March 18, 2011
What are the area's best sandwiches?

midMo0311cover1-235x300.jpgCertain journalists have been eating lots and lots of sandwiches recently, all in the interest of determining where the best ones are.

The latest issues of Sactown Magazine and Midtown Monthly each feature extensive articles on all things sandwiches. And there are certainly plenty of great selections in this town.

The always-dedicated Becky Grunewald of Midtown Monthly explained to readers, "I ate sandwiches until they were coming out my ears." That's not a good look. Even for a foodie. Shockingly, the out-the-ears approach did not include a sandwich from Roxie Deli, which may be the city's all-around sandwich king. Sactown put Roxie's pastrami on its list, but you really can't go wrong with the daily special - especially the beef brisket, which is smoked for hours in the deli's heavy-duty smoker just outside the front door.

Sactown enlisted the services of three writers, including a certain Rick Kushman, who recently left a long, distinguished career at The Bee to write a book - and, apparently, stuff his face. Kate Washington and Martin Kuz teamed with Kushman to put together this story.

Both lists are very impressive - and you really should get both magazines and use them as a guide, especially if you're interested in packing on a quick 20 pounds. One sandwich on both lists is from a rising star on the local food scene - Fat Face, the Davis sandwich and popsicle shop that will soon be moving to 19th in Sacramento. The two magazines raved about the cola-braised pork sandwich. I'm looking forward to trying it.

Grunewald's list, as expected, is more exotic. She often ventures out to Stockton Boulevard and Franklin Boulevard for her restaurant reviews. She argues that the ubiquitous pork banh mi sandwich is done best at Huong Lan. Sactown's list includes a sandwich from red-hot Chando's Tacos - the pork adobado torta.

I came up with a quick list of my favorites (in no particular order):
1. Le Rustique, Sampino's Towne Foods
2. Meatloaf sandwich, Fog Mountain Café
3. Banh mi, Magpie Café
4. Panini, Hot Italian
5. Fish torta, Chando's
6. Brisket sandwich on Dutch crunch, Roxie Deli
7. The Sac Bee, The Sandwich Spot
8. Pastrami sandwich, Bud's Buffet (to induce food coma, add mashed potatoes and gravy)

I hope our readers can weigh in on their favorites. Use the Comments field below.

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