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The Santa Maria tri-tip at Martino’s in Phinney Ridge.
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Where to Order Some of Seattle’s Most Sensational Sandwiches

Tri-tip monstrosities, fried catfish treats, a smoked tomato field roast creation named after Emilio Estevez, and more

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The Santa Maria tri-tip at Martino’s in Phinney Ridge.
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An expertly crafted sandwich can be a perfect meal on its own — and it’s tailor-made for those still making takeout a primary part of their dining life. While lots of restaurants offer a great sandwich or two, this map covers some of the best sandwich shops dedicated to the form. Note that there’s also a whole separate guide for banh mi, since the city has so many excellent options, a breakfast sandwich-focused list, and a map dedicated to fried chicken, which includes yet more sandwiches. The restaurants below attempts to include a variety of different options, and restaurants are listed from north to south.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Zylberschtein's

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11752 15th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98125
(206) 403-1202
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Pinehurst’s Jewish deli features thick-cut pastrami and corned beef sandwiches on freshly-baked rye among its more popular items. There’s also a bagel club that one can sign up for on either a weekly or bi-weekly basis, with a wide delivery range across Seattle.

2. Martino’s

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7314 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 466-5911
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After a four-year hiatus, this Phinney Ridge meat lover’s favorite made a comeback in 2021. On the current menu, fans can find a a rosemary and dijon pork shoulder sandwich stuffed with grilled onions and Mama Lil’s peppers, as well as the famed Santa Maria tri-tip beauty on a French roll, with the meat smoked over red oak and topped with poblano salsa and chimichurri.

A tri-tip sandwich at Martino’s on a plate with a side of fries
The Santa Maria tri-tip is a Martino’s classic.
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3. Un Bien

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7302.5 15th Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98117
(206) 588-2040
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The folks formerly of iconic Paseo are now at Un Bien, with two locations in Ballard serving slightly less massive but still wonderful Caribbean sandwiches, covered in aioli, cilantro, pickled jalapenos, and caramelized onions on toasted baguettes. Takeout via phone orders and delivery available through Caviar.

4. Layers Sandwich Co.

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1108 NW 52nd St
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 457-5524
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This popular food truck, which usually shows up around Ballard breweries such as Stoup, has developed a reputation for well-crafted sandwiches with quality ingredients since opening in 2019. On the menu is a succulent pork belly concoction with pepper jelly, and a vegetarian option with roasted sweet potato and harissa called, appropriately, Harissa Explains It All.

5. Mean Sandwich

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1510 NW Leary Way
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 789-9999
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The acclaimed Ballard counter has a contact-less pickup window, offering items such as the shop’s eponymous sandwich (griddled corned beef, pickled red cabbage, yellow mustard, and fresh mint), oyster po’ boys, and the vegetarian-friendly Midnight at the Oasis, with falafel, hummus, harissa beets, and Persian pickles.

6. Local Tide

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401 N 36th St Suite 103
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 420-4685
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Like hot dogs, one can argue whether a crab roll is a sandwich. Regardless, this popular Fremont restaurant draws long lines for its well-crafted take on the seafood snack, and has sandwich purists covered with other stellar offerings, from salmon BLTs, to rockfish banh mi, to fried dover sole on a brioche bun. No matter what, the shop is a seafood lover’s delight.

7. Where Ya At Matt

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401 N 36th St.
Seattle, WA 98103

This mobile sandwich specialist is known for doing many things well: swoon-worthy beignets, jambalaya, and shrimp and grits. But the po' boy menu stands out thanks to the fried catfish and melt-in-your-mouth Creole pork. The truck has been popping up in Renton and Federal Way lately, but it’s best to check the Facebook page for updates.

A closeup of a po’ boy from Where Ya At Matt.
Where Ya At Matt specializes in po’ boys.
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8. Crumby Sandwich and Spirits

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709 N 35th St
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 946-1921
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A newer edition to the Seattle sandwich scene, Fremont’s upscale sandwich shop and bar has plenty of tempting items, although one particular star is the crab cake concoction on a buttery roll with crispy bacon, serrano aioli, and pickled shallots — satisfying, but surprisingly light. It pairs well with the restaurant’s well-crafted cocktails, best enjoyed on the cozy sidewalk patio.

9. HoneyHole

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703 E Pike St
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 709-1399
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The longtime sandwich favorite on Capitol Hill reopened with new ownership recently, but the quality hasn’t diminished, with favorites like the Dude (with marinated flank steak) and the Emilio Pestevez (smoked tomato field roast, pesto, and goat cheese) holding down the fort. There’s now a spacious new outpost in the Central District, too.

10. Tat’s Delicatessen

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159 Yesler Way
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 264-8287
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Pioneer Square’s East Coast-style sandwich shop (with a roving food truck) runs the gamut with monster hoagies, grinders, and cheesesteaks. Standouts include the Tat’strami, a cheesesteak-pastrami mash-up, and a monster beef, pork, and veal meatball sub. Available for takeout and curbside pickup, as well as in-house delivery.

