The round-up: Brisbane’s best (and salivation-worthy) sandwiches
There is nothing quite like a succulent sanga to sink your teeth into. Toasted or fresh, it’s hard to beat the simplicity and diversity afforded by filling two slices of bread. Brisbane boasts a mean sandwich scene, with something for most tastes available around town. Use this list to track down your next toastie, snag a sub, bite into a BLT or jump on a jaffle …
Blunty’s, Kangaroo Point: Head over the bridge to Kangaroo Point’s chic and minimal coffee spot Blunty’s, and you’ll find a sandwich that really hits the spot. The cafe’s own smoked brisket pastrami sandwich is loaded with pastrami, Swiss cheese, house-made dill pickle and dijon mustard on rye sourdough. A delicious lunch option for those after a simple and satisfying sanga.
Dovetail on Overend, Norman Park: You can’t beat a classic, and Dovetail on Overend’s famed Bangalow Babe is a bona fide classic. Sink your teeth into thick-cut sourdough filled with Bangalow ham, Gruyere cheese and tarragon mustard and revel in mouth-watering bliss.
Melt Brothers, Brisbane City: When it comes to dynamo grilled-cheese sandwiches, Melt Brothers are the best in the game. If you’ve never sunk your teeth into the crispy outer of a Melt Brothers grilled-cheese sandwich, then you simply haven’t lived. Sure, there’s a classic two-cheese beauty on the menu (The Mouse Trap), but it sits alongside roughly eight gourmet options, such as roast-chicken sandwich with mozzarella, tomato, rocket and smokey barbecue sauce, the M.C. Cheesy with mac’n’cheese, maple bacon, mozzarella and aged cheddar, and The Godfather with salami, neapolitan sauce, basil pesto and mozzarella.
Crumbs, Bulimba: This cosy sandwich bar located on Oxford Street operates on a simple premise – offer a simple back-to-basics menu that targets tastebuds the right way. Renowned chef Ben Williamson has helped put together the sandwich menu, which boasts the likes of ham with mustard pickles and cheddar, mortadella with provolone and green-olive marscapone, and Cuban-style ham with roast pork, mustard and Swiss cheese, stracciatella with Roma tomato and basil, avocado with zucchini, pesto and feta, and a deep-fried mozzarella sandwich with tomato-garlic dip.
Lady Marmalade, Stones Corner: Southside cafe staple Lady Marmalade has a fantastic brunch selection, but it also features a nifty selection of sandwiches and burgers for lunch. At the moment, you can savour a ham and Welsh rarebit toastie, which comes served on kumara and onion bread.
Reuben’s Deli & Bar, Paddington: Bringing a piece of American deli cuisine to Brisbane, Reuben’s deli-style sandwich selection is formidable, each served using top-quality ingredients prepped as authentically as possible. The sandwich selection includes house-cured and smoked pastrami served on fresh rye with deli brown mustard, chopped chicken-liver pate mixed with grilled onions and boiled egg served chilled on rye toast, and the signature Reuben sandwich – boasting pastrami layered with Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and Russian dressing, which is grilled between slices of deli rye.
Pocket Micro Cafe, Brisbane City: You’d be forgiven for thinking this hole-in-the-wall spot is just a coffee pitstop, but in reality this 10sqm hideaway also serves chef-designed toasties to munch on the run. Want a recommendation? The Adelaide St sandwich boasts chicken, bacon, mozzarella, tarragon and mayo, while The Hungarian combines salami, Swiss cheese, pickles, fresh green peppers and mustard mayo. You can’t fault either.
Short Order by Jocelyn’s Provisions, Newstead: Over in the Haven precinct, Short Order lures folks in with the smell of fresh rotisserie chicken. If you’re similarly ensared by the aroma, good news – you can snag a hot chicken and jus roll to go, or select from one of the rotating sandwiches available daily.
The Gift Shop Food & Drink, Wishart: This phenomenal suburban cafe is a great spot to find equally terrific sandwiches. Take, for instance, the Mighty Maria, which boasts two types of salami, cheddar, bocconcini and basil pesto on dark rye. Need more convincing? The Holy Ham & Double Cheese toastie (Virginia ham, cheddar, mozzarella, rocket, tomato relish, sourdough) and Ciao Chow (haloumi, sun-dried tomatoes, eggplant, chilli, thyme, olive tapenade, sourdough) are also must-try options.
