Where to Find the Best Sandwiches in San Antonio 

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Sometimes all you need is a damn good sammich for you to feel that all is right with the world. Whether you want to go the traditional deli route or snag something heartier, you can trust these spots to make you a delicious sandwich.
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The Station Café
108 King William St, (210) 444-2200, thestationsa.com
Fresh homemade buns; Chocolate chip cookies as big as your face; pizza? What more could you ask more? For a scrumptious sandwich try the pesto turkey while brave souls should aim for the turkey Chupacabra with its spicy Serrano sauce.
Photo via Instagram / jesselizarraras
Dignowity Meats
1701 E Houston St, (210) 462-1496, dignowitymeats.com
The sandwiches are meaty and the options keep expanding at this mostly outdoor East Side joint. Try the pastrami, smoked bologna or The Pop, with smoked turkey, provolone, greens and a spicy habanero aioli. Yum!
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Zito’s Deli
Multiple locations, zitosdeli.net
Sometimes you just need a great sandwich. Let the staff at Zito’s — established in 1974 — take care of your with one of their massive Serious Sandwiches. Filled with salami, two types of ham, provolone, cheddar, black olives, LTO and on fluffy homemade Italian flatbread, this sando means business.
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Max & Louie’s New York Diner
126 W Bitters Road, (210) 483-7600, maxandlouiesdiner.com
You don’t have to travel to the Big Apple to get that same big city diner feel. Choose one of the overstuffed New York deli-style sandwiches to devour, and make sure to order a cup of matzo ball soup.
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Gino’s Deli Stop N Buy
13210 Huebner Road, (210) 764-0602, myginosdeli.com
This OG spots holds it down with some of the best sandwiches you can find within San Antonio. You honestly can’t go wrong here, but the philly cheesesteak and Smoke Stack are solid options that will make fans out of you.
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The Bread Box
555 W Bitters Rd #115, (210) 277-8612, thebreadboxsa.com
With fresh bread baked daily, you can expect tasty as heck sandwiches at this family-run spot. Options include classics like the southwest turkey club as well as fun creations like the Beet Reuben. Be sure to get something sweet for dessert.
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Fratello’s Deli
Multiple locations, fratellosdeli.com
Pasta and other Italian specialties are served up at Fratello’s – with a downtown location and its flagship on Broadway – but sandwiches are also up for grabs here. Go the cold or hot route, you can choose from selections like calabrese and meatball parmigiana.
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Hearthstone BakeryCafé
4212 McCullough Ave, (210) 826-5667, hearthstonebakerycafe.com
Panini, sandwiches, soups and salads make up the menu at this family-owned café. Cozy up to a warm coffee and enjoy their free wifi or stop by for a quick eat, Hearthstone will do all the work while you play.
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Malinalli Café
2211 NW Military Hwy, Castle Hills, (210) 209-3463, malinalli.us
A solid brunch option, Mailinalli has breakfast sandwiches that pair beautifully with your boozy drink of choice. The torta ahogada has a pork confit that is made even better with salsa picosita.
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424 E Commerce St, (210) 223-6692, schilos.com
This delicatessen – more than a century old – is the real deal. Sure, the sausages and wursts get all the glory here, but the sandwiches here are dynamite. Order the Reuben, Papa Fritz or Patty Melt and prepare to have your life changed. And don’t forget to top off your meal with a mug of the famous root beer.
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Picnikins Patio Cafe
Multiple locations, picnikinspatiocafe.com
Brunch explorers likely already know about Picnikins, but those not in on this cafe – with two locations – should definitely visit soon. There’s no shortage of classic sandwich options as well as gourmet sandwiches, like the Mediterranean Vegetarian Pita and the Fabulous sandwich. Everything is super fresh here, so you’ll love your order, no doubt.
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Philly’s Phamous Cheesesteaks
2301 San Pedro Ave, (210) 621-8908, facebook.com
Opened by former Spur Malik Rose and now run by his family members, Philly’s serves up indulgently-delicious cheesesteaks and more. You can choose a classic iteration of the sub, or explore other flavors like chicken, bacon and ranch, or maybe the pizza edition. Don’t forget to order some of the loaded fries – this entire menu will satisfy your hunger in such a satisfying way.
