Top 10 sandwiches in the Twin Cities

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The venerable sandwich has long been lauded as the ultimate portable meal, and yet the best sandwiches are well worth sitting down for and lingering over. We've eaten our way through umpteen slices of rye, torpedoes of baguettes, and towers of toast (not to mention the meats-and-cheeses situation) to find the very best the Twin Cities has to offer. Here are our top 10 favorites. If we've missed anything totally unmissable, we trust you'll let your fellow Twin Citizens know in the comments.

See also:

Top 10 street eats in the Twin Cities

Top 10 breakfasts in the Twin Cities

Top 10 dive bars in the Twin Cities


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Bahn Mi
10. Jasmine Deli's Grilled Beef Bánh Mì
Twin Cities dwellers are lucky to have an abundance of top-notch Vietnamese fare, and no list of best sandwiches would be complete without a bánh mì. Jasmine Deli's grilled beef bánh mì ($4) comes on a crunchy baguette (heaven forbid a bánh mì might come on anything too soft or pliable; a decided crunch and chew is essential), with pickled carrots, cilantro, and fresh bites of cucumber to counter the smoky grilled beef and kick of jalapeño pepper. At $3.50-$4 a pop, it's always worth grabbing a bánh mì from Jasmine if you're out and about on Eat Street.
(2532 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.870.4700; website)

9. Saffron's Lamb Bacon "BLT"

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Sameh Wadi's lamb bacon "BLT" is a mesmerizing spin on an American classic.
Sameh Wadi's Lamb Bacon "BLT" ($9) at Saffron in Minneapolis might win the title for most creative sandwich on this list. The lamb bacon is house made from lamb belly seasoned in a rub of sugar, salt, and a blend of spices, including cardamom, paprika, and orange zest. The bacon is served on vanilla egg bread with a generous swipe of saffron-tomato jam and crunchy, peppery arugula, making this a mesmerizing spin on an American classic that everyone should try at least once (though we bet you'll be back for more).
(123 N. Third St., Minneapolis; 612.746.5533; website)



8. Manny's Tortas' Cubana
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Lisa Gulya
Manny's Tortas: come hungry
Are you hungry? You'd better be if you're thinking of attempting the Cubana from Manny's Tortas ($8.45). Crunchy-crusted French bread is stuffed with juicy ham, salty pork loin, Swiss cheese, and creamy avocado. Fresh lettuce, tomato, onion, and jalapeños enhance the crunch factor, and a chipotle mayonnaise leaves a slight tingle on your tongue, perfectly complementing the rest of the sandwich. A huge, messy affair: Come to Manny's hungry and you won't go home disappointed.
(920 E. Lake St., Minneapolis; 612.870.3930; website)

7. Butcher and the Boar's Lobster Grilled Cheese with an Egg
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Emily Utne
Butcher and the Boar's lobster grilled cheese (opt for the egg)
Butcher and the Boar brings luxury and decadence to the forefront with its lobster grilled cheese ($18, or $20 with a fried organic egg). The simple, downplayed description on the menu belies the extravagance within. Rich and buttery, the lobster and cheese absolutely ooze from between perfectly glistening slices of Texas toast in this indulgent sandwich. Add the fried egg. (You know you want to.)
(1121 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612.238.8888; website)



6. Sun Street Breads' Southern Fried Biscuit Sandwich
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Sun Street Breads makes a mean biscuit.
The Twin Cities may not be the first place you'd think to come looking for a decent biscuit, but come you should, in order to be wooed by Solveig Tofte's delicately crusted, deeply buttery, tender biscuits. The former head baker at Turtle Bread could bring tears to a Southerner's eyes with her Southern-Fried Biscuit Sandwich ($7.25). As indulgent as the name suggests, you'll be delighted by fried chicken that's crisp on the outside, tender straight through each bite, with thick bacon and a peppery sausage gravy that smothers the whole thing. One of the best, butteriest ways to start your day in the Twin Cities.
(4600 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis; 612.354.3414; website)

Location Info

Sun Street Breads

4600 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, MN

Category: Restaurant

Jasmine Deli

2532 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN

Category: Restaurant

Saffron Restaurant & Lounge

123 N. 3rd St., Minneapolis, MN

Category: Restaurant


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17 comments
ATrevorA
ATrevorA

@MinneapolisMom @MinneapolisMom Nailed Pastrami on Rye but 4got Dagwood's. #yupTweetingat2am

ATrevorA
ATrevorA

@MinneapolisMom Nailed Pastrami on Rye but 4got Dagwood's.

skyblueerik
skyblueerik

I firmly agree with #1. A sandwich to haunt your dreams. (Great, now I HAVE to have one...)

MannysTortas
MannysTortas

@shrnhnngn thank you , thank you, thank you!!!!

morchellampls
morchellampls

My addition is the grilled mushroom sandwich at Brother's deli downtonw Mpls.- order this with friends because it will drip down your arm and you will have special basil sauce on your face.  And, to make a great sandwich experience even better, the salad bar has pickled herring! 

Derp
Derp

You forgot the classic Sausage, Egg and Cheese McMuffin from McDonald's!

angharad_guy
angharad_guy

Here it is! I ate a lot of sandwiches for this. You're welcome. RT @hotdishblog Top 10 sandwiches in the Twin Cities http://t.co/hPd4koKG

Obvious
Obvious

Why have a best of list and make top 10 lists everyday?  This has gotten out of hand.

 

 

SwaggerChef
SwaggerChef

@citypages you forgot the @surlybrewing corned beef and caramelized sprout Sammy at the @BulldogNE #shamelessplug

SunIsComing
SunIsComing

@citypages Nothing vegetarian? *sigh*

A1batross
A1batross

Nothing from Cecil's Deli? NOTHING!? No Sasha with Bird Sauce? No Reuben?Obviously you need additional research. I volunteer to assist as long as you expense the tab. Pick me up tomorrow at 11 a.m....http://www.cecilsdeli.com/hotstuff.html

nicholaskolnik
nicholaskolnik

@angharad_guy I often find myself craving @france44cheese's sandwich of fennel salami, cheddar, garlic confit & olive oil. #GetInMyBelly

ashleylange
ashleylange

@angharad_guy Lots of sandwiches sounds like a good gig to me.

corellcleef
corellcleef

 @A1batross Cecil's? Really? There is NOTHING special about any sandwich from that overpriced, below average hole in the wall. Perfect nursing home food and nothing more. Especially when you take into consideration the prices. Also the Chopped Liver is bland and under seasoned.

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