The Cheese Pleaser, Brisbane City: Known to many as a spot to grab artisan cheeses and small goods, this family-run catering and cheese business also serves a range of un-brie-lievable fresh and toasted sambos loaded with, you guessed it, cheese. Sink your teeth into a four-cheese sanga, a blue cheese and three-cheese mix with smoked bacon and pear, a three-cheese sandwich with jamon and onion jam or a croque monsieur and experience the bliss for yourself.
Chouquette, New Farm: While Chouquette is a great spot to nab a loaf to make sandwiches at home, but if you want to cut out the middle man (yourself), then you can snag one of Chouquette’s pre-made baguette sandwiches instead. Opt for a simple ham and Emmental cheese, a Norwegian-inspired number with smoked salmon, dill cream cheese and cucumber, or the luxe slow-cooked pork rilletes with cornichons.
Dannyboys, Kelvin Grove and Brendale: The two-handers available from this sanga hotspot are described as ‘rocktstar sandwiches’, and a quick look at the menu will reveal a back-catalogue of greatest hits. Starting with the breakfast bacon-and-egg roll, Dannyboys segues through basic, signature and gourmet options, as well as a range of crispy flatgrills for those seeking a toastie.
Scout Cafe, Petrie Terrace: Bagel sandwiches are all the rage at Scout – with tasty selections to much on at breakfast or lunch. We dig the smoked-salmon bagel with sun-dried tomato schmear, green olive, rocket and lemon aioli, as well as the kimchi bagel with gouda and cheddar, fried egg and wombok slaw.
Tippler’s Tap, South Bank and Fortitude Valley: Inspired by Chicago’s diverse food scene, this craft-beer bar and eatery has adopted some of the Windy City’s best sandwiches as signature menu items. You’ve got three options to choose from – the Reuben (corned beef on rye with sauerkraut, melted Swiss cheese, pickle and thousand-island dressing), the Italian Sub (salami, pastrami and corned beef on a long roll with pickled onion, Italian dressing, chopped lettuce and sliced tomato) and The Gym Shoe (corned beef, roast beef and gyros meat on a long roll with onion, cheese, shredded lettuce, fresh tomato, giardiniera and tzatziki).
5 Boroughs, various locations: This NYC-inspired bar and eatery takes cues from the Big Apple’s street-food scene, and that includes a selection of mouth-watering sandwiches. Options up for grabs include the Reuben on Rye (NYC sandwich on toasted rye with corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and Reuben dressing), the grilled-chicken BLT (Grilled chicken breast, Swiss cheese, smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato on a toasted baguette with Reuben dressing) and the French dip (beef brisket, cheddar and crispy onions on a toasted baguette served with beef gravy dipping sauce).
NYC Bagel Deli, West End and Chermside: The crew at NYC Bagel Deli know that variety is the spice of life, which is why they give diners a bevy of options to find the perfect bagel sandwich for them. Select your style of bagel (poppy seed, jalapeno, garlic, cinnamon raisin, sunflower rye, one with everything), then choose your ideal filling (smoked salmon, smoked chicken breast, pastrami, grilled haloumi) and bam – you’ve got yourself a serious hunger buster.
Fits + Potts, Nundah: Known by many as a terrific spot to sip on craft beers, Fitz + Potts is also one of the best locations in town to snag a quality jaffle. Here you can chomp on toasted jaffles made fresh each morning using a range of vegan meats, cheeses and grilled vegetables, with each jaffle served with potato crisps.
Pourboy, South Bank: Lunchtime at Pourboy is where you’ll find some tasty sandwich selections, ranging from the Reuben (brisket, house-fermented sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, Russian dressing) and the Pesto Pollo (grilled chicken breast, basil pesto, olive, pine nuts, parmesan on sourdough) to the Ploughman (ham, vintage cheddar, Roma tomatoes, rocket, kasundi, grain sourdough) and the Croque Madam (leg ham, comte gruyere, fried egg, dijon mustard, and truffle on sourdough).
Getta Burger, various locations: Although known primarily for its killer selection of burgers, Getta Burger has a couple of melts on the menu that will rival the best burg available. The pulled-pork barbecue melt boats pulled pork and double cheese, with a healthy dollop of ‘That BBQ Sauce’ smushed between inch-thick bread. Alternatively, you can sink your teeth into the 12-hour smoked beef brisket melt, which also boasts cheese, sauce and toasted bread.
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