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A Handy Guide to Seattle's 18 Iconic Sandwiches

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Seattle isn't short on sandwiches. We've got really good ones, in fact. But the city does lack a sandwich inherently "Seattle." Is it charcuterie? The porchetta sandwich at Salumi or the pastrami at Dot's? Do house-cured meats define the local sandwich landscape? Is it seafood? A nice blackened salmon sandwich at Market Grill or the pan-fried catfish at Matt's in the Market? Is locally sourced fish our calling card? Without a Philly cheesesteak or a southern BBQ sandwich dripping with sauce and tradition, we look to the sandwiches that have, for whatever reason, helped shape the culinary real estate in Seattle.

Here is a map, in alphabetical order, to help you navigate the city's iconic sandwiches. These aren't necessarily the best sandwiches, but they're the most representative, with the exception of a few that are on the cusp of becoming legendary — not quite there, but worthy of this list. Have a favorite you think should be infamous? Shout it in the comments.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. 74th Street Ale House

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7401 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 784-2955
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The Red Reuben served at all of The Alehouses (Hilltop, Columbia City, 74th Street) has been a staple on the menu for, well, a long time. The trick to its popularity is not only the housemade red sauerkraut, but the Thousand Island dressing that's fully slather on each slice of rye bread.

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2. Baguette Box

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1203 Pine St
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 332-0220
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The drunken chicken baguette found an immediate spot on the sandwich heat map when Baguette Box first opened in 2004. The battered crispy chicken mingles with sweet tangy sauce, caramelized onions and cilantro and is a steal for under $7.

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3. Bakeman's

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122 Cherry St
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 622-3375
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The turkey sandwiches at this downtown cafeteria are legendary. True to a traditional Thanksgiving leftover lunch, the fresh roasted meat is topped with a dollop of mayo and for an extra few coins can be topped with cranberry sauce, too.

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4. Dot's Delicatessen

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4262 Fremont Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 687-7446
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The monstrous reuben piled high with pastrami is the go-to on Dot's menu. Teetering atop the meat wall is gruyere, sauerkraut and house dressing bundled tightly between rye bread. It's a mouthful, to say the least.

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5. Grinders Hot Sands

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19811 Aurora Ave N
Shoreline, WA
(206) 542-0627
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From the Grinders menu: "Homemade meatballs! No, really. Homemade meatballs. Shut up and listen to what you just read! Meatballs so tender you don’t need your teeth to chew’em. Dem’balls are nestled into an Italian roll topped off with melted mozzarella, caramelized onions, and ournot-from-a-can marinara."

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6. Hi Spot Cafe

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1410 34th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 325-7905
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A tuna melt sounds so pedestrian compared to all of the fancy pants sandwiches Seattle has to offer. This one at the Madrona Hi-Spot cafe is made with albacore, cheddar, tomato and mayo on a grilled herb roll. It's as delightful as it is simple.

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7. Marination Station

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1401 Broadway
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 860-3818
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The torta pushes the traditional definition of a sandwich, but according to those who order it on a regular basis (and that number is growing), the spicy pork torta at Marination has a life of its own. The soft baguette stuffed full of pork is topped with slaw, housemade pickled peppers and onions, guacamole, and Marination’s Nunya Sauce.

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8. Market Grill

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1509 Pike Pl
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 682-2654
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A lot of tourists pony up to the bar at this tiny slice of Seattle heaven in Pike Place Market for the clam chowder, but insiders know to order the blacked salmon (or halibut depending on season) sandwich. To punch "fresh and local" in the face, the fish is served on French bread from market neighbor Le Panier.

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9. Matt's in the Market

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94 Pike St
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 467-7909
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The pan-fried catfish sandwich has been on the menu since the restaurant's namesake, Matt Janke, first bought the place. An owner switch later, the sandwich is still a crowd favorite. Pair it with a cup of gumbo and you have sufficiently tasted Pike Place Market.

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10. The Other Coast Cafe

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5315 Ballard Ave. NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 789-0936
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The Rajun Cajun is one of just a handful of hot sandwiches on the Other Coast menu and it's by far their most popular. Cajun turkey is topped with pepper jack, tomato, onion, and spicy salsa mayo. If you're a normal human being with only one stomach, get the 6" because these suckers are huge.

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11. Paseo Caribbean Restaurant

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4225 Fremont Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 545-7440
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More often than not, when Paseo is mentioned, the words "Carribean roast sandwich" follow close behind. It's the most praise-worthy sandwich on the menu, with pork shoulder coated in Paseo marinade and slow roasted "'til falling into succulent morsels," so says their menu...and the throngs of people who've devoured it.

