The Five Best Sandwich Spots in St. Louis
|The "7th Street Sicilian" po' boy at Blues City Deli|
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.
|Speck sandwich with Fontina Val d'Aosta and preserved lemons|
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.
|The Italian sandwich at Snarf's|
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.