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Lunch Map: Ten Great Sandwiches To Try Right Now

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In the search for Denver's best sandwich, ten contenders emerged ranging in styles and locations and approach widely. Older favorites and newcomers, classic delis and vegan chains are represented here offering lunch-goers a quick but outstanding mid-day meal. We looked for counter-service, fast but thoughtful spots that are offering interesting, unique and wholesome sandwiches. If we missed your favorite, leave it in the comments or send it to the tipline.

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Tifamade Cantine

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If there is such a thing as sandwich magic, it happens in the kitchen run by Tiffany Iung at Tifamade Cantine. The creative and unique sandwich operation is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 to 2 on the side of the Truffle Table. Must have: the Chickpea Mash with pickled radish, carrot, feta, and greens.

Salt & Grinder

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The brand new Jersey-style deli Frank Bonanno opened in the Highland offers many good options, but the Frankie is a rockstar among those sandwiches. There is prosciutto, coppa, ham, burrata, arugula, and red wine vinaigrette served on a grinder roll.

Curtis Park Delicatessen

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Don't be shocked if sandwiches are sold out when you get to this popular neighborhood spot. The Curtis is a classic here but try the Fish, made with smoked rainbow trout, house made aioli, blue cheese, capers, red onion, arugula, olive oil, and lemon juice.

Olive & Finch

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Chef Mary Nguyen recreated a casual European cafe in this new Uptown hot spot. The Greggers, made with a six-hour braised beef tongue with roasted garlic puree, tarragon aioli, caramelized onions, roasted peppers and arugula, served on baguette, is the best choice.

Masterpiece Delicatessen

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This LoHi deli has become a crowd favorite in the last few years. The Truffled Egg Salad sandwich is a sure bet but look for the Pastrami Special made with hot pastrami, aged swiss cheese, coleslaw, 1000 Island, and served on toasted rye.
A little over a year ago, chef Bob Blair of Fuel Cafe moved its popular sandwich offerings to ReFuel, a more casual off-shoot of the restaurant. Try the Humpty, made with hard boiled egg salad, red onion, celery, dill, red bell pepper, dijon, aioli, served on 7 grain bread.
This popular spot makes not only some of Denver's best coffee, but also great sandwiches. Try the Hummus Sami made with hummus, olive tapenade, avocado, Bell pepper, cucumber, tomatoes, mixed greens, feta, and almond garlic aioli. This can be made vegan upon request.

Western Daughters Butcher Shop

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This LoHi butcher shoppe and provisions store has a small menu of sandwiches rivaling any deli in town. The smoked brisket is served with a house made tomato cumin barbecue sauce, smoked ham hock braised collards, goat gouda, caramelized onions, and house made aioli, all served on a brioche bun.

Vert Kitchen

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This unassuming spot is a neighborhood favorite and should be a destination for anyone seeking a great sandwich. Try L'Entrecote, made with skirt steak, arugula, and walnut mustard.

Native Foods

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Vegans found a winner at Native Foods. The Bistro Steak Sandwich combines Seitan steak, thinly-sliced and seared, topped with homemade bleu cheese dressing, oven roasted tomatoes, crispy shallots and arugula on a grilled baguette.

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Tifamade Cantine

If there is such a thing as sandwich magic, it happens in the kitchen run by Tiffany Iung at Tifamade Cantine. The creative and unique sandwich operation is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 to 2 on the side of the Truffle Table. Must have: the Chickpea Mash with pickled radish, carrot, feta, and greens.

Salt & Grinder

The brand new Jersey-style deli Frank Bonanno opened in the Highland offers many good options, but the Frankie is a rockstar among those sandwiches. There is prosciutto, coppa, ham, burrata, arugula, and red wine vinaigrette served on a grinder roll.

Curtis Park Delicatessen

Don't be shocked if sandwiches are sold out when you get to this popular neighborhood spot. The Curtis is a classic here but try the Fish, made with smoked rainbow trout, house made aioli, blue cheese, capers, red onion, arugula, olive oil, and lemon juice.

Olive & Finch

Chef Mary Nguyen recreated a casual European cafe in this new Uptown hot spot. The Greggers, made with a six-hour braised beef tongue with roasted garlic puree, tarragon aioli, caramelized onions, roasted peppers and arugula, served on baguette, is the best choice.

Masterpiece Delicatessen

This LoHi deli has become a crowd favorite in the last few years. The Truffled Egg Salad sandwich is a sure bet but look for the Pastrami Special made with hot pastrami, aged swiss cheese, coleslaw, 1000 Island, and served on toasted rye.

reFuel

A little over a year ago, chef Bob Blair of Fuel Cafe moved its popular sandwich offerings to ReFuel, a more casual off-shoot of the restaurant. Try the Humpty, made with hard boiled egg salad, red onion, celery, dill, red bell pepper, dijon, aioli, served on 7 grain bread.

Crema

This popular spot makes not only some of Denver's best coffee, but also great sandwiches. Try the Hummus Sami made with hummus, olive tapenade, avocado, Bell pepper, cucumber, tomatoes, mixed greens, feta, and almond garlic aioli. This can be made vegan upon request.

Western Daughters Butcher Shop

This LoHi butcher shoppe and provisions store has a small menu of sandwiches rivaling any deli in town. The smoked brisket is served with a house made tomato cumin barbecue sauce, smoked ham hock braised collards, goat gouda, caramelized onions, and house made aioli, all served on a brioche bun.

Vert Kitchen

This unassuming spot is a neighborhood favorite and should be a destination for anyone seeking a great sandwich. Try L'Entrecote, made with skirt steak, arugula, and walnut mustard.

Native Foods

Vegans found a winner at Native Foods. The Bistro Steak Sandwich combines Seitan steak, thinly-sliced and seared, topped with homemade bleu cheese dressing, oven roasted tomatoes, crispy shallots and arugula on a grilled baguette.

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