Top 5: Sandwiches

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Cedar Creek.
Narrowing down a list of five, top-notch sandwiches proved to be a difficult task, but one I was up for.

5. The Club from Cedar Creek
A friend recently introduced me to this glorious sandwich. This isn't your typical Club. Gone is the sliced processed deli meat. In its place, you'll find a moist chicken breast filet, accompanied by avocado, tomatoes, bacon and mayo. The toasted whole-grain bread just seals the deal. Cedar Creek's take on a classic sandwich is a memorable one.

4. BBQ Pork Sandwich from Givral Hoang Vietnamese Café
With so many wonderful options in Houston for a Vietnamese sandwich, I tend to favor Givral's. I'm not even sure why. Maybe it's the fresh vegetables, savory meat, and the chewiness of the bread that separates it from the rest. All of the fabulous textures in each bite make this Vietnamese sandwich one of my overall favorites.

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El Hidalguense.
3. Beef Steak Torta from El Hidalguense
The torta is an often overlooked Houston delicacy. Much like the Vietnamese sandwich, it's rare to actually consume a bad one, though it happens. An added bonus--they're usually dirt cheap, often found for under $5. What puts the torta from El Hidalguense over the top? Probably the well-seasoned and tender beef. But a great torta is really more than just the beef. From the cool avocado, to the crisp lettuce, to the thin layer of refried beans that acts like a condiment--this sandwich is all about the blending of simple flavors and ingredients.

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Pappa Geno's.
2. Steak and Cheese from Pappa Geno's
What's not to like about slivers of beef, gobs of mayo, fresh bread and several slices of cheese? The Steak and Cheese from Pappa Geno's is hell on your arteries and heaven on your taste buds. I've never had an authentic Philly Cheese Steak, but in H-Town, I'm pretty sure Geno's is as good as it gets. You don't believe me? Just pop in, sit at the counter, and try one.

1. BLT from Shade
Shade's BLT is a complete work of art -- thick-cut, toasted wheat bread, crisp bacon, tangy heirloom tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and a side of Napa cabbage slaw. So Shade cheated a bit with the cheese, but who cares? There's nothing over-the-top about this sandwich. It won't induce a mid-day coma, and it won't kill your waistline. It doesn't overcompensate in any areas. It's just a nice, normal looking sandwich--that happens to taste spectacular.



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Patrick 825
Patrick 825

Have you never had the surf and turf po-boy at BB's? Get thee to Montrose.

Shut Up and Eat
Shut Up and Eat

If you don't love the "Principe" at Paulie's, you make Baby Jesus cry.

Truth
Truth

Including any of the Creek restaurants in a "best of" article automatically invalidates the accuracy of said article.

KP
KP

The Eggman sandwich at Eatsie Boys (over-easy egg, homemade chicken poblano sausage, cheddar cheese, buttery challah).*

The DIY chicken kabob pita at Aladdin's (not the sandwich on the menu--the kabob meal, stuffed into a pita with tabouli, sliced tomato and onion, cilantro potatoes, and garlic sauce).

The Acapulco at Juan Mon's (beef bisteck, oaxaca cheese, pico de gallo, salsa, lime, on bolillo bread).

* The five-hour-smoked pork in the Paul Revere is also gaining delicious points.

LW
LW

Damn right @ Givral Hoang's banh mi. Beats all other banh mis in Houston out of the water.

JWDC
JWDC

Torta Argentina from Mexico's Deli is my #1 - can't wait until it opens in MontroseCuban Sandwich from Specs (Grand Cru delish too)Nielson's Egg Salad was a good mentionAlso the mention of Goode Co Seafood sandwiches - I like 1/2 mesquite flounder / 1/2 shrimp. If you get fried, you are missing out on a lot of flavorHad an awesome BLT from Revival at lunch (w an amazing cauliflower soup that outdid my favorite at Central Mkt)

Thenonymous
Thenonymous

The Torta Cubana at Maria Selma is a total SILF.

Montrosian
Montrosian

Seriously? Cedar Creek? Thousands of restaurants in Houston and that one makes your list? It just shows how irrelevant these lists really are.

EatTX
EatTX

I think you need to change the name of this series to: "The last 5 things I ate when I really didn't want to think too much about it", because there is no way any of your lists are tops for anyone with half a taste bud.

Corey
Corey

Ahem original antones smoked turkey, and I did say ORIGINAL antones... Not that horrible corporate gas station fodder, or the poor excuse for an antones with their tiny menu and exceedingly poor quality; with the only exception being the original (and the last one) on Dunstan.

N-SFP
N-SFP

The BLT across the street at Carter & Cooley is twice as good as SHADE. Another WEAK review by the Houston Press. Fully as expected.

Jesse Rodriguez
Jesse Rodriguez

Parma sandwich at Nundini's s my number 1. Also, Givral's has no where near the best BBQ banh mi. Thiem Hung and Thien An off the top of my head are much better.

Kyle
Kyle

Chicken salad at Brasil, Mahi Mahi at District 7 or Table 7 Bistro, anything at Baba Yega... could list lots of banh mi but perhaps exempt that because it's a whole other thing.

Ram
Ram

People in the Heights deserve the Creek restaurants. Mediocrity attracts mediocrity.

