Austin restaurants: Sandwiches

FoodHeads serves flavorful sandwiches like this lamb and feta that was on the menu earlier this year.
FoodHeads serves flavorful sandwiches like this lamb and feta that was on the menu earlier this year.

Restaurant listings*

Each week in Austin360, we offer a rotating list of places to eat right now. This week: D’you like apples? Great. Do you like sandwiches? Even better. You’ll want to check out one, or all, of these 44 places around town to grub a sandwich.

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(*This is not a comprehensive list, and this list isn’t about burgers or barbecue. Don’t see one of your favorites below? Send me an email at and I will add it to our online listings.)

Austin Beer Garden Brewing. 1305 W. Oltorf St. 512-298-2242, This big warehouse-style bar has plenty of seating inside and out to enjoy one of its flavorful sandwiches like an Italian sub or a veggie-friendly avocado and peaches.

Avenue B Grocery. 4403 Avenue B. 512-453-3921, This place makes me nostalgic for an era in which I didn’t even live. That’s impressive. Sitting at one of the outdoor picnic tables with an egg salad sandwich is my happy place.

Baguette et Chocolat. 12101 Bee Caves Rd. 512-263-8388, Take a trip to Paris without leaving Central Texas at this bakery that serves delicious sandwiches like French ham, Swiss cheese, butter and mustard; and prosciutto, goat cheese, tomato, cucumber, olive oil and romaine.

Baguette House & Cafe. 10901 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-837-9100. This Vietnamese restaurant serves excellent bánh mi sandwiches at great prices.

Blue Dahlia Bistro. 1115 E. 11th St. 512-542-9542, The shady back patio is something of a secret garden; the menu, an ode to light French cuisine, features open-face sandwiches called tartines.

Bouldin Creek Cafe. 1900 S. First St. 512-416-1601, Try the wanna-BLT with tofu “bacon” at one of Austin’s true temples to vegetarian and vegan fare.

Burro Cheese Kitchen. 1221 S. Congress Ave. 512-865-7730, This bright yellow trailer serves a half-dozen variations of fancy grilled cheese sandwiches, including a few on King’s Hawaiian bread.

Cipollina. 1213 W. Lynn St. 512-477-5211, This charming little Clarksville spot serves six Italian panini at lunch. Try the chicken breast and mozzarella.   

Counter Café. 626 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-708-8800, The grilled pimiento cheese sandwich is the perfect bite of nostalgia at this shoebox diner.

Easy Tiger. 709 E. Sixth St. 512-614-4972, Sandwiches like homemade pastrami and Italian sausage come on quality breads baked in-house at this oasis just on the fringe of Sixth Street’s shot bars.

Elizabeth Street Café. 1501 S. First St. 512-291-2881, This precious little spot serves 10 takes on Vietnamese bánh mi, like the classic grilled pork and the non-traditional beef short rib with kimchi.

Enoteca. 1610 S. Congress Ave. 512-441-7672, Vespaio’s cute little sister serves almost a dozen panini, from mushroom and cambozola to prosciutto and fontina.

Epicerie. 2307 Hancock Dr. 512-371-6840, The beef pastrami comes on buttery homemade French country bread. If you get that or the porchetta with ham, you’ll need a post-lunch nap.

Evangeline Café. 8106 Brodie Lane. 512-282-2586, Take a trip to the bayou by indulging in one of the po’boys at this Cajun restaurant in South Austin.

FoodHeads. 616 W. 34th St. 512-420-8400, Excellent sandwiches with a wide array of flavor profiles, like grilled salami and mozzarella, and grilled pork tenderloin with apple and Gouda, at this bungalow near UT.

Fricano’s Deli. 2405 Nueces St. 512-482-3322, 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. 1st St. 512-520-9810, 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. Smoked turkey and brie, portabella burgers, and more modern classics at this casual counter-service cafe.

Gourmand’s. 2316 Webberville Rd. 512-610-2031, 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.

