10 Places to Get Incredible Sandwiches in St. Louis
St. Louis might be celebrated on the national stage for its homegrown pizza and barbecue, but restaurants and delis around the city churn out sandwiches that are far from humble. With endless permutations of fresh ingredients and quality meats, these 10 sandwich hubs strike the balance between innovating and preserving the classics.
Fozzie’s Sandwich Emporium
The pint-sized cube housing Fozzie’s Sandwich Emporium in Richmond Heights belies their wide-ranging menu, covering every genre and iteration of sandwich, from classics to burgers to gyros to creative hot dogs. Fozzie’s is a go-to for gluten-free and vegetable-forward options. Try the Gracey, crispy falafel and fresh veggies on warm wheat flatbread.
The Gramophone is your ultimate late-night-sandwich destination, serving their full menu of soups and sandwiches until 2:30 a.m. With twenty beers on tap, specialty cocktails and a rotating selection of bottles and cans, Gramophone is also a popular Grove destination for a night out on the town. We recommend returning the following morning to recover with a sandwich-bedecked Bloody Mary.
Southern’s menu revolves around their mouthwatering hot chicken. Their six sandwich options are all must-tries, from the Hot Chicken Biscuit with pickled green tomato and house-made honey mustard, to the “Southern BLT” featuring thick-cut bacon and “comeback sauce.”
Blues City Deli
The masters at Blues City Deli in Benton Park are sandwich connoisseurs. High-quality ingredients shine through in each menu item, like the cherry-wood-smoked pastrami and savory roast beef. Arrive early or risk a line out the door, though the food is well worth the wait.
Elaine’s is the quintessential quaint neighborhood haunt. Since 2014, owner Elaine has churned out innovative takes on classic sandwiches on Cherokee Street. Order off the menu or take advantage of the create-your-own option.
Warm up or cool down with a plethora of cold and hot options at Nora’s in Dogtown, including vegetarian versions of meaty classics, like the Portabella Philly with smoked mushrooms, roasted red peppers, caramelized onions and cheese. Carnivores will adore their in-house smoked meats.
For one hundred years, Gioia’s has been serving timeless sandwiches on the Hill. In 2017, the deli was recognized by the James Beard Foundation as one of America’s Classics. Try their signature and customizable sandwiches at three separate locations, one in Downtown and another in Creve Coeur.
The Wood Shack Soulard
The menu items at The Wood Shack highlight an unexpected, ephemeral ingredient—smoke. Chef Chris Delgado uses a variety of woods, like hickory, cherry, mesquite and pecan, to compliment the nuanced flavors of specific meats. The curated toppings and tantalizing sauces play with color and texture, lending each menu item unique character.
Mound City Sandwich Shop
Those in need of a quick bite during lunch can find it at Mound City Sandwich Shop, around the corner from Southern in St. Louis’ Midtown neighborhood. This no-frills daytime spot offers quick and inexpensive comfort food, including a variety of burgers, wraps, paninis, hot dogs, subs, tacos and even nachos.
Come hungry, because the heaping portions at Caruso’s in Downtown are not for the faint of heart. The specialty burgers are standouts on the vast menu, like the aptly named “Really Big Tex,” though you can’t go wrong with any one of their many sandwich options. On a sunny day, we recommend strolling to the renovated Arch grounds and enjoying your meal with a view.
Feature image courtesy of Shanice Garcia.