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Epic Houston Sandwiches To Eat Before You Die

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Sandwiches are the cornerstone of many meals, breakfast lunch or otherwise. We've put together this list of Houston's most notable and iconic sandwiches, running the gamut from deli style at Kenny and Ziggy's, the Mexican torta at Tierra Tacos, and a kim chee grilled cheese creation at Pour Society. Let us know if there's something in the comments you'd like to see added!

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Nielsen's Delicatessen

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This small, mostly to-go spot near the Galleria is about as old-school as it gets. That's what makes the chicken salad sandwich with just the right amount of mayo, the way to go.

Tacos Tierra Caliente

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Take a break from lengua tacos and give the Pastor torta a try. At only $5, it's an excellent value, and the juicy, flavorful pork makes an excellent filling.

Zabak's Mediterranean Cuisine

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Food writers across the city agree that Zabak's serves Houston's best falafel. It has the right balance of a crispy exterior that's still soft on the inside.

Kenny & Ziggy's Deli

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Any of the sandwiches that utilizes Kenny & Ziggy's house-cured corned beef could make this map, but we'll stick to the classic Reuben. It's enormous, and the combination of corned beef, Swiss and sauerkraut just works.

New York Bagels

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At this coffee shop and diner, the bagel, which has been Houston's best for a couple generations, is more important the filling. That said, the lox box offers a very reasonably priced smoked salmon experience that, naturally, is a perfect fit with the bagel.

Antone's

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The Antone's original po-boy that combines hard salami with the restaurant's signature chow-chow is mandatory on map like this one. Hopefully, it will be reinvigorated under its new management.

Cali Sandwiches

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Obviously, this map could have consisted of nothing but banh mi shops, and everyone has his or her favorite. We'll give Cali the nod for longevity, atmosphere and excellent bread.

Pappa Geno's Steak & Cheese

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There are lots of Houston restaurants with cheesesteaks on the menu, but East coast transplants agree that Pappa Geno's is the best. There's Cheese Whiz, naturally, and the bread provides the right texture and support.

Niko Niko's

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Since 1977, Niko Niko's has served classic Greek fare to diners who happily line up at its counter. The delicious gyro is among the restaurant's hottest sellers and certainly deserves a place here.

Mandola's Deli

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This East-side institution from one of Houston's premier restaurant families serves the city's most iconic meatball sub.

The Cajun Stop

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The surf and turf po-boy that combines savory roast beef with sweet, crispy fried shrimp means getting the best of both worlds.

Paulie's Restaurant

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Paulie's shrimp BLT with crispy bacon, fresh veggies and grilled shrimp makes for a satisfying twist on the classic sandwich. That the bread comes toasted on a panini press doesn't hurt either.

Picnic Box Lunches

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Picnic was one of the most popular responses to Friday's open thread. We'll suggest the pimento cheese sandwich, but there aren't any bad choices here.

Local Foods

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Check out the bestselling Crunchy Chicken sandwich (seared chopped chicken, nut “crumble” made with house-made Old Bay potato chips, provolone, buttermilk ranch, pickles, tomato, pretzel bun

The Pass and Provisions

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The sandwiches on the Provisions lunch menu all have a good start with the in-house baked bread. The sweetbread sandwich currently on the menu shows what makes this place so special.

Hubbell & Hudson Kitchen

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Chef Austin Simmons delivers the all in-house Reuben - sauerkraut, Russian dressing, baby Swiss cheese, caraway seed rye bun. Worth the trip to the Woodlands.

Pour Society

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Chef Greg Lowry brings us the Kim Cheese sandwich - house made kim chee, pimento and redneck cheddar on Texas toast. Could be a sammy collab of the century.

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Nielsen's Delicatessen

This small, mostly to-go spot near the Galleria is about as old-school as it gets. That's what makes the chicken salad sandwich with just the right amount of mayo, the way to go.

Tacos Tierra Caliente

Take a break from lengua tacos and give the Pastor torta a try. At only $5, it's an excellent value, and the juicy, flavorful pork makes an excellent filling.

Zabak's Mediterranean Cuisine

Food writers across the city agree that Zabak's serves Houston's best falafel. It has the right balance of a crispy exterior that's still soft on the inside.

Kenny & Ziggy's Deli

Any of the sandwiches that utilizes Kenny & Ziggy's house-cured corned beef could make this map, but we'll stick to the classic Reuben. It's enormous, and the combination of corned beef, Swiss and sauerkraut just works.

New York Bagels

At this coffee shop and diner, the bagel, which has been Houston's best for a couple generations, is more important the filling. That said, the lox box offers a very reasonably priced smoked salmon experience that, naturally, is a perfect fit with the bagel.

Antone's

The Antone's original po-boy that combines hard salami with the restaurant's signature chow-chow is mandatory on map like this one. Hopefully, it will be reinvigorated under its new management.

Cali Sandwiches

Obviously, this map could have consisted of nothing but banh mi shops, and everyone has his or her favorite. We'll give Cali the nod for longevity, atmosphere and excellent bread.

Pappa Geno's Steak & Cheese

There are lots of Houston restaurants with cheesesteaks on the menu, but East coast transplants agree that Pappa Geno's is the best. There's Cheese Whiz, naturally, and the bread provides the right texture and support.

Niko Niko's

Since 1977, Niko Niko's has served classic Greek fare to diners who happily line up at its counter. The delicious gyro is among the restaurant's hottest sellers and certainly deserves a place here.

Mandola's Deli

This East-side institution from one of Houston's premier restaurant families serves the city's most iconic meatball sub.

The Cajun Stop

The surf and turf po-boy that combines savory roast beef with sweet, crispy fried shrimp means getting the best of both worlds.

Paulie's Restaurant

Paulie's shrimp BLT with crispy bacon, fresh veggies and grilled shrimp makes for a satisfying twist on the classic sandwich. That the bread comes toasted on a panini press doesn't hurt either.

Picnic Box Lunches

Picnic was one of the most popular responses to Friday's open thread. We'll suggest the pimento cheese sandwich, but there aren't any bad choices here.

Local Foods

Check out the bestselling Crunchy Chicken sandwich (seared chopped chicken, nut “crumble” made with house-made Old Bay potato chips, provolone, buttermilk ranch, pickles, tomato, pretzel bun