Haymaker. 2310 Manor Rd. 512-243-6702, The sister restaurant-bar of South Lamar’s Black Sheep Lodge, this place serves big ol’ open-faced sandwiches (several covered in cheese sauce) and about 40 draft beers and another 100 in bottles and cans.

Henri’s. 2026 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-442-3373, 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 Rd. 512-296-3547, 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?

Hillside Farmacy. 1209 E. 11th St. 512-628-0168, Pâtisserie and café in the morning, solid deli in the daytime, with sandwiches like an Italian grinder and a roasted chicken with mozzarella and strawberry jam.

Home Slice Pizza. 1415 S. Congress Ave. 512-444-7437, Of course they’re known for their pizza, but they make one of the best Italian subs in town (leave the mayonnaise on).

Kerbey Lane. Multiple locations. The Cobb sandwich is a nice play on the popular salad at this Austin institution.

Little Deli. 7101 Woodrow Ave. 512-467-7402, They make great New Jersey-style pizzas, but don’t overlook their deli sandwiches, like a pastrami the size of your head.

Lucky’s Puccias. 817 W. 5th St. 512-739-8785, Soft and crunchy wood-fired bread stuffed with Italian ingredients like peppers and prosciutto. The trailer is expanding to a brick-and-mortar space at 1611 W. 5th St. later this year.

Magnolia Cafe. 1920 S. Congress Ave. 512-445-0000, 2304 Lake Austin Blvd. 512-478-8645, The tuna melt and the griddled Magna Cristo are two go-to sandwiches for me at this reliable Austin standby. They also do four different takes on chicken sandwiches.

Mandola’s Italian Market. Multiple locations. You gotta go with the Mandola’s hero or the Italian sausage and peppers at one of three locations around town.

Melvin’s Deli Comfort. 501 E. 53rd St. 512-705-3906, Some of the best pastrami in the city comes out of this fire-engine red trailer. The turkey is great, too. All of it’s great.

Nau’s Enfield Drug. 1115 W Lynn St. 512-476-1221, Wax paper ham sandwiches from a grill that features a classic soda fountain with a full pharmacy up front. It doesn’t get much more classic than this Austin institution that opened more than 60 years ago.

New World Deli. 4101 Guadalupe St. 512-451-7170, This Hyde Park staple makes a mean Reuben (and Rachel).

Noble Sandwich Co. 12233 RM 620. 512-382-6248. 4805 Burnet Rd. 512-666-5124. 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.  

Quality Seafood Market. 5621 Airport Blvd. 512-452-3820, Fried shrimp po’boys. ‘Nuff said.

Russell’s Bakery. 3339 Hancock Dr. 512-419-7877, Chicken salad, tuna salad and other classics at this pleasant spot in West Austin.

Salt & Time. 1912 E. Seventh St. 512-524-1383, This butcher shop sells sandwiches with fresh, quality meat cured or smoked in-house. One of the best Italian grinders in town.

San Francisco Bakery & Café. 2900 W. Anderson Ln. 512-302-3420, 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. 7th St. 512-476-0060, The roster of sandwiches at this downtown café includes brisket smoked in-house.

Sweetish Hill Bakery. 1120 W. 6th St. 512-472-1347, 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, 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, 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. All toasted, of course.

Texas French Bread. 2900 Rio Grande St. 512-499-0544, Sandwiches like the light chicken salad come on fresh-baked bread at this campus-area staple.

Tucci’s Southside Subs. 801 E. William Cannon Dr. 512-440-1850; 7101 Hwy. 71. 512-288-7417, With a name like Tucci’s, you know you better be getting the Italian sub (add hot and sweet peppers).

Walton’s Fancy and Staple. 609 W. 6th St. 512-542-3380, 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. Makes me hungry just typing that.

Austin Restaurants: Day-trip-worthy spots in Central Texas

Louie Mueller Barbecue in Taylor is one of many Central Texas restaurants perfect for a day-trip.
Austin restaurants: Day-trip-worthy spots in Central Texas

Restaurant listings*

Each week in Austin360, we offer a rotating list of places to eat right now. This week: With summer winding down, I take a look at some places outside of town that make for a nice day-trip.