Craig
Craig

Cedar Creek? Really?

Try the No Meat Treat at Star.

Sandy
Sandy

Bacon, egg, lettuce tomato, cheese @ Max's Wine Dive

JB
JB

Veggie sandwich on focaccia w/ potato salad at Onion Creek

Dilletante23
Dilletante23

Hobbit CafeHobbit CafeHobbit Cafe

...and you can grab a decent beer or glass of wine...on the patio, baby!

carriebwc
carriebwc

look, i realize that this is your top five, but if that sandwich is any good, it is the only thing edible at cedar creek. everything i have ever ordered in that place tastes like it has fallen directly off the back of a sisco truck, and this isn't helpd by the fact that it has aged years by the time you get it with the awful service in that place. i live within minutes walking distance, and had such high hopes when it opened up. sigh. instead i take the extra time to go to the bar at rainbow lodge or shade for a drink and something to eat, which may cost more, but guarantees actual edible food and no scrum of douchebag hundredaires trying to get sorority girls in strapless dresses into bed. maybe once hubcap and corkscrew open up in the neighborhood they will step up their game, but for now, they are printing money for no other reason than they have a large outdoor seating area, as far as i can tell. until they can serve me a drink without last night's lipstick on the glass and a sandwich that isn't on stale bread, i am going to continue to pass despite its proximity to my house.

Eric S
Eric S

I think I would like all these lists more if they were "My Top 5" or "My Favorite 5" instead of just "Top 5." Since calling it the "Top 5" implies it's the official opinion of the Press, as in, you all got together debated the merits of 100 sandwiches and produced your consensus 5 favorites. Clearly, this isn't that list, anymore than last week's Top 5 sushi list was supposed to be definitive.

Maybe it's semantics or maybe it's obvious to everyone that this list only reflects the writer's opinion and is subject to change at a whim or maybe I'm just taking the whole thing too seriously.

Kevin Shalin
Kevin Shalin

Done. Please let the record reflect: Top 5 Sandwiches has been invalidated due to the inclusion of one menu item from one of the Creek restaurants.

Farley Flavors
Farley Flavors

Agreed on the "Lomito Argentino" at Mexico's Deli - it's awesome.

csoakley
csoakley

Liked for the term 'SILF".

Kevin Shalin
Kevin Shalin

EatTX brings yet another ray of sunshine into Eating Our Words.

Lauren Marmaduke
Lauren Marmaduke

They're both slap-your-momma good - but I'm also gonna go with the Shade.

Kevin Shalin
Kevin Shalin

Carter & Cooley, another great suggestion. Would that place be in your top 5, and if so, what are the other four?

Ali
Ali

Oh, yeah. That chicken salad at Brasil is ridiculous. Crunchy, creamy and spicy all at once. Bonus that they serve it with the house-made chips and spicy pickles.

Kevin Shalin
Kevin Shalin

That's the second mention of the mahi mahi at District 7. Thank you for the suggestions. I appreciate all of them...and usually try my very best to follow up.

Ali
Ali

That's weird. All the people I know who live in The Heights totally rock. You must be kinda douchey.

SirRon
SirRon

They wouldn't let me hit Like twice on this one.

Fata$$
Fata$$

Boom, you read my mind.

Bruce R
Bruce R

I'd like to like Hobbit, but it's tough. Everything I've tried is OK but something is always out of whack. Having said that I end up there quite a bit because my peeps like it and I can always suck beers while they eat.

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

STOP READING MY MIND.

Also: Remember when it was the Hobbit Hole? I had one of my first dates there in high school. Meeeeemorieeeeees...

MC
MC

Thats sYsco....

JB
JB

I have had that sandwich. That is not a good sandwich. Rubbery lukewarm "chicken breast" which is just as processed as any deli meat you would normally find in a club is no kind of revelation.

Hell, the club sandwich at Griff's puts anything at Cedar Creek to shame.

TC
TC

Anyone who reads this blog with regularity knows these lists are the opinions of the writers (bloggers) and not of the Houston Press.

I read them with a HUGE GRAIN OF SALT, then wait for the commenters to chime in with their favorites.

I think the "Top __" crap has gotten way out of hand.

eatTX
eatTX

The name is eatTX not ray of sunshine

Kyle
Kyle

Love the jicama!

Kyle
Kyle

Also, the tuna steak sandwich at Market Square Bar & Grill.

Jilliandex
Jilliandex

Many lawsuits from the Tolkein peeps, but they managed to keep the name.

Shut Up and Eat
Shut Up and Eat

Try the grilled ham & cheese at Grif's. Put bacon on it for $0.25 extra. That's a sandwich that will melt your heart.

vext
vext

Mr. Shalin has a deluxe palate, so you should read his reviews with a huge grain of SEA salt.

Kelli
Kelli

For what it's worth, Papa Geno's is the opposite of overrated and you sir, need to have your taste buds examined.

Fatty FatBastard
Fatty FatBastard

For what it's worth, Papa Geno's Cheesesteak is overrated. If this is the closest there is to authentic Philly stuff they can keep it.

carriebwc
carriebwc

For what it's worth, glad to see Papa Geno's getting some love.

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