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A Guide to Denver's Iconic Sandwiches

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Curtis Park Deli
| Photo: Stephen Cummings

Here's a guide to 10 iconic Denver sandwiches and an honorary post-mortem acknowledgment to a beloved Denver sandwich lost through the unfortunate closure of Carbone's. Some of these are old, some are new, some are pricey, and some cheap, but all of them are worth trying at least once. They are as diverse as it gets- from lobster rolls to Cubanos and from prime rib to hamburgers- and they best represent the sandwich culture in Denver. Dig in.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Bahn Mi @ Ba Le Sandwiches

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The traditional Vietnamese sandwich shop and bakery is as no frills as it gets. Order at the counter and, make no mistake, you won't go wrong with any of the choices for your banh mi sandwich. A must try is the Chinese Barbecue.

Cubano @ Fuel Cafe

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With an ever-changing menu, the Cubano was never removed from the offerings this five year-old restaurant. Declared a winner by regular fans and 5280 Magazine critics, this Cubano made on a hoagie features house-braised pork, ham, sliced pickles, and a slice of swiss, slandered in house jalepeno mustard sauce.

White Truffle Egg Salad @ Masterpiece Delicatessen

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A twist on a classic egg salad sandwich, this version gets a white truffle flavor boost. A crisp romaine lettuce accompanies the rich salad, all served between two slices of olive oil toasted white bread.

Lobter Roll @ Steuben's

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If you crave a lobster roll in Denver, Steuben's has you covered. At a peppered $20 a pop, this traditional lobster roll is made on buttery baked bread filled with a mound of lobster chunks.

Reuben @ Zaidy's Deli

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The Jewish deli located in Cherry Creek offers the sandwich with roast beef, pastrami, or turkey. Choose pastrami, which are slicked thick and served on rye with sauerkraut, Russian dressing, red onion and Swiss cheese. And if you feel adventurous, give the Latka reuben a shot.

Falafel Pita @ Jerusalem Restaurant

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Judging by the generations of fans and DU alums who love Jerusalem, it seems like it has been opened forever. The Falafel sandwich is a staple and a must try. Bonus: the middle-Eastern restaurant is open until 4 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 5 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

The Curtis @ Curtis Park Delicatessen

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While relatively new to the sandwich landscape, this sandwich made its mark. Proof is the speed at which it sells- don't be shocked if it's sold out when you get there. The Curtis, the deli's signature sandwich, is made on freshly baked ciabatta bread with corned beef, sauerkraut, swiss cheese, all dressed in housemade thousand island.

JCB @ My Brother's Bar

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Ok, it's not a traditional sandwich, but the J.C.B. at Denver's oldest bar is a true icon that includes meat between two slices of bread. The jalapeno cream cheese burger comes with fried and can be ordered as a Ralphie (a buffalo burger) too.

Prime Rib @ Snarf's Downtown

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The sandwich is made on ultra crunchy bread and additions like the provolone, hot peppers, horseradish sauce make it the go-to for many sandwich lovers. Available at all Snarf's locations.

Tuna Sandwich @ Vert Kitchen

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A sandwich map would lack a little something without a tuna item and the one at Vert Kitchen won the hearts of Denver. The albacore with a healthy squeeze of lemon, chervil, cucumber, and Greek yogurt served on a crusty baguette with the day salad rocks.

The Italian #2 @ Carbones Italian Sausage Deli

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Carbone's closed its doors recently to the dismay of longtime fans. The Italian #2 was a iconic Denver sandwich and it deserves a post-mortem mention. Made on soft bread, this combination of Italian meats, including prosciutto and mortadella, was irresistible, especially with added Provolone, lettuce, hot peppers, tomatoes. It was cheap and outstanding, as were several of the other sandwiches.

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Bahn Mi @ Ba Le Sandwiches

The traditional Vietnamese sandwich shop and bakery is as no frills as it gets. Order at the counter and, make no mistake, you won't go wrong with any of the choices for your banh mi sandwich. A must try is the Chinese Barbecue.

Cubano @ Fuel Cafe

With an ever-changing menu, the Cubano was never removed from the offerings this five year-old restaurant. Declared a winner by regular fans and 5280 Magazine critics, this Cubano made on a hoagie features house-braised pork, ham, sliced pickles, and a slice of swiss, slandered in house jalepeno mustard sauce.

White Truffle Egg Salad @ Masterpiece Delicatessen

A twist on a classic egg salad sandwich, this version gets a white truffle flavor boost. A crisp romaine lettuce accompanies the rich salad, all served between two slices of olive oil toasted white bread.

Lobter Roll @ Steuben's

If you crave a lobster roll in Denver, Steuben's has you covered. At a peppered $20 a pop, this traditional lobster roll is made on buttery baked bread filled with a mound of lobster chunks.

Reuben @ Zaidy's Deli

The Jewish deli located in Cherry Creek offers the sandwich with roast beef, pastrami, or turkey. Choose pastrami, which are slicked thick and served on rye with sauerkraut, Russian dressing, red onion and Swiss cheese. And if you feel adventurous, give the Latka reuben a shot.

Falafel Pita @ Jerusalem Restaurant

Judging by the generations of fans and DU alums who love Jerusalem, it seems like it has been opened forever. The Falafel sandwich is a staple and a must try. Bonus: the middle-Eastern restaurant is open until 4 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 5 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

The Curtis @ Curtis Park Delicatessen

While relatively new to the sandwich landscape, this sandwich made its mark. Proof is the speed at which it sells- don't be shocked if it's sold out when you get there. The Curtis, the deli's signature sandwich, is made on freshly baked ciabatta bread with corned beef, sauerkraut, swiss cheese, all dressed in housemade thousand island.

JCB @ My Brother's Bar

Ok, it's not a traditional sandwich, but the J.C.B. at Denver's oldest bar is a true icon that includes meat between two slices of bread. The jalapeno cream cheese burger comes with fried and can be ordered as a Ralphie (a buffalo burger) too.

Prime Rib @ Snarf's Downtown

The sandwich is made on ultra crunchy bread and additions like the provolone, hot peppers, horseradish sauce make it the go-to for many sandwich lovers. Available at all Snarf's locations.

Tuna Sandwich @ Vert Kitchen

A sandwich map would lack a little something without a tuna item and the one at Vert Kitchen won the hearts of Denver. The albacore with a healthy squeeze of lemon, chervil, cucumber, and Greek yogurt served on a crusty baguette with the day salad rocks.

The Italian #2 @ Carbones Italian Sausage Deli

Carbone's closed its doors recently to the dismay of longtime fans. The Italian #2 was a iconic Denver sandwich and it deserves a post-mortem mention. Made on soft bread, this combination of Italian meats, including prosciutto and mortadella, was irresistible, especially with added Provolone, lettuce, hot peppers, tomatoes. It was cheap and outstanding, as were several of the other sandwiches.

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