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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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1. Tifamade Cantine

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2556 15th Street
Denver, CO 80211
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.

2. Salt & Grinder

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3609 W. 32nd Ave
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 945-4200
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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.

3. Curtis Park Delicatessen

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2532 Champa St.
Denver, CO 80205
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.

4. Olive & Finch

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1552 E 17th Ave.
Denver, CO 80218
(303) 832-8663
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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.

5. Masterpiece Delicatessen

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

6. reFuel

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3459 Ringsby Ct
Denver, CO 80216
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.

7. Crema

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2862 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205
(720) 284-9648
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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.

8. Western Daughters Butcher Shop

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3326 Tejon St
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 477-6328
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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.

9. Vert Kitchen

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

10. Native Foods

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2023 S Colorado Blvd
Denver, CO 80222
(303) 756-6040
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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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1. Tifamade Cantine

2556 15th Street, Denver, CO 80211
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.
2556 15th Street
Denver, CO 80211

2. Salt & Grinder

3609 W. 32nd Ave, Denver, CO 80211
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.
3609 W. 32nd Ave
Denver, CO 80211

3. Curtis Park Delicatessen

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

4. Olive & Finch

1552 E 17th Ave., Denver, CO 80218
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.
1552 E 17th Ave.
Denver, CO 80218

5. Masterpiece Delicatessen

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

6. reFuel

3459 Ringsby Ct, Denver, CO 80216
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.
3459 Ringsby Ct
Denver, CO 80216

7. Crema

2862 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205
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.
2862 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205

8. Western Daughters Butcher Shop

3326 Tejon St, Denver, CO 80211
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.
3326 Tejon St
Denver, CO 80211

9. Vert Kitchen

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

10. Native Foods

2023 S Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO 80222
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.
2023 S Colorado Blvd
Denver, CO 80222

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