Show of hands: How many of us eat a sandwich almost every day?
We do, too. The sandwich does not need a single day — which is National Sandwich Day on Nov. 3, 2022, as the calendar shows. The sandwich is an everyday food.
If you’re out celebrating today, or any day, The Dallas Morning News food team would like to share our favorite sandwiches — and offer tips on where to find other great shops serving between-the-bun goodness.
3 excellent sandwiches to eat in North Texas right now
From food writer Claire Ballor: Parrot recently added to beer-battered cod sandwich to the Dallas menu, and it’s a winner. The sandwich comes with a generously sized piece of fish that’s soft and flaky on the inside but fully crisp on the outside, thousand island dressing brightened with yuzu, sweet pickles and caraway slaw. It’s an absolute mess of a sandwich to eat, but in the best way. Order it off the regular menu for $12.50, or $8 during happy hour.
Parrot is at 1812 N. Haskell Ave., Dallas. Open seven days a week, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
From special contributor Nick Rallo: When in the company of the Chickalicious at Slow Bone BBQ, the rest of the world grays out and the Righteous Brothers’ “Unchained Melody” plays at full volume like I’ve been shaping clay on a pottery wheel. Jeffrey Hobbs decks the sandwich with two types of pickles — sweet and sour and those cheek-puckering Best Maid dill pickles — and the bun gets a crown of reddish-purple cabbage zapped with chimichurri. The boneless chicken thigh is fried in dark magic until it has all of those wild, craggy swirls of crunchy armor. It’s pure fast-ish food joy.
Slow Bone BBQ is at 2234 Irving Blvd., Dallas. Open seven days a week, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
From senior food reporter Sarah Blaskovich: I’ve got to keep it classic: Keller’s No. 5 Special is consistently my favorite sandwich in Dallas. It’s a double meat cheeseburger served on a poppy seed bun. I like the sandwich just as much as I like the experience. At the original Keller’s, a carhop will bring your burger out. It’ll be wrapped in wax paper just so, so that you can eat it with one hand. When I take my kids, we climb in the back of our SUV, open the door and enjoy one of Dallas’ oldest burgers the old-fashioned way: legs stretched out like we plan to stay a while.
Keller’s Hamburgers has several locations. We recommend the drive-in at 6537 E. Northwest Highway, Dallas. Open seven days a week, 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. or later.
Where else can you get a great sandwich in D-FW?
It’s harder than you might think. We’re not dripping in sandwich shops like some other cities are, and some of our favorite shops have closed, like Brown Bag Provisions and La Llamita Sanguchera. But! Many Dallas-area restaurants sell a good sandwich.
Here’s a not-exhaustive list of sandwich shops we love in North Texas:
- New York Sub in University Park is a Dallas-area staple.
- Jimmy’s Food Store has long been one of our East Dallas faves, as is Goodfriend Package.
- Patriot Sandwich Company in Denton is a small business owned by a veteran with a sweet story.
- La Bodega Rotisserie and Goods is a newish restaurant in Oak Cliff that’s getting rave reviews. Don’t miss the French fries.
- If you’re here for italian beef sandwichesRallo has a list of five great ones.
- Or how about a Nashville hot chicken sandwich? We have far too many Nashville hot chicken joints, but there’s some good stuff if you know where to look. Try the Motherclucker at East Dallas joint Palmer’s Hot Chicken; the pimento cheese on top makes it. We love the Hot Chicken Sandwich at Hattie B’s in Deep Ellum. Order the “hot” level of chicken because it’s cooled off by creamy coleslaw and a mayo-based sauce.
- great american hero left Lemmon Avenue but has reopened on Northwest Highway, near the flagship Half Price Books. Have you been yet?
- two great bakeries, La Casita Bakeshop in Richardson and Lubella’s in East Dallas, are serving sandwiches. Menus change regularly.
- For a great bánh mì: Try Sandwich Hag in the Cedars, Ngon on Lower Greenville and Chris and John in Far North Dallas.
- The Great Outdoors, open since 1973, is another D-FW classic. Restaurants are in Frisco, Fort Worth, Richardson, Carrollton, McKinney, Dallas and Addison.
- the broken soulsa bar in Expo Park near the State Fair of Texas fairgrounds, has a stacked menu of tortas.
- Mendocino Farms is a reliable sandwich shop. (Salads, too.) Food editor Erin Booke recently loved the Sweet Heat Crispy Thai Chicken Sandwich.
- Don’t forget barbecue. One90 Smoked Meats in Lake Highlands has “enormous sandwiches,” Rallo reports. Cattleack Barbeque in Farmers Branch is known for its Toddfather sandwich: brisket, pulled pork, sausage and homemade slaw; it’s great. (But note: Cattleack is open Thursday and Fridays at lunch and on the first Saturday of the month.) panther city in Fort Worth sells at $19 Southside Slammer sam: brisket, pulled pork, sausage, smoked bologna, cole slaw, pickles, onions, jalapeños and barbecue sauce. It’s huge.
- Uncle Uber’s Sammich Shop in Deep Ellum has, one, the best sandwich shop name, and two, an exceptional veg sandwich called the Happy Hippie. (It has many non-veg sandwiches, too, like the Cuban and the Bacon and Goat Cheese.)
- And of course, there are breakfast sandwiches! Rallo, our sandwich expert, picks 7 great morning sammies.
- Speaking of breakfast, don’t sleep on Shug’s Bagels.
And coming soon, with jazz hands: Portillo’s, an iconic Chicago company, is opening its first Texas restaurant in The Colony. We’ll have much more on that when it opens.