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14 Excellent Sandwich Shops to Try in Portland

From bánh mì to pastrami

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An Italian cold cuts hoagie from Demarco’s Sandwiches
| Brooke Jackson-Glidden / EPDX

There are those who champion the burrito or wrap as the greatest vehicle for piles of more food. Others, the rice or noodle bowl. But for those who deem the sandwich supreme in delivering meat, cheese, and vegetables to your mouth, Portland has plenty of options.

Sandwiches are especially suitable for surviving the COVID-19 pandemic, as they are designed for takeout by their very nature. From hot pastrami to cold deli subs to fried chicken sandwiches, here are the city’s top sandwich shops.

Note that this list is reserved for the non-breakfast and non-hamburger variety of sandwiches. For egg and cheese sandwiches, visit this list; burgers can be found here. Those looking for hot dogs here will sorely disappointed to learn that a hot dog is definitively not a sandwich.

Note: On November 18, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown initiated a two-week pause on Oregon indoor and outdoor dining; that pause will last at least four weeks in Multnomah County. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point, however, the status of these restaurants may change soon; it’s best to call or check social media accounts for recent information. For updates on coronavirus cases in this area, please visit the Oregon Health Authority’s COVID update page. The points on this map guide are not ranked; rather, they’re organized geographically.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Chop St. Johns

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8537 N Lombard St
Portland, OR 97210
(971) 888-4058
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Once a deli counter within the late-great City Market, Chop has moved into a St. Johns deli space; however, instead of offering by-the-pound deli meats, the new Chop St. Johns is focusing on its sandwich game. For those seeking briny numbers stacked with hot, pickled, and preserved peppers, Chop knows what it’s about, from the Italian Stallion with ham, salami, mortadella, provolone, roasted red pepper, and pepperoncini to the Sofia Loren with the same three meats, plus coppa, and a combo of Mama Lil’s peppers and banana peppers. The Izzy, an oven-roasted turkey sandwich, gets a little extra oomph thanks to chipotle mayo and fried jalapenos. Chop is open for takeout.

2. Taste Tickler

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1704 NE 14th Ave
Portland, OR 97212
(503) 282-3681

A consummate hole-in-the-wall, Taste Tickler has been serving its deli-style sandwiches to the Broadway crowd for decades now. Though it’s been passed down from owner to owner, the concept has stayed largely the same: traditional submarine sandwiches and bento dishes. Sandwiches here are topped with the usual fixings: mayonnaise, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onions, and pepperoncini, along with provolone and parmesan. Ordering the eponymous Taste Tickler is a worthy choice, a sub sandwich with ham, salami, and pepperoni, and the usual toppings. However, another pro move is the turkey and cranberry, which gets cream cheese and cuts the toppings down to lettuce, tomato, mayo, and provolone. It’s nothing too fancy, but it is honest, and good. Taste Ticklers offers walk-in and call-in takeout orders.

3. Güero

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200 NE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97232
(503) 887-9258
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A bright and sunny sandwich shop decked out with plants and Mexican artwork, Güero is all about the tortas. The restaurant’s takes on the classic Mexican sandwich come on a crispy telera roll, served hot with a variety of offerings including roasted meats like achiote-marinated chicken or braised beef; they’re joined by vegetarian sandwiches, from the fried masa and potato pancake to the refried bean sandwich. Most come with some manner of slaw, avocado, peppers, and cotija cheese, though there’s variety there, as well. The ahogado is an especially messy treat and an iconic menu item: Pork, jalapeno slaw, and cilantro comes on a grilled bolillo roll. It’s served with a side of achiote sauce for either dipping or, more traditionally, drenching the whole thing. Güero is available for online orders.

4. Laurelhurst Market

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3155 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 206-3097
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One of the city’s most celebrated steakhouses is also a fantastic sandwich shop. During the day, this restaurant opens the butcher shop and deli, with an array of sandwiches utilizing Laurelhurst Market’s quality meats. For cold sandwiches, the smoked turkey and bacon on levain is a surefire pleaser, topped with pickles, cheese, onion, and pile of fresh arugula. There’s always a vegetarian special, as well as a daily special: get in on a Tuesday for one of the city’s best fried chicken sandwiches, served on levain with red onion, shredded iceberg lettuce, and pickled zucchini. Laurelhurst Market offers walk-in and call-in orders for takeout.