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Earl Abel’s
1639 Broadway St, (210) 822-3358, earlabelssa.com
Since 1933, Earl’s has satisfied the appetites of SA locals with its vast menu of burgers, sandwiches, chicken and dumplings, fried chicken, steaks and more. Grab a slice of Chocolate Ice Box Pie or bread pudding after slamming back a sammy— we won’t tell.
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Four Kings
2047 Universal City Blvd, Universal City, (210) 687-6649, fourkings.letseat.at
With freshly-baked breads at the forefront, stop by to enjoy traditional deli options like roast beef and tuna salad, or go for something more flavorful like the Banh Mi or the Italian Grinder.
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La Panaderia
Multiple locations, lapanaderia.com
La Panaderia’s tortas are no joke. Served on the freshly-baked bread of your choice, these tortas come in meaty, spicy and even sweet options. Pair your sandwich with a soup or salad, and by that we mean sopa de fideo or a caesar salad. Whatever combination you order, it’ll be absolutely scrumptious.
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Panchos & Gringos
900 Nolan St, (210) 227-6700, panchosandgringossa.com
The Eastside joint is home to stick-to-your-gut American breakfast classics, but come lunchtime, you’ll want to order any of their loaded sandwiches.
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Smoke Shack
3714 Broadway St, (210) 957-1430, smokeshacksa.com
All the delicious meats smoked at this Broadway mainstay are available between two buttery buns. You can go the brisket, pulled pork or turkey route, or think big and go the two-meat route. True foodies will want to try the brisket grilled cheese, which is just as scrumptious as you can imagine.
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The Hut Diner
1610 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 649-8574, hutdiner.com
Keeping San Antonians fed since 2013, the Hut Diner has all the classic diner options. Served with potato chips (or fries if you upgrade), sandwich varieties include the BLT, clubhouse, crispy fish and more.
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Bakery Lorraine
Multiple locations, bakerylorraine.com
Though macarons and other French pastries put this local bakery on the map, the nationally-recognized Bakery Lorraine is dependable for its sandwiches, like the Cuban, turkey pesto and the ever-classic grilled cheese (with goat cheese, that is).
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DeWese’s Tip Top Café
2814 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 732-0191
Stepping into this petite café will have you feeling like you’ve gone back to the times of poodle skirts and big hair. While the chicken fried steak is a hot dish here, the sandwiches are just as satisfying. Choose from classic options like chicken salad, BLT, roast beef and more.
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Leon Valley Cafe
6417 Evers Road, Leon Valley, (210) 520-0706, leonvalleycafe.com
This Leon Valley staple offers an eclectic menu, and that includes dependable sandwich options. Order a Cuban sandwich (or opt for the San Antonio Cuban), the 210 sandwich or the Hangover. Expect exciting flavors served on fresh bread, and expect it to hit the spot.
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W.D. Deli
3123 Broadway St, (210) 828-2322, wddeli.com
At W.D. Deli it’s all about serving love in a bun. Go for the roast beef, but stay for the spinach chicken salad and don’t forget to grab a cookie. You deserve it.
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Swine House
124 N Main Ave, swinehousesa.com
A new addition to SA’s food scene, Swine House offers a savory breakfast and lunch sandwich menu, made with freshly-baked breads and high-quality meats, including less common, yet delicious cuts like navel short ribs. Don’t knock it ‘til you try it.
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Thyme For Lunch
19141 Stone Oak Pkwy #509, (210) 438-4963, thymeforlunchsa.com
A favorite for healthy dining, this Stone Oak outpost makes eating better pretty dang tasty! Fun and flavorful menu items include the Beet-52, Buddha’s Revenge, Mojo Pork, Tequila Mockingbird and more. You can even order select sandwiches to be made vegan-friendly!
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Chicago Bagel and Deli
10918 Wurzbach Road #132, (210) 691-2245, chicagobagelanddeli.com
Though a popular spot for freshly-made bagels, this Chicago-inspired spot also serves up delicious sandwiches. Hot and cold sandwiches are paired with your choice of chip, potato salad, cole slaw or pasta salad.
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The Station Café
108 King William St, (210) 444-2200, thestationsa.com
Fresh homemade buns; Chocolate chip cookies as big as your face; pizza? What more could you ask more? For a scrumptious sandwich try the pesto turkey while brave souls should aim for the turkey Chupacabra with its spicy Serrano sauce.
Photo via Instagram / jesselizarraras

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