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The Five Best Sandwich Spots in St. Louis

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Ian Froeb
The "7th Street Sicilian" po' boy at Blues City Deli
3. Blues City Deli (2438 McNair Avenue; 314-773-8825)

Like Pappy's Smokehouse, Blues City Deli has become such a beloved St. Louis institution that it's hard to believe it hasn't been around for 30 or 40 years. There's no great secret to its success, just classic sandwiches like the muffuletta, Italian beef dipped in jus and salsiccia expertly prepared. The "7th Street Sicilian" is one of the best Italian cold-cut sandwiches on the planet, Provel cheese and all.

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Jennifer Silverberg
Speck sandwich with Fontina Val d'Aosta and preserved lemons
2. Salume Beddu (3467 Hampton Avenue; 314-353-3100)

You already knew Salume Beddu made great salume. You just didn't think it good get better -- and then the salumeria started serving lunch. Fiama sausage, tinged with smoked paprika, is the star of the "Beast in a Box" sandwich, while Fontina cheese and preserved lemons elevate the already wonderful speck to the sublime. The bread alone -- from Red Guitar Bread, this year's "Best Bread" -- might have earned the sandwiches a spot on this list.

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Jennifer Silverberg
The Italian sandwich at Snarf's
1. Snarf's (6301 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-725-4800)

Snarf's manages to combine both the convenience of a fast-casual chain (which it is, though a small one, out of Boulder, Colorado) with the attention to detail of a chef-centered restaurant. Yes, it costs a little more than, say, Subway, but for the money you get tender prime rib or juicy strip steak or crisp, flavorful eggplant Parmesan. A smash hit, and deservedly so, Snarf's makes the "Best Sandwiches" for 2011.


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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12 comments
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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