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Best Sandwiches

Best Sandwiches

Ranging from traditional basics to the truly unique, we’ve found 48 of the best things to happen to the 918 since sliced bread. Are you ready to revisit that most classic of American food groups — the sandwich?

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Michele Chiappetta and Rob Harmon
Published
September 29, 2017 3:18 AM

Ah, the sandwich. Ever since the Middle Ages, when John Montagu, the fourth Earl of Sandwich, supposedly invented a quick, neat way to eat without leaving the gambling table, we’ve had a love affair with this delectable, handheld meal. And though it was once only popular with aristocrats who could afford to lose money playing cards, the sandwich has since become one of the most egalitarian and middle-class lunches of all time.

In truth, the sandwich in its many forms has probably existed ever since humans could slide meat and cheese between slices of bread. It has even been taken to court, specifically a court in Boston, where it was ruled that the legal definition of “sandwich” in that jurisdiction would require slices of bread to be part of the meal. Who knew a simple lunch meal could be so complex?

The sandwich in its many forms is ever popular as a lunch option for worker bees, students, and others who are on the go. In an ever-increasing handsfree world, it’s still the go-to meal for someone with a free hand. And you can choose from all kinds of sandwiches, breads, fillings and more in just about every corner of Green Country.

That said, here’s our list of 48 fantastic places around Green Country where you can grab some meat, cheese and bread and hit the road, having conquered your royal appetite.

Truly Italian sandwiches are what you can expect at Tavolo, a cozy, well-lit, romantic spot in downtown Tulsa. (Photo: Marc Rains)
‍Truly Italian sandwiches are what you can expect at Tavolo, a cozy, well-lit, romantic spot in downtown Tulsa. (Photo: Marc Rains)

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Albert G’s Bar-B-Q
421 E. 1st St. | Tulsa
2748 S. Harvard Ave. | Tulsa
Since the early 1990s, Albert G’s has been slow cooking its way into the hearts of Tulsa’s barbecue sandwich lovers. One hundred percent Certified Angus Beef brisket, pulled pork, turkey or generously sliced smoked bologna is what you can expect in your juicy and delicious sandwich, along with some of the best barbecue sauce Green Country’s restaurants have to offer. Be careful of your waistline, though, because you may be visiting again for lunch the next day. Heck, maybe even that night.

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Caz’s Chowhouse
18 E. Brady St. | Tulsa
Caz’s Chowhouse provides a sure and steady pulse for the heart of Tulsa’s Brady District, where tourists and locals alike feel at home. Whether it’s the Cuban, pulled pork bánh mì, the Great Cazbah (grilled cheese with American, cheddar, Jack cheese, jalapeno bacon and tomato on Texas toast), Okie Po-boy or the Chowhouse Chicken Sandwich (sweet tea marinated chicken breast with jalapeno bacon, Swiss cheese and cream cheese on a brioche bun), you’ll be sure to love the flavor and freshness of your delicious handheld delight. Comfort food at its best, a Caz’s sandwich is a sure-fire guarantee to hit the spot.

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Cosmo Café
3334 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa
Located in the always happening Brookside area, Cosmo Cafe excels at casual dining when you want to work at your computer or chill with pals after a long day. They’ve got a great collection of tabletop games you can borrow as you nibble on one of their unique, sophisticated sandwiches. Try the turkey and avocado sandwich, served with bacon, cream cheese, red onions, spring greens, ranch and tomatoes on your choice of bread — it’s a customer favorite. The cafe also offers a large selection of soups, salads, pizzas and desserts to tempt your taste buds as you relax in their open, comfortable dining area.

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D’vina
D’vina is an excellent choice for anyone looking for an extraordinary sandwich. Whether you’re seated inside in the dining area, at the full bar, or in the front as you wait for some tasty takeout, the Tarragon Chicken Salad Sandwich or the Tokyo Grilled Chicken Sandwich (with a sesame-miso marinated chicken) are absolute delights. Plus, these sandwich offerings come with exceptional shoestring fries. Other delights include a short rib sandwich and a lamb gyro. Awesome atmosphere, great food with an international flavor, cool location — that’s D’vina.