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12. Pecos Pit BBQ

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2260 1st Ave S
Seattle, WA 98134
(206) 623-0629

Seattle isn't really a barbecue haven, but if your idea of a good pulled pork sandwich is damn tasty and messy, you found your mecca.

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13. Saigon Deli

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1237 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 322-3700

There's no lack of banh mi in Seattle. But no matter where you like to get yours, Saigon Deli in the International District has a long-standing reputation as the best.

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14. Salumi

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309 3rd Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 621-8772
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Salumi has a lot of sandwiches on their menu worth trying, but the tried-and-true is their porchetta sandwich. While founder Armandino Batali's celeb chef son Mario prefers the braised oxtail sandwich (he says it's the best in the NW), Salumi’s porchetta hot sandwich is the deli's tribute to the glorious pig: butterflied and stuffed with meatballs and spices. Good lord.

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15. Tat's Delicatessen

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159 Yesler Way
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 264-8287
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It's so good, it carries the deli's name. "Think pastrami cheesesteak with coleslaw, melted Swiss and Russian dressing," the menu instructs diners ordering the Tat'strami. But that description doesn't do justice to just how epic this sandwich is.

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16. Three Girls Bakery

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1514 Pike Pl
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 622-1045
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This Pike Place Market institution has an institution of its own: the meatloaf sandwich. Many consider it the best meatloaf sandwich in town — dense, meaty, slathered with barbecue sauce, and served on one of several varieties of bread baked daily.

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17. Tubs Gourmet Sub Sandwiches

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11064 Lake City Way NE
Seattle, WA 98125
(206) 361-1621
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The Joker's Dip comes with mayo, ham, turkey, roast beef, bacon, and cheddar cheese on a toasted baguette, topped with lettuce and tomato. But what elevates this to icon status is the side of hot BBQ sauce for dipping. It could easily double as the accompanying beverage.

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18. Where Ya At Matt

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Seattle, WA

The only food truck to make the iconic sandwich list, the oyster po boy at Where Ya At Matt is inching towards icon status with its loads of pickles, peppers and a peck of lightly fried oysters (if a peck equals 9 or so).

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1. 74th Street Ale House

7401 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

The Red Reuben served at all of The Alehouses (Hilltop, Columbia City, 74th Street) has been a staple on the menu for, well, a long time. The trick to its popularity is not only the housemade red sauerkraut, but the Thousand Island dressing that's fully slather on each slice of rye bread.

[Photo: Photo Credit]
7401 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

2. Baguette Box

1203 Pine St, Seattle, WA 98101

The drunken chicken baguette found an immediate spot on the sandwich heat map when Baguette Box first opened in 2004. The battered crispy chicken mingles with sweet tangy sauce, caramelized onions and cilantro and is a steal for under $7.

[Photo: Photo Credit]
1203 Pine St
Seattle, WA 98101

3. Bakeman's

122 Cherry St, Seattle, WA 98104

The turkey sandwiches at this downtown cafeteria are legendary. True to a traditional Thanksgiving leftover lunch, the fresh roasted meat is topped with a dollop of mayo and for an extra few coins can be topped with cranberry sauce, too.

[Photo: Photo Credit]
122 Cherry St
Seattle, WA 98104

4. Dot's Delicatessen

4262 Fremont Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98103

The monstrous reuben piled high with pastrami is the go-to on Dot's menu. Teetering atop the meat wall is gruyere, sauerkraut and house dressing bundled tightly between rye bread. It's a mouthful, to say the least.

[Photo: Photo Credit]
4262 Fremont Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98103

5. Grinders Hot Sands

19811 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline, WA

From the Grinders menu: "Homemade meatballs! No, really. Homemade meatballs. Shut up and listen to what you just read! Meatballs so tender you don’t need your teeth to chew’em. Dem’balls are nestled into an Italian roll topped off with melted mozzarella, caramelized onions, and ournot-from-a-can marinara."

[Photo: Photo Credit]
19811 Aurora Ave N
Shoreline, WA

6. Hi Spot Cafe

1410 34th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

A tuna melt sounds so pedestrian compared to all of the fancy pants sandwiches Seattle has to offer. This one at the Madrona Hi-Spot cafe is made with albacore, cheddar, tomato and mayo on a grilled herb roll. It's as delightful as it is simple.