(*This is not a comprehensive list. Don’t see one of your favorites below? Send me an email at and I will add it to our online listings.)

For more, visit and for more restaurants by category, head to


Pig Pen. 5435 Ranch Road 1623. 830-644-2042, One of the best burgers in Central Texas. Chef-driven bar food from a trailer in an idyllic country setting. Only open on Wednesdays and weekends.


Maxine’s on Main. 905 Main St. 512-303-0919, Great spot for breakfast in the historic town center.


Uptown. 315 Main St. 830-833-0738, A touch of sophistication across from the beautiful courthouse.

Red Bud Café. 410 Fourth St. 830-833-0202, Sandwiches and salads at this cute café on the square.


Old Coupland Inn. 101 Hoxie St. 512-856-2777, You’ll find Central Texas staples like catfish and barbecue, but let’s be honest, you’re getting the chicken-fried steak.

Dripping Springs

The Barber Shop. 207 Mercer St. 512-829-4636, Good place for a frosty pint.

Rolling in Thyme & Dough. 333 U.S. 290. 512-894-0001, Enjoy lunches and baked goods at this cute spot that also has a nursery. They do dinner on Thursdays.


Meyer’s Elgin Smokehouse. 188 U.S. 290. 512-281-3331, You’ve likely had their sausage elsewhere. Get it from the source.

Southside Market. 1212 U.S. 290. 512-281-4650, Sausage with a story that dates back more than a century.


Cabernet Grill. 2805 S. RM 16. 830-990-5734, Texas cuisine, steaks and a nice selection of Hill Country wines.

Otto’s German Bistro. 316 E. Austin St. 830-307-3336, Bistro fare with a German bent off the main drag.


Gristmill. 1287 Gruene Road. 830-625-0684, Family-friendly spot feels like dining in an elaborate treehouse.


Texan Café. 207 East St. 512-846-2885, Chicken-fried steak and pie … the culinary backbone of small Texas towns.


Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que. 604 W. Young St. 325-247-5713, Authenticity earned over 50 years of smoking great meat.


Snow’s. 516 Main St. 979-773-4640, You’ve gotta get up pretty early on Saturday mornings to get some of the best brisket in the state. But it’s worth it.


Black’s Barbecue. 215 N. Main St. 512-398-2712, Probably the best brisket in the Central Texas barbecue Mecca.

Chisholm Trail Bar-B-Que. 1323 S. Colorado St. 512-398-6027. It doesn’t get as many headlines as its barbecue brethren, but this place has been putting out solid smoked meat for more than 30 years.

Smitty’s Market. 208 S. Commerce St. 512-398-9344, The fire pit that greets you in line and the pressed-tin ceiling make this some of the best barbecue-eatin’ ambiance in Central Texas.

Kreuz Market. 619 N. Colorado St. 512-398-2361, When I pop into the brick building that looks like a massive feed store, I always get jalapeno-cheddar sausage.


City Market. 633 E. Davis St. 830-875-9019, If you can drive from Houston to Wimberley without stopping for ribs here, you’re stronger than me. And a darn fool.

Marble Falls

Blue Bonnet Café. 211 U.S. 281. 830-693-2344, Go on Sundays and get the turkey and dressing at this institution named after the hat, not the flower.

New Braunfels

Alpine Haus. 251 S. Seguin Ave. 830-214-0205, Get a taste of Germany in the heart of Texas.

Buttermilk Café. 1324 Common St. 830-625-8700, Carol Irwin gives her chef spin to comfort food at breakfast and lunch.

Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que. 1125 Texas 337 Loop. 830-627-0627, It doesn’t have the history of the original, but it does have good barbecue.

Huisache Grill. 303 W. San Antonio St. 830-620-9001, New American standards at this handsome building that’s almost 100 years old.

Round Top

Royer’s Cafe. 105 Main St. 979-249-3611, Steaks, lamb, quail … OK, OK, you’re going for the pie. But don’t eat dessert first.


