So in that spirit, the KSS team has compiled its 2011 list of the Best Sandwiches in Phoenix. They're in no particular order, but they're all downright tasty. Also, as Nick Hower says, "First off, a hamburger will not be associated with MY list...other then the fact that it’s not a sandwich (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandwich) and I believe burgers should be in a separate category altogether. Secondly, after looking over my list, I know why I haven’t been at my fighting weight for a long time. :)"
So dig in!
• Hillstone — Prime Rib Dip Sandwich. No substitutions...have it delivered exactly the way the chef makes it. They started at $11, but it’s now up to $18. (shhhhh...because we'd pay $25, no problem).
• Sacks — Steak Encore with Feta dressing and Mixed Peppers. (Kory Kapfer adds: "I like a mix of the hot and sweet peppers, lettuce and tomato on a baguette. Get it with the feta yogurt sauce and you are in for an unique sandwich!")
• Pane Bianco — Soppressata with aged Provolone and roasted peppers.
• Middle Eastern Deli (3052 North 16th Street, Phoenix, 602-277-4927) — Gyro with Feta
• Matt’s Big Breakfast — Steak Sandwich special. This is not on their typical menu but when it’s available on the chalkboard, you have to order it...with jalapeños.
• Duck and Decanter — Tuna on Pita with lettuce, tomato, onion and pickles. Call in advance and order for pick up; otherwise it’s a 45-minute wait.
• McGurkee's (2822 North 15th Avenue, 602-274-4262) — JP Turkey. Add peppercinis.
• Matt’s Big Breakfast — Egg Salad Sandwich, add Bacon.
• Baby Kay’s — Catfish Po’ Boy with remoulade sauce...with a Red Stripe beer of course!
• Honey Bears — Put a little south in your mouth....Pork Sandwich with sauce.
• Durant's (602-264-5967, 2611 N. Central Avenue) — The French Dip, served on their La Brea Demi Baguette with a side of the au jus and the atomic horseradish. Truly an awesome sandwich.
• Pane Bianco — The Soppressata. With aged provolone and roasted peppers. A fantastic lunchtime staple; however, always keep an eye out for the market sandwich because those never fail to impress.
• Chompies New York Deli. Kory Kapfer says: "Several valley locations although none in downtown Phoenix. I am hoping that they read this and decide that downtown needs a really, really good deli!
Get the Rachel's Motown. You get a choice, but I always go with corned beef. Served with coleslaw and swiss cheese. It’s the closest thing we have to a real New York deli folks — trust me on this one."
• Cibo (602-441-2697, 603 N. 5th Avenue) — The PLT. It’s like a BLT but with toasted prosciutto and roasted red pepper aioli.
• Hanny’s (602-252-2285, 40 N. First Street) — The Roast Beef. Grilled ribeye, Nueske’s bacon (Kory says, "If ya don’t know then you don’t like food!") arugula, and a fried egg on ciabatta.
• The Roosevelt Tavern (602-254-2561, 816 N. Third Street) — The Honeymooner. Grilled bologna and cheddar. Kory: "All I can say is ‘don’t knock it until you try it.' It’s like reliving your childhood only with way better ingredients and you get to eat it with a beer in your hand."
• Los Reyes De La Torta (602-870-2967, 9230 North 7th Street) — The Torta del Rey. Not for anyone with an undersized gullet. Breaded beef, pork, ham, chorizo, cheese, a fried egg, and then topped with avocado, beans, tomatoes, onions, and jalapeno. Have it with one of their agua frescas for a true taste of Mexico City.
• Fusilli’s (602.266.1490, 3110 N. Central Avenue) — The Meatball. Pretty standard sandwich concept but with top quality meatballs plus they put it on their home made flatbread hot out of the oven. Tip: Add a little chili infused oil on the top of it for that little something extra.
• Defalco's Italian Grocery (Scottsdale) — Cheese steak sandwich.
• Pane Bianco: Housemade Mozzarella, Local Tomato & Basil sandwich.
• America's Tacos (two locations in Phoenix) — The carne asada torta sandwich: toasted telera bread, mayo, guacamole, carne asada, lettuce, sliced tomatoes, and chile jalapenos.
• The Main Ingredient (2337 N. 7th Street, Phoenix) — Jive Turkey...oven roasted turkey breast, Jalapeno Cream Cheese, local tomato, and field greens, on baguette.
• The Main Ingredient — The Calvano...sopressata, aged provolone, chopped artichoke hearts and roasted red peppers, on focaccia.
• The Living Room (2333 N 7th Street, Phoenix) — Patty Melt...swiss cheese, caramelized onions, house dressing, on sourdough.
• DeFalco’s Italian Deli — Chicken Parmigiana...Lightly fried and breaded chicken breast with melted mozzarella & topped with their homemade sauce.
• Sacks — The Remmington.
• McGurkee's — The Super Sicilian.
So there you have it...a comprehensive listing of some of the best sandwiches Phoenix has to offer. Hungry yet?