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16 Spots for Takeout Sandwiches

Where to go for handhelds stuffed with yummy ingredients

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Sandwiches might be the most underrated food. Usually relegated to noon meals, sandwiches are more than just two pieces of bread and a filling. They span from unwieldy handhelds stuffed with tender meaty morsels to sublime seafood offerings — and you can find the entire range of sandwiches in San Diego County. Don’t believe us? Read below for 16 spots to satisfy your sandwich craving. Are we missing your go-to sandwich spot? Let us know in the comments below.

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1. Moto Deli

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1076 N Coast Hwy 101 #101
Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 505-6422
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Encinitas’ answer to the deli is this breezy spot specializing in chef-crafted sandwiches. At face value, each sandwich looks like something you’ll see at other delis but look closer and you’ll find house-smoked turkey, carefully caramelized onions or housemade spreads throughout the menu.

Turketta
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2. Poor Boy Subs

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13432 Poway Rd
Poway, CA 92064
(858) 748-0595

This locally owned and operated San Diego sandwich shop mini-chain (the other shop is in Pacific Beach) offers 28 different hot and cold offerings. While the menu is basic, you can taste the freshness in the bread with fillings like ham, salami, roast beef and/or bacon stuffed inside.

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3. Supernatural Sandwiches

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7094 Miramar Rd #122
San Diego, CA 92121
(858) 831-7835
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Sammies take an Asian-infused seafood spin at this local chain with shops in Miramar and Little Italy. Popular go-to choices include the Aphrodite, a bacon-and-shrimp grilled cheese creation. Non-seafood offerings are good too, like the Minotaur featuring Korean BBQ steak. The Miramar location offers online ordering but call ahead or visit the Little Italy spot to place an order.

Aphrodite
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4. Mendocino Farms

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8795 Villa La Jolla Dr
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 731-8130
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This sandwich shop got its start in Downtown Los Angeles but San Diegans can chow down on its chef-crafted sammies at five county-wide locations (Carlsbad, Del Mar, Downtown San Diego, La Jolla and Mission Valley). The Southern California-centric menus include Peruvian steak featuring Oaxacan cheese as well as a variety of soups and salads to round out your meal. Order ahead via Mendocino’s app, online or just call it in.

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5. Lit'l Pepper Gourmet

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8911 Complex Dr # C
San Diego, CA 92123
(858) 565-6552
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This family-owned-and-operated sandwich shop has been a fixture in the Kearny Mesa area for the last 25 years and with good reason. From breakfast handhelds to gourmet sandwiches and vegetarian options, this shop’s extensive menu has something for everyone.

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6. K Sandwiches

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7604 Linda Vista Rd
San Diego, CA 92111
(858) 384-7373
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K Sandwiches’ temporary closure due to a fire in 2015 did nothing to slow down this popular Vietnamese shop. Banh mi sandwiches are the big draw but the shop is also known for breakfast sandwiches featuring their storemade croissants and French loaves. Egg rolls, salad rolls, rice and noodles dishes and fresh pastries round out the rest of the menu.

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7. Board & Brew - Pacific Beach

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4516 Mission Blvd
San Diego, CA 92109
(858) 270-2739
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The original Del Mar location is still in operation but you can find Board & Brew locations throughout most of Southern California plus Tempe, Ariz. Specialty sandwiches are a good starting point, like the Turkado, a turkey and cheese sammie topped with avocado on sourdough bread. Order online for a quick pickup.

Turkado
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8. Sandwich Emporium

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3054, 1\2 Clairemont Dr
San Diego, CA 92117
(619) 275-1351
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Serving sandwiches since 1974, this small but mighty local chain serves an extensive menu of sandwiches. Order or call ahead at the Clairemont or Mira Mesa location for signature offerings stuffed with meatballs, roasted turkey, albacore tuna and more. Craving something different? Try the Pho Wich, a handheld inspired by a bowl of pho.

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9. Grater Grilled Cheese

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5618 Mission Center Rd #1002
San Diego, CA 92108
(619) 458-9611
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Grilled cheese sandwiches headline the menu at this Mission Valley shop. Order from one of ten shop creations like the lobster grilled cheese or make your own custom sandwich with choice of bread, spread and add-ons like BBQ short ribs or Buffalo-fried chicken.

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10. Cheba Hut Toasted Subs

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6364 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA 92115
(619) 269-1111
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If you haven’t guessed, cannabis is the theme of this sandwich shop but you don’t have to be toasted to appreciate their creations. Sandwiches come served on a choice of white, whole wheat or garlic herb bread. As for fillings, choose from BBQ roast beef, ham, turkey and vegetarian options. Visit the store or order online.

