Epic Sandwich: Top 5 sandwiches of 2009
The Manny's Special
There have been several noteworthy sandwich creations in 2009, and many forgettable ones as well. As the new year approaches, I wanted to recap 5 of my favorites from the past year. This by no means is my attempt to categorize all the best sandwiches in the cities -- that search is far from over -- but rather to provide a recap of my exploration to date.
The Manny's Special
First up is the Manny's Special from Manny's Tortas. This sandwich is essentially a full on assault of spice and bold flavor. The roster of fresh avocado, mashed beans, spicy mayo and sautéed jalapeños in combination with steak and ham was far too genius to not make this list.
Next in line is the El Cubano from the Muddy Pig. Most folks associate the Muddy Pig with their amazing beer knowledge and selection, but beer is so much better with killer food. The El Cubano is essentially a mountain of roasted pork with a perfect tangy mustard and sweet and sour pickle accompaniment to round out the creaminess of the Swiss cheese and saltiness of griddled ham. A place named after a pig better have some good hog on the menu, and they sure deliver.
The Cheeky Monkey Deli on Selby Ave. is one of the newest, and best sandwich joints in the Twin Cities. Their meatloaf sandwich takes thin slices of savory meatloaf and tops it off with a killer combination of cheese, chilies and bacon! It's a salty, spicy gooey mess--perfect for the days when you need something to blanket the Minnesota cold.
Brasa is one of my favorite NE lunch spots, and their pulled chicken sandwich is amazing. Take super moist pulled chicken, coat it in an intoxicating smoked pepper sauce, pile on a huge serving of their lovely cabbage salad and you've got a killer combo of creamy, smoky, sour and savory.
Finally, we have Clancey's in Linden Hills. Although Clancey's is well known as a butcher shop, I love them for their unbelievably tender roast beef too. They pile velvety slices of thin, rare beef on top of a Rustica baguette and add on a smattering of gourmet toppings including roasted peppers, fine cheeses and a variety of sauces--just go easy on the mustard unless you are trying to knockout a serious head cold.
That rounds out the top 5 for 2009, but I'm still hungry for more. Please leave a comment and let me know the places you'd like to see here in 2010!
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