11. Jackson’s Catfish Corner

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2218 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98144

Born in 1985, this longtime Central District favorite made a triumphant return to the Central District earlier this summer, featuring the restaurant’s much-coveted namesake dish. While the crispy catfish is great on its own, one must try it on a delightfully squishy bun topped with the restaurant’s famed tangy tartar sauce and slices of pickles. Don’t forget the hushpuppies as a side.

A crowd celebrates with sprays of champagne outside Jackson’s Catfish Corner on Jackson Street in the Central District.
Jackson’s Catfish Corner returned to the Central District in June.
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12. The Original Philly's

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3019 Martin Luther King Jr Way S
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 723-7445
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Even though it’s a long way to Philadelphia, this no-frills sandwich shop in South Seattle does cheesesteaks right. Generously stuffed with chopped up beef, mushrooms, and peppers, there’s also the eternal debate: melted cheese on the bottom or cheese sauce on top? Can’t go wrong either way, especially at $8 for a full sub.

13. The Swinery

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3207 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 932-4211
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This impressive butcher shop in West Seattle also serves burgers and sandwiches involving all manner of pork. The Swinery Spectacular in particular is worth unhinging one's jaw for, stuffed with pulled pork, ham, pork belly, and swiss cheese, dressed in dijonnaise. Open Wednesday through Sunday for takeout and delivery through Postmates.

A meat-packed sandwich on rye from the Swinery.
The Swinery in West Seattle delivers some of the city’s best smoked meats.
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14. Hi Helen

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4634 E Marginal Way S suite e-120
Seattle, WA 98134
(206) 451-7323
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Critics have been raving about this pop-up since it emerged in 2020, and with good reason — the sandwiches are faithful recreations of greasy East Coast deli favorites, stuffed with fluffy eggs, sausage (or bacon) on freshly baked poppy seed rolls. Diners need to be vigilant, though: tickets to the limited items sell out fast via Instagram each week.

15. Tony's Bakery

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6020 Martin Luther King Jr Way S
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 722-8800
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One of many popular Vietnamese spots near Othello Station, this unassuming store serves up some of the city’s best banh mi on wonderfully flaky bread. While the dac biet banh mi is popular, those in the know order banh mi ca xa ot, with fried catfish and a smear of garlic-chive aioli. It makes for as good a start as any to a wider Seattle banh mi tour.

1. Zylberschtein's

11752 15th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125

Pinehurst’s Jewish deli features thick-cut pastrami and corned beef sandwiches on freshly-baked rye among its more popular items. There’s also a bagel club that one can sign up for on either a weekly or bi-weekly basis, with a wide delivery range across Seattle.

11752 15th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98125

2. Martino’s

7314 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
A tri-tip sandwich at Martino’s on a plate with a side of fries
The Santa Maria tri-tip is a Martino’s classic.
Martino’s

After a four-year hiatus, this Phinney Ridge meat lover’s favorite made a comeback in 2021. On the current menu, fans can find a a rosemary and dijon pork shoulder sandwich stuffed with grilled onions and Mama Lil’s peppers, as well as the famed Santa Maria tri-tip beauty on a French roll, with the meat smoked over red oak and topped with poblano salsa and chimichurri.

7314 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

3. Un Bien

7302.5 15th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98117

The folks formerly of iconic Paseo are now at Un Bien, with two locations in Ballard serving slightly less massive but still wonderful Caribbean sandwiches, covered in aioli, cilantro, pickled jalapenos, and caramelized onions on toasted baguettes. Takeout via phone orders and delivery available through Caviar.

7302.5 15th Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98117

4. Layers Sandwich Co.

1108 NW 52nd St, Seattle, WA 98107

This popular food truck, which usually shows up around Ballard breweries such as Stoup, has developed a reputation for well-crafted sandwiches with quality ingredients since opening in 2019. On the menu is a succulent pork belly concoction with pepper jelly, and a vegetarian option with roasted sweet potato and harissa called, appropriately, Harissa Explains It All.

1108 NW 52nd St
Seattle, WA 98107

5. Mean Sandwich

1510 NW Leary Way, Seattle, WA 98107

The acclaimed Ballard counter has a contact-less pickup window, offering items such as the shop’s eponymous sandwich (griddled corned beef, pickled red cabbage, yellow mustard, and fresh mint), oyster po’ boys, and the vegetarian-friendly Midnight at the Oasis, with falafel, hummus, harissa beets, and Persian pickles.

1510 NW Leary Way
Seattle, WA 98107

6. Local Tide

401 N 36th St Suite 103, Seattle, WA 98103

Like hot dogs, one can argue whether a crab roll is a sandwich. Regardless, this popular Fremont restaurant draws long lines for its well-crafted take on the seafood snack, and has sandwich purists covered with other stellar offerings, from salmon BLTs, to rockfish banh mi, to fried dover sole on a brioche bun. No matter what, the shop is a seafood lover’s delight.

