John Montague, the Earl of Sandwich was such a rapacious gambler that he would sit at the gaming table for hours without meals. During one particular marathon gambling session, he dispatched his manservants to get him two slices of bread, meat and cheese. So as not to get his cards greasy, he put the meat and cheese in between the bread slices. Voila, the birth of the sandwich, officially named for him in 1762. You can literally put anything on a sandwich, but only the best ingredients dress the sandwiches below, hence the best sandwiches in Albuquerque. By clicking on the name of the restaurant for which you wish to know my opinion, you will be magically transported directly to my review of that restaurant.
|Sandwich||Restaurant||City||What Makes This Sandwich Special|
|Southwestern Grilled Cheese||Mucho Gourmet Sandwich Shop||Santa Fe||Named the best sandwich in New Mexico by Food Network Magazine, it’s just one of many outstanding sandwiches in a family-owned and operated shop which specializes in sandwiches, service and soup.
|Duke City Ruben||Bocadillos Slow Roasted: A Sandwich Shop||Albuquerque||The very best Ruben sandwich in Albuquerque and no other Ruben is even close. The corned beef is slow roasted for twelve hours. The quality shows in every single bite.|
|Torta De Barbacoa
||Elotes Del Rancho
||This life-altering sandwich is so good it’s hard to believe it comes from a mobile food kitchen. It’s the very best torta I’ve ever had, so good I dream about it.
|Banh Mi||Coda Bakery||Albuquerque||Essentially a Vietnamese po’ boy on a French baguette, this is Albuquerque’s best bargain sandwich, one loaded with ingredients and packed with flavor for a price anyone can afford.
|Duck Confit Panini||Torinos @ Home||Albuquerque||Duck which has been confit in its own fat for ten hours, herbaceous (fresh thyme and cilantro) goat cheese spread and grilled zucchini on a focaccia canvas. This is a masterpiece!|
|Proscuitto Egg Sandwich||Counter Culture Cafe
|| Santa Fe
||Breakfast is served until 5PM which means you can sleep late and still get New Mexico’s best breakfast sandwich. You may forever swear off Egg McMuffins for the Counter Culture’s waker-upper sandwich.
|Pastrami Sandwich||California Pastrami||Albuquerque||As the restaurant’s name indicates, the pastrami is imported from California. It’s made with with lots of marbling and heavy, briny seasoning, but can be made lean if that’s your preference.|
|New Mexico Po’ Boy||Tia Betty Blues||Albuquerque||Carne adovada, cheese, pickled jalapeños and Fritos corn chips on a sandwich! Why didn’t anyone think of this sooner? This isn’t a sandwich; it’s a revelation in deliciousness!|
|Grilled Vegetable Ciabatta||Cafe Bella||Rio Rancho||Chef Michael Gonzales is a stickler for freshness and flavor. grilled garden vegetables, fluffy egg, Parmesan cheese and organic greens on a Ciabbata roll with sun-dried tomato cream cheese make this a sandwich even carnivores will love.|
|Red Chile Barbecue Pulled Pork Sandwich||Fresh Bistro||Albuquerque||First, your taste buds will discern a smoky sweetness that will trigger a wanton desire for more. Then the endorphin-generating heat kicks in and that wanton desire becomes unbridled lust. Fortunately the generously stuffed pulled pork sandwich will quell that lust.
|Philly Cheesesteak “Whiz Wit”||Philly Steaks
||Philadelphia transplants, brothers Jim and Joe Lelii have brought the City of Brotherly Love’s fabled Philly Cheesesteak to Albuquerque. Call it the Philadelphia sandwich Duke City diners love. It’s a behemoth brothers can share.
|Reuben|| 2G’s Bistro
||There are at least five transformative Reuben sandwiches across the Duke City. This is one of the very best with slow-roasted corned beef made on the premises. You’ll enjoy it best in the shady patio in back.
|Rail Runner Reuben
||If you haven’t visited the Sawmill District recently, you may be in for a surprise. This up and coming neighborhood boasts one of the best smallest in one of the smallest restaurant spaces in town. You can’t call this Reuben small, however. It’s large in size and even larger in flavor.