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Dilly Diner
402 E. 2nd St. | Tulsa
Where to start? There are so many choices at Dilly Diner in the Blue Dome District, you’ll honestly never be disappointed. The fact that all the sandwiches are served with homemade bread and that you’ll be dining at one of the coolest diners in Tulsa (of the Route 66 ilk) makes it a very cool choice for anytime of the day or night. Choose a classic Reuben, pastrami and Swiss or French dip. Try a trendy chicken mahn di sandwich with savory peanut-cilantro slaw. These are just a few of the mouth-watering sandwich meals you can get.

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Goodcents Deli
8222 E. 103rd St. | Tulsa
Conveniently nestled on Memorial in Bixby, Goodcents Deli serves up sandwiches that are a cut above what you’ll find at most other deli chains. They slice their deli meat and cheese only when you order it, so the food tastes as fresh as possible. The bread is soft and freshly baked too. If you’re in a hurry, place your order online or have it delivered. For choices that don’t pack on the pounds, pick a selection off their sensible menu. The tasty turkey and cranberry is a fan favorite, made with fresh-sliced pan roasted turkey, cranberry relish, lettuce, onion, olive oil mayo on a whole grain roll — and it comes in at just 379 calories. And for children, they offer a short sub made with rainbow colored bread.

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Jason’s Deli
8321 E. 61st St. | Tulsa
1330 E. 15th St. | Tulsa
This sandwich chain’s motto says it all: All good things start with wholesome ingredients. Jason’s Deli customers can rely on fresh ingredients that are free of artificial trans fats, processed MSG, high-fructose corn syrup, dyes, artificial colors and artificial flavors. You can eat here with a good conscience that you’re treating your body right. There are even meat-free options like the Caprese Panini, and gluten-free choices like the chicken club salad. If you’ve got a big appetite or a crew to feed, order a muffuletta, made with crusty bread, Jason’s specialty olive spread, melted provolone and your choice of deli meats — a whole one serves up to four people.

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Juniper
324 E. 3rd St. | Tulsa
For a classy, downtown farm-totable sandwich experience, visit Juniper for lunch. You’ll enjoy a delightful atmosphere as you reinvigorate yourself at midday with a meal you won’t soon forget. Rather than serving up meals you can get elsewhere, Juniper focuses on unique flavors and interesting twists on their seasonal menus. Try the Fried Heirloom BLT, made with brioche, hickory smoked bacon, arugula and fresno oil; or the lamb sliders, made with tzatziki aioli, tomato relish, romaine and challah buns. Served on a brioche bun with bacon, arugula, sage aioli and sriracha, the fried chicken sandwich is one of the best in the area. Add a bowl of sweet carrot soup or the beet and goat cheese salad (with pea shoots, creamy orange vinaigrette and hazelnuts), and you’ll feel like you’re visiting a charming, seaside restaurant on the California coastline.

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Laffa
111 N. Main St. | Tulsa
If you enjoy Mediterranean style dishes, Laffa is an upbeat, casually elegant place to grab a meal. You have the choice of eating either in their inside dining area, which is airy and comfortable, or outside on the sidewalk after ordering at their walk-up window. It’s great for times when you’re strolling the Brady District and want a healthy bite to eat. Laffa’s lunch menu features wraps made with turkey, roast beef, street falafels and harissa chicken tacos, among other options. Be sure to try the shawarma — made with either marinated, braised chicken or lamb and Mediterranean spices.

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Lambrusco’z
114 S. Detroit Ave. | Tulsa
1344 E. 41st St. | Tulsa
Since the 1980s, theses masters of the sandwich have been dishing out some of Tulsa’s best handheld favorites, and boy do they make it look easy. Enjoy the Reuben on marble rye, piled high with amazing corn beef or cracked pepper turkey. Try the Uptown Girl: a chicken, albacore or deviled egg salad sandwich, with mayo, lettuce and tomato. The next time, try the Guido, which is so cheesy and meaty, you’ll be wishing every day was Lambrusco’z day.

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Maryn’s Taphouse and Raw Bar
400 Riverwalk Terrace | Jenks
It’s hard to find better po’ boys or sliders in Green Country than what you can chow down on at Maryn’s. They’re so good, it’s almost unfair to the rest of the restaurants serving up this Cajun meal. The New Orleans style po’ boys at Maryn’s are made from some of the freshest oysters, shrimp or market fish you can find. With housemade condiments, they’re spiced up so perfectly, you’ll want to order another round of sandwiches to go. Maryn’s pork belly, short rib or chicken sliders are just as fabulous and tend to be eaten in record time, so you’ll want to order some of those to go, too.

