Culinary geniuses have produced some amazing dishes (Dominique Ansel with cronuts, the guy who realized hot dogs could be put on sticks, and the 50 people behind these), but when it comes down to it, placing some meat between bread is all you need, and Mile High throws some serious sandwich art in your face. Here're the five tastiest sandwiches from restos not necessarily known for their sammies.
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L’entrecôte, Vert Kitchen
Wash Park West
Meaning “the steak” in French (thanks, Google!), Vert Kitchen’s ode to beef is a masterpiece. Tender skirt steak is topped with roasted tomato, arugula tossed in house-made vinaigrette, and walnut mustard, all between a French baguette. Oh là là! We're too lazy to Google what that means, but it sounds positive.
Cubano, Steuben’s Food Service
The Uptown diner powerhouse has proven itself with the Green Chili Cheeseburger, but their sandwich making is an underrated gem, as the Cubano drips with perfection. Housed in a bolillo roll are pork shoulder, black forest ham, Swiss, Dijon, pickles, and an addictive chimichurri sauce that couples so well together, you may never need another sandwich again.
(Editor's note: The author of this piece is currently employed by Steuben's, but this would've made the list, regardless. It's that damn good.)
BBQ Pork Belly, New Saigon
Tender pork belly is a thing of beauty, and when paired with BBQ, cucumber, cilantro, carrot, fresh jalepeno, and a $4 price tag, it's darn near irresistible. Oh là là?
Aye Conyo, Buchi Café Cubano
This little Cuban café gets all three amigos on you by tripling up on the meat with the Aye Conyo. Turkey, pork, and pepperoni share space with key lime mayo and hot peppers on Cuban bread. Don’t be afraid to wash it all down with Milwaukee’s finest liquid, Schlitz. Belly up, gringo.
English Channel Sandwich, Churchill’s Public House
Fried tilapia (sans crude oil), house-made caper aioli, and slaw taste mighty fine between two pieces of toasted sourdough bread. Pair it with one of their fantastically British beers for a bloody good time at the pub.
Vert is a new-wave American- /French-inspired hub that's doling out delicious soups and sandwiches. This is not your average deli joint.
Steuben's, an old-school diner with sophistication, serves good ol' American comfort food in Uptown Denver. Class it up with a cayenne etouffee or get down and dirty with some gravy fries.
New Saigon was the first place in 1987 to serve authentic Vietnamese to Denverites. Go for a less-traditional meal and order one of their delicious sandwiches (like a BBQ pork belly number... ).
This unique coffee/tea place also happens to be Cuban. For such authentic fare, it's reasonably priced and exceptionally delicious.