Making a sandwich is simple. You take two pieces of bread, throw some meat in the middle, add some veggies, and get ready to watch Storage Wars. But a truly great sandwich? That's an art form, achieving the perfect balance of flavors and textures that you didn't really have time to admire after devouring it in 37 seconds. These eight Dallas spots reach the highest levels of sandwich achievement.
Smoked turkey sandwich
Oak (address and info)
Just a turkey sandwich, you say? Well, Oak's added a lunch menu and, rest assured, this is no ordinary turkey sandwich. Checking in at $12 (and worth more than every penny), their turkey is house-smoked and served on whole grain bread (also made in-house, of course) with avocado, bacon, sprouts, L&T. It's fancied-up just enough, gloriously simple, and yet undeniably delicious. It's also served with a side of baby greens topped with shaved manchego, almonds, caper, and golden raisin vinaigrette that will win over even the most staunchly salad-averse.
Hypnotic Donuts (address and info)
They sell donuts here (obviously), but don't sleep on their biscuit game, and more importantly, their biscuit sandwich game. Most biscuits crumble and fall apart before the first bite -- these don’t. The texture is perfection and holds your sandwich in place for the minute or so you’ll need it to before you devour it. Order the Kaye, which is fresh, 24-hour marinated, cooked-to-order chicken, topped with fresh jalapeño and whipped to perfection cream cheese. If you’re still hungry... donuts!
#28: Cuban panini
Great American Hero (address and info)
This shop is a Dallas gem and has been around for over forty years. There’s reason for that... let’s just say it’s in the details. Details like using Farmers Market-fresh produce, healthy ingredients, the best pickles in town (not kidding), freshly squeezed limeade & lemonade, a pet-friendly patio, and even the convenience of a drive-thru. And if you’re a first-timer, you’ll get a free cup of fruit. Order the #28 -- a Cuban panini (grilled) with roasted pork, baked ham, turkey, cappacoli, Swiss cheese, spices, sliced Dill pickles, and grain Dijon mustard. You won’t be disappointed. Aside from the fact that on your next visit you won’t get a free cup of fruit.
Jimmy's Food Store (address and info)
This is the type of place where Henry Hill from Goodfellas would’ve eaten his sandwiches. Actually, it's the type of place anyone would eat sandwiches because they're amazing. No need to get creative, just order the Italian Sub with mortadella, capicola, sopressata, pepperoni, and provolone. Order directly from the deli in the back. But beware, these butcher paper-wrapped masterpieces are huge, so come hungry -- and if Joe Pesci is hanging around looking angry, tread lightly.
Fried Chicken + Jack
East Hampton Sandwich Co. (address and info)
This place just gets it. Damn good sandwiches reasonably priced, and they serve craft beer and wine. What more could you ask for? Well, you should ask for one of those sandwiches, specifically the Fried Chicken + Jack, gloriously combining Southern fried chicken, pepper Jack, greens, cured bacon, avocado mash, and jalapeño-cream sauce in a ridiculous symphony of flavor that pairs beautifully with a cold beer. Which, again, they totally have.
All-natural pulled whole hog
Smoke (address and info)
Bishop Arts District
This is the most fun you can have eating a sandwich without taking your pants off. Wait. What? Umm, nevermind. Anyway, Smoke's BBQ sandwich is a mess to eat but worth the trouble with its title-earning, impossibly juicy pork (NC-style, we will begrudgingly admit they have a way with swine), topped with red wine vinegar and mustard & blue cheese coleslaw.
Shaved ribeye steak sandwich
Uncle Uber's (address and info)
No, Uncle Uber's is not your cheesy Uncle’s self-appointed nickname. It is, however, a killer sandwich shop in Deep Ellum. Order the shaved ribeye steak sandwich (or sammich, as they like to say) with black Angus beef, topped with grilled red onions, blue cheese crumbles, romaine, tomato, and roasted garlic mayo on a warm baguette. It has some elements of a Philly cheesesteak, but with some delicious upgrades and no Eagles fans. They also serve some fine local brews, so enjoy those and call an actual Uber.
