The very "best" sandwich is probably one of these, or the one that you're eating right now, so obviously picking the top five in a given city is all but impossible... but we totally did it anyway! Sure, it was tough eating our way through the greater MSP sammich schema to find the five most gloriously greasy, underrated, or just plain awesome fist-meals around, but we think you'll agree it was worth it...
5 MSP sandwiches you should be eating right now
Connecticut-Style Lobster Roll, Smack Shack
The Smack Shack lobster roll's the sandwich that launched a food truck that launched one of 2012's raddest brick-and-mortars. This decadent Connecticut-style version sees heaps of buttery lobster piled on fat slices of milk-soaked and griddled Texas toast, and is a must-munch.
Crab BLT, Spill The Wine
This newish-to-Uptown spot is about vino first and foremost, and seems like an unlikely spot to find one of the top sammies in town, until you realize they dish some killer eats too, including a super-succulent Crab BLT on bacon bread (seriously!).
Ragtop Chicken, Town Hall Lanes
Sure, Town Hall Lanes has bowling and beer licked, but once you see their list of creative burgers/sandwiches -- including a Minnesota Walleye Po' Boy, and this fried chicken number w/ chipotle, Buffalo and bleu cheese crumbles, and bleu cheese dressing -- you'll realize they've got the grub thing down too.
Philly Cheesesteak, Devil's Advocate
Stop us if you've heard this one before, but the Devil's Advocate just dropped an entirely re-concepted menu built around what is, hands-down, the best Philly in the Twin Cities. No peppers, no frills, just lightly salted Wagyu sirloin, caramelized onions, and Cheez Whiz on a straight-outta-Philly Amoroso roll that adds up to melt-in-your-mouth perfection.
Philly French Dip, French Hen Cafe
St. Paul neuvo Cajun/ French cafe French Hen's contribution to this list might be MSP's second best Philly, or its best French dip. Either way, it's a pile of perfectly cooked tenderloin topped w/ diced peppers, onions, 'shrooms & Swiss that's served on Ciabatta w/ a side of au jus.
Previously, the seafood-centric fare from Smack Shack was only available out of a food truck, but now it's served up in a spacious warehouse setting with plenty of seats available that aren't a curb or roadside bench.
Spill The Wine's Uptown location is totally different from its former Washington Ave digs: it's bigger and more open, the menu is almost entirely retooled, and it's just a generally cooler wine bar (which is totally better than a generally wine-cooler bar, by the way).
A craft beer and food resto with a bowling alley from the dudes behind Town Hall Brewery.
40 expertly curated taps, root beer-glazed pork belly, and hands down the best cheesesteak in the Twin Cities? Cha-ching.
The French Hen is an upscale breakfast-and-lunch spot in Cathedral Hill that serves French-inflected comfort food to the denizens of Selby Ave. Expect American favorites with a touch of European flavor like praline pancakes, grilled cheese with gruyere and cheddar, and scrambled eggs with salmon and creme fraiche. The interior is bright and colorful with huge windows that encourage you to relax with a cup of coffee -- or a mimosa.