Top 10 Sandwiches*

Photo by John Anderson

1) Shrimp Bánh Mì at Ng BMT

Maybe that line at Ramen Tatsu-Ya is just a little too long, or your budget is a little too tight. Pop in to Hong Kong Supermarket, head to the back of the store, and order a legit bánh mì from the smiling lady in the Ng BMT stand. Lightly battered, peppery shrimp are napped with a house sauce and nestled into a fresh, house-made baguette alongside pickled vegetables. All this for only $6.

2) The Lucy at Austin Daily Press

Chunks of tender, moist, lemongrass-marinated pork mingles with a smartly curated assemblage of ingredients – sweet and hot pickles, Sriracha, and mint. Pairs perfectly with a side of pillowy jalapeño hush puppies.

3) Cubana at Fresa's

Naturally, the star of the show at Fresa's is the chicken, but the tortas aren't to be overlooked.

4) TCB at Swift's Attic

It's brunch and you're feeling like giving your nutritionist (and your arteries) the middle finger. How about peanut butter slathered between two thick slices of brioche, topped with slabs of bacon and garnished with salted-caramel bananas? Elvis wishes he'd lived to enjoy this dish.

5) Jambon Beurre at Hopfields

Sometimes simplicity is the best approach. Tender baguette gets a smear of butter, which is then overlaid with tender slices of shaved jambon de Paris. That's it, unless you want to add a couple of wedges of Camembert for a small upcharge (delicious but unnecessary). Served with a side of cornichons and lightly dressed spring greens, this is the perfect light lunch.

6) Fried Fish Sammie at Launderette

Sure, a fried fish sandwich doesn't exactly scream "ladies who lunch," but you don't feel weighed down by this lightly battered fillet served on a pillowy challah bun, accented by a delicate fennel slaw and Old Bay seasoning.

7) El San Antonio at El Sapo

I don't usually eat burgers, but when I do, I go for one that is also a stealth chalupa.

8) Royal with Brie (His) and Cleopatra (Hers) at Gourmands

My husband loves the classic combination of roast beef and Brie (hold the sprouts), while I gravitate toward the assortment of briny/kicky/crispy veggies fit for a queen.

9) Turkey at Stiles Switch

Brisket may be king in this neck of the woods, but turkey is the sleeper protein at Stiles Switch. A standard Mrs Baird's bun is piled with juicy slices of Stiles' always-perfect smoked bird; I like mine without sauce but heaped with pickles. Enjoyed with a side of corn casserole and banana pudding for dessert, this sandwich is a winner, winner, chicken dinner.

10) Vegi Supreme at Halal Corner/Kismet Cafe

*Technically, a wrap is not a sandwich, but why split hairs when you could be devouring a pita filled with generous portions of creamy hummus, nutty roasted cauliflower, and hearty falafel?

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