub
                              4 - El Pescador's lemon/garlic grilled fish
                              5 - Hodad's BLT, made like a burger

                              1. Anything the panini guy or the crepe stand next to him makes at the Little Italy mercado.

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                                1. re: cstr

                                  Good one, cstar. I love the brie & spinach panini at the crêpe stand in LI Farmers Market.

                                2. These salmon and roast beef sliders at Wet Stone are pretty good; had 'em recently for 1st time

                                  1. I'm also a big fan of the paninis at Wet Stone but don't seem to have any photos; about $7/8 including side salad

                                    1. Fish Sandwich from Point Loma Seafood

                                      Turkey Cobb from Con Pane (Although I liked Con Pane better at their old location)

                                      Roast Beef or Turkey from Stars and Stripes on Shelter Island Drive

                                      Hot Roast Beef Supreme from Twin Oaks Market in San Marcos

                                      1. Grilled cheese at Brother's Provisions (RB);
                                        Roast Pork Loin from Cheese Shop (downtown);
                                        Pulled pork at Cowboy Star;
                                        Pork Belly banh mi at Solace & Moonlight Lounge;
                                        Pork Sandwich at Carnita's

                                        Sheesh, kind of a pattern here.

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                                        1. re: eatemup

                                          That Pulled Pork sammy at C Star is pretty damn good

                                        2. 1. Ruben at the Linkery (their fries are also great)
                                          2. Corned Beef at wich additction
                                          3. Brie and Honey at Bread and Cie

                                          I went by Pete's Quality Meats in Little Italy which would have had my #1 spot and it appears that the building is gone!

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                                          1. re: JRSD

                                            JRSD, Have you tried the Gouda, Arugula, and pesto at Bread & Cie? That is my fave sandwich there and I've tried just about everything on their menu.

                                            1. re: globocity

                                              I haven't tried that. It had been a couple of years since I had been to B&C but happened to be in the area for lunch so I stopped in. I am not a huge Arugula fan so not sure that would be my top choice.

                                            2. re: JRSD

                                              Wow, haven't passed by little italy in awhile but I'm surprised Pete's is gone, it was my mother's goto place for sausages.

                                                1. re: DiningDiva

                                                  I have to admit I was kind of frazzled but I had the address on my phone and could not find the building. I had wanted to go back again on a better day to confirm but have not had a chance.

                                                  Last review on Y!#@ from Dec. mentions RIP and the next most recent is from Sept...

                                              1. re: JRSD

                                                I read that it was closing for remodeling for a few months...but the building is gone? Extreme remodeling! Sad.

                                                1. re: foodiechick

                                                  Wait, it might be back? God, I hope so. Though, the quality of the sandwiches went down when Solunto's closed.

                                                  1. re: jmtreg

                                                    Word is now that the building is being rebuilt and it will open as a full service restaurant: Pete's Bar and Grill. Agree...RIP Solunto's.

                                              2. I would also add that I am quite fond of the "California Grill" at Nordsrom Cafe.

                                                1. I'm surprised no one has mentioned Alex's Brown Bag- it was always the top sandwich for me when I lived in SD. Are they still in the Mr. C building lobby? Have they gone downhill or something?

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                                                    1. re: Rodzilla

                                                      Alex's Brown Bag, the one in Hillcrest, moved to PB?!

                                                      1. re: Rodzilla

                                                        just looked it up, so they have. wow. It's been years since I was back there, but still. Used to be the best Philly cheesesteak and the best Italian cold cut sandwiches in town.

                                                        1. re: jdwdeville

                                                          dispute with the landlord at Mr A's...

                                                    2. Shredded pork bahn mi at K sandwiches -(even though they may try to warn you off saying its too unusual)
                                                      Curried chicken salad at Bread and Cie- fig anise bread is the ultimate
                                                      Bite of Boston lobster roll
                                                      Scallop sandwich atPLSF
                                                      Lean n Green's southeast asian style beef wrap (not exactly a sandwich but great taste and protein after a workout)

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                                                      1. re: keena

                                                        Most of the sandwiches at K are surprisingly good, esp. the baguettes.

                                                        1. re: ipsedixit

                                                          pretty incredible prices too, I think on future visits I'll ask them to double the meat though.

                                                          1. re: Rodzilla

                                                            I think it's against the laws of nature to have a "pricey banh mi".

                                                            Sort of like a "Kosher cheeseburger"

                                                        2. re: keena

                                                          Was just going to ask if anyone here has been to K Sandwiches recently. It's been a few years for me but I enjoyed their selections. Reasonable prices too.

                                                        3. Darshan Bakery in Encinitas. They are known for their pastries and chai but I was surprised at how good their sandwiches were, very very fresh greens along with artisan bread they make on site....that's all I got lol

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                                                          1. re: polldeldiablo

                                                            Where in Encinitas ..and what sandwich. I worked for years at the OD at the corner of Luecadia blvd and El Camino and never heard of this place.

                                                            1. re: chris2269

                                                              Location at bottom, just off hw 101 near the 'potato shack' and self realization fellowship.

                                                              First sandwich I had was a Mediterranean sandwich and second time I had a Asparagus/egg sandwich(normally don't eat vegetarian save for the egg). They are served on herbed focaccia as per the menu.

                                                              Caught me just as I'm heading to Which Wich.


                                                              Darshan Bakery
                                                              949 2nd Street, Encinitas, CA(next to self realization fellowship)

                                                          2. Here's a shot of the prosciutto panini at Wet Stone; well I guess its primarily a shot of the side salad. I think you get both for $7 total

                                                            1. Antonellis in East County---Roast Beef with Green Chili
                                                              Hillcrest Farmers Market-Gardeni Brie Panini
                                                              Gourmet Bagger-Turkey Day Everyday
                                                              Bud's--Shrimp Po Boy

                                                              1. Go ahead and start up the flame throwers but the meatball with peppers sub from Filippis to my non-authentic taste buds is really really good

                                                                1. Turkey Cobb at Con Pane Bakery
                                                                  Almost Grilled Cheese at Con Pane Bakery
                                                                  Steak Sandwich at Carnitas Snack Shack
                                                                  Ham and Cheese with house roasted ham (RIP) at Tiger!Tiger!

                                                                  The scallop sandwich at Point Loma Seafoods would be added to the list if they changed their god awful bread. But given the lines, I don't expect that to happen any time soon.

                                                                  Looking forward to trying the Big Red Door, seems interesting.

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                                                                  1. re: sdnosh

                                                                    Report back on BRD. I love the place.

                                                                  2. Grab n go
                                                                    Whole Foods custom order
                                                                    Sub Palace in Leucadia

                                                                    Also worth mentioning Panino chain in Santa Barbara if you ever go there, better than anything in S.D.

                                                                    1. Love me:

                                                                      Italian Village sub from Grab'n go - toasted, extra pepperoncini

                                                                      Cobb sandwich from Con Pane - epic

                                                                      Italian sub from Sully's Sandwich Shop on Cass St - They make a great sandwich.

                                                                      Also, just about anything from Mama's Grill - a real gem that needs more business (it's next to Jersey Mike's off Clmt Mesa Blvd). Sandwiches are not only good but immense in size.

                                                                      1. Urban Solace has a damn good Grilled Cheese.

                                                                        1. It would appear that the Union Tribune also thought this was a good idea:


                                                                          A few familiar entries, and they all sound good enough to try. That almost grilled cheese sandwich from Con Pan Rustic Goods sounds dangerous.