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Most Popular Sandwiches in Houston

Whether you’re in the mood for a Mexican-style torta, a classic po’ boy, a chicken club, or a grilled cheese, a sandwich is always a great choice for a quick, filling meal with plenty of flavor. We’ve put together a list of some of Houston’s best sandwiches and where to find them.

Best Sandwiches in Houston – Top 10 Sandwich Shops & Places

1. Local Foods

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Local Foods focuses on seasonal produce and farm-to-table ingredients. It’s also home to one of Houston’s best sandwiches: the “crunchy” chicken sandwich, which is a chicken breast paired with nut seed crumble and crushed potato chips on a pretzel bun. You can also find bahn mí and some tasty vegan sandwich options here. You can ask for sandwiches as gluten-free wraps or salads, as well.
Where: 5740 San Felipe St, Houston, TX 77057

2. Kenny & Ziggy’s New York Delicatessen

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Kenny & Ziggy’s New York Delicatessen is exactly what it says on the tin. This New York-style deli is the perfect place to go for standard deli classics such as patty melts, grilled cheeses, and triple-and quadruple-decker sandwiches piled sky high pastrami and roast beef. This deli represents a family legacy that dates back to 1927, and the flavors are always solid and reliable. If you’re not in the mood for a sandwich, the restaurant is also known for its bagels, burgers, and blintzes. Prices here run high, especially for a sandwich shop, but portion sizes are also pretty enormous, so you’ll definitely end up with leftovers. Gluten-free bread is available.
Where: 2327 Post Oak Blvd, Houston, TX 77056

3. Roostar Vietnamese Grill

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Roostar Vietnamese Grill is an excellent choice for bahn mí fans. The sandwich menu is short and simple, with pork belly, filet o fish, and chopped ribeye among the most popular options. The restaurant also has several vegetarian sandwich options, including fried egg, tofu, and chunky avocado. Each one is served on a baguette and topped with garlic mayo, pickled carrots, cucumber, cilantro, jalapeno and dash of soy sauce. The toppings don’t change from sandwich to sandwich unless you ask, so if you’re someone who can’t stand cilantro, make sure to speak up. Affordable and delicious, these are definitely some of Houston’s best sandwiches.
Where: 1411 Gessner Rd Suite I, Houston, TX 77080

4. Paulie’s Poboys

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Whatever name you might want to give it, a poboy is just plain good. Paulie’s Poboys wants to expand the horizons of what a poboy is, though, and includes a lot of Lebanese influence in its menu. Along with standard deli meats, muffuletta, and tuna, the menu includes sandwiches like Nature Boy, a vegetarian tabouli salad with feta cheese on wheat. You can also get falafel, gyros, Cuban sandwiches, and dolma.
Where: 11805 Westheimer Rd #360, Houston, TX 77077

5. Ploughman’s Deli

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Ploughman’s Deli is a picky eater’s paradise. The build-your-own sandwich options are vast, with six different bread options (and the option to pick no bread at all), three different kinds of mustard, and up to two different proteins at no extra cost. You can also customize your own grilled cheese sandwich or pick a standard option such as the meatball sub or the ham and eggs, which features bone-in ham and egg salad on ciabatta. There’s also a kids’ menu with crowd pleasers like peanut butter and honey.
Where: 965 Pinemont Dr #100, Houston, TX 77018

6. Mendocino Farms

Best Sandwiches in Houston: Top 10 Sandwich Shops and Places

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Mendocino Farms is an import from California that emphasizes fresh, healthy ingredients. Customers can enjoy vegan bahn mí with baked tofu, a Peruvian steak sandwich with Oaxacan cheese and herb aioli, and club sandwiches with avocado and bacon. Expect a heaping serving of fresh vegetables in every bite. There are a good number of vegan and vegetarian options, and the restaurant labels which sandwiches can be made vegan or gluten-free upon request.
Where: 5510 Morningside Dr, Houston, TX 77005

7. Common Bond Bistro & Bakery

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Common Bond Bistro & Bakery is a favorite in Montrose (and other parts of the city, too–there are several locations) for its pastries, baguettes, and coffee. Of course, it’s also a great place to grab a sandwich. Try the French dip sandwich served with au jus, the shrimp po’ boy, or the smoked salmon on a croissant with lemon caper aioli.
Where: 1706 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77098

8. Antone’s Famous Po’Boys

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Antone’s Famous Po’Boys has been serving up sub-style sandwiches in the Houston area since 1962. The restaurant wears this badge with pride. You may have spotted Antone’s sandwiches in their white wrappers being sold in grocery stores. They’re definitely considered some of Houston’s best sandwiches, and people swear by them. While the grocery store versions are great, it’s well worth it to go to a restaurant location and grab a made-to-order sandwich. You can get the classic po’ boy, including standouts like the Piggy, a combination of chopped ham, salami, and provolone cheese, or you can opt for a hot sandwich such as a gyro or an oyster po’ boy.
Where: 4520 San Felipe, Houston, 77027

9. Revival Market

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Revival Market is a butcher shop and a café rolled into one. While you’re there, you can do some shopping for your next dinner and sit down for a bit to eat. All the ingredients are locally sourced, very fresh, and high-quality, so your sandwich is sure to be bursting with flavor. Some standout options are the Korean chicken salad sandwich, which includes roast chicken, pickled celery, carrots, and cilantro, as well as the porchetta sandwich, which includes spicy broccoli rabe, provolone, and n’duja mayo. On top of the lunch options, there are also some tasty breakfast options, such as breakfast tacos and a croissant sandwich with ham, egg, and gruyere. Check out the coffee and tea menu, as well, for a really nice sit-down brunch experience.
Where: 550 Heights Blvd, Houston, TX 77007

10. El Rey Cuban & Mexican Cuisine

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You can’t make a list of Houston’s best sandwiches without including Mexican food. For a delicious rendition of the Mexican torta, check out El Rey Cuban & Mexican Cuisine. There are quite a few options for fillings, and they’re all served up on toasted bolillo bread. Try the beef fajita, al pastor, or Cuban style ropa vieja tortas. You can also get a Cuban sandwich complete with ham, roasted pork, and swiss cheese. Although this is a fast-casual restaurant, a lot of the meat is slow-cooked, marinated, and full of flavor. Because of this, and because the prices are reasonable, you should expect to wait in line for a bit if you happen to go during peak business hours. There are vegetarian and vegan torta options available. If you’re not in the mood for a sandwich, this restaurant also makes a mean taco.
Where: 9742 Katy Fwy #100, Houston, TX 77055


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