Food & Drink

Where to Get the 10 Best Sandwiches in Phoenix

Published On 04/13/2015 Published On 04/13/2015
Courtesy of Loren Condron of Dotted & Crossed Marketing
Zookz-Sandwiches with an Edge
Essence Bakery Cafe
Pane Bianco
Ollie Vaughn's
Duck and Decanter
Bertha's Cafe
Courtesy of Tom Jetland
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1. Miracle Mile Deli 1949 E Camelback Rd Ste 160, Phoenix, AZ 85016

The Miracle Mile has been in Arizona over 60 years, and proudly boasts “the best Jewish food west of New York City.” Taking it at its word, The New Yorker, with its pastrami and homemade slaw, it definitely feels like a little slice of the East Coast has landed right here in the desert.

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2. Zookz - Sandwiches with an Edge 4750 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85012

This Central Phoenix sandwich spot brings you unusual sammies that will top just about any others around. One of the reasons for that is its special sauces that come in a variety of flavors and on a myriad of sandwich choices. Pro tip: go with the No. 20, which includes thinly sliced turkey, bacon, avocado, tomato, and shredded cheddar.

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3. Essence Bakery 3830 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018

This award-winning Arcadia bakery boasts a chef trained in Paris and some top-shelf ingredients for him to work with. This standout number is a spicy, local twist on the classic Parisian dish -- the Jalapeño Croque-Monsieur -- which features ham, Gruyere cheese, jalapeños, and béchamel.

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4. Flancer's 1902 N Higley Rd, Mesa, AZ 85205

There’s nothing typical about a Flancer’s sandwich, and between its thyme-marinated chicken and its filet mignon and gorgonzola cheese, you’ll almost certainly have the opportunity to try something for the first time. One of the standouts is the Chile Verde Birdie Turkey, which is a great turkey sandwich turned one-of-a-kind masterpiece by the New Mexican green chile mayonnaise.

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5. Pane Bianco 4404 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85012

It shouldn't come as a surprise that one of the best pizza-makers in the country -- James Beard Award-winning chef Chris Bianco -- also makes stand-out sandwiches with crispy, olive-oil-glistened focaccia, house-made mozzarella, and salty soppressata. Pane Bianco's sandwiches are only served during lunch; at dinner, they give way to red-sauce Italian entrées like lasagne, eggplant parmesan, and most importantly, Bianco's famed wood-fired pizzas.

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6. Ollie Vaughn's Kitchen and Bakery 1526 E McDowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85006

Ollie Vaughn’s has a solid menu of simple-yet-delicious sandwiches, the perfect exemplar of which is its classic Turkey Club. Roasted turkey, bacon, avocado, roasted tomato, and of course a little lettuce and mayo -- there's nothing fancy. It's just flat-out tasty.

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7. Chestnut Fine Foods & Provisions 4350 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018

Chestnut isn’t your typical in-and-out deli sandwich shop -- it offers healthier options, a full coffee bar, and even a list of classic cocktails. Chestnut is dedicated to breakfast and lunch by day, offering favorites like its lobster cobb, kale salad, and chocolate chip cookies; however, by night, the restaurant transitions into Water Chestnut, an evening ramen concept featuring both small plates like Roast Duck Bao with sriracha slaw and large ramen bowls with nori, naruto, and even soy eggs.

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8. Bertha's Cafe 3134 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016

Bertha’s Café is a local favorite known for consistently doling out some of the best sandwiches and salads in town. The Asparagus and Havarti Panini is undeniably one of the best items on the menu. The sando features asparagus, pesto mayo, arugula, roasted red peppers, and Havarti cheese, all grilled to perfection between two pieces of bread -- and while it’s delicious alone, you can (and should) also add ham or chicken.

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9. Switch Restaurant & Wine Bar 2603 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Located in the heart of Midtown Phoenix, this casual American resto and vino bar has something for everyone, from tasty sandwiches for lunch to larger dishes for dinner. And with Wi-Fi, comfy couches, and a patio, the amenities alone make it worth the trip.