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11. Big Front Door

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4075 Park Blvd #101
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 255-4100
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This University Heights deli is a cozy spot for people watching and digging into a big sandwich. There’s a variety of handhelds to choose from spanning from cold creations like Lions of Fire featuring chili roast pork loin to hot sandwiches like Sonoran chicken.

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12. Ike's Place

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1010 University Ave #101
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 452-2856
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Ike’s made its way from San Francisco to San Diego, and it’s a popular choice for those living near the Hillcrest, Point Loma and Downtown areas. If you haven’t been, study the menu as choices are daunting with 800+ sandwich variations including secret menu items to boot.

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13. Fatboy's Deli & Spirits

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3050 University Ave
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 683-3902
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Sammies are big here like the Hot Poppa, a roll stuffed with turkey, pepper jack, cream cheese, jalapeños and Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. The not-so-adventurous can also make their own creations. If you have the extra time, place an order in person and peruse the cold cases while you wait because there are plenty of drink options to accompany your sandwich.

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14. Rubicon Deli Mission Hills

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3715 India St
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 600-0096
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Come in for the freshly baked bread for your sandwich fix— options include blue cheese, Dutch crunch, garlic cheese, jalapeño jack, pesto, wheat or gluten-free French. Once the hard part of choosing your bread is over, the easy part is deciding the fillings like roast beef with au jus for the intensely meaty Dapper Dipper.

Dom Pastrami

15. Mona Lisa Italian Foods

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2061 India St
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 234-4893
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Visit during any lunch hour and you’ll encounter people lining up for custom-made Italian sandwiches and subs. Fill up on proscuitto (domestic or imported), caprese, Genoa salami and other Italian cured deli meats on your choice of Italian bread or focaccia.

16. Giorgino's

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1237 28th St
San Diego, CA 92102
(619) 234-9141
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Those craving East Coast-style sandwiches only need to travel to Golden Hill for a meal. The menu features traditional cheesesteaks, chicken cheesesteaks, pork rolls and Italian subs. Order online for pickup or delivery, or visit the restaurant to soak in the retro cafe-like atmosphere.

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1. Moto Deli

1076 N Coast Hwy 101 #101, Encinitas, CA 92024
Turketta
Moto Deli/Facebook

Encinitas’ answer to the deli is this breezy spot specializing in chef-crafted sandwiches. At face value, each sandwich looks like something you’ll see at other delis but look closer and you’ll find house-smoked turkey, carefully caramelized onions or housemade spreads throughout the menu.

1076 N Coast Hwy 101 #101
Encinitas, CA 92024

2. Poor Boy Subs

13432 Poway Rd, Poway, CA 92064
Poor Boy Subs/Facebook

This locally owned and operated San Diego sandwich shop mini-chain (the other shop is in Pacific Beach) offers 28 different hot and cold offerings. While the menu is basic, you can taste the freshness in the bread with fillings like ham, salami, roast beef and/or bacon stuffed inside.

13432 Poway Rd
Poway, CA 92064

3. Supernatural Sandwiches

7094 Miramar Rd #122, San Diego, CA 92121
Aphrodite
SuperNatural Sandwiches/Facebook

Sammies take an Asian-infused seafood spin at this local chain with shops in Miramar and Little Italy. Popular go-to choices include the Aphrodite, a bacon-and-shrimp grilled cheese creation. Non-seafood offerings are good too, like the Minotaur featuring Korean BBQ steak. The Miramar location offers online ordering but call ahead or visit the Little Italy spot to place an order.

7094 Miramar Rd #122
San Diego, CA 92121

4. Mendocino Farms

8795 Villa La Jolla Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037
Mendocino Farms/Facebook

This sandwich shop got its start in Downtown Los Angeles but San Diegans can chow down on its chef-crafted sammies at five county-wide locations (Carlsbad, Del Mar, Downtown San Diego, La Jolla and Mission Valley). The Southern California-centric menus include Peruvian steak featuring Oaxacan cheese as well as a variety of soups and salads to round out your meal. Order ahead via Mendocino’s app, online or just call it in.

8795 Villa La Jolla Dr
La Jolla, CA 92037

5. Lit'l Pepper Gourmet

8911 Complex Dr # C, San Diego, CA 92123
Lil’ Pepper Gourmet/Facebook

This family-owned-and-operated sandwich shop has been a fixture in the Kearny Mesa area for the last 25 years and with good reason. From breakfast handhelds to gourmet sandwiches and vegetarian options, this shop’s extensive menu has something for everyone.

