Austin Who doesn't love a good sandwich? That question was rhetorical, but if you happen to be one of those poor souls, you won't have any interest in these five must-eat sandwiches all over Austin... including standbys and freshly dropped instant classics. As for everyone else, get your napkins ready.
The Rabbit, Luke's Inside Out
Luke's is special for a few reasons. One: they have had three new specials EVERY DAY for the last 3.5 years. Two: they come up with those specials every day at precisely 4:20pm. Three: their sandwich, The Rabbit (Korean BBQ'd rabbit, kimchee, tater tots) is amazing (Guy Fieri's fondness for it notwithstanding). Four: they are the only food truck with an adjoining air-conditioned dining room. We're in. Continue Reading
Oxtail Banh Mi, Dang Banh Mi
A new go-to for your Vietnamese cravings, Dang Banh Mi is kicking out an oxtail banh mi made with 12-hour braised oxtail, homemade pate, mint, cilantro, white onion, cucumber, tomato, char siu sauce, saté, Japanese mayo, pickled papaya, and carrots. Oh, it's also topped with a fried egg. This is a sandwich that took a lot of research to perfect.
Fish Sandwich, Mettle
East Side restaurant Mettle has added a fish sandwich to their lunch menu -- it's light and fresh, because mid-day food comas can be debilitating. Fresh salmon, cucumber, and miso aioli are the perfect Summer lunch trifecta.
El Pescador, El Sapo
Manor Road's hippest burger joint has many proteins to choose from, and one of our favorites is El Pescador -- a filet of buttermilk-battered Texas black drum (that's so large it sticks out of either side), lemon serrano aioli, lettuce, tomato, and onion. And because it's fish, it's practically health food.
Fried Bologna, Noble Sandwiches
Burnet Road's popular sandwich joint is satisfying taste buds with their fried bologna sandwich (it's actually house-made mortadella, but bologna is more fun-sounding) that's stacked with griddled onions, olive oil pickles, house-made sweet yellow mustard, cheddar, and garlic mayo.
Though this purveyor of giant sandwiches is in fact a trailer, don't underestimate the life-size flavor of its sandwiches. Serving up sammies like "The Cow" prepared with Brisket Banh Mi smoked brisket, cucumbers, carrots, cilantro, jalapeños & siracha aioli, Luke's individual portions pack enough flavor and caloric heft for your entire day's meals.
This street-food-inspired Vietnamese sandwich shop aims to bring authentic Southeast Asian fare to Allandale. There are a variety of bánh mì options (oxtail is the most popular) and all sandwiches are served in baskets on newspaper. Other delicacies worth trying are the pho, bún noodle bowls, Spring rolls, and Thai papaya salad.
From Bridget "Make It Rainey" Dunlap and a chef who did time at Olivia and Napa's French Laundry, Mettle's got a metal-heavy interior and and delicious eats like a flat iron steak sided with freshly fried potato chips with cheesy Mornay sauce.
This roadside haunt in Cherrywood serves Tex-Mex inspired diner bites (there's a lot of queso involved). Between a sunny patio, delicious and creative burgers, and whole bunch of cocktails, there's almost too much to like about El Sapo. The generous 3-7pm daily happy hour deal on margaritas and brews is just the cherry on top.
This is the popular sandwich shop's second location, accessible to central Austin fans of the between-the-bread innovators. Try out breakfast in the form of their Oxtail Waffle (a potato and leek waffle topped with braised oxtail and an over-easy egg), and come back later for the Pecan Smoked Beef Brisket.