Credit: Hunter Cole
Credit: Hunter Cole

These 7 Sandwiches in San Diego and Are the Best Thing Since Sliced Bread

Take a Bite out of These Stacked Delights

The linchpin of lunch pails. The delicacy of delicatessens. The cornerstone of corner stores. Yes, we’re talking about the sandwich. Perhaps the most iconic of lunch foods, this between-bread beauty of a bite is as quintessential as they come. Whether you call it a sub, a dagwood, a sammy or anything else, people are obsessed with this pillar of portability, and there’s a reason why: they are simply delicious. Best Sandwiches San Diego

The following seven hand-stacked delights are made all over San Diego; just do yourself a favor and don’t forget the secret sauce!


Board & Brew

Must-Order: Turkado

If you call yourself a San Diego local, then you know the magic that happens between the bread at Board & Brew. With a handful of locations throughout San Diego (including one of their newer locations in Poway) and a sandwich board that’ll make your mouth water, it’s no surprise this spot is a local fav! Feast on Board & Brew’s famous Turkado, which is crafted with turkey breast, jack cheese, mayo, onion, lettuce, tomato, avocado, and served on sourdough bread. When people think of Board & Brew, they know (and love) the Turkado, as this stacked delight has remained the restaurant’s #1 seller since 1979. Be sure to ask for a side of their secret sauce, which was designed specifically to compliment the Turkado sandwich. 

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Locations: Carlsbad Village, Del Mar, East Lake, Escondido, Laguna Niguel, Oceanside, Pacific Beach, Scripps Ranch, Poway (newest location), UTC (coming soon)

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Moto Deli

Must-Order: Pastrami Sandwich

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Layers and layers of thinly-sliced pastrami, rich caramelized onions and melty Swiss cheese with brown deli mustard make this sandwich the decadence you deserve. “The pastrami sandwich is our take on a classic,” says Chef Andy. His other favorites include the Turketta sandwich, made with house-smoked turkey and house moto spread, or the classic reuben, which is back on the menu by popular demand.

Location: Encinitas



Fatboy’s Deli & Spirits

Must-Order: Fat Bastard

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A half pound of your choice of meat, including sweet sliced ham, roast beef, overfold turkey, or all three, plus four slices of cheese, six slices of bacon and avocado make this huge California-inspired sandwich the lunch of a lifetime. When given the option of going big or going home, the Fat Bastard always goes big.

Location: North park

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Grand Ole BBQ

Must-Order: Brisket Sandwich

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Hot, house-made brisket-by-the-pound on a sturdy, buttery sandwich roll creates a sandwich you won’t want to put down. Pair this sandwich with sides like potato salad or traditional slaw to take it to the next level.

Location: El Cajon


Miss B’s Coconut Club

Must-Order: El Cubano

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Sit back and take in the island vibes with a classic. The El Cubano’s lechon asado is balanced with the addition of gruyere cheese, pickles, mustard and cilantro garlic aioli to make this a stand-out sandwich.

Location: Mission Beach

Sandwich Emporium

Must-Order: Saigon Grinder 

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This house favorite sandwich is complete with premium roast turkey, cucumbers, house Asian coleslaw, house recipe pickled jalapeños, cilantro and mayo. Served on a garlic roll, the Saigon Grinder is the perfect mix of decadent yet refreshing.

Locations: Clairemont, Mira Mesa, Rancho Penasquitos


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Rubicon Deli

Must-Order: Hot Mess (vegetarian!)

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This roasty, toasty, meatless sandwich is something to celebrate. Three cheeses, tempura onions, charred shiitake mushrooms and dripping chipotle mayo prove that messy is always better.

Locations: Mission Hills, La Jolla

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