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The 7 best sandwich shops in Denver

Rebecca Feder Published On 10/15/2014 Published On 10/15/2014
Rebecca Feder

A truly great sandwich doesn't just happen by accident. Everything needs to be in the right balance -- the bread, the fillings, the condiments -- with the end result being a work of art... a work of art that you will sloppily devour within minutes like it's your last meal on earth. Here are seven Denver shops that excel at the art of sandwich-making like nobody else:

Olive & Finch

Uptown
Chef-owner Mary Nguyen of P17 performs some serious sandwich wizardry at this corner cafe and bakery. Expect to run into unique creations like the Greggers, which contains beef tongue that has been braised for six hours before being paired with garlic puree, tarragon aioli, caramelized onions, and roasted peppers on a hot baguette. Or go for seafood and nab the Jamal, a blackened fish number with citrus tartar sauce, capers, Swiss cheese, coleslaw, avocado, and roasted tomato served hot on ciabatta. Really go with anything. You're in good sandwich making hands here.

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Dolce Sicilia

Wheatridge
This family-owned Italian bakery can be found in a tiny strip mall that shares space with a casket store. Don't let the location weird you out, because you would be missing out on freshly baked bread and Italian pastries that are unlike anything else you'll find in Denver. Fresh cream puffs, lasagna, and espresso drinks are just a few delicious things on the menu, but the sausage sandwich is a must-try. The store's newest addition is a miniature fine wine/liquor store you can check out while your waiting for your sandwich.

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Buchi Cafe Cubano

Sunnyside
One of Denver's only Cuban-style sandwich shops, BCC does not disappoint with its hot pressed sandwiches and authentic Cuban coffee. Get the Aye Conyo, which is a traditional Cubano with pepperoni, turkey, peppers, and key lime mayo added on. Or, if you're still in breakfast mode, get the bacon, egg & cheese sandwich that comes pressed on Cuban bread. The majority of the menu is (rightly) sandwich-focused, but there a few small sides, like empanadas and plantains that are worth bringing into the mix. Also worth your time -- an extra side of their chimichurri, on literally anything.

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Vert Kitchen

Wash Park
Vert keep things quite simple and quite French. The menu consists of eight sandwiches, each one composed of just a few all-organic ingredients. Simplicity is key here, because every sandwich is put together for mind-blowing flavor without a mess of condiments. The L’EntrecĂ´te may be hard to pronounce, but don't miss this skirt steak sandwich topped with arugula and walnut mustard.

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Masterpiece Delicatessen

LoHi & Uptown
If you're going to make the first name in your restaurant "Masterpiece", you had better back it up. Luckily, they do. There's a great variety of creative sandwiches to choose from, like the 12-hour-braised beef brisket with Taleggio fondue & red wine gastrique, the white truffle egg salad, or the seared ahi tuna with wasabi aioli on a toasted English muffin -- everything is a legit symphony of deliciousness. You can also can create your own masterpiece, with ingredients like bacon from the Denver Bacon Co., truffle oil, and imported cheeses. But then again, they know what they're doing.

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Ba Le Sandwiches

Southwest
A jaunt down South Federal can result in some great people-watching and some really flavorful, authentic Vietnamese food. Banh mi sandwiches are the perfect culmination of French and Vietnamese cuisine, and Ba Le serves up a damn fine one for an even better price. The combo of sweet BBQ pork covered in pickled veggies, cilantro, and spicy jalapeños has a satisfying crunch inside a miniature french loaf. All the sandwiches on the menu range from $3-$3.75, so you can feel good about it when you devour a couple of them.

Curtis Park Deli

Curtis Park Deli

Curtis Park
This beloved neighborhood spot is all about fresh, fresh, fresh. The menu consists of the usual suspects, like a Reuben, an Italian, and a turkey sandwich, but what makes this place special is the personal touches, like house-made condiments and local produce. They even make their own BUTTER, which they use on the egg & prosciutto sandwich. Now that's dedication. Delicious dedication.

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1. Olive & Finch 1552 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80218

Olive & Finch is a rare bird -- an establishment devoted to using local, organic, and sustainable ingredients in order to make fast, convenient dishes for you when you're on the run. Get your hands on a pulled pork breakfast scramble or a Reuben made with house-cured pastrami without even leaving your car -- they have curbside delivery to make things as easy as possible.

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2. Dolce Sicilia 3210 Wadsworth Blvd, Denver, CO 80034

This family-owned Italian bakery can be found in a tiny strip mall that shares space with a casket store. Don't let the location weird you out though, because you would be missing out on freshly baked bread and Italian pastries that are unlike anything else you'll find in Denver. Fresh cream puffs, lasagna, and espresso drinks are just a few delicious things on the menu, but the sausage sandwich is a must-try.

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3. Buchi Cafe Cubano 2651 W 38th Ave, Denver, CO 80211 (Northwest)

This unique coffee/tea place also happens to be Cuban. For such authentic fare, it's reasonably priced and exceptionally delicious.

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4. Vert Kitchen 704 S Pearl St, Denver, CO 80209 (Southwest)

Vert is a new-wave American- /French-inspired hub that's doling out delicious soups and sandwiches. This is not your average deli joint.

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5. Masterpiece Delicatessen 1575 Central St, Denver, CO 80211 (Uptown)

This Uptown spot has mastered the art of the sandwich. The freshness of the menu offerings here is unparalleled: from bacon to roast beef, all of the meats are cured in-house, along with all the accoutrements (aiolis, slaws, soups, even potato chips). Notorious egg salad gets a major come-up here, prepared fresh with hard-boiled eggs, mayonnaise, red onions, and capers, made decidedly decadent with white truffle oil and romaine on toasted locally-made bread. If there’s no available seating in the sleek, modern eatery, we suggest snagging a can of craft beer and heading outdoors to the patio, where ample sunlight and fresh air make for a great meal on the go.

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6. Ba Le Sandwiches 1044 S Federal Blvd, Denver, CO 80219

A gander down South Federal can result in some great people watching and some really great, authentic Vietnamese food. Banh mi sandwiches are the perfect culmination of French and Vietnamese cuisine, and Ba Le serves up a really good one for an even better price. The combo of sweet BBQ pork covered in pickled veggies, cilantro, and spicy jalapeños has a satisfying crunch inside a miniature french loaf. All the sandwiches on the menu range from $3-$3.75, so you can stock up on a few without breaking the bank.

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7. Curtis Park Delicatessen 2532 Champa St, Denver, CO 80205

The menu at this beloved neighborhood spot consists of the usual suspects, like a Reuben, an Italian, and a turkey sandwich, but what makes this place special is the personal touches, like house-made condiments and local produce. They even make their own BUTTER, which they use on the egg & prosciutto sandwich. Now that's dedication. Delicious dedication.

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