If assembled properly, artisan sandwiches are like the luxurious divan of comfort food. On the surface, it’s a simple stack of bread, meats and cheeses smashed together in perfect and sometimes messy harmony. But Austin food enthusiasts are not so simplistic when it comes to embracing their wicked hunger in their selectivity of sandwich options.
If you can’t tell we’re a little obsessed with sandwiches, and there’s no better way to share our obsession than to share our top picks of the sandos in Austin right now!
Walton’s Fancy & Staple – Cicero
Classic Deli Delights
: When you’re craving a classic, Walton’s
is the deli to dine at. Don’t miss the new Cicero sammy with mushroom pate, prosciutto de parma, hot capicollo, sweet peppers & onions, provolone, arugula & olive vinaigrette. This charming spot boasts house baked breads and all natural, fresh roasted meats, building favorites like the Roast Beef Bleu with roast beef, bleu cheese crumbles, arugula, red onion, and horseradish-bleu cheese aioli. Photo credit: Ashlyn Allison
Mongers Market – Ahi BLT
For the seafaring folk
: Chef Shane Stark of Mongers Market
charmed us in the beginning with the Blue Crab Cake Sammie
with fried green tomatoes, tartar sauce, apple-jalapeno slaw; now he’s straight up stolen our hearts with the Ahi BLT
with smoked bacon, chile aioli, heirloom tomatoes, butter lettuce. The new Gulf Grouper Sandwich, grilled or fried with tartar, lettuce, and tomato, is sure to be a favorite for seafood lovers, too! Photo credit: Ashlyn Allison
Delicious – Pastrami Sandwich
Funky, Fun, Delicious
: The South Lamar gem at Lamar Union lives up to its name, offering delicious and unique “sandos” like their sous-vide Herb Turkey with brie, avocado, arugula, and aioli. They pride themselves on out-of-this-world, house-cured Pastrami on rye bread (they fly their bread in from New Jersey for the most authentic taste!), Veg heads should try the PLT, portobello “bacon”, greens, tomato and misonaise. Photo credit: Ashlyn Allison
Freedmen’s – Smoke Stack
For the Meat Monger
doesn’t mess around with meat. Hungry Austinites and travelers from afar should rest their weary bones at this bbq joint with a historic, Wild West vibe, and chow down on a Smoke Stack: sliced brisket, pulled pork, pickled jalapeños. Then carry on, our wayward ones. Photo credit: Ashlyn Allison
Garage – Taiyaki Sandwich
Underground Grub: Tucked away in a parking garage off 5th and Colorado, hide away in Garage’s stylish speakeasy and chow down on chef crafted bites by Philip Speer, like the playful Garage Taiyaki: curry chicken salad, crunch pecan, cilantro, fuji apple and miso aioli. Photo credit Julie Cope
The food co-op’s deli makes this signature sandwich with cashew tamari and all the veggies and it’s served on a Bakehouse French roll.
Banh Mi Sliders – The fast casual eatery has put a modern twist on this classic Vietnamese dish, made with marinated pork shoulder, cucumber, pickled carrots and daikon, jalapeño and house made aioli, served on a steamed peking bun.
Lobster Rolls – This popular appetizer is served on a brioche bun and packed with butter poached lobster, tarragon aioli and butter lettuce.
Triple Grilled Cheese BLT – This house favorite sandwich is sure to fill you up, made with mozzarella, cheddar, provolone, Applewood bacon, lettuce and tomato,served in between three layers of garlic toast