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MixCo
3rd and Denver | Tulsa
The next time you’re near the BOK Center in downtown Tulsa, be sure to check out MixCo. This award-winning, speakeasy-style bar is a favorite for its creative craft cocktails and dishes, many of which are made to be sharable for those times you’re hanging out with friends. If you’re in the mood for a sandwich, try their Basque Dip Sandwich, made with grilled chile-orange rubbed steak, garlic buttered sourdough bread, au jus, and served with seasoned fries (your choice of rosemary bay, roasted garlic herb, or chile lime). Chase it with one of the bar’s many beers, wines or cocktails, and you’ll feel as cool as Pretty Boy Floyd.

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Mondo’s
3410 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa
Everyone knows Mondo’s for its fabulous, authentic Italian dishes and rich, hearty tomato sauce. But one of the things that has put them on the map in Tulsa’s cuisine landscape is their hero sandwich — served with Genoa salami, pepperoni, capocollo, prosciutto and a blend of Italian cheeses melted on Italian bread. It’s a favorite with customers. But if that’s not your style, test out their meatball sub, a classic casual Italian style lunch that is both satisfying and filling. You can get their Italian sausage or chicken parmigiana on a sub too. All options will have you feeling like you’re having lunch in New York City’s Little Italy.

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Napa Flats
9912 Riverside Pkwy. | Tulsa
Located on the Arkansas River just south of River Spirit Casino, Napa Flats features some impeccably crafted California style cooking with an Italian flair, cooked over a wood fire. In addition to their pizzas and pastas, which are all popular choices, you can opt for a more casual sandwich. The Meatball Panini is a nice option, made with homemade meatballs on toasted ciabatta bread with marinara, parmigiana, and melted mozzarella. Or try out their famous flatbread, topped with steak, lamb or chicken. All are served with Napa Flats’ signature housemade chips, though their french fries, soups and salads are also nice choices. Be sure to save room for their desserts — the gelato is especially out of this world.

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Native Grill & Wings
10804 E. 71st | Tulsa
Mouthwatering chicken, battered and smothered in mozzarella, parmesan, marinara sauce, sprinkled with fresh basil, all stuffed in a hoagie — the chicken parmesan at Native Grill & Wings will become one of your favorites at first bite. The meatball sub is everything you’d expect, jam-packed with marinara sauce and mozzarella, and a sure hit with the taste buds. Try the California Cluck and you’ll love it — charbroiled chicken on a toasted ciabatta bun with bacon, tomato and avocado. And if your East Coast cravings kick in, go for the Philly Steak with thinly sliced rib-eye steak, grilled onions, green bell peppers, red wine mushrooms and topped with queso.

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ol’Vine
3523 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa
You’ll find some great burgers and sandwiches here, but ol’Vine is the home of two really great paninis — the Chicken and Avocado and the Cuban. Light and tender chicken, perfectly sliced avocado, top choice Swiss and fresh tomato covered in mustard aioli, between two tasty slices of sourdough, makes a phenomenal chicken and panini. The Cuban, a pressed bread delight, is full of juicy pulled pork and ham, with the right amount of mustard and Swiss. And with two patios, a comfortable dining room and some bar seating, you have plenty of places to choose where to hang out and chow down.

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Papa Ganouj
1328 E. 6th St. | Tulsa
Classic Mediterranean meals made with fresh, healthy ingredients by a chef-owner who regards food as a form of expressing appreciation for family. That’s what you get at Papa Ganouj, located just a few blocks from Centennial Park, in the shadow of downtown Tulsa. Owner “K” Rahhal has lived in Tulsa for decades, but his Lebanese roots still add flavor to every dish he serves. The lunch menu is alive with wraps. Vegetarians will love wrap choices such as hummus, baba ganouj, or mjadra (gourmet lentils spread with vegetables, extra-virgin olive oil and vinaigrette). Meat lovers will enjoy choices like beef or chicken shawarma, salmon, tilapia or bass, all served in fresh pita.

