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15 Fantastic Dallas Sandwiches for National Sandwich Day

The Broadstreet Cheesesteak At Big Tony's
The Broadstreet Cheesesteak At Big Tony's Angie Quebedeaux
The average American eats almost 200 sandwiches each year. As one of America’s most popular lunch items, National Sandwich Day, Nov. 3, gives us a great reason to celebrate some of the awesome sandwiches in this city. While it is virtually impossible to list every type of sandwich and every great place to get them around Dallas, here are a few noteworthy ones you should check out.

Sandwich Hag

1902 S. Lamar St.
Bánh mì at Sandwich Hag - BETH RANKIN
Bánh mì at Sandwich Hag
Beth Rankin
Sandwich Hag serves up some legit bánh mì sandwich options ($10.75 - $12.75) from pork, sausage, tofu, chicken and veggie. Their Nem Nướng Bánh Mì is a best seller with their house pork sausage that is a little sweet with a lot of garlic and a tad sticky. A savory sausage comes with house pickles, veggies, garlic aioli spread, all on a fresh baked Vietnamese baguette. And we love their “no assholes rule” and believe everyone should strive to be nice, cool and kind. So, check them out the next time you’re in Deep Ellum.

Loro Asian Smokehouse & Bar

1812 North Haskell Ave.

click to enlarge Loro's oak-smoked beef brisket sandwich. - ANGIE QUEBEDEAUX
Loro's oak-smoked beef brisket sandwich.
Angie Quebedeaux
Loro Asian Smokehouse & Bar recently opened in Dallas, a partnership between Franklin’s Barbecue and Uchi (both based in Austin). It's a gastronomic combination that you should try. Fair warning: you’re going to need some napkins on hand to tackle their Oak Smoked Beef Brisket Sandwich. Topped with crisp papaya salad, peanuts, chili aioli and Thai herbs on a fluffy bun, this melt-in-your-mouth sandwich is one of the best non-traditional barbecue brisket sandwiches that will hit your lips this year.

Alamo Club

1919 Greenville Ave.
click to enlarge The Breakfast Sandwich - ANGIE QUEBEDEAUX
The Breakfast Sandwich
Angie Quebedeaux
The Breakfast Sandwich ($12) at Alamo Club is an example of what appears to be a basic sandwich yet far surpasses anything you can find in a drive-thru, and it is worth the time to sit down and enjoy every delicious bite. It's served with several slices of pecan smoked bacon, two eggs (cooked to order), crispy hash browns (McD’s style), shredded longhorn cheddar cheese and jalapeño mayo. This sandwich is only served on the weekend but is the perfect combination of savory, crispy and spicy and will take your Sunday Funday to a whole new level.

Big Tony’s West Philly Cheesesteaks

13378 Preston Road (Also located in Allen, DeSoto & Plano)

click to enlarge The Broadstreet Cheesesteak At Big Tony's - ANGIE QUEBEDEAUX
The Broadstreet Cheesesteak At Big Tony's
Angie Quebedeaux
While there are many places that serve a great cheesesteak sandwich in Dallas, the cheesesteaks at Big Tony’s West Philly Cheesesteaks are damn good. Big Tony’s commitment to quality includes buying his bread from Amoroso’s in Philadelphia, which is considered the mark of a real Philly cheesesteak. The Broadstreet Cheesesteak comes with steak, mushrooms, banana peppers, sautéed onions, jalapeños, and cheese. The banana peppers add an unexpected, delightful tang to the sandwich that could easily send it to the Cheesesteak Hall of Fame (if there is such a thing).

Jonathon’s Diner

1619 N. Beckley Ave.
click to enlarge The club to go from Jonathon's Diner - TAYLOR ADAMS
The club to go from Jonathon's Diner
Taylor Adams
At Jonathon’s Diner, there is a good chance you will need a jaw extender to get this delicious club sandwich ($12) into your mouth. It's served with ham, turkey, bacon, Swiss, American, LTO, avocado, egg and mayo on sourdough sliced bread and is a mouthful of flavor.

Modest Rogers

3811 Fairmount St.
click to enlarge The Cuban Sandwich - COURTESY OF MODEST ROGERS
The Cuban Sandwich
Courtesy of Modest Rogers
Modest Rogers recently opened in Uptown, and owner and chef Modesto “Mo” Rodriguez serves his authentic Cuban sandwich ($15) on their lunch menu only and it is one made with pure heart and soul. It contains sliced roasted pork, ham, Swiss cheese, cornichon pickles and a garlic mustard aioli on their freshly grilled Cuban bread. The bread alone will make you wish you ordered two of them. Add all those delicious fresh layers of meat and cheese, and you’d be crazy NOT to order two of them.

The Commissary

1217 Main Street
click to enlarge The French dip - COURTESY THE COMMISSARY
The French dip
Courtesy The Commissary
For those who don’t get to downtown Dallas on a regular basis, do yourself a favor and make the trip specifically for the French dip ($13) at The Commissary. The fresh French bread roll is loaded with shaved beef, caramelized onions, and Dijon mustard. But what makes this version fantastic and unique is their “jus” for dipping is actually Phở broth, which is earthy, aromatic and flavorful.

