8 (Okay, 9) New Sandwiches to Savor in Denver
When was the last time you inhaled a truly incredible sandwich? Last week? Yesterday? You just finished one? No matter what, you're past due for another. We set out to find you eight killer new creations — one for every day of the week, at least on the Beatles’ calendar (fact: that song was really about sandwiches) — but wound up with nine, or just enough to show we care.
AnkaraOlive & Finch Eatery (address and info)
That Mary Nguyen’s too talented for her own good. Upon opening her acclaimed bakery-café a little over a year ago, she crammed its menu with so many instant classics there’s been virtually no room for improvement. But she recently managed to slip in one more winner. It’s basically a nice cheese plate in sandwich form: you've got your Brie, your baguette, and your tart green apple and walnuts (which flavor the mayo). All it needs is a little salt and pepper — which is just what the addition of house-roasted turkey and arugula provides.
Cauliflower ReubenStout Street Social (address and info)
Okay, maybe "hold the meat" is not a thing you go around saying. And even if you did, you probably wouldn’t follow it up with a request for cruciferous vegetables. But give it a try. This high-energy new hangout lays down a standard Reuben beat — Swiss, sauerkraut, and zesty mayonnaise-based dressing (in this case 1000 Island rather than Russian) — then changes the whole tune with thick slices of panko-breaded and fried cauliflower in lieu of the usual corned beef. It’s all piled on griddled marble rye to make for a shockingly good twist on the deli classic.
The Firestarter AND the chicken parmSalt & Grinder (address and info)
One is a gloriously gooey morningtime mess of fried eggs, bacon, and guacamole on jalapeño-cheddar toast. The other, a dinner special available at lunch by request, is a jaw-snapping grinder that stars batter-fried chicken breast covered in mozzarella, marinara, and pesto. In short, these two knockouts are apples and oranges, so why waste time weighing their merits? Get both and call it a day, because clearly you aren't getting anything else done.
Ham & eggButcher’s Bistro (address and info)
Most other ham-and-egg sandwiches are but shadows on a cave wall compared to the shining reality that is this heap of rosy-pink, house-smoked ham drenched in the yolk of a sunny-side up egg between hunks of City Bakery ciabatta. Add a layer of chile-Jack cheese and gobs of garlicky aioli, plus red onion and mixed greens for a crisp flourish, and you’re damn straight we’re bringing Plato into this.
Mortadella DogCart-Driver (address and info)
After months of recipe testing with Continental Sausage, Kelly Whitaker has finally, painstakingly crafted a mortadella link he’s proud to put his name on. Here’s what else he puts on it: pear mostarda and pickled cabbage, which lend a sweet-and-sour punch to the wood-fired, pistachio-studded sausage, as well as lightly bitter and spicy notes. In other words, this dog has got your name written all over it too.
Open-face steak sandwichFuel Cafe (address and info)
Bob Blair changes his menu about as often you (hopefully?) change socks, which means you’d best not delay if you want your way with this lunch-only stunner. The brandied-mushroom cream sauce is so good you could eat it with a spoon — but it’s all the better ladled onto a crusty hunk of Babettes bread beneath perfectly cooked slices of flat iron steak.
PBPB & JamFreshcraft (address and info)
Tragically, most cures for the munchies are worse than the disease. Not so at Freshcraft, which sees your junk food and raises it to junk cuisine. Picture, if you will, the average PB&J on white bread. Now double down on that PB to yield slices of roast pork belly as well as peanut butter. Swap the grape jelly for homemade apple jam spiked with Sriracha. Forget the crushed Fritos at the bottom of the bag in favor of fresh-fried tortilla strips for extra crunch. Slap it all between slabs of Texas toast and swear you’ll never settle for Scooby Snacks again.
VarziMaci Cafe (address and info)
The pulse of daily life in Italy is measured in thousands of little storefronts just like Maci, whose owner Massimo Ruffinazzi — a native of Lombardy — keeps it real with a full slate of coffee drinks and sandwiches that are all the more satisfying for being so simple. Take this recently debuted panino caldo combining juicy disks of salame, tangy marinated artichoke hearts, and arugula with smoked mozzarella that melts into the textbook crunchy-chewy roll when pressed. È perfetto alongside a can of Limonata.
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