5. Sammich PDX

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2137 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 477-4393
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Pastrami is the name of the game at Sammich, so much so that its companion food cart carries the same name as the flagship sandwich: the Pastrami Zombie. Chef and owner Melissa McMillan brines, smokes, and boils beef brisket in a process that takes nearly a week. The result: Beautifully tender, rich, and aromatic pastrami, stacked tall on rye bread with just a bit of slaw, mayo, and Swiss cheese. It’s such an immaculate sandwich that it’s easy to miss the other items on the menu, but after a few return visits it’s advisable to branch out to sandwiches like the Chicago Italian beef or the excellent burger, Da Burg. However, there’s no shame in sticking with the Zombie. Sammich offers online orders for takeout and delivery via Caviar

6. Snappy's

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609 SE Ankeny St STE B
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 265-8710
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A relatively new player, Snappy’s opened just before the pandemic truly struck the city. The restaurant, a tiny shop with bodega vibes squeezed between Marukin Ramen and Nong’s Khao Man Gai, focuses on nailing a few diner staples, like a turkey club, tuna melt, patty melt, and chicken salad. It’s quick and affordable, slinging solid, well-made sandwiches with quality ingredients. All the necessary sides (chips, sodas, pickles, etc) are also available. 

Snappy’s offers walk-in and online orders for takeout.

7. Lardo

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1205 SW Washington St
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 241-2490
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It’s hard to imagine a sandwich shop in Portland more well-known and celebrated than Lardo. What started as a food truck ended up with two sandwich shops and pasta restaurant offshoots, and today it still brings in the long lines for its meaty, over-the-top sandwiches. Its flagship is the Korean pork shoulder, with strips of juicy pork belly topped with kimchi, cilantro, and a generous portion of chili mayo on fluffy ciabatta. It’s audacious, especially if paired with some pork-and-pepper-covered dirty fries, and sums up what Lardo is all about. The Pho’Rench Dip, a Vietnamese take on the sandwich with phở jus, is another hit. Lardo offers online orders for takeout and delivery for both shops at its website.

8. Meat Cheese Bread

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1406 SE Stark St
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 234-1700
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This cozy little neighborhood spot was once packed daily with customers enjoying its sandwiches, burritos, and coffee, but now serves as a takeout spot for its excellent food. There’s no real bad move at Meat Cheese Bread, which goes far beyond its name with all kinds of hot and cold vegetarian sandwiches, often changing seasonally. Still, basics like a turkey with bacon, fontina, and lettuce on sourdough can always be found. Its breakfast burritos are also a major hit. 

Meat Cheese Bread offers walk-in and call-in orders for takeout.

9. Stacked Sandwich Shop

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1643 SE 3rd Ave
Portland, OR 97214
(971) 279-2731
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Chef Gabriel Pascuzzi’s Stacked Sandwich Shop has been a hit since it opened in 2017, earning Pascuzzi Eater Portland’s Chef of the Year. Most of the sandwich ingredients at this industrial, counter-service sandwich shop are prepared in-house, including all of the meat and vegetables. The result is a hearty, robust sandwich no matter what the order is, whether it be a smoked turkey hero or Stacked’s oxtail French dip, with charred onion and mushroom and havarti on a toasted hoagie, served with a side of rosemary jus. The turkey reuben with apples, red cabbage kraut, provolone, and house-made “2000 island” dressing, is another winner. Stacked offers online orders for takeout as well as delivery via Caviar.

10. Demarco’s Sandwiches

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4606 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97206
(503) 573-7876

This SE Division food cart has become a favorite among East Coast expats craving old-school Italian grinders, hoagie rolls stretched wide and stuffed with breaded chicken cutlets, pork-and-beef meatballs, or thinly sliced eggplant. The cart’s Italian cold cut sub, however, is a thing of beauty, layers of ham, pepperoni, salami, and coppa topped with a pile of house giardiniera, hot peppers, shredded lettuce, onions, tomatoes, and the customary oil and vinegar. Order it for takeout onsite or for delivery.

