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25+ Sandwich Spots in North County San Diego (2017 Master List)

25+ Sandwich Spots in North County San Diego (2017 Master List)

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Lunchtime! Let’s go get a sandwich. Where do you ask? How about one of these tried-and-true spots…

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1. Mendocino Farms

This artisan sandwich spot recently opened in Del Mar serves vegan, gluten-free, and just generally delicious sandwiches made to order with local ingredients.

2. Board & Brew

What’s your sandwich fancy? Board & Brew hands it to you on a platter of deliciousness. We don’t want to sway you, but if you’re into amazing taste sensations, try Tom’s Choice, which is roast beef, turkey breast, cheddar cheese and sweet and sour dressing on a fresh French baguette. Pair with a craft beer. And scene. P.S. If you’re looking for gluten-free options, Board & Brew has you covered.

3. Moto Deli

Remember the Sub Palace in Encinitas? This is not that place. Still, there’s obviously good sandwich juju going on at the location, which Moto Deli took over a few years ago.
For the ultimate sandwich zen, Moto makes its own bread, and roasts and smokes its sandwich meats daily. Try something decidedly outside the box and order the Hamachi Salad Sandwich with poached yellowtail, romaine, mustard, and Moto spread on toasted squaw bread. While you’re there, enjoy the cool moto decor.

4. Gaglione Bros. Famous Steaks & Subs

The Gaglione website says, "Our goal is to serve delicious, fulfilling cheesesteaks and subs that leave our customers coming back time and time again." Must be true because readers mentioned Gaglione Bros. a few times.

5. Sandwich Spot

"It is all about the Dutch Crunch bread!" said one fan.

6. Prontos’ Gourmet Market

Visit this downtown Carlsbad spot for not only sandwiches but homemade soups, salads, and plates of pasta, too.

7. Gelson’s La Costa

This upscale grocery features sandwiches in its deli section.

8. Cream of the Crop

This natural food market sports a deli section serving hearty, healthy sandwiches, smoothies, and fresh vegetable juices.

9. Tony’s Sports Bar & Grill

Tony's, said a fan, "has the best burgers and sandwiches, hands down!" He added, "Did I mention an amazing 22-ingredient Bloody Mary? And 220 beers from all over the world?"

10. Red and White Market

This beloved neighborhood market serves customizable sandwiches in its deli section. Try the classic turkey on squaw with avocado or ask for the roast beef with barbecue sauce. Most sandwiches cost less than $6 and are filling and delicious. Also worth mentioning is that Red & White is one of the few places you can buy Pepper Plant hot sauce, which is absolutely perfect poured on everything, including sandwiches.

12. Pastel Bakery

This fairly new Scripps Ranch bakery serves a hearty selection of lunch delights, including shrimp rolls, the Cubano, and the Thanksgiving sandwich. The shrimp roll includes the aforementioned crustacean with mayo, celery, and spices similar to what you’d taste in a lobster roll.The Cubano features slow-roasted pork, cheese, and pickles on a French loaf sandwich. and the Thanksgiving is turkey, cranberries, and stuffing between two slices of bread. 

13. Chez Nous

This little soup and sandwich spot in Scripps Ranch serves its signature spicy chicken melt that brings in fans from all over San Diego. Be prepared to wait in line, but you’ll be glad you did.

14. Pointed Roof Delicatessen

"Get the Farmers Market turkey sandwich," advised one of our Facebook fans.

15. Rockn’ Jenny’s Italian Subs

It’s hard to say anything that the name of the place doesn’t. We’ll just quote from the website on why you should visit: Freshly sliced meat on a warm, crusty Italian roll with our homemade Italian dressing and delicious pepperoncinis, all for a great price.

16. Agrusa’s Super Sandwiches

Readers called out Agrusa's several times on our Facebook page. One person said, "Agrusa's in Escondido has the best meatball sub this side of the Mississippi."

17. Eric's Sandwich Shop

Reportedly Eric's serves up a delicious sandwich fare and "perfectly pickled eggs."

18. Major Market

A Facebook commenter told us that Major has the "best meats." And also that on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM Major has a great BBQ. Said the Facebooker," the tri-tip sandwiches are off the charts." 

19. Hungry Bear

Sandwiches as big as your head are the order of the day at Hungry Bear. You’ll see. Get the works and it’ll fatten your sandwich deliciously. If you’re not feeling the sandwiches today, the salads are similarly as awesome. Vista Location: If you’re feeling the sandwich and then some, visit Narvalo next door for an after-lunch ice cream or gelato.

20. EscoGelato

This downtown Escondido shop offers gelato made fresh daily with fruit sourced from local farmers and the Escondido Farmers Market. Apparently, it's also known for an amazing sandwich fare.

21. Tina’s Deli

Mom-and-pop joint. Super tiny. Locals' favorite. That right there is the trifecta of hidden gem goodness. Try the Hot Pastrami and you’ll know what we mean. Please also order a pickled egg soaked in a brine of jalapeños, chili peppers, and other spicy spices.

22. Hello Deli

Situated in an industrial complex, Hello Deli offers sandwiches modeled after East Coast favorites.

23. Niko’s Express Italian Deli

Niko’s draws scores of loyal fans to its location inside of a gas station. Niko’s boasts a perfect five-star rating on Yelp based on 75 user reviews - and that’s ringing sandwich-lover endorsement if we ever heard one.

24. Yellow Deli

This unique place spot is owned and operated by the Twelve Tribes Christian community, Yellow Deli serves soups, sandwiches, and salads made with fresh, organic produce farmed by community members.  "The chicken on the ranch sandwich is amazing," one reader told us.

25. Big Jim’s 395 Deli

Great sandwiches with a side of pickle fries: YES. There are homemade chips, too - because that’s how Big Jim’s does. Chew on the 395 – a bacon, avocado, shredded jack cheese, lettuce and Italian dressing combo on sourdough. You’ll swoon.

26. Vista’s Icebox

Tucked into an industrial complex, Vista’s Icebox nonetheless draws the locals eager for a homemade sandwich fix. Everything at Icebox is fresh and turbo tasty. Homemade soups accompany the menu and the shop is lined with dozens of potato chip choices from Cheddar Horseradish to Salt ’n Vinegar. If you’re eating light, make it your business to order the Fallbrook Veggie on squaw. Ask for balsamic vinaigrette on the soup so you can dip for an extra kick.

27. Butterfly Farms

A Butterfly Farms rep reminded all North Countians that it offers a beautiful local spot to bring sandwiches because there are lots "of picnic tables and loads of butterflies."

28. Dominick’s Sandwiches

One of our readers raved, "I seriously drive to Dominick's from Vista/Oceanside regularly for their turkey, jack, and avocado or roast beef, cheddar, and avocado. Great salads and pasta too, but oh man, those sandwiches on their Italian bread. Mmmm!"

Debbie Anderson: Debbie is a freelance writer and editor who’s been blogging at San Diego Momma since 2007. Debbie's been featured in Writer's Digest, the San Diego Reader, and San Diego Magazine, and was named Top 25 blog by Red Tricycle, nominated for an InfluenceSD "Best in Lifestyle" blog award, and appeared on NBC, Fox, and The CW Network as a blogger spokesperson. You can connect with her on LinkedIn or at Google+.