Food & Drink

The 7 Best Sandwich Shops in San Diego

Published On 02/04/2015 Published On 02/04/2015
Sara Norris/Thrillist
Rubicon Deli
Sara Norris/Thrillist
T Deli
Heavy Taste
Hillcrest Sandwich Co.
Sara Norris/Thrillist
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1. Rubicon Deli 3715 India St, San Diego, CA 92103

When a place makes its own bread in-house, you can bet its sandwich game is on point. In Rubicon's case, you would be correct. They offer several must-have varieties, but the Belly Up rocks just as hard as its namesake and is full of slow-roasted pork belly, sweet & spicy coleslaw, lettuce, and miso-ginger mayo. If you prefer to forge your own path, they have an encyclopedic array of build-your-own ingredient options. No matter what route you go, a cookie is a must.

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2. Supernatural Sea To Sandwich 7094 Miramar Rd #105, San Diego, CA 92121

Not to be confused with the most popular activity at Santana-themed swingers conventions, Supernatural Sandwiches are the tucked-away creation of four 'wich aficionados with hyper-local leanings and the humble dream of making “sea-to-sandwich”... sandwiches.

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3. K Sandwiches 7604 Linda Vista Rd, San Diego, CA 92111

Basically every sandwich at K Sandwiches is under five bucks, but at just $2.99, the #9 Grilled Pork Sandwich is the way to go. You can’t beat banh mi thit nuong with grilled pork, cilantro, jalapeños, house mayo, and pickled carrots and daikon. It might be a Vietnamese sandwich, but do the American thing and order it with extra meat. K Sandwiches also has a bakery with an ever-changing selection of fresh breads and pastries.

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4. Hillcrest Sandwich Co. 3780 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103 (Hillcrest)

Hillcrest Sandwich Co. might be on the small side, but their sandwiches are definitely not. The "Angel’s Gate" lives up to its heavenly billing with its huge stacks of roast beef, Swiss cheese, sprouts, red onions, and avocado on an onion roll. They also do local deliveries.

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5. Capriotti's Sandwich Shop 1620 Camino de la Reina, San Diego, CA 92108 (San Marcos)

This sandwich operation, with over 30 years in the biz, is serving up traditionally roasted specialties like the turkey/Provolone/Russian dressing/slaw "Cole Turkey", as well as their famous Thanksgiving-themed "Bobbie".

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6. Fat Sal's Deli 956 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109 (Pacific Beach)

Opened by Jerry Ferrara (Turtle from Entourage) and a couple of his pals, Fat Sal's Deli serves hefty sandwiches like the eponymous Fat Sal: a behemoth stuffed with roast beef, mozzarella sticks (yes, the sticks), onion rings, fries, brown gravy, and mayo on a garlic roll.