Rest of the Best 2014: Houston's Top 10 Sandwiches
Our 2013 Best of Houston® winners were announced a while back, but in many cases, picking the best item in any category was no easy task. In order to show off all the culinary greatness Houston has to offer, we're continuing to round up the "rest of the best" in some of our favorite categories. Bon appétit!
Photo courtesy Max's Wine Dive This sandwich is trendy thanks to the fried eggs, but it's destined to be a classic.
Last week, we did a little griping about what we feel the Houston food scene is missing. Among our wishes for this fair city: Moroccan food, more downtown nightlife, great sandwiches from real delis.
Many agreed with us on the whole sandwiches thing. Sure, there are plenty of places in town to get a decent sandwich, but not many of them are true delis, and for a city of more than 2 million, we need more than a handful of killer sammies.
That said, we aren't completely lacking. In fact, I had trouble narrowing this list down to just ten great sandwiches, because the more I thought about it, the more I realized that Houston's cultural diversity also makes for a great diversity in the sandwich realm. From bánh mì to po'boys to Italian hoagies, we've got at least one wonderful spot for each of them.
Best Trendy Sandwich
Max's Wine Dive - Fried Egg Sandwich
Those in the know know Max's Wine Dive is the place to go for brunch on Washington, and the thing to order is the fried egg sandwich. It starts with two slices of sourdough bread, between which is stacked bacon, melted Gruyère cheese, bibb lettuce and sliced tomato. The bread is smeared with earthy black truffle aioli, and holding all of that deliciousness together are three fried eggs. When you press down on the top slice of sourdough, the yolks pop and run down all the other ingredients in a buttery, yellow mess. Sure, fried eggs are super trendy right now. But they're everywhere for a reason.
Best Vegetarian Sandwich
Photo by Kaitlin Steinberg The Garden Sammie at Local Foods is vegetarian, but you won't miss the meat at all.
Local Foods - Garden Sammie
Say what you will about Local Foods's truffled egg salad sandwich on a pretzel bun. Yes, it's a favorite, but even better than that is the Garden Sammie, so hearty and packed full of good stuff that you won't miss the meat at all. It starts with a ciabatta roll that's crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, so it soaks up all the veggie juices without getting soggy. Then, from top to bottom, there's a layer of avocado spread, crisp pickled red onions, local purple microgreens, seasoned cauliflower, chopped lettuce, roasted brussels sprouts, roasted tomatoes and a generous smear of homemade hummus.
Best Deli Sandwich
Photo courtesy Kenny & Ziggy's Ah, the Zellagabetsky.
Kenny & Ziggy's - The Zellagabetsky
This isn't just a sandwich; It's a SANDWICH. Weighing in at about four pounds, the Zellagabetsky is a monster of a meal. It's six different types of deli meats (corned beef, pastrami, turkey, roast beef, salami and tongue) layered with eight slices of rye bread, Swiss cheese, cole slaw, sweet red pepper and Russian dressing. If one person can finish the entire $55 sandwich alone, he or she will get a free slice of cheesecake. Cause of course, that's exactly what one wants after consuming that much deli meat. The fact that it's a food challenge and a truly massive sandwich isn't what makes it great, though. It's each individual type of meat artfully prepared by the Jewish deli that make this sandwich so fantastic.
Trivia: Shaquille O'Neal actually ate two of these and both slices of cheesecake that came with finishing each sandwich.
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