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Epic Minneapolis Sandwiches To Eat Before You Die

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Who doesn’t like a good sandwich? Hot subs are like hugs for your hands in the frigid Minnesota winters. Cold sandwiches serve as great companions while hanging out in the summer sun, or on your couch with Netflix (don’t fret - we all do it). Here are our essential sandwiches in Minneapolis, from classic bar subs to breakfast biscuits and beyond.

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- by Devan Grimsrud

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Big Ten Restaurant and Bar

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606 Washington Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 378-0467
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Armed with delicious soft sub rolls toasted to perfection, Big Ten’s subs are fantastic. Locked and loaded with a thick stack of meat and cheese and piled high with lightly dressed lettuce, there’s a reason why people keep coming back to this place – and it’s not the free self-serve popcorn. (Although, that’s great, too.)

2. Brasa Premium Rotisserie

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600 E Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 379-3030
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The pulled chicken sandwich at Brasa Rotisserie features fresh, in-house pulled chicken in a light pepper gravy, topped with lettuce on a ciabatta bun. The meat is high-quality and the gravy compliments the rotisserie flavor of the chicken.

3. Butter Bakery Cafe

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3700 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55409
(612) 521-7401
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Featuring fluffy biscuits that are a struggle to wrap your mouth around, Butter’s breakfast biscuit sandwiches are, we dare say, the best in the city. Get one Clint style – topped with avocado, garlic mayo and sprouts. It looks amazing and tastes even better.

4. Caffrey's Deli & Subs

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3008 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 822-5551
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Caffrey’s may be most known for their late night hours, but the variety of sandwiches is worth exploring. Just about anything stuffed inside that crusty, tender bread is magical. Start by ordering the meatball sub and go from there.

5. Clancey's Meats & Fish

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4307 Upton Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55410
(612) 926-0222
This neighborhood butcher shop in Linden Hills is the place to go for a roast beef sandwich. It’s served on rustic baguette-style bread with sinus-clearing horseradish mustard, tomatoes, lettuce and pickled red onions. The meat itself is tender, juicy and cooked perfectly. The only downfall is that they make a limited amount of these babies per day – so get in early to snag yours.

6. Hola Arepa

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3501 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 345-5583
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If you haven’t had the slow-roasted pork arepa from Hola Arepa – something is seriously amiss. Succulent pork creates a bed for black beans, salty cotija cheese and tangy Hola sauce, all nestled in the Latin griddled cornmeal cake. It may look small, but it’s unique, filling and certainly tasty.

7. Jasmine Deli

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2532 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612) 870-4700
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Not only are the Bahn Mi at Jasmine Deli authentic and delicious, they run between $3.75 and $4.00. That’s a major steal for proteins like Vietnamese meatballs, grilled pork – even curried mock duck – topped with spicy pickled carrots, cucumber, cilantro, and jalepenos. Piled into a crunchy baguette with a spread of butter, they’re an easy choice for lunch, dinner, picnics, or space travel. Done and done.
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8. Manny's Tortas

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920 E Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55407
(612) 870-3930
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Serving up traditional Mexican sandwiches in two locations on Lake Street, if you happen to visit while Manny’s working the register, which he often does, he would recommend Manny’s Special – a torta filled with grilled steak, onion, mushroom, tomato, jalapeño, ham and cheese, avocado, refried beans, lettuce and chipotle pepper mayo. Savory, a bit spicy, salty, and gooey inside a crusty shell of bread – what are you waiting for?
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9. Smack Shack

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603 Washington Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 259-7288
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For a taste of the coast in our landlocked – well, if you don’t count the 10,000 lakes – state, head to the North Loop’s Smack Shack. The Smack Shack original lobster roll features a chilled lobster salad with cucumber and tarragon stuffed inside a thick and toasty piece of griddled milk bread. The lobster, tender and sweet, pairs well with the crisp cucumber, earthy tarragon and warm bread.

10. Terzo

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2221 W 50th St
Minneapolis, MN 55419
(612) 925-0330
The porchetta sanwdwiches at Terzo may be the best-kept secret in the realm of Minneapolis sandwiches. Using fresh pork belly and shoulder from Iowa’s Fresh Air Pork, you can only get one from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. from the wine bar’s takeout window. There are four types, but the rapini is our favorite – a heaping mound of garlic-rubbed, slow roasted pork topped with garlic-parsley aioli and a slightly bitter grilled rapini enclosed in a ciabatta bun. The bitter rapini is the perfect balance for the fatty pork, and the garlic-parsley aioli is the savory cherry on top.