8911 Complex Dr # C
San Diego, CA 92123

6. K Sandwiches

7604 Linda Vista Rd, San Diego, CA 92111
K Sandwiches/Facebook

K Sandwiches’ temporary closure due to a fire in 2015 did nothing to slow down this popular Vietnamese shop. Banh mi sandwiches are the big draw but the shop is also known for breakfast sandwiches featuring their storemade croissants and French loaves. Egg rolls, salad rolls, rice and noodles dishes and fresh pastries round out the rest of the menu.

7604 Linda Vista Rd
San Diego, CA 92111

7. Board & Brew - Pacific Beach

4516 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109
Turkado
Board & Brew/Facebook

The original Del Mar location is still in operation but you can find Board & Brew locations throughout most of Southern California plus Tempe, Ariz. Specialty sandwiches are a good starting point, like the Turkado, a turkey and cheese sammie topped with avocado on sourdough bread. Order online for a quick pickup.

4516 Mission Blvd
San Diego, CA 92109

8. Sandwich Emporium

3054, 1\2 Clairemont Dr, San Diego, CA 92117
Sandwich Emporium/Facebook

Serving sandwiches since 1974, this small but mighty local chain serves an extensive menu of sandwiches. Order or call ahead at the Clairemont or Mira Mesa location for signature offerings stuffed with meatballs, roasted turkey, albacore tuna and more. Craving something different? Try the Pho Wich, a handheld inspired by a bowl of pho.

3054, 1\2 Clairemont Dr
San Diego, CA 92117

9. Grater Grilled Cheese

5618 Mission Center Rd #1002, San Diego, CA 92108
Grater Grilled Cheese Shop

Grilled cheese sandwiches headline the menu at this Mission Valley shop. Order from one of ten shop creations like the lobster grilled cheese or make your own custom sandwich with choice of bread, spread and add-ons like BBQ short ribs or Buffalo-fried chicken.

5618 Mission Center Rd #1002
San Diego, CA 92108

10. Cheba Hut Toasted Subs

6364 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92115
Cheba Hut/Facebook

If you haven’t guessed, cannabis is the theme of this sandwich shop but you don’t have to be toasted to appreciate their creations. Sandwiches come served on a choice of white, whole wheat or garlic herb bread. As for fillings, choose from BBQ roast beef, ham, turkey and vegetarian options. Visit the store or order online.

6364 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA 92115

11. Big Front Door

4075 Park Blvd #101, San Diego, CA 92103
Big Front Door/Facebook

This University Heights deli is a cozy spot for people watching and digging into a big sandwich. There’s a variety of handhelds to choose from spanning from cold creations like Lions of Fire featuring chili roast pork loin to hot sandwiches like Sonoran chicken.

4075 Park Blvd #101
San Diego, CA 92103

12. Ike's Place

1010 University Ave #101, San Diego, CA 92103
Ike’s Sandwiches/Facebook

Ike’s made its way from San Francisco to San Diego, and it’s a popular choice for those living near the Hillcrest, Point Loma and Downtown areas. If you haven’t been, study the menu as choices are daunting with 800+ sandwich variations including secret menu items to boot.

1010 University Ave #101
San Diego, CA 92103

13. Fatboy's Deli & Spirits

3050 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104
Fatboy’s Deli/Facebook

Sammies are big here like the Hot Poppa, a roll stuffed with turkey, pepper jack, cream cheese, jalapeños and Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. The not-so-adventurous can also make their own creations. If you have the extra time, place an order in person and peruse the cold cases while you wait because there are plenty of drink options to accompany your sandwich.

3050 University Ave
San Diego, CA 92104

14. Rubicon Deli Mission Hills

3715 India St, San Diego, CA 92103
Dom Pastrami

Come in for the freshly baked bread for your sandwich fix— options include blue cheese, Dutch crunch, garlic cheese, jalapeño jack, pesto, wheat or gluten-free French. Once the hard part of choosing your bread is over, the easy part is deciding the fillings like roast beef with au jus for the intensely meaty Dapper Dipper.

3715 India St
San Diego, CA 92103

15. Mona Lisa Italian Foods

2061 India St, San Diego, CA 92101

Visit during any lunch hour and you’ll encounter people lining up for custom-made Italian sandwiches and subs. Fill up on proscuitto (domestic or imported), caprese, Genoa salami and other Italian cured deli meats on your choice of Italian bread or focaccia.

2061 India St
San Diego, CA 92101

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16. Giorgino's

1237 28th St, San Diego, CA 92102
Giorgino’s/Facebook

Those craving East Coast-style sandwiches only need to travel to Golden Hill for a meal. The menu features traditional cheesesteaks, chicken cheesesteaks, pork rolls and Italian subs. Order online for pickup or delivery, or visit the restaurant to soak in the retro cafe-like atmosphere.

1237 28th St
San Diego, CA 92102

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