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Austin Sandwich Shops: Unique Takes on the Classics

20 of the Most Uniquely-Austin Places to Get the Best Sandwiches

In 1762, John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, created a mainstay of lunches around the globe by putting meat between two pieces of bread. More than 250 years later his creation has evolved far beyond the original simple sandwich. That includes in Austin which is at no loss for imaginative, down-home and delicious delis and restaurants to deliver your sandwich fix. Check out some of the best right here:


fricanosFricano’s Deli and Catering 

2405 Nueces St

Known For: Fresh ingredients, giant sandwiches, unique takes on traditional deli fare, neighborhood feel

Must Try: Italian Grilled Cheese, the Brandi and the Ainsworth (deli equivalent of playing Choose Your Own Adventure)


salt-timeSalt and Time

1912 E 7th St

Known For: Fresh cut meats from sustainable Texas ranches, house made sausages, fine artisan foods

Must Try: Grinder, Lamb Burger, Grilled Ham & Cheese


gaurmandsGourmands Neighborhood Pub

2316 Webberville Rd

Known For: Unpretentious food and brew

Must Try: The Last Supper, Cheese Head, and Royal w/Brie


avenue-b-groceryAvenue B Grocery

4403 Avenue B

Known For:
Austin’s oldest continuously-operated grocery store

Must Try: King Combo, Queen ‘B’


phoencia-wrapPhoenicia Bakery & Deli

2912 S Lamar Blvd


4701A Burnet Rd

Known For:  Foods from around the world with an emphasis on Mediterranean specialties
Must Try: Lebanese Falafel Wrap, Shawarma, Muffalata


g-dynamiteG’s Dynamite Deli

2312 S 1st St

Known For:  Big, hearty sandwiches with fresh ingredients, delicious homemade soups and having fun

Must Try:  Carly’s Hot Mess on jalapeno cheddar bread


peoplesrx2People’s Deli Rx


3801 South Lamar

4018 North Lamar

4201 Westbank Drive

Known For:  Free-range and organic alternatives with the promotion of overall wellness

Must Try:  Gluten-free bread options and all day breakfast tacos


flyriteFlyrite Chicken

2129 E 7th St


6539 Burnet Rd


Known For:  Healthy fast food chicken, raised without antibiotics and deliciously made

Must Try:  Original Fried Chicken Sandwich


little-deliLittle Deli and Pizzeria

7101-A Woodrow Ave

Known For:  Great big deli sandwiches, BYOB, homemade soups and authentic, hand-tossed, New Jersey pizza

Must Try:  The Reuben, Harry’s Perfect Pastrami


homesliceHome Slice Pizza

1415 S Congress Ave

Known For:  An independent neighborhood pizza joint serving authentic homemade, hand tossed, NY-style pizza and slinging hearty sandwiches and Italian subs.

Must Try:  Meatball, Eggplant Parmesan and Italian Subs


la-barbequeLa Barbecue

1906 E Cesar Chavez St

Known For:  Deliciously smoked meats in sandwich form

Must Try:  Fatty Brisket Sandwich, Pulled Pork Brisket Sandwich



616 W 34th St

Known For:  Specialty sandwiches, New World bakery breads, homemade condiments

Must Try:  Apple Pork Tenderloin and Spinach Mozzarella Sandwiches


republic-of-sandwichRepublic of Sandwich

2320 Hancock Dr.

Known For:  Natural, environmentally responsible, chef driven, deli and craft sandwich shop specializing in house-cured meats and artisanal sides.

Must Try:  The Unruly Roast, The 215, The Big Bad Wolf


austin-daily-pressAustin Daily Press

1900 E Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd

Known For:  Being open until midnight on the weekend, fun, original and delicious, Austin style comfort food, budget gourmet sandwiches and FREE beer Friday

Must Try:  The Lucy


micklethwaitMicklethwait Craft Meats

1309 Rosewood Ave

Known For:  Campy yet upscale atmosphere, independent Central Texas barbecue, all house made, every day

Must Try:  Brisket Sandwich



4101 Guadalupe


3742 Far W Blvd

Known For:  Old fashioned sandwiches, piled high with meat

Must Try:  The Reuben, the Rachael, the Cuban


easy-tigerEasy Tiger

709 E. 6th Street

Known For:  Bake shop featuring artisan breads, Old World feel, German bar food, house-made meats

Must Try:  Garlic Sausage on a pretzel bun


elizabeth-cafeElizabeth Street Café

1501 S. First Street

Known For:  Vietnamese café and French bakery in South Austin

Must Try:  The Bánh Mì, Pork Belly Steamed Buns


tx-french-breadTexas French Bread

2900 Rio Grande St.

Known For:  Farm-to-table style, European bistro near campus

Must Try:  The lunch special, freshly baked bread, fruity teas



Food! Food!

2727 Exposition Blvd.

Known For:  Homemade comfort foods to go

Must Try:  The Stan-wich, Veggie Cowboy


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