By Steven Doyle
There is little to make a sandwich wonderful other than fantastic bread, well thought out seasonings and spreads, and a filling that should be unsurpassed. When deciding a list of our favorites, it seemed a more daunting task than originally thought. So many more came to mind as the list was settled. With all the heartache of selecting which can stand alone as the very best, we humbly submit in no particular order sandwiches that we enjoy. Tell us your favorites and we will run out today and sample one.
Deli News has been a Dallas mainstay for decades as it made its way to the current location on Preston Road in Far North Dallas. Procuring bread and pastrami from New York, this deli has defended its title as our city’s finest. Choose this hot sandwich along with a cup of matzo ball soup on a crisp fall afternoon, and you will experience nirvana.
20 FEET SEAFOOD JOINT
What’s not to adore about 20 Feet Seafood Joint in East Dallas? Certainly the pork belly ramen is delicious, as is the lobster roll. But for the money, we truly love the Ipswich Clam Roll. Huge, tender clams adorn the house baked roll. Pure. Simple. Delicious.
LUSCHER’S RED HOTS
At Luscher’s Red Hots there is a concoction know as The “Uncle Jimmy.” This is a house-made Uncle Jimmy Luscher sweet ‘n’ hot Italian sausage piled with pulled pork and a zesty combination of pickled veggies – jardinière. Order and you shall be happy.
One of the hottest sandwiches to fill our belly is the Cuban sandwich made proper at ¡C. Señor! in Oak Cliff. The tiniest sandwich shop on the list is big with flavor. Pulled pork, ham, pickles, yellow mustard, served with a side of fried plantains. Damn, we are on our way. 330 W. Davis St. – Dallas.
JIMMY’S FOOD STORE
For many in Dallas, Jimmy’s Food Store located at Bryan Street and Fitzhugh is the Mecca of all things sandwich. On any given day (except Sunday) you will find a line of patrons waiting for their deli-case sandwiches to be prepared. A few of our favorites include the meatball, hot Italian and the muffuletta, which is the most uniquely American sandwich on the planet.
Not necessarily known for sandwiches, Pecan Lodge makes this silly good sandwich called The “Pitmaster.” It is just as ominous as it sounds, packed with juicy brisket, pulled pork, handmade sausage, topped with slaw, BBQ sauce and fresh sliced jalapeños.
The Philly at the Truck Yard continues to satisfy us on so many levels. The big, meaty, in-your-face sandwich loaded with your choice of veggies and cheeses always is the right idea when you have extreme hunger that only can be dealt with by a two-fisted beef sandwich.
JONATHON’S OAK CLIFF
The Club Sandwich is what legends are made of in this beautiful little Oak Cliff haunt. This bad boy is one of the most sharable sandwiches in town, if that is even a consideration. The club is loaded with ham, turkey, bacon, Swiss and American cheeses, lettuce, tomato, avocado, egg, mayo, and onions. Holy mother of sandwiches.
With its first shop located in downtown Dallas, the Great Outdoors was the first sub sandwich for many local Dallasites. A New Jersey import by the name of Jerry Oliverie opened his first shop in 1973 using an odd house-baked bun and very fresh ingredients. This might have been our first foray with bean sprouts as a child. Several locations are still thriving strong in the DFW area and are as delicious today as they were first made in the 70s. Might we suggest the Invention?
UNCLE UBER’S SAMMICH SHOP
Bryan and Kathy Crelly, who also started Uptown Bar & Grill, Fat Ted’s Bar & Grill, Pueblo Arriba and Rockwell’s Neighborhood Grill, operate Uncle Uber’s Sammich Shop to the huzzahs of the Deep Ellum neighborhood in which it stands. Making some kick-ass sandwiches (sorry – sammiches), Uber’s is staying true to its belief that each sandwich needs all the special love and care it deserves.
EAST HAMPTON SANDWICH CO.
The fried chicken sandwich at East Hampton Sandwich Co. certainly is a mouthful of tasty. This sandwich with a side of house-fried potato chips will set you free.