[Photo: Photo Credit]
1410 34th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

7. Marination Station

1401 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122

The torta pushes the traditional definition of a sandwich, but according to those who order it on a regular basis (and that number is growing), the spicy pork torta at Marination has a life of its own. The soft baguette stuffed full of pork is topped with slaw, housemade pickled peppers and onions, guacamole, and Marination’s Nunya Sauce.

[Photo: Photo Credit]
1401 Broadway
Seattle, WA 98122

8. Market Grill

1509 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101

A lot of tourists pony up to the bar at this tiny slice of Seattle heaven in Pike Place Market for the clam chowder, but insiders know to order the blacked salmon (or halibut depending on season) sandwich. To punch "fresh and local" in the face, the fish is served on French bread from market neighbor Le Panier.

[Photo: Photo Credit]
1509 Pike Pl
Seattle, WA 98101

9. Matt's in the Market

94 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101

The pan-fried catfish sandwich has been on the menu since the restaurant's namesake, Matt Janke, first bought the place. An owner switch later, the sandwich is still a crowd favorite. Pair it with a cup of gumbo and you have sufficiently tasted Pike Place Market.

[Photo: Photo Credit]
94 Pike St
Seattle, WA 98101

10. The Other Coast Cafe

5315 Ballard Ave. NW, Seattle, WA 98107

The Rajun Cajun is one of just a handful of hot sandwiches on the Other Coast menu and it's by far their most popular. Cajun turkey is topped with pepper jack, tomato, onion, and spicy salsa mayo. If you're a normal human being with only one stomach, get the 6" because these suckers are huge.

[Photo: Photo Credit]
5315 Ballard Ave. NW
Seattle, WA 98107

11. Paseo Caribbean Restaurant

4225 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

More often than not, when Paseo is mentioned, the words "Carribean roast sandwich" follow close behind. It's the most praise-worthy sandwich on the menu, with pork shoulder coated in Paseo marinade and slow roasted "'til falling into succulent morsels," so says their menu...and the throngs of people who've devoured it.

[Photo: Photo Credit]
4225 Fremont Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

12. Pecos Pit BBQ

2260 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134

Seattle isn't really a barbecue haven, but if your idea of a good pulled pork sandwich is damn tasty and messy, you found your mecca.

[Photo: Photo Credit]
2260 1st Ave S
Seattle, WA 98134

13. Saigon Deli

1237 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98144

There's no lack of banh mi in Seattle. But no matter where you like to get yours, Saigon Deli in the International District has a long-standing reputation as the best.

[Photo: Photo Credit]
1237 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98144

14. Salumi

309 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

Salumi has a lot of sandwiches on their menu worth trying, but the tried-and-true is their porchetta sandwich. While founder Armandino Batali's celeb chef son Mario prefers the braised oxtail sandwich (he says it's the best in the NW), Salumi’s porchetta hot sandwich is the deli's tribute to the glorious pig: butterflied and stuffed with meatballs and spices. Good lord.

[Photo: Photo Credit]
309 3rd Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104

15. Tat's Delicatessen

159 Yesler Way, Seattle, WA 98104

It's so good, it carries the deli's name. "Think pastrami cheesesteak with coleslaw, melted Swiss and Russian dressing," the menu instructs diners ordering the Tat'strami. But that description doesn't do justice to just how epic this sandwich is.

[Photo: Photo Credit]
159 Yesler Way
Seattle, WA 98104

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16. Three Girls Bakery

1514 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101

This Pike Place Market institution has an institution of its own: the meatloaf sandwich. Many consider it the best meatloaf sandwich in town — dense, meaty, slathered with barbecue sauce, and served on one of several varieties of bread baked daily.

[Photo: Photo Credit]
1514 Pike Pl
Seattle, WA 98101

17. Tubs Gourmet Sub Sandwiches

11064 Lake City Way NE, Seattle, WA 98125

The Joker's Dip comes with mayo, ham, turkey, roast beef, bacon, and cheddar cheese on a toasted baguette, topped with lettuce and tomato. But what elevates this to icon status is the side of hot BBQ sauce for dipping. It could easily double as the accompanying beverage.

[Photo: Photo Credit]
11064 Lake City Way NE
Seattle, WA 98125

18. Where Ya At Matt

Mobile Location, Seattle, WA

The only food truck to make the iconic sandwich list, the oyster po boy at Where Ya At Matt is inching towards icon status with its loads of pickles, peppers and a peck of lightly fried oysters (if a peck equals 9 or so).

[Photo: Photo Credit]
Mobile Location
Seattle, WA

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