These fine Portland establishments have mastered the art of sandwich strata zen--possessing the ability to layer the space between two pieces of bread so exquisitely that just a quick full-frontal peek can incite heart palpitations. If my school lunches had contained anything even close to these works of art, I would have been WAY more popular. Thanks, Mom.
Rumps, roasts 'n racks--this protein-rich annex of popular Laurelhurst Market restaurant keeps the east side in quality meats every single day of the week, but they also serve up solid sandwiches made with housemade smoked ham, pastrami, roast turkey and corned beef. Plus, if you're fresh out of lard, you can pick some up with your lunch.
Loud, boisterous, great fun, smokes occasionally, likes Miller in their mimosas and makes a stellar sandwich--if Bunk were a person, you'd want to get drunk with it on Saturday nights. The pork belly Cubano is legend, the roast beef is a gold standard, but for pure decadence in a bun, get the sauce soaked, cheese-drenched Meatball Parmigiano Hero.
Cool, funky, and devoted to the ultimate trinity, these sandwich swamis stack some of the city's best (they make a mean breakfast burrito too). You can't go wrong regardless of what you order, but I love the grilled green bean sandwich with bacon relish--which can be converted into a salad for gluten free divinity. And no MCB meal is complete without a housemade creme fraiche brownie.
You won't find haute sandwich cuisine at these classic, no-nonsense neighborhood spots, but you'll get a damn fine sandwich--thick gorgeous layers of rosy ham, as many fresh vegetables as you feel like checking the menu boxes for, and a healthy swipe of mayo 'n mustard, all on Dave's Killer Bread. Add chips and a soda, and you've got all the lunch you need.
Picnickers, stop at this impeccably stocked little market en route to Mt. Tabor or Laurelhurst parks, for scrumptious sandwiches (try the veggie with herbed feta & fig jam), McClure's potato chips, housemade cookies & cold bottles of Cheerwine (or, you know, real wine).
Tried eating an entirely vegetarian meal at this meat mecca just for kicks, and discovered that I love the fried chickpea sandwich with tzatziki & pickled red onions & an escarole Caesar just as much as the smoked coppa Cubano & porky "Dirty Fries". Gasp!
When I feel like eating a huge and hugely delicious sandwich that's ultimately going to put me to sleep all afternoon, I head here for the roast duck banh mi, or, gulp, the meatball banh mi (meatballs made with "beef, pork, and secrets"). Also outstanding--the rich curry & coconut milk ramen and the coconut cookies, made by a neighborhood baker.
This funky little sandwich shop makes a mean tomato jam & aioli-slathered Captain Roast Beef, but vegans will find their sandwich soul mate too--animal free options like the Velveeta Underground & White Bean 'Meatballs' get plenty of menu play. You might want to order extra housemade pickles--these crunchy garlicky wonders seem to disappear with alarming speed.
This pristine, pork knuckle-sized meat market in the back of Tasty n Sons is your one-stop shop for everything from wild bar kielbasa and Red Wattle lomo to venison pâté and pickled cardoons, plus nearly a dozen robust sandwiches. I like the Butte--a simple but satisfying combination of herb-roasted lamb, Swiss cheese, and horseradish aioli.