Grab a napkin: It's time to reveal Denver's hottest new sandwiches, a collection of eight noteworthy additions from a killer lobster concoction tucked into a pretzel roll to a hot pastrami sandwich elevated by the addition of Brussels sprouts.
Lobster roll at Glaze
While we love just about everything on Glaze's lunch menu, we're completely enamored with the unconventional lobster roll, a wholly different take on the New England mainstay. Here, chef Kris Padalino combines lobster meat with pickled Asian pears, red cabbage, leafy greens and a green curry aïoli and stuffs the medley into a fresh-baked baumkuchen pretzel roll studded with salt.
Insider tip: On Thursday of this week, Padalino plans to unveil her first new dinner menu since taking over the kitchen in February.
1160 Madison St.; 720-387-7890
The Sud at Sarto's
Sarto's Pantry, the market adjacent to Sarto's restaurant, makes excellent Italian sandwiches, making it hard to choose just one, but the Sud, a meaty stack of mortadella, salami, aged sopressa, provolone, Castelvetrano green olives, pepperoncini and lettuce, fully captures the flavors of Italy in every bite.
Insider tip: Along with sandwiches, the market also sells everything from chicken and beef broth to housemade pastas.
2900 W. 25th Ave.; 303-455-1400
Pork torta from North County
Billed as a "Mexican French dip," the seriously addictive slow-roasted pork torta, served on a soft rustic roll paved with black bean purée, guacamole, pickled red onions, jalapeño-jolted pickles, fire-roasted poblano peppers and chipotle aïoli, is paired with a warm chile jus, ideal for dipping.
Insider tip: While a heap of golden fries are standard on the plate, the mind-altering carne asada fries topped with marinated steak, guacamole, Mexican crema, pico de gallo and green chile, are unbelievably craveable.
94 Rampart Way; 720-532-0106
Southwest Philly from Salt & Grinder
Chef-owner Frank Bonanno (Mizuna, Luca, Osteria Marco, etc.) nailed it when he opened this Highland storefront dedicated to the sandwiches he grew up with on the East Coast. If you haven't been in a while, you'll encounter long lines of devotees waiting for their shot at the Southwest Philly, a union of house-roasted beef, roasted red peppers, provolone, caramelized onions and pickled jalapeños wedged between halves of Grateful bread.
Insider tip: We love the fact that Bonanno's sandwich shop offers several complimentary side options with the sandwiches, including quinoa salad, German potato salad, orzo and arugula salad and macaroni salad.
3609 W. 32nd Ave.; 303-945-4200
Fried oyster sandwich from Stoic & Genuine
Boasting a splendid array of seafood, this Union Station show-stopper from Jennifer Jasinski and Beth Gruitch showcases just two sandwiches, a lobster roll and a fried oyster sandwich. The latter features a boatload of crisped bivalves stacked on a potato bun smeared with a smoked oyster aïoli and topped with Bibb lettuce and pickles.
Insider tip: The sandwich comes sans a sidekick, but for an additional $3.50, you can't do much better than the German potato salad punctuated with country ham.
1701 Wynkoop; 303-640-3474
Hot pastrami sandwich from Mercantile Dining & Provision
There are seven sandwiches chalked on the board of Matt Vawter and Alex Seidel's market inside Mercantile, all of which are notable, but the house-brined, dry-aired and smoked pastrami, fragrant with coriander, cayenne, molasses and black pepper, is a standout. Stacked on rye and matched with a Brussels sprouts slaw and aïoli, it's paired with Parmesan-dusted housemade chips and pickled vegetables.
Insider tip: Pick up a wedge or three of cheese while you're there; several of the cheeses are made at Seidel's own local creamery, including the bloomy Shepherd's Halo.
1701 Wynkoop; 720-460-3733
The Rose from Denver Deep Dish
Sure, the main draw at this Chicago-themed newcomer is deep-dish pizza, but the sandwiches are terrific too. The Rose, an Italian-inspired gut-bomb that pays tribute to Carbone's Italian Sausage Market and Deli, the beloved, long-vacant sandwich shop that resided across the street for decades, is liberally topped with mortadella, fresh mozzarella, soppressata, prosciutto, greens, tomatoes, spicy giardiniera and balsamic.
Insider tip: Pop in on a Monday for the all-day happy hour featuring discounted house wines, well spirits and craft drafts from Colorado and Chicago.
1200 W. 38th Ave.; 720-619-3337
Yard Bird from Dunbar Kitchen & Tap
At this Five Points watering hole that favors food with a Southern slant, patrons are collectively clucking for the Yard Bird, a crisp-edged chicken sandwich mounded on a crusty roll with a tart apple slaw, Swiss, tomatoes and mayo.
Insider tip: The housemade pimento cheese dip, made with Tillamook cheddar, is a super starter.
2844 Welton St.; 720-630-7641