Every day, restaurants serve great sandwiches across New Mexico. However, some of these sandwiches are so memorable that they gain loyal fans, folks who can’t bring themselves to order anything else on the menu. Locals and travelers alike rave about these 9 New Mexico sandwiches. Read on to see why.
1. The Cubano Especial (Relish Sandwich Shop)
Relish won a "Best of the City" award last year (again) for a reason. Although the Albuquerque turkey here gets plenty of buzz, the Cubano nudges it out as the sandwich that HAS to go on your bucket list. It features chipotle-roasted pork and honey ham on a fresh baguette from Le Paris Bakery. This locally owned and operated restaurant can be found at 8019 Menaul Boulevard NE, Suite E, in Albuquerque.
2. The Philly Cheesesteak (Chef Shawn’s Eatery)
Sure, Ruidoso has plenty of attractions but, even if it didn’t, Chef Shawn’s would justify a detour. The Philly Cheesesteak here is a well-seasoned log of gooey goodness, served on extremely fresh bread. The restaurant is located at 2415 Sudderth Drive, Suite 5, in Ruidoso.
3. Southwestern Grilled Cheese (Mucho Gourmet Sandwich Shoppe)
How can you improve upon a standard grilled cheese? Add green chile and bacon to it. That’s exactly what the folks at Mucho have done to ensure that their Southwestern Grilled Cheese sandwich stands out. This restaurant has won numerous awards and locals love it - expect a line. Mucho can be found at 1711 Llano Street, Suites F&G, St. Michael’s Village in Santa Fe.
4. New York Sloppy Joe (Metropolitan Deli)
The New York Sloppy Joe is so mammoth that it’s hard to fit the whole thing in your mouth. The rye bread has to work hard to support three layers of ham, turkey and Swiss, paired with coleslaw and thousand island. Metropolitan Deli is located at 1001 E University Avenue, Suite F-1 in Las Cruces.
5. Croque Monsieur (Gutiz Restaurant)
This open-faced sandwich is a perfect example of this classic dish. The quality of the Bechamel sauce puts it over the top. You’ll find Gutiz at 812B Paseo Del Pueblo Norte in Taos.
6. Duke City Ruben (Bocadillos)
It’s challenging to decide on the best dish at Bocadillos because this place knows how to make a killer sandwich. The Duke City Ruben wins because of the attention to detail. No effort is spared in crafting this sandwich, which features homemade sauerkraut and beef that has been slow roasted for a minimum of 12 hours. Bocadillos is located at 3600 Cutler Avenue in Albuquerque.
7. El Cubano (Dr. Field Goods Kitchen)
If all doctors prescribed sandwiches this good, there would be a ton of happy patients out there.
As you’d expect at this farm-to-table restaurant, the ingredients in El Cubano are super fresh and the slaw is packed with flavor. Dr. Field Goods can be found at 2860 Cerrillos Road in Santa Fe.
8. Lamb Sandwich (Bite of Belgium)
A Bite of Belgium is renowned for its lamb sandwich, which is mouthwateringly tender, topped with caramelized onions, and covered in Gouda cheese. Even if you don’t typically eat lamb, you have to try this sandwich. The restaurant is located at 741 N Alameda Street, Suite 16, in Las Cruces.
9. The Strawberry Club (Do Drop In)
This cute little joint makes yummy sandwiches. The folks here upgraded the standard club by adding strawberries for a fresh, unexpected twist. This restaurant can be found at 123 S Main Street in Portales.
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