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Where to Find Austin’s Greatest Sandwiches

From meatball subs to po’ boys to cheesesteaks to banh mi

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Austin is a really great sandwich city. Sandwiches combine some of the city’s favorite things: meat, vegetables, cheese, bread, and an assortment of condiments.

With that, here is Eater’s guide to the best sandwich shops in Austin. These sandwich options include the array from the underrated Avenue B Grocery and Market, po’ boys from Big Easy, cheesesteaks from R&B’s Steak and Fries, banh mi from Ng Cafe, barbecue sandwiches from Slab BBQ, and much more.

For more sandwich needs, there are the city’s best breakfast sandwiches, bagels, and barbecue sandwiches.

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Da Boot Po-Boys

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There’s no such thing as too many po’ boys, and this truck is all about the New Orleans sandwich, with soft-shell crab, shrimp, crawfish, and more. Pickup orders can be placed online; there are outdoor dine-in areas.

Ng Cafe

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Co-owner Nguyet Quach makes baguettes for this Asian cafe’s banh mi daily. Pickup orders can be placed online; there are indoor dine-in services.

Slab BBQ & Beer

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It’s Austin, therefore barbecue sandwiches are required for this map. The sandwiches at Slab BBQ fit that bill perfectly, with buns layered with pulled pork, chopped brisket, smoked chicken breasts, ribs, and all sorts of tangy sauces. Takeout and delivery orders can be placed online; all three locations feature on-site dine-in services.

Tropicana Cuban Restaurant

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For perfect pressed Cuban sandwiches, head straight to this North Austin restaurant. There’s the classic Cubano, a medianoche, plus tortas. There are indoor dine-in services.

Mi Tradición

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The Mexican bakery with two locations makes use of its made-on-the-premises breads for stellar tortas, from the Chilanga with milanesa, ham, and chorizo to the Hawaiana with pineapple. Pickup orders can be placed in person.

Biderman's Deli

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For New York-style sandwiches from a Jewish deli, Biderman’s is the answer. It offers an array of hot and cold sandwiches, like the French dip or ham and brie. Takeout orders can be place din person; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Little Deli & Pizzeria

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The Crestview pizzeria has a strong sandwich game, where there are hot, cold, and Italian subs available. The toasted kaiser ones are fully packed, like turkey and mozzarella or ham and Swiss. Pickup orders for both locations (the other in Windsor Park) over the phone or in person; both locations feature indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Choo Sando

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The pop-up grew into a physical restaurant in 2022, touting its simple and pretty sweet and savory Japanese sandwiches. The restaurant is open for grab-and-go, and you can preorder sandwiches for the next day; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Avenue B Grocery & Market

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Find simple and classic sandwiches at the historic Hyde Park grocery store, including an amazing pimento cheese sandwich. To-go orders can be placed in person or over the phone; there are outdoor dine-in areas.

Spread & Co.

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The cheese-focused restaurant includes a bunch of cheesy sandwiches, from the Frenchie made with pork terrine and brie to a packed cold cut. Pickup and delivery orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

New World Deli

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This Hyde Park deli has cold and grilled sandwiches along with burgers, salads, and soups. Try the Reuben, available with corned beef, pastrami, turkey, or turkey pastrami. Takeout orders can be placed over the phone, online, or in person; there are indoor dine-in areas.

Uncle Nicky's Italian Specialties

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The Hyde Park casual Italian cafe with second heading to South Lamaroffers a short but strong sandwich menu. The sandwiches are made with kaiser rolls or house-made focaccia, with fillings like the Italian tuna, meatballs, or the vegetarian-friendly vegetable and lemon. Pickup orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

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A sandwich from Uncle Nicky’s.
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Otherside Deli

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The Old West Austin deli is known for its stellar pastrami and corned beef sandwiches. Pickup orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

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The campus restaurant’s specialty sandwich options include meaty pulled pork and vegetarian-friendly squash and mozzarella. Pickup orders can be placed online; the restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

La Plancha

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The casual Mexican restaurant offers up a whole bunch of excellent tortas for lunch, dinner, and even brunch (there’s a chilaquiles torta!). Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Walton's Fancy and Staple

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The deli counter at the downtown deli serves up a plethora of sandwich options. Don’t skip the turkey sweet, with turkey, white cheddar, caramelized onions, and apple chutney on a croissant no less. Pickup orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

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The turkey sweet sandwich from Walton’s
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Austin Rotisserie

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The French downtown food hall stand uses its rotisserie chicken plus ham and other meats and vegetables in an array of sandwiches on some of the best baguettes in Austin. Pickup orders can be placed online; host site Fareground is open for indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Big Easy Bar and Grill

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The Cajun truck at the Barton Springs food truck park touts excellent po’ boys with shrimp, fish, crawfish, and oysters. There are outdoor dine-in services.