Classic Mexican torta
Latin Deli (address and info)
This is the place to go when you’re looking for a little Latin flair in your sandwich. No, a burrito isn't a sandwich, that would be anarchy! Get yourself the classic Mexican torta with chorizo, ham, sausage, lettuce, peppers, and tomatoes on a huge, fluffy roll served with homemade potatoes. Then get another one to eat later, because you clearly haven't had enough pork intake. Pro tip: don’t forget to checkout the coffee bar before you leave.
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1. OAK1628 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas
2. Hypnotic Donuts235 W Hickory St, Denton
3. Great American Hero4001 Lemmon Ave, Dallas
4. Jimmy's Food Store4901 Bryan St, Dallas
5. East Hampton Sandwich Co.6912 Snider Plaza, Dallas
6. Smoke2408 Preston Rd, Plano
7. Uncle Uber's Sammich Shop2713 Commerce St, Dallas
8. Latin Deli5844 Abrams Rd, Dallas
Outfitted with soft lighting and even softer leather booths, OAK's sleek and comfortable interior is outdone only by its globally-inspired menu and extensive collection of craft cocktails.
The guys who brought you creations like the Evil Elvis, Canadian Healthcare, and chicken biscuits so good that you feel like you better understand the meaning of love have taken their talents to the city of Denton to create some of the most incredible and ridiculous concoctions ever made in the history of donuts.
This shop is a Dallas gem and has been around for over forty years. There’s reason for that... let’s just say it’s in the details. Details like using Farmers Market-fresh produce, healthy ingredients, the best pickles in town (not kidding), freshly squeezed limeade & lemonade, a pet-friendly patio, and even the convenience of a drive-thru. And if you’re a first-timer, you’ll get a free cup of fruit. Order the #28 -- a Cuban panini (grilled) with roasted pork, baked ham, turkey, cappacoli, Swiss cheese, spices, sliced Dill pickles, and grain Dijon mustard.
This Dallas mainstay is the go-to local spot for all-things-Italian. Founded in 1996, the specialty food store has been a family-owned crowd favorite for over 50 years. Daily, the staff hand-rolls meatballs and bakes Italian sweets (with old, family recipes, of course) in the back of the shop, while in front, they help patrons select gourmet groceries and bottles from their carefully curated Italian wine selection. Locals can order hefty, fresh sandwiches at the counter, sample house-made olives, and shop for everything from imported balsamic vinegars, to handmade pastas. The imported cheese and meat selections are expansive, the antipasti bar is stuffed, and in true Italian fashion, dollar espresso shots are available all day. And while the folks at Jimmy's offer wine tastings on Saturdays, the wine room tucked behind the store is open to guests all week.
East Hampton Sandwich Co. has found a way to provide quality, hand-crafted food with the speed and efficiency of fast-food. The Dallas spot serves gourmet sandwiches, many of which are centered around the standout Southern fried chicken. An East Coast sensibility is seen in chowder and whoopie pies, plus sandwiches with appropriate fillings like crabcakes and lobster (the lobster grilled cheese with havarti and American cheese is probably the best grilled cheese you'll ever have). Every order comes with a pile of house-baked potato chips, but the menu offers a battery of sides as well. Don't sleep on the sweet potato fries.
The eclectic Southwestern decor and back patio at Smoke makes diners feel less like they're outside a strip mall in West Plano and more like they're in a adobe home in New Mexico. Quiet suburban crowds gather on the multicolored seating for brunch, lunch, and dinner and leave with loosened belts because they've stuffed themselves to the brim with Latin-inspired and Southwestern fare like bbq spare ribs, coffee-cured brisket, and grilled quail prepared by James Beard Award-winning Tim Byres.
It's no surprise that one of the best sandwich shops in in the city is nestled in Dallas' historic Deep Ellum (they've got all the good stuff). Operating like an old-school deli, the bare-bricked Uncle Uber's serves up classics like the the Cuban, quirky specialties like the Veggie BunME, and downright deviously tasty stuff like shaved ribeye steaks and glutenous quarter-pound patty burgers. And no self-respecting Deep Ellum restaurant would be caught dead without a draft selection from the Deep Ellum Brewery.