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Austin's 12 Most Iconic Sandwiches, Mapped

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In this installment of Eater's continuing tour of Austin's most "iconic" culinary offerings, we approach the art of the iconic sandwich. We've already visited out the city's most iconic dining rooms (Fonda San Miguel, check), imbibed Austin's most iconic drinks (Mexican martinis, naturally) and sampled its most iconic dishes (the Don Juan!).

Now, it's time to talk stacks. From the Tipsy Texan at Franklin Barbecue to the sandwich on sourdough that started it all at Schlotzsky's, here are Austin's most iconic—recognizable, popular but not necessarily tastiest—sandwiches.


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Tipsy Texan at Franklin Barbecue

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Smoked Duck Pastrami At Noble Sandwiches

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Noble Sandwiches (formerly the Noble Pig) gives the phrase "attention to detail" new meaning, with practically every ingredient in their mouth-watering stacks made in-house. The smoked duck pastrami sandwich is their flagship offering, and with delicious reason.

Croque Monsieur at Melvin's Deli Comfort

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Consider the croque monsieur a new classic, since Melvin's Deli Comfort has only been open a couple of months up on North Loop, but already has developed a killer reputation for house-cured meats and hand-crafted pickles and sides.

Banh Mi at Baguette House & Cafe‎

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The Ainsworth at Fricano's Deli & Catering

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Let the folks at Fricano's be your guide when it comes to the Ainsworth, an ever-changing sandwich made from the day's best ingredients and a healthy slathering of "intuition."

The Original at Schlotzsky's

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Did you know the nationwide fast-sandwich chain Schlotzsky's is native to Austin? True story. The Original sandwich on sourdough was born in 1971 in the first-ever Schlotzsky's on South Congress.

Chicken Fried Steak Sandwich At Threadgill's

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When it comes to iconic Austin comfort food, Threadgill's defines the genre, even if there are finer plates to be had elsewhere in town. Grab a chicken fried steak sandwich at the Riverside location and enjoy it with a heaping side of live music.

Veggie Sandwich at Little Deli & Pizzeria

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Pimento Cheese on White at Avenue B Grocery & Market

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Avenue B Grocery's sandwiches may not be the highest piled or the fanciest-cured, but they are true classics, reminiscent of lunch box days gone by. Get the old-school homemade pimento cheese on white bread.

The Austin Club at Thundercloud Subs

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In Austin, you're never far from a ThunderCloud Subs, the preferred choice for any local looking for a chain alternative. ThunderCloud may not make the city's most epic or most artful sandwiches, but for many of us, the Austin Club, the American Classic or the Office Favorite is what's for lunch.

Royale With Brie At Gourmands Neighborhood Pub

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The Gourmands website? LoveThySandwich.com, so you know this pub and sandwich shop isn't messing around, especially not with their "Fat Sandwiches." The Royal with Brie is an east side taste sensation: roast beef & Brie, sprouts, spicy creole mustard on marble rye.

Pulled Pork Sandy at Bacon

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It's a pulled pork sandwich on Texas Toast ... topped with bacon. At a restaurant called Bacon. Pigs, beware.

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Tipsy Texan at Franklin Barbecue

[Photo: Spaced M./Yelp]

Smoked Duck Pastrami At Noble Sandwiches

Noble Sandwiches (formerly the Noble Pig) gives the phrase "attention to detail" new meaning, with practically every ingredient in their mouth-watering stacks made in-house. The smoked duck pastrami sandwich is their flagship offering, and with delicious reason.

Croque Monsieur at Melvin's Deli Comfort

Consider the croque monsieur a new classic, since Melvin's Deli Comfort has only been open a couple of months up on North Loop, but already has developed a killer reputation for house-cured meats and hand-crafted pickles and sides.

Banh Mi at Baguette House & Cafe‎

[Photo: Aaron V./Yelp]

The Ainsworth at Fricano's Deli & Catering

Let the folks at Fricano's be your guide when it comes to the Ainsworth, an ever-changing sandwich made from the day's best ingredients and a healthy slathering of "intuition."

The Original at Schlotzsky's

Did you know the nationwide fast-sandwich chain Schlotzsky's is native to Austin? True story. The Original sandwich on sourdough was born in 1971 in the first-ever Schlotzsky's on South Congress.

Chicken Fried Steak Sandwich At Threadgill's

When it comes to iconic Austin comfort food, Threadgill's defines the genre, even if there are finer plates to be had elsewhere in town. Grab a chicken fried steak sandwich at the Riverside location and enjoy it with a heaping side of live music.

Veggie Sandwich at Little Deli & Pizzeria

[Photo: Jenny L./Yelp]

Pimento Cheese on White at Avenue B Grocery & Market

Avenue B Grocery's sandwiches may not be the highest piled or the fanciest-cured, but they are true classics, reminiscent of lunch box days gone by. Get the old-school homemade pimento cheese on white bread.

The Austin Club at Thundercloud Subs

In Austin, you're never far from a ThunderCloud Subs, the preferred choice for any local looking for a chain alternative. ThunderCloud may not make the city's most epic or most artful sandwiches, but for many of us, the Austin Club, the American Classic or the Office Favorite is what's for lunch.

Royale With Brie At Gourmands Neighborhood Pub

The Gourmands website? LoveThySandwich.com, so you know this pub and sandwich shop isn't messing around, especially not with their "Fat Sandwiches." The Royal with Brie is an east side taste sensation: roast beef & Brie, sprouts, spicy creole mustard on marble rye.

Pulled Pork Sandy at Bacon

It's a pulled pork sandwich on Texas Toast ... topped with bacon. At a restaurant called Bacon. Pigs, beware.

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