Salt & Time

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The butcher shop’s lunch menu features several classic meaty sandwiches, like the roast beef or the muffuletta. Pickup orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Saigon Le Vendeur

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Some of the city’s best banh mi can be found at Saigon le Vendeur. Pickup orders can be placed in person or online; there are outdoor dine-in areas.

R&B’s Steak and Fries

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The Holly truck serves up superb cheesesteaks with Cheese Whiz. Pickup orders can be placed online; there are outdoor dine-in areas.

Home Slice Pizza

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Aside from great New York-style pies, the Travis Heights pizzeria also slings hearty sandwiches and Italian subs. There’s chicken or eggplant parmesan, a meatball sub, and cold subs. Add the hot cherry peppers for extra flavor. Pickup orders for both locations (the other up on North Loop) can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

ThunderCloud Subs

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Honestly, the quick-and-easy Austin sandwich chain is very good, particularly the California Club. Pickup orders can be placed online; there are third-party deliveries; there are on-site dine-in services.

Huckleberry

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The seafood truck from the catering company of the same name is now parked at the Still distillery in the St. Elmo Road region, serving up some sturdy sandwich options, from the fried fish sandwich sourced from the Gulf Coast to the shrimp roll. To-go orders can be placed in person; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Bella Donna Subs

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This no-frills Italian deli serves satisfying sandwiches. Try the Flying Turkey, a cold sub with avocado and spicy mustard, and don’t miss the cookies. Takeout orders can be placed in person or over the phone; there are third-party deliveries (Grubhub, Uber Eats; DoorDash); there are indoor dine-in areas.

Tucci's Southside Subs

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The Austin sandwich shop is all about Italian subs served cold or toasted, with options like the spicy Italian hoagie, the grilled eggplant, and the hot ham and swiss cheese. Pickup orders for both locations (the other in Oak Hill) can be placed online; there are Favor deliveries; and there are on-site dine-in services.

Da Boot Po-Boys

There’s no such thing as too many po’ boys, and this truck is all about the New Orleans sandwich, with soft-shell crab, shrimp, crawfish, and more. Pickup orders can be placed online; there are outdoor dine-in areas.

Ng Cafe

Co-owner Nguyet Quach makes baguettes for this Asian cafe’s banh mi daily. Pickup orders can be placed online; there are indoor dine-in services.

Slab BBQ & Beer

It’s Austin, therefore barbecue sandwiches are required for this map. The sandwiches at Slab BBQ fit that bill perfectly, with buns layered with pulled pork, chopped brisket, smoked chicken breasts, ribs, and all sorts of tangy sauces. Takeout and delivery orders can be placed online; all three locations feature on-site dine-in services.

Tropicana Cuban Restaurant

For perfect pressed Cuban sandwiches, head straight to this North Austin restaurant. There’s the classic Cubano, a medianoche, plus tortas. There are indoor dine-in services.

Mi Tradición

The Mexican bakery with two locations makes use of its made-on-the-premises breads for stellar tortas, from the Chilanga with milanesa, ham, and chorizo to the Hawaiana with pineapple. Pickup orders can be placed in person.

Biderman's Deli

For New York-style sandwiches from a Jewish deli, Biderman’s is the answer. It offers an array of hot and cold sandwiches, like the French dip or ham and brie. Takeout orders can be place din person; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Little Deli & Pizzeria

The Crestview pizzeria has a strong sandwich game, where there are hot, cold, and Italian subs available. The toasted kaiser ones are fully packed, like turkey and mozzarella or ham and Swiss. Pickup orders for both locations (the other in Windsor Park) over the phone or in person; both locations feature indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Choo Sando

The pop-up grew into a physical restaurant in 2022, touting its simple and pretty sweet and savory Japanese sandwiches. The restaurant is open for grab-and-go, and you can preorder sandwiches for the next day; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Avenue B Grocery & Market

Find simple and classic sandwiches at the historic Hyde Park grocery store, including an amazing pimento cheese sandwich. To-go orders can be placed in person or over the phone; there are outdoor dine-in areas.

