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A Guide to Denver's Iconic Sandwiches

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Curtis Park Deli
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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.

1. Bahn Mi @ Ba Le Sandwiches

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1044 S Federal Blvd
Denver, CO 80219
(303) 922-2129
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.

2. Cubano @ Fuel Cafe

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3455 Ringsby Ct.
Denver, CO 80216
(303) 296-4642
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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.

3. White Truffle Egg Salad @ Masterpiece Delicatessen

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1575 Central St.
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 561-3354
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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.

4. Lobter Roll @ Steuben's

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523 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 830-1001
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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.

5. Reuben @ Zaidy's Deli

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121 Adams St
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 333-5336
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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.

6. Falafel Pita @ Jerusalem Restaurant

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1890 E Evans Ave
Denver, CO 80210
(303) 777-8828
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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.

7. The Curtis @ Curtis Park Delicatessen

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2532 Champa St.
Denver, CO 80205
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.

8. JCB @ My Brother's Bar

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2376 15th St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 455-9991
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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.

9. Prime Rib @ Snarf's Downtown

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891 14th St. Unit 160
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 573-3939
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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.

10. Tuna Sandwich @ Vert Kitchen

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704 S Pearl St.
Denver, CO 80209
(303) 997-5941
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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.

11. The Italian #2 @ Carbones Italian Sausage Deli

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1221 W 38th Ave
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 455-2893
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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1. Bahn Mi @ Ba Le Sandwiches

1044 S Federal Blvd, Denver, CO 80219
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.
1044 S Federal Blvd
Denver, CO 80219

2. Cubano @ Fuel Cafe

3455 Ringsby Ct., Denver, CO 80216
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.
3455 Ringsby Ct.
Denver, CO 80216

3. White Truffle Egg Salad @ Masterpiece Delicatessen

1575 Central St., Denver, CO 80211
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.
1575 Central St.
Denver, CO 80211

4. Lobter Roll @ Steuben's

523 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80203
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.
523 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80203

5. Reuben @ Zaidy's Deli

121 Adams St, Denver, CO 80206
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.
121 Adams St
Denver, CO 80206

6. Falafel Pita @ Jerusalem Restaurant

1890 E Evans Ave, Denver, CO 80210
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.
1890 E Evans Ave
Denver, CO 80210

7. The Curtis @ Curtis Park Delicatessen

2532 Champa St., Denver, CO 80205
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.
2532 Champa St.
Denver, CO 80205

8. JCB @ My Brother's Bar

2376 15th St, Denver, CO 80202
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.
2376 15th St
Denver, CO 80202

9. Prime Rib @ Snarf's Downtown

891 14th St. Unit 160, Denver, CO 80202
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.
891 14th St. Unit 160
Denver, CO 80202

10. Tuna Sandwich @ Vert Kitchen

704 S Pearl St., Denver, CO 80209
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.
704 S Pearl St.
Denver, CO 80209

11. The Italian #2 @ Carbones Italian Sausage Deli

1221 W 38th Ave, Denver, CO 80211
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.
1221 W 38th Ave
Denver, CO 80211

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