The sun is finally shining. The ground is drying. It’s time to get outside for a picnic. Grab some sandwiches to go from one of these places and fill up your picnic basket. Don’t see one of your favorites listed? Leave a comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Austin Beer Garden Brewing. 1305 W. Oltorf St. 512-298-2242, theabgb.com. The pizza and beer specialists also serve flavorful sandwiches like an Italian sub or a prosciutto caprese with peaches.
Avenue B Grocery. 4403 Avenue B. 512-453-3921, avenuebgrocery.com. This place makes me nostalgic for an era in which I didn’t even live. Grab a thick egg salad sandwich and enjoy on the picnic benches outside or take it to go.
Baguette et Chocolat. 12101 Bee Caves Road. 512-263-8388, baguetteetchocolat.com. Take a trip to Paris without leaving Central Texas. This bakery serves delicious sandwiches like French ham, Swiss cheese, butter and mustard; and prosciutto, goat cheese, tomato, cucumber, olive oil and romaine.
Easy Tiger. 709 E. Sixth St. 512-614-4972, easytigeraustin.com. Sandwiches like homemade pastrami and Italian sausage come on quality breads baked in-house.
Elizabeth Street Café. 1501 S. First St. 512-291-2881, elizabethstreetcafe.com. This precious little spot serves almost a dozen takes on Vietnamese bánh mi, like the classic grilled pork and the nontraditional beef short rib with kimchi.
Enoteca. 1610 S. Congress Ave. 512-441-7672, austinvespaio.com/enoteca. Vespaio’s cute little sister serves about a dozen panini, from mushroom and cambozola to prosciutto and fontina.
Epicerie. 2307 Hancock Drive. 512-371-6840, epicerieaustin.com. The beef pastrami comes with Russian dressing and homemade sauerkraut on buttery homemade French country bread.
FoodHeads. 616 W. 34th St. 512-420-8400, foodheads.com. Excellent sandwiches with a wide array of flavor profiles, like grilled salami and mozzarella, and grilled pork tenderloin with apple and Gouda.
Fricano’s Deli. 2405 Nueces St. 512-482-3322, fricanosdeli.com. Huge sandwiches loaded with flavor led this deli to move from its small north campus location to a much more comfortable space just west of campus. Don’t worry about what Rocket Sauce is; just order a Paul’s Spicy Reuben and find out.
G’s Dynamite Deli. 2312 S. First St. 512-520-9810, gsdynamitedeli.com. This deli’s located in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it little house on South First. The employees are super friendly, and I dig the chicken salad with grapes and pecans.
Galaxy Café. Multiple locations. galaxycafeaustin.com. Smoked turkey and brie, portabella burgers and more modern classics at this casual counter-service cafe.
Gourmand’s. 2316 Webberville Road. 512-610-2031, lovethysandwich.com. They put roast beef, queso and bacon on a sandwich at this fun neighborhood pub that has carved a niche for itself on the east side since opening in 2011. Fittingly, they call it the Last Supper.
Henri’s. 2026 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-442-3373, HenrisCheese.com. These guys know their wine and cheese, but they also make solid sandwiches (with great cheese) at lunch.
Hey! You Gonna Eat or What? 1720 Barton Springs Road. 512-296-3547, heyyougonnaeatorwhat.com. This food truck at the Picnic food park made its name on the (heart-stopping) strength of its Shiner beer-battered Monte Cristo sandwich. Who needs dessert?
Home Slice Pizza. 1415 S. Congress Ave. 512-444-7437, homeslicepizza.com. Of course they’re known for their pizza, but they make one of the best Italian subs in town (leave the mayonnaise on).
Little Deli. 7101 Woodrow Ave. 512-467-7402, littledeliandpizza.com. They make great New Jersey-style pizzas, but don’t overlook their deli sandwiches, like a pastrami sammy the size of your head.
Lucky’s Puccias. 817 W. Fifth St. 512-739-8785, luckyspuccias.com. Soft and crunchy wood-fired bread stuffed with Italian ingredients like peppers and prosciutto. The trailer expanded to a brick-and-mortar space at 1611 W. Fifth St. this year.
Mandola’s Italian Market. Multiple locations. mandolasmarket.com. You gotta go with the Mandola’s hero or the Italian sausage and peppers at one of three locations around town.
New World Deli. 4101 Guadalupe St. 512-451-7170, neworlddeli.com. This Hyde Park staple makes a mean Reuben (and Rachel).
Noble Sandwich Co. 12233 RM 620. 512-382-6248. 4805 Burnet Road. 512-666-5124. noblesandwiches.com. Fresh-baked breads and meats smoked and cured in-house make Noble one of the best sandwich joints in town. Get the duck pastrami and the homemade Italian sausage and peppers with gooey mozzarella.
Russell’s Bakery. 3339 Hancock Drive. 512-419-7877, russellsbakery.com. Chicken salad, tuna salad and other classics from this neighborhood favorite in West Austin.
San Francisco Bakery & Café. 2900 W. Anderson Lane. 512-302-3420, sfbc.weebly.com. Standard deli meats and a few creations named after California towns and San Francisco neighborhoods at this bakery that bakes all its own bread. Get the sourdough. When in Rome …
Slake Café. 120 E. Seventh St. 512-476-0060, slakecafe.com. The roster of sandwiches at this downtown café includes brisket smoked in-house.
Sweetish Hill Bakery. 1120 W. Sixth St. 512-472-1347, sweetishhill.com. A dozen sandwiches made on freshly baked bread at this bakery that has been around since 1975. Try the roast beef on rye or pimiento cheddar on wheat.
Tam Deli. 8222 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-834-6458, facebook.com/tamdeliandcafe. Some of my favorite people making some of my favorite sandwiches in town. The homemade baguettes and mayonnaise make all of the bánh mi worth trying, but I have a weakness for the garlic fried shrimp (with extra shrimp).
Toastie’s Sub Shop. 215 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-499-8500, ilovetoasties.com. Tucked inside the bottom of a mixed-use spot just south of the river, this place serves about two dozen sandwiches, from veggie bánh mi to meatball subs.
Texas French Bread. 2900 Rio Grande St. 512-499-0544, texasfrenchbread.com. Sandwiches like the light chicken salad come on excellent fresh-baked bread at this campus-area staple.
Tucci’s Southside Subs. 801 E. William Cannon Drive. 512-440-1850. 7101 Texas 71. 512-288-7417. southsidesubsaustin.com. With a name like Tucci’s, you better be getting the Italian sub (add hot and sweet peppers).
Walton’s Fancy and Staple. 609 W. Sixth St. 512-542-3380, waltonsfancyandstaple.com. Ms. Bullock’s adorable café and market makes some tasty sandwiches, like the turkey sweet, which comes with bacon, caramelized onion, apple and white cheddar on a croissant.