PT Neighborhood Pizzeria

5715 Lemmon Ave.
click to enlarge Classic Italian Combo Sandwich - COURTESY OF PT NEIGHBORHOOD PIZZERIA
Classic Italian Combo Sandwich
Courtesy of PT Neighborhood Pizzeria
Most of you already know how great the pizza crust is at Pie Tap and their new spinoff, PT Neighborhood Pizzeria. So, it’s no surprise that they also make their own sourdough bread for these sandwiches, and they have managed to stuff their Classic Italian Combo Sandwich ($12) with prosciutto, salami, pepperoni, ham, fontina, hot peppers, Calabrian chili aioli, tomato, lettuce and Italian dressing. And we can confirm that it is great, indeed.

The Free Man Cajun Café & Lounge

2626 Commerce St.
click to enlarge Muffuletta at The Free Man - LAUREN DREWES DANIELS
Muffuletta at The Free Man
Lauren Drewes Daniels
The muffuletta ($12.95) at The Free Man Cajun Café & Lounge is something special. Just make sure you’re hungry when you order it. A whole one, when put together, is the size of a human head. The bread is sturdy enough to remain crusty, despite the moist olive salad. And it is believed that the sandwich gets better as the flavors meld together so do yourself a favor and consider ordering an extra one for the next day.

Brown Bag Provisions

150 Turtle Creek Blvd., Suite 202
click to enlarge The Charles Pastrami - ANGIE QUEBEDEAUX
The Charles Pastrami
Angie Quebedeaux
Brown Bag Provisions was voted by the Observer as the Best Sandwich Shop for 2021. And we can say that The Charles Pastrami ($13) is Instagram food porn. The good news is it tastes as great as it looks. They brine the meat for seven days with brown sugar, mustard, salt, juniper, caraway, fennel, garlic and pepper. It’s then re-rubbed with spices, smoked, and then cooked sous vide for two days. They miso-glaze it and serve it in a traditional Reuben-style on marbled rye, garnished with horseradish pickles, Swiss cheese and whole-grain mustard.

Tasty Tails

4950 Belt Line, Suite 190A (Addison)
click to enlarge Shrimp po-boy - COURTESY OF TASTY TAILS
Shrimp po-boy
Courtesy of Tasty Tails
The po-boys at Tasty Tails are overflowing with your choice of shrimp, catfish, oysters or soft-shelled crab ($11.99 - $20.99). They get their French bread from Gambino’s Bakery or Leidenheimer Bread in New Orleans. If you’ve never had the opportunity to have French bread from either Gambino’s or Leidenheimer, do yourself a favor and get here as soon as possible. Po-boys can be ordered as a half (8”) or a whole (12”). And if you happen to be in the area during the week between 11:30 a.m and 3 p.m., you can get a 6-inch po-boy stuffed with fried shrimp or catfish and fries or their delicious gumbo for $9.99.

Deli News

17062 Preston Road
click to enlarge The reuben at Deli News - COURTESY OF THE DELI NEWS
The reuben at Deli News
Courtesy of the Deli News
Dallas has several great deli’s that serve amazing sandwiches. But Deli News is a Dallas institution to be reckoned with. And their Reuben sandwich ($14.99) is hard to beat. Corned beef piled high on their fresh grilled New York rye. A mound of sauerkraut is topped with melted Swiss cheese and served open-faced, the way it’s done in New York.

Top Round

4800 Bryan Street
click to enlarge The Horse and Hole sandwich - COURTESY OF TOP ROUND
The Horse and Hole sandwich
Courtesy of Top Round
Top Round has taken the roast beef sandwich market by storm in Dallas since it opened a few years ago. Their sandwiches are served with USDA Choice Top Round slow-roasted daily and jus is made in-house. They offer five options on their menu, but because we are gluttons for punishment and love the nose hair singeing effect of horseradish, we lean towards the Horse and Hole or the Beef on Weck.

Latin Deli

5844 Abrams Road
Tomato and Mozzarella Supreme at Latin Deli - NICK RALLO
Tomato and Mozzarella Supreme at Latin Deli
Nick Rallo
There is nothing better than the taste of a caprese dish on a hot summer day with its slices of fresh tomatoes and creamy buffalo mozzarella with sprigs of fragrant basil.  At Latin Deli, they take all these ingredients and load them onto their fresh ciabatta bread to make one of the best vegetarian sandwiches in Dallas. The Tomato and Mozzarella Supreme has creamy avocado, pickled onions and sautéed jalapeños. The combination of all these flavors will convert even the most hard-core carnivore.


4029 Crutcher St.
click to enlarge Every sandwich has a story to tell, especially the Cardi B at Invasion. - ALISON MCLEAN
Every sandwich has a story to tell, especially the Cardi B at Invasion.
Alison McLean
Nashville Hot Chicken sandwiches have exploded in the DFW area recently. We recently spotlighted the 10  Best Hot Chicken Sandwiches in Dallas, and there is some seriously hot and delicious options out there. But the Cardi B at Invasion in East Dallas keeps us up at night. 
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Angie Quebedeaux is a freelance food writer for the Observer. A "ragin' Cajun" from Lafayette, she's been in Dallas since 2002. She is an HR director by day and loves to “laissez les bon temps rouler.”