Lists of the best sandwiches in Seattle automatically get dominated by stalwarts Salumi and Paseo, which are so darn good and remain so deserving. If I’m the one writing the list, it also includes long-time favorites like Grinders in Shoreline, and somewhat newer finds like Dot’s (try the Reuben!), Tat’s, Yeh Yeh’s, and… but I digress. I appreciate compilations like the Serious Eats slideshow of the best sandwiches its writers ate in 2013, which assures some new candidates. Seattle won three spots among 25 nationwide, with praise for the fried green tomato sandwich at Serious Biscuit, the salmon pastrami at Tanglewood Supreme, and the Pesto Corned Beef Grilled Cheese at the Burgundian. That last one got the best description of the lot, with Naomi Bishop writing that the sandwich is what you would get “if a Caprese salad got into a fistfight with St. Patrick’s Day and they stumbled onto a hot griddle.”
For my own 2013 list, I’d have to add the Santa Maria Tri-Tip at Martino’s, the (are we in Portlandia yet?) former vegan shoe store turned meatery. The $10 sandwich (pictured above) at the casual, order-at-the-counter place is juicy, faintly smoky, piquant and fresh-flavored with chimichurri and bites of roasted poblano. It’s a keeper for 2014 and beyond.
What new and great sandwiches are we overlooking?