We all love going out for pizza or pasta or a nice steak dinner every now and then. But what about that one food that is so often thrown into brown bag lunches without a care? I’m talking about the sandwich. They seem so simple – two pieces of bread with various toppings in between – but here in Minnesota we like to take things up a notch. Here are the 12 best sandwiches you can get in Minnesota.
For the record, you’ll find no burgers here. Those are in a class all on their own. For that, check out our list of
20 awesome Minnesota burger joints.
1. Mayslack's, Minneapolis
Mayslack's is a Minneapolis bar and restaurant with a menu full of tasty options. But the restaurant is known for its scrumptious roast beef sandwiches.
2. Jasmine Deli, Minneapolis
Minnesota loves its bánh mì sandwiches. There are plenty of places to get your fix, but Jasmine Deli in Minneapolis's Whittier neighborhood may be one of the best. The owners pride themselves on using simple, fresh ingredients for their sandwiches. Choose from several different meat options.
3. Hola Arepa, Minneapolis
Hola Arepa started out as a food truck, but now it has a brick-and-mortar location in Minneapolis as well. No matter how you choose to partake, your arepa will be to die for. The menu offers 10 different options for these cornmeal griddle cake sandwiches.
4. Manny's Tortas, Minneapolis
There are 12 different tortas at Manny's, but they all come with cheese, tomato, lettuce, onion, avocado, jalapeño peppers, refried beans, chipotle pepper mayo and chips.
5. Northern Waters Smokehaus, Duluth
Duluth's Northern Waters Smokehouse creates scrumptious - and creative -sandwiches using locally sourced handcrafted smoked meats. Ready for a culinary adventure? Try the Sitka Sushi sandwich. Here's what the owners have to say about it: "Haus-made Wild Alaskan sockeye gravlax (dry-cured salmon) with cucumber, shredded veggies, pickled ginger, cilantro, chili sauce, and wasabi mayonnaise on a hero roll." Yum.
6. Holy Land Deli, Minneapolis
You may recognize Holy Land Deli from its episode on
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives - and for good reason. Holy Land is so delicious it has become a Minneapolis institution. Delicious marinated meats and vegetables make their gyros stand out.
7. Tavern on Grand, St. Paul
Minnesota's most famous fish is without a doubt the walleye. So it makes sense that Tavern on Grand is well known for its walleye sandwich. It comes on ciabatta bread with tomato, lettuce, and your choice of tartar, jalapeño tartar, or bearnaise sauce. Order it grilled, blacknened, or deep fried.
8. Be'Wiched Deli, Minneapolis
Be'Wiched prides itself on being a chef-driven deli. Chef Mike Ryan uses fresh ingredients from local sources to craft mouth-watering sandwiches. Try the pastrami. You won't regret it.
9. Hell's Kitchen, Minneapolis
Hell's Kitchen is well-known in the Twin Cities to have some tasty food. But did you know their grilled cheese has cheese on the outside as well as the inside? The sourdough bread is coated with grated parmesean on the outside and stuffed with three different types of cheese on the inside.
10. Cecil's Deli, St. Paul
Established in 1949, Cecil's Deli has been around long enough to earn a reputation for having the best ruben sandwiches in the Twin Cities. They have six reubens to choose from, including a veggie option.
11. Victor's 1959 Cafe, Minneapolis
Victor's 1959 Cafe is a colorful spot in south Minneapolis that serves up authentic Cuban cuisine. So what better sandwich to order than a classic Cuban? The Sandwich Cubano has sweet ham, pickles, pork loin, mustard, and Swiss cheese.
12. Sea Salt Eatery, Minneapolis
Located right next to the stunning Minnehaha Falls, Sea Salt is a summertime staple for Minnesotans. What makes them special? They serve some of the best po'boy sandwiches you can find this far from New Orleans. Oyster, catfish, shrimp, and crawfish - they all sound delicious.
Is your mouth watering yet? Go check out these sandwiches and let me know what you think! Or if you know of another top sandwich shop, feel free to share.