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1. Big Ten Restaurant and Bar

606 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Armed with delicious soft sub rolls toasted to perfection, Big Ten’s subs are fantastic. Locked and loaded with a thick stack of meat and cheese and piled high with lightly dressed lettuce, there’s a reason why people keep coming back to this place – and it’s not the free self-serve popcorn. (Although, that’s great, too.)
606 Washington Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

2. Brasa Premium Rotisserie

600 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414
The pulled chicken sandwich at Brasa Rotisserie features fresh, in-house pulled chicken in a light pepper gravy, topped with lettuce on a ciabatta bun. The meat is high-quality and the gravy compliments the rotisserie flavor of the chicken.
600 E Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55414

3. Butter Bakery Cafe

3700 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409
Featuring fluffy biscuits that are a struggle to wrap your mouth around, Butter’s breakfast biscuit sandwiches are, we dare say, the best in the city. Get one Clint style – topped with avocado, garlic mayo and sprouts. It looks amazing and tastes even better.
3700 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55409

4. Caffrey's Deli & Subs

3008 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Caffrey’s may be most known for their late night hours, but the variety of sandwiches is worth exploring. Just about anything stuffed inside that crusty, tender bread is magical. Start by ordering the meatball sub and go from there.
3008 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55408

5. Clancey's Meats & Fish

4307 Upton Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55410
This neighborhood butcher shop in Linden Hills is the place to go for a roast beef sandwich. It’s served on rustic baguette-style bread with sinus-clearing horseradish mustard, tomatoes, lettuce and pickled red onions. The meat itself is tender, juicy and cooked perfectly. The only downfall is that they make a limited amount of these babies per day – so get in early to snag yours.
4307 Upton Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55410

6. Hola Arepa

3501 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408
If you haven’t had the slow-roasted pork arepa from Hola Arepa – something is seriously amiss. Succulent pork creates a bed for black beans, salty cotija cheese and tangy Hola sauce, all nestled in the Latin griddled cornmeal cake. It may look small, but it’s unique, filling and certainly tasty.
3501 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55408

7. Jasmine Deli

2532 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Photo courtesy Jasmine Deli
Not only are the Bahn Mi at Jasmine Deli authentic and delicious, they run between $3.75 and $4.00. That’s a major steal for proteins like Vietnamese meatballs, grilled pork – even curried mock duck – topped with spicy pickled carrots, cucumber, cilantro, and jalepenos. Piled into a crunchy baguette with a spread of butter, they’re an easy choice for lunch, dinner, picnics, or space travel. Done and done.
2532 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404

8. Manny's Tortas

920 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Photo courtesy Manny's tortas
Serving up traditional Mexican sandwiches in two locations on Lake Street, if you happen to visit while Manny’s working the register, which he often does, he would recommend Manny’s Special – a torta filled with grilled steak, onion, mushroom, tomato, jalapeño, ham and cheese, avocado, refried beans, lettuce and chipotle pepper mayo. Savory, a bit spicy, salty, and gooey inside a crusty shell of bread – what are you waiting for?
920 E Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55407

9. Smack Shack

603 Washington Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401
For a taste of the coast in our landlocked – well, if you don’t count the 10,000 lakes – state, head to the North Loop’s Smack Shack. The Smack Shack original lobster roll features a chilled lobster salad with cucumber and tarragon stuffed inside a thick and toasty piece of griddled milk bread. The lobster, tender and sweet, pairs well with the crisp cucumber, earthy tarragon and warm bread.
603 Washington Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55401

10. Terzo

2221 W 50th St, Minneapolis, MN 55419
The porchetta sanwdwiches at Terzo may be the best-kept secret in the realm of Minneapolis sandwiches. Using fresh pork belly and shoulder from Iowa’s Fresh Air Pork, you can only get one from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. from the wine bar’s takeout window. There are four types, but the rapini is our favorite – a heaping mound of garlic-rubbed, slow roasted pork topped with garlic-parsley aioli and a slightly bitter grilled rapini enclosed in a ciabatta bun. The bitter rapini is the perfect balance for the fatty pork, and the garlic-parsley aioli is the savory cherry on top.
2221 W 50th St
Minneapolis, MN 55419

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