The Five Best Sandwich Spots in St. Louis

Selecting Riverfront Times' Best of St. Louis 2011 was no picnic. Choosing the winner meant several worthy candidates would go unmentioned -- until now. In this Gut Check series, we are chewing our way through notable runners up in a number of categories. To see hundreds more winners and finalists and download the Riverfront Times Best of St. Louis mobile app, visit our Best of St. Louis homepage.

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Jennifer Silverberg
​What does Riverfront Times' crack eating squad (not the same as our crack-eating squad, though there's some overlap) eat more than anything else? While the exact numbers aren't handy, the safe bet isn't pizza or barbecue or burgers.

It's sandwiches. From humble deli creations to artisan salume, we love 'em all. (Well, most of 'em.) Only five could make the cut for "Best Sandwiches," though. Here are the finalists.

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Jennifer Silverberg
The "Tamm Avenue Turkey" sandwich at Nora's
​5. Nora's (1136 Tamm Avenue; 314-645-2706)

Meats smoked in-house help distinguish this small Dogtown establishment: The "For Pete's Sake" features smoked pork loin with bacon, brie, caramelized onions and applesauce, while smoked turkey serves as the centerpiece for several sandwiches, including the "Hangover Club" (with Genoa salami, provolone and bacon). The vegetarian crowd isn't left out, as smoked portobello mushrooms are the basis for a couple of sandwiches.

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Jennifer Silverberg
The "Big Bend Mafia" sandwich at Fozzie's
4. Fozzie's Sandwich Emporium (1170 South Big Bend Boulevard, Richmond Heights; 314-932-5414)

You don't need to love The Muppets to love Fozzie's Sandwich Emporium. (In fact, the restaurant was named after a cat, not the bear.) You just have to enjoy fat, flavor-packed sandwiches, like the "BABLT" -- both Bs stand for bacon, a half-pound in total --  the gyro and the "Juicy Lucy," a burger with melted cheese in the center. Make sure to leave room for a shake.


Location Info

Nora's

1136 Tamm Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

Fozzie's Sandwich Emporium

1170 S. Big Bend Blvd., Richmond Heights, MO

Category: Restaurant

Blues City Deli

2438 McNair Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

Salume Beddu

3467 Hampton Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

Snarf's

6301 Delmar Blvd., University City, MO

Category: Restaurant


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KIMBO
KIMBO

pathetic; It goes BCD, Adrana's, Phuc Loi, 9h Street Deli, then Pickles.  Honorable mention to Vallesana for their torta.  Carl's is a burger place and its not in St. Louis, it's in the county, so it doesn't count(y).

Gutcheck = food haters
Gutcheck = food haters

Don't insult us by leaving off worthy contenders.  At least acknowledge that Protzels, Carls, Pickles, et al exist.  And drop the stupid chains.  Sellouts.

Jason
Jason

Where's Carl's?  Your list fails at life.

Sam McCabe
Sam McCabe

heck yes fozzie's rulezzzzz. their homemade chips are also fantastic.

Lucas
Lucas

Did you seriously pick and out-of-town chain as the best sandwich shop in St. Louis? That's deplorable! This category is "Best Sandwich Spots" not "Most Convenient Sandwich Spot to RFT Office", right? I know Snarf's is just up the street from the RFT office, but give me a break.

For me Blues City Deli has to be #1, but past that where are the great sandwich shops on The Hill?! Adriana's, Gioia's? Besides that I can't believe LeGrand's Market, Mom's Deli, and Carl's Deli were all overlooked. I'd put all 5 of those places above Snarf's (and Fozzie's too honestly, I've had too many sub-par experiences there).

Jacob
Jacob

Pickles isn't bad but it's not as good as any of these. Always felt Carl's was overrated.

Edible Difference makes a pretty mean hot sandwich downtown. I'd put them close to the top 5. But hard to argue with any of these five. Snarf's is the clear #1

Cheree
Cheree

Love all of these places but sorry to see that Pickles did not make the list. 

BillAnderson
BillAnderson

Speaking of Pathetic.... Carl's Deli on Clayton Road, not Carl's Drive-In to which you are referring.

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