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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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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Tipsy Texan at Franklin Barbecue

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900 E. 11th St.
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 653-1187
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The Tipsy Texan at Franklin Barbecue is a hot mess on a bun piled high and wide with chopped brisket, sausage and cole slaw. Your waistband is no match for this sandwich. [Photo: Spaced M./Yelp]

2. Smoked Duck Pastrami At Noble Sandwiches

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11815 620 N., Suite 4
Austin, TX 78750
(512) 382-6248
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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.

3. Croque Monsieur at Melvin's Deli Comfort

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501 East 53rd Street
Austin, TX 78751
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.

4. Banh Mi at Baguette House & Cafe‎

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10901 North Lamar Boulevard
Austin, TX 78753-3696
(512) 837-9100
For size, for value, for meaty and crusty and bready goodness, the banh mi at Baguette House in the Chinatown shopping center up north sets the standard for Vietnamese sandwiches in Austin. [Photo: Aaron V./Yelp]

5. The Ainsworth at Fricano's Deli & Catering

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2405 Nueces Street
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 482-3322
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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."

6. The Original at Schlotzsky's

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218 S. Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 476-2867
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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.

7. Chicken Fried Steak Sandwich At Threadgill's

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301 W Riverside Dr.
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 472-9304
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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.

8. Veggie Sandwich at Little Deli & Pizzeria

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7101 Woodrow Ave.
Austin, TX 78757
(512) 467-7402
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The Little Deli makes one of the meatiest vegetarian sandwiches in Austin, overflowing with marinated artichoke hearts, eggplant, tomatoes and more. Eat it al fresco for the ideal Little Deli experience. [Photo: Jenny L./Yelp]

9. Pimento Cheese on White at Avenue B Grocery & Market

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4403 Avenue B
Austin, TX 78751
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.

10. The Austin Club at Thundercloud Subs

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201 E. Riverside Dr.
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 441-5331
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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.

11. Royale With Brie At Gourmands Neighborhood Pub

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2316 Webberville Rd.
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 610-2031
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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.

12. Pulled Pork Sandy at Bacon

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900 W. 10th St.
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 322-9777
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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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1. Tipsy Texan at Franklin Barbecue

900 E. 11th St., Austin, TX 78702
The Tipsy Texan at Franklin Barbecue is a hot mess on a bun piled high and wide with chopped brisket, sausage and cole slaw. Your waistband is no match for this sandwich. [Photo: Spaced M./Yelp]
900 E. 11th St.
Austin, TX 78702

2. Smoked Duck Pastrami At Noble Sandwiches

11815 620 N., Suite 4, Austin, TX 78750
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.
11815 620 N., Suite 4
Austin, TX 78750

3. Croque Monsieur at Melvin's Deli Comfort

501 East 53rd Street, Austin, TX 78751
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.
501 East 53rd Street
Austin, TX 78751

4. Banh Mi at Baguette House & Cafe‎

10901 North Lamar Boulevard, Austin, TX 78753-3696
For size, for value, for meaty and crusty and bready goodness, the banh mi at Baguette House in the Chinatown shopping center up north sets the standard for Vietnamese sandwiches in Austin. [Photo: Aaron V./Yelp]
10901 North Lamar Boulevard
Austin, TX 78753-3696

5. The Ainsworth at Fricano's Deli & Catering

2405 Nueces Street, Austin, TX 78705
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."
2405 Nueces Street
Austin, TX 78705

6. The Original at Schlotzsky's

218 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78704
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.
218 S. Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78704

7. Chicken Fried Steak Sandwich At Threadgill's

301 W Riverside Dr., Austin, TX 78704
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.
301 W Riverside Dr.
Austin, TX 78704

8. Veggie Sandwich at Little Deli & Pizzeria

7101 Woodrow Ave., Austin, TX 78757
The Little Deli makes one of the meatiest vegetarian sandwiches in Austin, overflowing with marinated artichoke hearts, eggplant, tomatoes and more. Eat it al fresco for the ideal Little Deli experience. [Photo: Jenny L./Yelp]
7101 Woodrow Ave.
Austin, TX 78757

9. Pimento Cheese on White at Avenue B Grocery & Market

4403 Avenue B, Austin, TX 78751
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.
4403 Avenue B
Austin, TX 78751

10. The Austin Club at Thundercloud Subs

201 E. Riverside Dr., Austin, TX 78704
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.
201 E. Riverside Dr.
Austin, TX 78704

11. Royale With Brie At Gourmands Neighborhood Pub

2316 Webberville Rd., Austin, TX 78702
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.
2316 Webberville Rd.
Austin, TX 78702

12. Pulled Pork Sandy at Bacon

900 W. 10th St., Austin, TX 78703
It's a pulled pork sandwich on Texas Toast ... topped with bacon. At a restaurant called Bacon. Pigs, beware.
900 W. 10th St.
Austin, TX 78703

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