Japanese Katsu Sando
NueAddress and Info
Opened a little over a year ago, this international street-food joint quickly became a favorite for rare eats of all kinds, but especially for sandwiches. All thanks in part to this deceptively simple number boasting a panko breaded pork loin on crustless white bread with Kewpie mayo (sweeter than the usual stuff) and Tonkatsu sauce (basically a BBQ sauce) that really defies a simple description... But let us try: it's fucking delicious.
Ballard Annex Oyster HouseAddress and Info
It is rich, yet delicate. It is served on wonderfully soft bread and with handcut fries. It is a classic but is actually pretty hard to find in Seattle and is almost rebellious in its' use of a shellfish that isn't crab… and isn't local. It is without doubt one of Seattle's best sandwiches. What it isn't is cheap. This sucker sells at "Market Price" so be prepared to shell out 40-50 bucks. Or even as much as $80.
El CamionAddress and Info
Filled with carnitas (or whatever meat you like, El Camion has a million options), lettuce, mayonnaise, avocado, tomato, jalapeño, and pico de gallo, this South-of-the-border classic can be found at El C's three food trucks or its Ballard brick & mortar.
Wagyu beef sandwich
The Butcher's TableAddress and Info
South Lake Union
This retail arm of what promises to be Seattle's swankiest new steakhouse specializes in wagyu beef, and from 11:30am to 3pm this no-seat spot serves a small selection of sandwiches including skirt steak w/ poblano peppers, brisket w/ slaw & bbq sauce, etc. that are all to-go.
Santa Maria tri-tip
Martino’s Smoked Meats & EateryAddress and Info
Grass-fed tri-tip sirloin, red oak smoke, roasted poblano & tomato salsa, and chimichurri combine to make a sandwich so good you'll think it's an early present from the other Santa.
Un BienAddress and Info
Ballard & Shilshole
Yes, this is the same sandwich -- arguably Seattle's favorite thanks to caramelized onions and slow-roasted pork, aioli, cilantro, and romaine lettuce on Macrina bread -- that they used to make (and kind of still do) at Paseo, and yes, one of UB's locations is the same seaside shack where Paseo got it's start, BUT this isn't some copycat operation. It's run by two of Paseo's former owner's sons using family recipes. And say what you want about that dude, he could make one fine sandwich.
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Try your hand at some of the best street foods from around the world at this Capitol Hill spot, which offers a menu that touts tasty international dishes like Latvian Smoked Sprats, Trinidad Goat Curry, and Romanian Mititei. A must-try sandwich is the Japanese Katsu: panko-breaded pork loin on crustless white bread with Kewpie mayo and Tonkatsu sauce. With Nue, you have the chance to nosh on rare global eats -- without a passport.
The crew behind Kickin' Boot Whiskey Kitchen and The Matador took over the old Thaiku and turned it into the Ballard Annex Oyster House, where they're serving scratch-made chowders and soups, fresh seafood, and tons of oysters either on the half shell or as shooters. The modern, wood-paneled space is complete with an oyster bar, tanks of Maine lobsters, and three steam kettles. You'll want to load up on shellfish and wash them down with some happy hour drinks while you're here.
This location is the brick & mortar spot of the popular taco trucks, serving up breakfast burritos (all day!), gorditas, tamales, and some of the best and most authentic tacos in the city. Be sure to load 'em up with one of the fresh options at their salsa bar. Another solid pick is their classic torta, filled with a meat of your choosing, plus plenty of flavorful accompaniments, including avocado, tomato, jalapeño, and pico de gallo.
A swanky, modern steakhouse, The Butcher's Table will have you feeling luxurious as you dine on some of the finest meats in town, including Mishima Reserve Wagyu beef, their specialty. They boast a fine dining room, a spirited bar, and live music every night. You'll also want to hit up their retail arm, which offers house-smoked meats and gourmet to-go sandwiches made with tasty skirt steak, brisket, and more.
Opened in a former vegan shoe/chocolate shop (seriously!) by the Nickerson Street Saloon guys, Martino's Smoked Meats is a gleaming 14-seat deli serving up a handful of Seattle's most meat-tastic sandwiches, the occasional BBQ special, and sides so meat heavy that the potato salad is mostly bacon. There's a small but mighty breakfast menu available on weekends, complemented by mimosas and Herkimer drip coffee.
Un Bien serves tasty Caribbean-inspired sandwiches, like the Smokin' Thighs (marinated and grilled boneless chicken thighs) and the Caribbean Roast (slow roasted, marinated pork shoulder). Sandwiches at this vibrant island shack spot are served on a toasted baguette, smothered with aioli, and topped with fresh cilanto, pickled jalapeños, and caramelized onions. They can (and should) be ordered with sides of fire-roasted corn and rice & beans.