11. Steakadelphia

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5835 SE Powell Blvd
Portland, OR 97206
(503) 788-7141
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This SE Powell sandwich shop is all about the Philly cheesesteak, from the traditional with Cheez Whiz and onions to the “supremes” with added veggies and white American. These hulking sandwiches come with a choice of added toppings and the big three cheeses (wiz, white American, or provolone), as well as others like cheddar and pepperjack. However you order it, the foundational meat on Steakadelphia sandwiches is juicy, thinly shaved, and plentiful — as it should be. Steakadelphia is open for takeout, including online orders, phone orders, and walk-ins.

12. Best Baguette

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8308 SE Powell Blvd
Portland, OR 97266
(503) 788-3098
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A bánh mì institution, Best Baguette drive-thru lines have been reliably filled for years now. The quick and cheap sandwich and bubble tea shop offers a broad array of baguette sandwiches, each topped with mayo, slivered and pickled carrots and daikon, slices of jalapeno, and thick bunches of cilantro. It’s difficult to go wrong here, but newcomers should start with the Best Baguette Special, which comes with pate, ham, pork roll, and head cheese. Other standouts include the barbecue pork and grilled chicken. Best Baguette offers takeout with walk-in and drive-through orders. 

13. Jojo Food Truck

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3582 SE Powell Blvd
Portland, OR 97202
(971) 331-4284
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It didn’t take long for this bright blue fried chicken food cart to gain some serious traction in the city. Despite its origins in a fairly rundown parking lot — now a more dedicated food cart pod with an adjoining market — Jojo’s fanbase quickly grew due to its golden-hued fried chicken sandwiches. Crispy, juicy chicken thighs are stacked high on fluffy buns, topped with shredded lettuce, pickles, and jojo sauce. The Southern fried chicken is the right move for first-timers but those wanting a little more flair can move on to the spicy chicken, which gets the addition of bacon, Crystal honey, and Alabama white mustard sauce. The whole affair is completed with an order of crispy, golden jojos that lend the cart its name. Jojo is available for walk-up, call-in, or online orders.

14. An Xuyên Bakery

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5345 SE Foster Rd
Portland, OR 97206
(503) 788-0866
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While places like Best Baguette may carry more name recognition, An Xuyên has quietly served some of the city’s best bánh mì to a faithful crowd for years now. The secret must be in the bread, baked daily in house. It manages to have a crispy, flaky crust, but stays perfectly soft the rest of the way through for ease of dining. Fillings range for the more traditional pate and Vietnamese ham to chipotle chicken, lemongrass pork, and vegetarian options including tofu or faux meat. All of them come with cucumbers, pickled carrot and daikon, cilantro, and jalapenos. None of them clock in at over $5. Beyond the sandwiches, An Xuyên also carries savory and sweet bao, along with a plethora of baked goods from macarons to fluffy tea cakes. An Xuyên offers takeout with walk-in orders.

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1. Chop St. Johns

8537 N Lombard St, Portland, OR 97210

Once a deli counter within the late-great City Market, Chop has moved into a St. Johns deli space; however, instead of offering by-the-pound deli meats, the new Chop St. Johns is focusing on its sandwich game. For those seeking briny numbers stacked with hot, pickled, and preserved peppers, Chop knows what it’s about, from the Italian Stallion with ham, salami, mortadella, provolone, roasted red pepper, and pepperoncini to the Sofia Loren with the same three meats, plus coppa, and a combo of Mama Lil’s peppers and banana peppers. The Izzy, an oven-roasted turkey sandwich, gets a little extra oomph thanks to chipotle mayo and fried jalapenos. Chop is open for takeout.

8537 N Lombard St
Portland, OR 97210

2. Taste Tickler

1704 NE 14th Ave, Portland, OR 97212

A consummate hole-in-the-wall, Taste Tickler has been serving its deli-style sandwiches to the Broadway crowd for decades now. Though it’s been passed down from owner to owner, the concept has stayed largely the same: traditional submarine sandwiches and bento dishes. Sandwiches here are topped with the usual fixings: mayonnaise, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onions, and pepperoncini, along with provolone and parmesan. Ordering the eponymous Taste Tickler is a worthy choice, a sub sandwich with ham, salami, and pepperoni, and the usual toppings. However, another pro move is the turkey and cranberry, which gets cream cheese and cuts the toppings down to lettuce, tomato, mayo, and provolone. It’s nothing too fancy, but it is honest, and good. Taste Ticklers offers walk-in and call-in takeout orders.

