In a city like Minneapolis, you don’t have to look too hard to find incredible, mouthwatering food. New restaurants open all the time, and if all else fails, you can always fall back on a tried-and-true favorite. One of the best – yet most overlooked – foods in Minneapolis? The sandwich. Often relegated to brown bag lunches, it is time to bring the humble sandwich into the spotlight. These 10 restaurants in Minneapolis and Saint Paul offer up some of the best sandwiches in the entire Twin Cities. Take one bite, and you’ll forget all about PB&J.
Terzo has a lot of great food, but the restaurant is best known for its amazing Italian porchetta sandwiches. You can order the sandwich from the main dining area menu, but Terzo actually has a window - the Porchetteria - just for ordering one of these savory sandwiches. Even better, it's open all year long. You can take it to go or enjoy it on the patio. Either way, it's a knockout sandwich that you have to try.
Address: 2221 West 50th Street, Minneapolis.
2. Hola Arepa
An arepa is a Venezuelan sandwich that can be stuffed with any number of ingredients. At Hola Arepa, those toppings range from slow-roasted pork to chorizo to black beans and sweet potato. Whichever combination you choose, your sandwich is going to be absolutely delicious.
Address: 3501 Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis.
3. Manny's Tortas
Manny's Tortas is known for its excellent variety of tortas, all prepared with cheese, tomato, lettuce, onion, avocado, peppers, beans, and mayo. Whether you have a craving for chorizo, steak, or veggie, you're bound to find a winner.
Addresses: Midtown Global Market, 920 East Lake Street #125, and Mercado Central, 1515 East Lake Street #103, Minneapolis.
4. Smack Shack
The menu at Smack Shack is full of excellent seafood options, but the restaurant is especially known for its lobster rolls. You may be thinking that lobster rolls have no place outside of New England, but you might be surprised by how delicious these are. With fresh ingredients and prepared in a casual, fun atmosphere, Smack Shack is just the place to get your sandwich fix.
Address: 603 North Washington Avenue, Minneapolis.
5. Be'Wiched Deli
At Be'Wiched Deli, sandwiches, soups, and salads are the name of the game. You'll always find something flavorful and delicious here. If you're not sure what to order, people rave over the classic pastrami sandwich at Be'Wiched.
Address: 800 North Washington Avenue, Minneapolis.
6. Sea Salt Eatery
As the go-to spot for anyone visiting Minnehaha Falls, Sea Salt Eatery is well-practiced in making incredible foods. One of its most notable menu items is the po'boy, a famous New Orleans sandwich that is usually packed with seafood. At Sea Salt, you can get it with shrimp, catfish, oyster, or crawfish.
Address: 4825 Minnehaha Avenue, Minneapolis.
7. Jasmine Deli
No Twin Cities sandwich list would be complete without a banh mi. These Vietnamese sandwiches are so incredibly flavorful that, if you haven't already tried one, you need to add it to the top of your foodie bucket list. They're
that good. The best ones in the area may be found at Jasmine Deli, a little sandwich spot that has many fans. As an added bonus, Jasmine has tons of amazing vegetarian options. Address: 2532 Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis.
8. Cecil's Deli
all of the best sandwiches are in Minneapolis. In fact, there are quite a few notable spots in Saint. Paul. One of the best is Cecil's Deli, the beloved deli that has been around since 1949. From reubens to roast beef, Cecil's will make you a sandwich you'll never forget. Make a real meal out of it by adding a side such as soup, salad, or pie. Address: 651 Cleveland Avenue South, Saint Paul.
9. Tavern on Grand
Tavern on Grand is another popular Saint Paul establishment. Instead of deli sandwiches, its claim to fame is its deliciously prepared walleye sandwiches. In fact, the sandwich is so good that is has been named the best in Minnesota! If that isn't a reason to stop in immediately, we don't know what is.
Address: 656 Grand Avenue, Saint Paul.
10. The Buttered Tin
The Buttered Tin is a cute, popular restaurant and bakery that is also a great spot to get a sandwich. They use simple, local ingredients to create heavenly creations that will keep you coming back for more. From BLTs to hoagies, you'll love what's in store.
Address: 237 7th Street East, Saint Paul.
Have you ever been to any of these Minneapolis-Saint Paul sandwich places? Do you have any favorites that didn’t make the list? Let us know your favorites in the comments below – we’re always on the hunt for tasty new places to try!