We requested nominations for great new Seattle sandwiches after sharing the news that we had some winners on a list of the country’s 25 best. Readers came through with enough picks to keep us lunching well for weeks, though they nominated older bites along with new.
There were a few added cheers for my own 2013 winner, the Santa Maria tri-tip at Martino’s. Leading the pack for recommendations, though, (after screening out lifetime achievers Paseo and Salumi) were several shout-outs for Calozzi’s cheesesteaks, located downtown and in Georgetown. Last year we called the former food cart “a piece of Philly heaven.”
The most mouth-watering descriptions came from the multiple votes for Pinky’s Kitchen, a Wallingford food truck founded in 2011 and conveniently parked a block from Dick’s. One fan noted that he sometimes takes a different route home because he knows he can’t resist stopping if he passes the place: “The chicken is SMOKED then FRIED topped with mustard aioli and romaine. Add hot sauce, and BAM!” he wrote on our Facebook page. (Pinky’s is owned by Freddy Rivas of Rancho Bravo and former Bizzarro owner Andrew Bray, who told our reviewer their goal was to be both good and cheap.)
Delicatus (c. 2010) in Pioneer Square got a lot of love, with a few cheering on The Pavo Diablo, which includes hickory-smoked turkey and roasted poblanos. Times editor Brian Gallagher favored newcomer sandwich The Rebel, an assembly of hot pastrami, white cheddar, jalapeno lime aioli, and more.
Commenters said no sandwich list would be complete without including longstanding favorites like Tats and Tubs and Royal Grinders and The Other Coast Cafe (Some day I will order something other than the Reuben at the Other Coast, but so far it’s too irresistible to give up and too gigantic to imagine ordering anything extra.) The jerk chicken sandwich at Pam’s Kitchen is an old-timer, but now it’s in a new location, at the Pam’s on Eastlake. Rainshadow Meats Squared, which opened last year in Pioneer Square, also got multiple nominations, with advice that it’s got “the best Porchetta around hands-down.”
Among the promising newest-newcomers were La Bodega Seattle in Pioneer Square, featuring Dominican sandwiches from a former Blind Pig Bistro cook. The take-home message? Lots of standout sandwiches in this city, and we’re calling this neighborhood the bread-and-fillings capital.