1704 NE 14th Ave
Portland, OR 97212

3. Güero

200 NE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97232

A bright and sunny sandwich shop decked out with plants and Mexican artwork, Güero is all about the tortas. The restaurant’s takes on the classic Mexican sandwich come on a crispy telera roll, served hot with a variety of offerings including roasted meats like achiote-marinated chicken or braised beef; they’re joined by vegetarian sandwiches, from the fried masa and potato pancake to the refried bean sandwich. Most come with some manner of slaw, avocado, peppers, and cotija cheese, though there’s variety there, as well. The ahogado is an especially messy treat and an iconic menu item: Pork, jalapeno slaw, and cilantro comes on a grilled bolillo roll. It’s served with a side of achiote sauce for either dipping or, more traditionally, drenching the whole thing. Güero is available for online orders.

200 NE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97232

4. Laurelhurst Market

3155 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

One of the city’s most celebrated steakhouses is also a fantastic sandwich shop. During the day, this restaurant opens the butcher shop and deli, with an array of sandwiches utilizing Laurelhurst Market’s quality meats. For cold sandwiches, the smoked turkey and bacon on levain is a surefire pleaser, topped with pickles, cheese, onion, and pile of fresh arugula. There’s always a vegetarian special, as well as a daily special: get in on a Tuesday for one of the city’s best fried chicken sandwiches, served on levain with red onion, shredded iceberg lettuce, and pickled zucchini. Laurelhurst Market offers walk-in and call-in orders for takeout.

3155 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214

5. Sammich PDX

2137 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

Pastrami is the name of the game at Sammich, so much so that its companion food cart carries the same name as the flagship sandwich: the Pastrami Zombie. Chef and owner Melissa McMillan brines, smokes, and boils beef brisket in a process that takes nearly a week. The result: Beautifully tender, rich, and aromatic pastrami, stacked tall on rye bread with just a bit of slaw, mayo, and Swiss cheese. It’s such an immaculate sandwich that it’s easy to miss the other items on the menu, but after a few return visits it’s advisable to branch out to sandwiches like the Chicago Italian beef or the excellent burger, Da Burg. However, there’s no shame in sticking with the Zombie. Sammich offers online orders for takeout and delivery via Caviar

2137 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214

6. Snappy's

609 SE Ankeny St STE B, Portland, OR 97214

A relatively new player, Snappy’s opened just before the pandemic truly struck the city. The restaurant, a tiny shop with bodega vibes squeezed between Marukin Ramen and Nong’s Khao Man Gai, focuses on nailing a few diner staples, like a turkey club, tuna melt, patty melt, and chicken salad. It’s quick and affordable, slinging solid, well-made sandwiches with quality ingredients. All the necessary sides (chips, sodas, pickles, etc) are also available. 

Snappy’s offers walk-in and online orders for takeout.

609 SE Ankeny St STE B
Portland, OR 97214

7. Lardo

1205 SW Washington St, Portland, OR 97205

It’s hard to imagine a sandwich shop in Portland more well-known and celebrated than Lardo. What started as a food truck ended up with two sandwich shops and pasta restaurant offshoots, and today it still brings in the long lines for its meaty, over-the-top sandwiches. Its flagship is the Korean pork shoulder, with strips of juicy pork belly topped with kimchi, cilantro, and a generous portion of chili mayo on fluffy ciabatta. It’s audacious, especially if paired with some pork-and-pepper-covered dirty fries, and sums up what Lardo is all about. The Pho’Rench Dip, a Vietnamese take on the sandwich with phở jus, is another hit. Lardo offers online orders for takeout and delivery for both shops at its website.

1205 SW Washington St
Portland, OR 97205

8. Meat Cheese Bread

1406 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97214

This cozy little neighborhood spot was once packed daily with customers enjoying its sandwiches, burritos, and coffee, but now serves as a takeout spot for its excellent food. There’s no real bad move at Meat Cheese Bread, which goes far beyond its name with all kinds of hot and cold vegetarian sandwiches, often changing seasonally. Still, basics like a turkey with bacon, fontina, and lettuce on sourdough can always be found. Its breakfast burritos are also a major hit. 

Meat Cheese Bread offers walk-in and call-in orders for takeout.

