Here’s a few well-executed sandwiches in or near our ‘hood. Using the most liberal possible definition of “sandwich” and in no particular order:
1. El Cubano, Cyclops
Sweet meets savory: “Roasted pulled pork, sliced pit ham, Jarlsberg cheese, thin sliced pickle, dijon mustard and poblano aioli on a grilled ciabatta.” Early-afternoon weekend brunch material here.
2. East Coast or Chicken Chipotle, Mike’s East Coast Sandwiches
Fresh off the panini grill at Cafe Two at Antioch College (with Stumptown drip coffee), Forza Coffee at Fisher Plaza, and Motore Coffee (9th & Lenora).
3. New Town Special, New Town Market
I recommend smoked turkey instead of peppermill turkey. The same Boar’s Head menu is available at Westlake Specialty Market (7th & Westlake).
4. Your custom deli sandwich, ordered online, Specialty’s Cafe
Use their sandwich configurator to build a custom sandwich, then order and pay online for pick up in 15 minutes (yes, this actually works!). It’s like they timed a leisurely walk from Belltown to 5th and Union. My pick: the Taguchi Goat Club.
5. Spicy Moroccan Pita, Zeitoon Cafe
“Dolme, hummus, tabouli, lettuce, cucumber, garlic sauce, house sauce, hot sauce and tzatziky.” Pro tip: ask for light or no house sauce, and cut it in half before eating or you’ll wear some leftovers home.
6. The Gaucho Dip or 410 Burger, El Gaucho Bar
The menu does its job: “Sliced Certified angus Beef prime top sirloin, toasted baguette, chimichurri aioli, english Coastal Cheddar, house au jus, taro chips.” For 50% off, pair with a glass of wine and a friend (or an iPad) during “The Gaucho 120” (minutes of happy hour).