Opie’s Barbecue. 9504 Texas 71. 830-693-8660, These guys switch it up a bit by smoking over mesquite. They make really good barbecue and tater-tot casserole, which, yes, is a thing.


Louie Mueller. 206 W. Second St. 512-352-6206, Wayne Mueller runs the restaurant opened by his grandfather 64 years ago. You should try it all but definitely don’t miss the beef rib. They don’t get any better.


Leaning Pear. 111 River Road. 512-847-7327, Farm-to-table freshness at this beautiful creek-side restaurant. The chicken-fried quail and corned beef Reuben are two of my favorite sandwiches in the state.

Linda’s Fine Foods. 500 FM 2325. 512-847-5464, You just might find some evening music on the porch, and you’ll definitely find some good homemade food with a range of flavor profiles, like Vietnamese noodles and brisket quesadillas.

Guide on the go

Take Matthew Odam’s 2013 Dining Guide — a list of his top 50 restaurants — with you by bookmarking on your smartphone or tablet. See the list on your computer

Austin Restaurants: Dinner and brunch ideas for an out-of-towner

The burger at Second Bar + Kitchen is just one reason to stop into the New American restaurant on Congress Avenue.
The burger at Second Bar + Kitchen is just one reason to stop into the New American restaurant on Congress Avenue.

Restaurant listings*

Each week in Austin360, we offer a rotating list of places to eat right now. This week: A woman named Angela recently wrote me from St. Louis. She and eight girlfriends in their 30s are visiting Austin this weekend, and she wanted suggestions for group dinners and brunch.

“I want to have a good variety and not too expensive, but nice,” she wrote. “I know one dislikes seafood, but others love it … Nothing too crazy. Not too keen on French, but love great food.”

My edited response is here. Maybe these recommendations will come in handy for you sometime. For more, visit and for more restaurants by category, head to .

Guide on the go

Take Matthew Odam’s 2013 Dining Guide — a list of his top 50 restaurants — with you by bookmarking on your smartphone or tablet or visit from your desktop computer.


La Condesa. 400 W. Second St. 512-499-0300,

Located in the heart of the 2nd Street District, this upscale Mexican restaurant offers good food and vibrant design in a very social setting. (Recommend: venison tacos, cochinita pibil, tuna tostadas, margaritas.)

Uchi. 801 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-916-4808,

Maybe the best restaurant in Austin. World-class sushi just south of downtown, and the fish-ambivalent can find other things they like. (Recommend: Everything.)

Second Bar + Kitchen. 200 Congress Ave. 512-827-2750,

New American on Congress Avenue puts you right in the middle of downtown, and the patio is great for dining and people watching if the weather is decent. (Recommend: pepperoni soup; seared trout; fried pickles; seared scallops; cheeseburger; bleu cheese, pork belly and medjool date pizza.)

Café Josie. 1200 W. Sixth St. 512-322-9226,

A delightful little spot just west of downtown. It’s been around for almost 20 years but under new management and a new chef the last couple of years. (Recommend: grilled octopus and goat ribs.)


Olivia. 2043 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-804-2700,

Fancy at night, but down-home at brunch. Light pours in from the floor-to-ceiling glass, and the patio is nice if the weather isn’t out of control. (Recommend: Dandy Don goat chili pie with fried eggs, the Willie Nelson chicken fried steak, French toast.)

Enoteca. 1610 S. Congress Ave. 512-441-7672,

The little sister of one of Austin’s best Italian restaurants, the more casual spot serves a host of egg dishes, along with Italian sandwiches and salads. (Recommend: porchetta panino, any of the egg dishes.)

Trio at the Four Seasons. 98 San Jacinto Blvd. 512-685-8300,

Get treated like a fancy hotel guest even if you aren’t one. Pay $54 for omelets, pancakes, ceviche, smoked fish, crab claws, fried chicken and waffles, and more. (Recommend: Go big or go home.)

Fonda San Miguel. 2330 W. North Loop Blvd. 512-459-4121,

The diverse and beautiful brunch spread is famous at this Austin dining institution. (Recommend: Take your pick.)