1406 SE Stark St
Portland, OR 97214

9. Stacked Sandwich Shop

1643 SE 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97214

Chef Gabriel Pascuzzi’s Stacked Sandwich Shop has been a hit since it opened in 2017, earning Pascuzzi Eater Portland’s Chef of the Year. Most of the sandwich ingredients at this industrial, counter-service sandwich shop are prepared in-house, including all of the meat and vegetables. The result is a hearty, robust sandwich no matter what the order is, whether it be a smoked turkey hero or Stacked’s oxtail French dip, with charred onion and mushroom and havarti on a toasted hoagie, served with a side of rosemary jus. The turkey reuben with apples, red cabbage kraut, provolone, and house-made “2000 island” dressing, is another winner. Stacked offers online orders for takeout as well as delivery via Caviar.

1643 SE 3rd Ave
Portland, OR 97214

10. Demarco’s Sandwiches

4606 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97206

This SE Division food cart has become a favorite among East Coast expats craving old-school Italian grinders, hoagie rolls stretched wide and stuffed with breaded chicken cutlets, pork-and-beef meatballs, or thinly sliced eggplant. The cart’s Italian cold cut sub, however, is a thing of beauty, layers of ham, pepperoni, salami, and coppa topped with a pile of house giardiniera, hot peppers, shredded lettuce, onions, tomatoes, and the customary oil and vinegar. Order it for takeout onsite or for delivery.

4606 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97206

11. Steakadelphia

5835 SE Powell Blvd, Portland, OR 97206

This SE Powell sandwich shop is all about the Philly cheesesteak, from the traditional with Cheez Whiz and onions to the “supremes” with added veggies and white American. These hulking sandwiches come with a choice of added toppings and the big three cheeses (wiz, white American, or provolone), as well as others like cheddar and pepperjack. However you order it, the foundational meat on Steakadelphia sandwiches is juicy, thinly shaved, and plentiful — as it should be. Steakadelphia is open for takeout, including online orders, phone orders, and walk-ins.

5835 SE Powell Blvd
Portland, OR 97206

12. Best Baguette

8308 SE Powell Blvd, Portland, OR 97266

A bánh mì institution, Best Baguette drive-thru lines have been reliably filled for years now. The quick and cheap sandwich and bubble tea shop offers a broad array of baguette sandwiches, each topped with mayo, slivered and pickled carrots and daikon, slices of jalapeno, and thick bunches of cilantro. It’s difficult to go wrong here, but newcomers should start with the Best Baguette Special, which comes with pate, ham, pork roll, and head cheese. Other standouts include the barbecue pork and grilled chicken. Best Baguette offers takeout with walk-in and drive-through orders. 

8308 SE Powell Blvd
Portland, OR 97266

13. Jojo Food Truck

3582 SE Powell Blvd, Portland, OR 97202

It didn’t take long for this bright blue fried chicken food cart to gain some serious traction in the city. Despite its origins in a fairly rundown parking lot — now a more dedicated food cart pod with an adjoining market — Jojo’s fanbase quickly grew due to its golden-hued fried chicken sandwiches. Crispy, juicy chicken thighs are stacked high on fluffy buns, topped with shredded lettuce, pickles, and jojo sauce. The Southern fried chicken is the right move for first-timers but those wanting a little more flair can move on to the spicy chicken, which gets the addition of bacon, Crystal honey, and Alabama white mustard sauce. The whole affair is completed with an order of crispy, golden jojos that lend the cart its name. Jojo is available for walk-up, call-in, or online orders.

3582 SE Powell Blvd
Portland, OR 97202

14. An Xuyên Bakery

5345 SE Foster Rd, Portland, OR 97206

While places like Best Baguette may carry more name recognition, An Xuyên has quietly served some of the city’s best bánh mì to a faithful crowd for years now. The secret must be in the bread, baked daily in house. It manages to have a crispy, flaky crust, but stays perfectly soft the rest of the way through for ease of dining. Fillings range for the more traditional pate and Vietnamese ham to chipotle chicken, lemongrass pork, and vegetarian options including tofu or faux meat. All of them come with cucumbers, pickled carrot and daikon, cilantro, and jalapenos. None of them clock in at over $5. Beyond the sandwiches, An Xuyên also carries savory and sweet bao, along with a plethora of baked goods from macarons to fluffy tea cakes. An Xuyên offers takeout with walk-in orders.

5345 SE Foster Rd
Portland, OR 97206

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