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PRHYME
111 N. Main St. | Tulsa
A prime (get it?) example of award-winning chef Justin Thompson’s creative restaurants, PRHYME offers steak served in an upscale, modern atmosphere in the heart of downtown Tulsa. A mainstay for date night and after-work business, PRHYME serves USDA Prime beef that your taste buds won’t soon forget. Their bar menu includes a delicious French dip sandwich — topped with whiskey glazed onions, dijon aioli, St. André Brie, and served with au jus. Try it on a Monday or Tuesday, when it’s offered as one of their half price specials along with burgers.

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RibCrib
2077 SE Washington Blvd. | Bartlesville
12850 S. Memorial | Bixby
121 W. Kenosha | Broken Arrow
1736 S. Lynn Riggs Blvd. | Claremore
1801 S. Main | Grove
421 S. George Nigh | McAlester
150 W. Shawnee St. | Muskogee
8551 N. 129th E. Ave. | Owasso
405 W. Wekiwa Road | Sand Springs
705 S. Mission St. | Sapulpa
1909 S. Muskogee Ave., Suite 800 | Tahlequah
3022 S. Garnett | Tulsa
5025 S. Sheridan | Tulsa
8040 S. Yale | Tulsa
302 E. 1st | Tulsa
3232 W. Skelly Drive | Tulsa
You’d be hard pressed to find a place that offers a greater variety of barbecue sandwiches than RibCrib, but they do so much more. The flavorful smoked meat and savory sauces make their sandwiches irresistible. The Carolina Pulled Pork, the Smoky Chicken Griller, Cribwich (hot links and brisket) or the Smokestack all incorporate stellar barbecue sauce, whereas the Club, the Pigman and the Turkey Gouda Melt all come with unique, non-barbecue sauces of their own that make any RibCrib sandwich you choose awesome!

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Sisserou’s
107 N. Boulder Ave. | Tulsa
One of the unique and amazingly tasty menus in Tulsa would be Sisserou’s, their sandwiches included. One of the highlights of the sandwich menu would undoubtedly be the Cuban. Tender, marinated pork shoulder, covered in out-of-this-world habanero mayonnaise sauce, combined with tasty ham and Swiss is a must-do. Served with a side of curry seasoned au jus and a tangy horseradish sauce, the Caribbean Dip strip loin sandwich is another wise choice.

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SMOKE. on Cherry Street
1542 E. 15th St. | Tulsa
Everything we’ve ever ordered at SMOKE. is unforgettable, and that includes some of the unique and appetizing sandwiches SMOKE has to offer. Take the lamb sliders, for example. Succulent lamb patties, smothered in herb goat cheese with arugula and yummy pickled red onions will leave you satisfied but looking forward to the next time. The open-faced smoked salmon salad melt on toasted brioche is beautifully presented and much more than a sandwich. That’s the kind of dish all of SMOKE.’s menu items are — overachievers. Yes, we will have seconds. Thanks for asking.

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Tally’s Good Food Café
1102 S. Yale Ave. | Tulsa
This Route 66 themed diner serves breakfast all day, a reliable warm cup of coffee, and cinnamon rolls as big as a full plate. But if you’re adventurous enough to venture beyond their breakfast menu, you can enjoy some pretty impressive sandwiches in Tally’s casual 50s atmosphere. Their chicken fry sandwich was voted No. 1 in USA Today’s chicken sandwich contest in Oklahoma. You can also sample comfort food classics like grilled cheese on Texas toast, a double decker BLT, grilled turkey, a classic Reuben, open-faced roast beef, and a lot of other options. There’s literally something for everyone here.

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Tavolo
427 S. Boston Ave. | Tulsa
Truly Italian sandwiches are what you can expect at this Tulsa gem, a cozy, well-lit, romantic spot when you want a lunch or dinner. Enjoy salami, pepperoni and perfectly crisp pancetta, along with provolone, tomato, arugula, cherry peppers, olive oil and vinegar on the Italian Club. The Italian Benedict with salami, pancetta, mozzarella, fried egg and tomato, topped with arugula, will make you wonder where this sandwich has been all your life. Others to not overlook include the P.L.T. (prosciutto, arugula, tomato, basil mayo and balsamic) and chicken parmigiana on a ciabatta bun.

