Pressed pork from Paseo
What a hot mess! And we mean that in the best possible way. This pileup of slow-roasted pork, ham, Swiss, fat rings of grilled onions and tart banana peppers isn't exactly a Cuban sandwich, even though the menu describes it as pressed. On their own, those ingredients are simple and tasty enough, but together, on a baguette, they're a magical combo that causes people to stand in long lines to grab one. The kitchen tosses at least a half a dozen napkins into each to-go bag with each order and you're likely to need most of them.
Insider Tip: The lines at the Ballard location are often not as long and - unlike the original Fremont shop, which has no seating - there are picnic tables at the Ballard walk-up window, which is now open Sundays. Also, cilantro haters need to ask the kitchen to hold that green, which shows up on sandwiches even though it's not mentioned on the menu.
7410 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-397-4689; and 6226 Seaview Ave. NW, 206-789-3100