With so many exciting new restaurants popping up all over Minnesota lately, it’s easy to get caught up in the next big food craze. But sometimes, it’s better to take a step back from the trendy dishes that make headlines. That’s when you go back to an old classic, something that has stood the test of time. Something like the humble – yet delicious – sandwich. These 9 sandwiches in Minnesota are so good that you
have to try them before you die.
1. Banh Mi - Jasmine Deli
Minnesota has more than a few places to get a great bánh mì, but none is more well-known than Jasmine Deli. With perfect crunch bread, fresh veggies, and your choice of protein - including vegetarian options - this sandwich is a Minnesota essential.
Address: 2532 Nicollet Avenue South, Minneapolis.
2. Jucy Lucy - Matt's Bar
The famous cheese-filled hamburger can be traced back to one of two places, and no one is sure which one can truly claim it. Matt's Bar is one of those places. This place has been around since the 1950s and is a true Minneapolis landmark. To really get a taste of Minnesota, trying out a Jucy Lucy at Matt's is an absolute must.
Address: 3500 Cedar Avenue South, Minneapolis.
3. Juicy Lucy - 5-8 Club
Of course, we couldn't leave out the other famous Juicy Lucy establishment. The 5-8 Club Juicy Lucy is pretty similar to the Matt's version - molten cheese surrounded by ground beef - but it sure is delicious. If you really want to get in on the Lucy debate, you have to try both burgers.
Address: 5800 Cedar Avenue South, Minneapolis.
4. Manny's Special - Manny's Tortas
If you haven't had a torta, you're in for a treat. Manny's Tortas is located in the Midtown Global Market, and they serve the best Mexican sandwiches you'll find in Minnesota. There are quite a few options, but why not try the one named after Manny himself? Manny's Special is a torta containing steak, onion, mushroom, tomato, and jalapeño, topped with ham cheese. Yum!
Address: Midtown Global Market, 920 East Lake Street, Minneapolis.
5. Fried Bologna - Saint Dinette
Now, before you turn your nose up at fried bologna, hear us out. The bologna sandwich at Saint Dinette isn't like the one you packed in your lunchbox in 7th grade. No, this thing is fried until crisp and golden, then topped with melted cheddar and served with a side of pickles. It's simple but delicious, the throwback sandwich you didn't know you wanted.
Address: 261 East 5th Street, St. Paul.
6. Loose Meat - Tendermaid
What other restaurant can you think of that serves its sandwich with a spoon? The Tendermaid sandwich is more like a sloppy joe than any burger: ground beef - no sauce - served in a steamed bun. You're welcome to order ketchup, mustard, pickles, and onions, too. It's a simple concept that has stood the test of time, if the restaurant's retro look is anything to go by. Do stop in to try this unique sandwich next time you're in Austin.
Address: 271 4th Avenue Northeast, Austin.
7. Lobster Roll - Smack Shack
You'd probably expect any seafood this far inland to be pretty unimpressive. But Smack Shack defies that expectation with their amazingly flavorful lobster roll. Here's how they describe it: "Chilled lobster salad, cucumber, and tarragon on griddled milk bread." Sounds amazing, right? And judging by how popular this place is, this sandwich has got to taste as good as it sounds.
Address: 603 Washington Avenue North, Minneapolis.
8. Breakfast Sandwich - Colossal Cafe
There's nothing better than a restaurant that serves breakfast all day - except one that includes breakfast sandwiches on its menu. Each of Colossal Cafe's three locations have several breakfast sandwiches to choose from. They're all served with a scrambled egg atop your choice of biscuit, bread, or flapper - and it's all made from scratch. If you want one of the best breakfast sandwiches in Minnesota, check this place out.
Addresses: 1340 Grand Avenue, St. Paul; 2315 Como Avenue, St Paul; 1839 East 42nd Street, Minneapolis.
9. Cajun Finn - Northern Waters Smokehaus
People who have visited Northern Waters Smokehaus rave about all of the food, but one sandwich in particular stands out: the Cajun Finn. Piled on a sirato roll are lettuce, pepperoncini, red peppers, cream cheese, and smoked Cajun salmon, all painstakingly prepared with the freshest available ingredients. When heading up to the North Shore, pop in to take a bite out of this outstanding sandwich.
Address: 1608 Woodland Avenue, Duluth.