401 N 36th St Suite 103
Seattle, WA 98103

7. Where Ya At Matt

401 N 36th St., Seattle, WA 98103
A closeup of a po’ boy from Where Ya At Matt.
Where Ya At Matt specializes in po’ boys.
Where Ya At Matt/Facebook

This mobile sandwich specialist is known for doing many things well: swoon-worthy beignets, jambalaya, and shrimp and grits. But the po' boy menu stands out thanks to the fried catfish and melt-in-your-mouth Creole pork. The truck has been popping up in Renton and Federal Way lately, but it’s best to check the Facebook page for updates.

401 N 36th St.
Seattle, WA 98103

8. Crumby Sandwich and Spirits

709 N 35th St, Seattle, WA 98103

A newer edition to the Seattle sandwich scene, Fremont’s upscale sandwich shop and bar has plenty of tempting items, although one particular star is the crab cake concoction on a buttery roll with crispy bacon, serrano aioli, and pickled shallots — satisfying, but surprisingly light. It pairs well with the restaurant’s well-crafted cocktails, best enjoyed on the cozy sidewalk patio.

709 N 35th St
Seattle, WA 98103

9. HoneyHole

703 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122

The longtime sandwich favorite on Capitol Hill reopened with new ownership recently, but the quality hasn’t diminished, with favorites like the Dude (with marinated flank steak) and the Emilio Pestevez (smoked tomato field roast, pesto, and goat cheese) holding down the fort. There’s now a spacious new outpost in the Central District, too.

703 E Pike St
Seattle, WA 98122

10. Tat’s Delicatessen

159 Yesler Way, Seattle, WA 98104

Pioneer Square’s East Coast-style sandwich shop (with a roving food truck) runs the gamut with monster hoagies, grinders, and cheesesteaks. Standouts include the Tat’strami, a cheesesteak-pastrami mash-up, and a monster beef, pork, and veal meatball sub. Available for takeout and curbside pickup, as well as in-house delivery.

159 Yesler Way
Seattle, WA 98104

11. Jackson’s Catfish Corner

2218 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98144
A crowd celebrates with sprays of champagne outside Jackson’s Catfish Corner on Jackson Street in the Central District.
Jackson’s Catfish Corner returned to the Central District in June.
Courtesy of Terrell Jackson

Born in 1985, this longtime Central District favorite made a triumphant return to the Central District earlier this summer, featuring the restaurant’s much-coveted namesake dish. While the crispy catfish is great on its own, one must try it on a delightfully squishy bun topped with the restaurant’s famed tangy tartar sauce and slices of pickles. Don’t forget the hushpuppies as a side.

2218 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98144

12. The Original Philly's

3019 Martin Luther King Jr Way S, Seattle, WA 98144

Even though it’s a long way to Philadelphia, this no-frills sandwich shop in South Seattle does cheesesteaks right. Generously stuffed with chopped up beef, mushrooms, and peppers, there’s also the eternal debate: melted cheese on the bottom or cheese sauce on top? Can’t go wrong either way, especially at $8 for a full sub.

3019 Martin Luther King Jr Way S
Seattle, WA 98144

13. The Swinery

3207 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116
A meat-packed sandwich on rye from the Swinery.
The Swinery in West Seattle delivers some of the city’s best smoked meats.
The Swinery/Facebook

This impressive butcher shop in West Seattle also serves burgers and sandwiches involving all manner of pork. The Swinery Spectacular in particular is worth unhinging one's jaw for, stuffed with pulled pork, ham, pork belly, and swiss cheese, dressed in dijonnaise. Open Wednesday through Sunday for takeout and delivery through Postmates.

3207 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116

14. Hi Helen

4634 E Marginal Way S suite e-120, Seattle, WA 98134

Critics have been raving about this pop-up since it emerged in 2020, and with good reason — the sandwiches are faithful recreations of greasy East Coast deli favorites, stuffed with fluffy eggs, sausage (or bacon) on freshly baked poppy seed rolls. Diners need to be vigilant, though: tickets to the limited items sell out fast via Instagram each week.

4634 E Marginal Way S suite e-120
Seattle, WA 98134

15. Tony's Bakery

6020 Martin Luther King Jr Way S, Seattle, WA 98118

One of many popular Vietnamese spots near Othello Station, this unassuming store serves up some of the city’s best banh mi on wonderfully flaky bread. While the dac biet banh mi is popular, those in the know order banh mi ca xa ot, with fried catfish and a smear of garlic-chive aioli. It makes for as good a start as any to a wider Seattle banh mi tour.

6020 Martin Luther King Jr Way S
Seattle, WA 98118

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