Spread & Co.

The cheese-focused restaurant includes a bunch of cheesy sandwiches, from the Frenchie made with pork terrine and brie to a packed cold cut. Pickup and delivery orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

New World Deli

This Hyde Park deli has cold and grilled sandwiches along with burgers, salads, and soups. Try the Reuben, available with corned beef, pastrami, turkey, or turkey pastrami. Takeout orders can be placed over the phone, online, or in person; there are indoor dine-in areas.

Uncle Nicky's Italian Specialties

The Hyde Park casual Italian cafe with second heading to South Lamaroffers a short but strong sandwich menu. The sandwiches are made with kaiser rolls or house-made focaccia, with fillings like the Italian tuna, meatballs, or the vegetarian-friendly vegetable and lemon. Pickup orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

A bun sandwich with shredded lettuce and onions.
A sandwich from Uncle Nicky’s.
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Otherside Deli

The Old West Austin deli is known for its stellar pastrami and corned beef sandwiches. Pickup orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

FoodHeads

The campus restaurant’s specialty sandwich options include meaty pulled pork and vegetarian-friendly squash and mozzarella. Pickup orders can be placed online; the restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

La Plancha

The casual Mexican restaurant offers up a whole bunch of excellent tortas for lunch, dinner, and even brunch (there’s a chilaquiles torta!). Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

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Walton's Fancy and Staple

The deli counter at the downtown deli serves up a plethora of sandwich options. Don’t skip the turkey sweet, with turkey, white cheddar, caramelized onions, and apple chutney on a croissant no less. Pickup orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

A halved croissant sandwich with layers of turkey.
The turkey sweet sandwich from Walton’s
Ashlyn Allison

Austin Rotisserie

The French downtown food hall stand uses its rotisserie chicken plus ham and other meats and vegetables in an array of sandwiches on some of the best baguettes in Austin. Pickup orders can be placed online; host site Fareground is open for indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Big Easy Bar and Grill

The Cajun truck at the Barton Springs food truck park touts excellent po’ boys with shrimp, fish, crawfish, and oysters. There are outdoor dine-in services.

Salt & Time

The butcher shop’s lunch menu features several classic meaty sandwiches, like the roast beef or the muffuletta. Pickup orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Saigon Le Vendeur

Some of the city’s best banh mi can be found at Saigon le Vendeur. Pickup orders can be placed in person or online; there are outdoor dine-in areas.

R&B’s Steak and Fries

The Holly truck serves up superb cheesesteaks with Cheese Whiz. Pickup orders can be placed online; there are outdoor dine-in areas.

Home Slice Pizza

Aside from great New York-style pies, the Travis Heights pizzeria also slings hearty sandwiches and Italian subs. There’s chicken or eggplant parmesan, a meatball sub, and cold subs. Add the hot cherry peppers for extra flavor. Pickup orders for both locations (the other up on North Loop) can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

ThunderCloud Subs

Honestly, the quick-and-easy Austin sandwich chain is very good, particularly the California Club. Pickup orders can be placed online; there are third-party deliveries; there are on-site dine-in services.

Huckleberry

The seafood truck from the catering company of the same name is now parked at the Still distillery in the St. Elmo Road region, serving up some sturdy sandwich options, from the fried fish sandwich sourced from the Gulf Coast to the shrimp roll. To-go orders can be placed in person; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Bella Donna Subs

This no-frills Italian deli serves satisfying sandwiches. Try the Flying Turkey, a cold sub with avocado and spicy mustard, and don’t miss the cookies. Takeout orders can be placed in person or over the phone; there are third-party deliveries (Grubhub, Uber Eats; DoorDash); there are indoor dine-in areas.

Tucci's Southside Subs

The Austin sandwich shop is all about Italian subs served cold or toasted, with options like the spicy Italian hoagie, the grilled eggplant, and the hot ham and swiss cheese. Pickup orders for both locations (the other in Oak Hill) can be placed online; there are Favor deliveries; and there are on-site dine-in services.

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