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Trails End BBQ
8888 N. Garnett Road | Owasso
An Owasso favorite, Trails End BBQ is a no-frills, unassuming family-run restaurant that’s often packed because it’s so darned good. Their ingredients are locally sourced, and they slow-cook their meats over pecan hard wood for a smoked flavor that fans love. Their Ramwich gives diners the choice of chopped brisket, bologna, hot links or sausage on Texas toast, while their BBQ Sandwich offers a choice of pulled pork, turkey, ham, chicken, bologna, sausage or hot link. served on a toasted bun. If you’re a vegetarian, try the Black Bean Burger.

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Trenchers Delicatessen
2602 S. Harvard Ave. | Tulsa
This deli has been touted by some as having the best sandwiches you’ll ever get in Tulsa. With turkey, Swiss and tomato, smothered in a sauce they call avocado mayo, served on Dutch crunch bread, the Dutch Crunch sandwich is more than a meal; it’s an experience. The grilled chicken or tofu Tawook sandwich, covered in toum garlic sauce on flatbread, is another reason people come back to this place. Trenchers roasts and smokes all of their deli meats, and they make their own breads and condiments. Mix and match to create the sandwich of your choice, or order off the menu.

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Wild Fork
1820 Utica Square | Tulsa
If you love dining at a charming sidewalk location, The Wild Fork needs to be on your short list. Located at lovely, treelined Utica Square, this bright, innovative restaurant delivers excellent food and excellent service. Enjoy a leisurely lunch between bouts of window shopping, and try one of their many delightful sandwiches. Customers love the grilled chicken sandwich (toasted flatbread with hummus, onions, mozzarella) and the Southern Five Spice Catfish Sandwich (grilled or fried, and served on a French roll with chipotle aioli). Vegetarians enjoy the lentil and feta cheese sandwich, served with hummus, spinach, tomato, sprouts and red wine vinaigrette on toasted flatbread.

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Wild Heart Café
501 S. Cherokee St. | Catoosa
As you cruise along Route 66 through Catoosa, make plans to stop in for a home-cooked meal at the eclectic, family-run Wild Heart Cafe. With vintage decor and a warm feel, this cafe will have you feeling right at home as you peruse the menu. The Wild Heart crew serves up delicious comfort sandwich treats, from fresh egg salad with crispy bacon to a Monte Cristo dripping with bubbly cheese. Other favorites include their tasty wraps, such as the veggie wrap, chicken bacon ranch wrap, and the Cajun turkey, Swiss and bacon wrap. Check out their daily specials, and be sure to try some of their homemade soups and sides. The potato soup is a customer favorite.

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ALSO CHECK OUT

Antoinette Baking Co.
207 N. Main St. | Tulsa

Big Al’s Healthy Foods
3303 E. 15th St. | Tulsa

Bill and Ruth’s
2404 E. 15th St. | Tulsa

Billy’s on the Square
424 S. Main St. | Tulsa

Boston Deli Grill & Market
6231 E. 61st St. | Tulsa

Bricktown Brewery
3301 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa
9409 E. 71st St. | Tulsa)
11909 E. 96th St. N. | Owasso

Cafe Seville
10021 S. Yale Ave. | Tulsa

Chimera Café
212 N. Main St. | Tulsa

The Crazy Olive
8209 S. Harvard Ave. | Tulsa

Deco Deli
415 S. Boston Ave. | Tulsa

Elmer’s BBQ
4130 S. Peoria | Tulsa

Foolish Things Coffee Company
1001 S. Main St. | Tulsa

Freeway Café
1547 E. 3rd St. | Tulsa
465 S. Sheridan | Tulsa
5849 S. 49th W. Ave. | Tulsa

Giant Subs and Deli
105 W. 2nd Ave. | Owasso

Jay’s Original Hoagies
8988 S. Sheridan Road | Tulsa

Lassalle’s New Orleans Deli
15 W. 5th St. | Tulsa

Lone Wolf
3136 E. 11th St. | Tulsa

Lou’s Deli
412 S. Main St. | Tulsa

New Atlas Grill
415 S. Boston Ave. | Tulsa

Oklahoma Joe’s
333 W. Albany St. | Broken Arrow
6175 E. 61st St. | Tulsa

Old School Bagel Café
6805 S. Yale Ave. | Tulsa
3723 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa

Phat Philly’s Cheesesteaks
1305 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa

Queenies Plus
1834 Utica Square | Tulsa

The Tavern
201 N. Main St. | Tulsa

Tulsa’s Great Harvest Bread Co.
5203 S. Sheridan Road | Tulsa

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