Sandwiches are great, whether they involve delicious fillings piled between two pieces of bread or you grinding between two attractive females on a dance floor. But since your pursuit of the latter often ends in embarrassment, here are five bread-based San Diego sandwiches that will never let you down. Or slap you. Check them out below, and if you're still hungry, peruse this list of the 50 greatest sandwiches of all time.
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The Bobbie, Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop
There’s no need to wait until November for all that turkey and stuffing goodness. This place has you covered with the Bobbie, which is basically Thanksgiving on a bun, made with homemade pulled turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, mayo, and a couple of secret ingredients that will keep you thankful all year long.
Fried Chicken on a Biscuit, Tiger!Tiger!
Only available for Sunday brunch, this Southern-style sandwich comes with buttermilk fried chicken, house-made sweet pickles, chili aioli, and butter lettuce on a fresh-made cream cheese & green onion biscuit. Make sure to have them top it off with sausage gravy. Hopefully you don't have to move again until Monday.
Big Fat Fatty, Fat Sal’s Deli
This 27in mountain of cheesesteak, cheeseburgers, pastrami, chicken fingers, bacon, mozzarella sticks, fried eggs, jalepeno poppers, fries, onion rings, chili, marinara, and fat sauce is the mother of all sandwiches. Finishing this 9lb monstrosity in 40mins or less will not only take a couple years off your life, but it’ll also earn you the $50 sando for free, and the right to name your own creation for their menu.
The Da Vinci, Piacere Mio
Aside from the assortment of beautiful Italian desserts, the paninis at this place are a can’t-miss, especially the Da Vinci made with speck, cream of mushrooms, Taleggio cheese, tomato, and arugula and grilled to perfection on fresh-made bread delivered regularly from Pappalecco in Little Italy.
The Triple Threat, Carnitas' Snack Shack
Because one kind of pork on a sandwich just isn’t enough, the Snack Shack has created a pork lover’s dream with a chicken-fried pork cutlet, slow-roasted pulled pork, and applewood-smoked bacon with aioli and homemade pepperoncini & pickle relish on a Kaiser roll.
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".
Tiger!Tiger! Tavern, Blind Lady Ale House’s sister venue, purveys draught beer and bar fare in North Park, dishing out clam chowder, curry fries, hamburgers, and other hearty soups, salads, sandwiches, and sides in a rustic yet industrial environment. Peel your eyes away from the gravity-defying, how-are-they-hanging-upside-down-I-don’t-get-it bicycles affixed to the ceiling, take a seat at a communal mahogany picnic table or barstool, and embark upon the journey of choosing a beer from Tiger!Tiger!’s varied beverage list. Take advantage of the Sunday brunch menu, which offers both sweet and savory dishes like house-made doughnuts and a fried chicken biscuit sandwich.
An Italian cafe serving coffee, dessert, and panini in South Park San Diego.
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.
At Carnitas' Snack Shack, just about everything is influenced by pork, from the menu of bacon-heavy fare to the big black pig that sits atop the roof. In true southern California fashion, 100% of the seating is in an outdoor area out back that's shaded by umbrellas and wooden roofs. The space includes a spacious bar serving up wine, beer, and snacks (also pork-focused) like chicharrones and pork belly.