Sarah’s SideDish Sandwich Challenge

the greatest sandwich ever made

The screensaver – call it the great office identifier, a glowing signpost through which we express our off-hours fidelities and obsessions. Take a look around you. I’d bet cash money that your colleagues’ computers are awash with pictures of their spouses, their dogs, the view from the cabana on their last vacation, the upside-down view of the cabana boy from later that same day…

Me? I have a Hipstamatic picture of a sandwich.

The greatest sandwich ever made. A sandwich that made the normally reticent Zac Crain ask, “How do you not weigh 300 pounds?”

I’ve eaten this sandwich consistently since November 27, 1984 — the day I got my driver’s license. This is the sandwich that got me through the death of my grandmother and the 30-years-overdue purging of my childhood home. It lives only in Jacksonville, Florida. It’s called a Mozzarella Lubi. I miss it. A lot.

Here’s how it goes (and I really do suggest you sit down for this): atop a hot dog bun, layer mustard, mayo, seasoned ground beef, onions, hot peppers, sour cream, marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese. The result is then microwaved (mysteriously in aluminum foil) and served with a cherry limeade.

I don’t expect you to understand.

But young Master Crain’s comment got me thinking that, as a new Dallas resident, I need a new signature sandwich. So I’m opening up the comments line to suggestions. Come on, Dallas foodies – the sloppier the better! My near-Herculean metabolism and I will be the judge.


  • MCC

    Mrs. Baird’s bun, chopped brisket, BBQ sauce, but don’t drown it.

    Add pickles, onions and/or jalapenos depending on preference.

  • Droopydave

    Just go to Jimmy’s and work your way through the sandwiches ’till you find your favorite.

  • i have to admit this one keeps me coming back. kaluha cream sauce tastes like it sounds…but somehow it just works.

    Vickery Park
    Brisket Sandwich $9
    melt-in-your-mouth brisket with Kahlua® cream sauce & smoked cheese served on butter honey bread

  • Brad

    The “Cow Poke” @ PD Johnson’s

    cut the tomatoes, add ex. roast beef, enjoy!

  • since someone else broke the “chain” rule first and mentioned potbelly’s.

    “A Wreck” with the following modifactions: no ham, double turkey, with mushrooms, lettuce, tomato and ranch dressing.

    that’s a damn good sammy.

  • Samantha Shaddock

    I submit for your consideration: pickles and peanut butter on wheat bread. Holy eff, it’s delicious.

  • CJ

    The awesome cheeseburger at Nicky D’s in Crowley is worth the drive..from anywhere.

    Closer to home the melted gruyere, garlic, caramelized onion prime rib sandwich with french onion soup for dipping at Preston’s.

  • Liz Landry

    I like to keep it simple, because sandwiches are for me lunchtime only and I don’t want to need a nap. Central Market Pimento Cheese, you pick the bread. Side of jalepenos and bacon if you want to spice it up.

  • dallasboiler

    I agree with Droopydave … you can’t go wrong with the sandwiches at Jimmy’s. I love their Cuban sandwich with spicy mojo. Give it a try.

  • Karen

    Jimmy’s meat ball sub
    Jimmy’s cuban
    Corner Market toatsed pimento cheese (can’t remember the name)

    Both corner market and jimmy’s have amazing sandwiches!

  • Vic

    Highland Park Pharmacy, pimento cheese.

  • The Hero’s Club at Great American Hero on Lemmon is the Cream cheese, black olives, and cheese microwaved warm, then topped with turkey and ham and dressed with the works! The vinegar and spice blend, perfection! I’ve been eating this sammy since 1993 and it’s so awesome, I peed a little just writing about it. I get as excited as a terrier on adderol!

  • if we’re gonna talk tj’s, that no one has mentioned the ITALIAN STALLION is surprising. the best they have IMO.

  • sorry, i meant if we’re gonna talk JIMMYS.

  • I don’t have a good restaurant suggestion, but I will say nothing makes me happier than an Eggo Waffle PB&J. Creamy PB and Strawberry jam with Eggo waffles as the “bread”. Do yourself a favor and feed yourself that. thanks for the poll, dmag.

  • LJT

    Seriously, go with friends to Jimmy’s and each order something different. Then you can try many. Oh, I do heart Jimmy’s.

  • JLB

    Jimmy’s meatball sub = heaven on earth.

  • Valerie

    Chocolate Angel’s Some Like It Hot – a toasted (to the point the cheese is melting) pimento cheese with bacon that comes with a side of strawberry jam. YUM!
    Also, Houston’s french dip. It’s the only french dip I like besides my mom’s.

  • Tim Rogers

    Torta pastor, from a place called, simply, Tortas.

  • the_sneeb

    Bahn mi #1 from La Me, or pork panini at Lumi. Lobster Roll at Rex’s. While it ain’t a real cuban, I much prefer the cuban at Capitol Pub on Henderson to Jimmy’s sloppy mojo mess. It’s roast pork, bacon, swiss, pickles, mustard on a hoagie. Especially excellent on the porch with a Stone IPA.

  • the_sneeb

    also, love a good reuben from Kuby’s.

  • mlh

    Texadelphia. Cheesy, meaty goodness for you to try. Add whatever added to it(i love pepperoni) and drown it in the mustard blend sauce. It makes me want one now.

  • ooooh mustard blend…forgot about that. and texadelphia makes the best veggie…guac and melty layers of cheese…yummy…

  • JS

    aack — Texadelphia? Fuhgeddaboudit. Jimmy’s OTOH, is sandwich nirvana.

  • Twinwillow

    I’ve gotta stay out of this one only because I can still remember my last hot pastrami on rye from Katz’s.

  • Steven Doyle

    sneeb is genius. Bahn mi with extra pate for me.

  • bob

    italian stallion at either of these 2 fine establishments…..Jimmys in Dallas or at NYPD Deli in euless. They both do it a little different, but both are the best. Perfect world would be a half from both.

  • Amy S

    The pickle and cheese, I mean cornichon and brie sandwich at Rise.

  • Marcus

    Hot On Turkey @ State and Allen
    Italian Stallion @ Jimmy’s
    Cuban @ Jimmy’s
    Cuban @ Caribbean Cafe
    Italian Combo @ Jersey Joes
    Big Joe @ Jersey Joes
    Pesto Chicken Panini @ Campana
    Meatball @ Jimmy’s
    Grilled chicken sandwich with buffalo sauce & ranch @ Angry Dog

    And I’m going to get roasted for this:
    Amy’s Turkey O – Jason’s Deli

  • Marcus

    Err – the first one should be:

    Hot off the grill chicken @ State and Allen

  • Wade

    Ceros Heros in Grapevine. Spicy International is the best and the meatball is pretty good too.

  • acrow

    Steak Tartar at Kuby’s

  • kYle

    Either the Meatball or Special Poboy at Big Easy.

  • DGirl

    I’m a food snob to the core but, God help me, I love me some Roly Poly.

    My favorite (and the People’s Choice winner) is #30 – Basil Cashew Chicken: basil chicken salad, cashews, spicy Thai (Sriracha-type) sauce, green leaf lettuce, plum tomato, avocado, alfalfa sprouts.

  • eatouttomuch

    The cheese steak at Jersey Mikes.

  • Zach

    I cannot believe it has not been mentioned… Obviously the best sandwich in town, bar none, is the Ribeye Steak Sandwich w/ Havarti cheese @ Capital Grille. Its amazing, unbeatable, and if you don’t fork over the 18$ for it then not only are you doing yourself a disservice, but you are missing out on possibly the greatest sandwich ever assembled.

  • Bambi

    There is a place in Irving near where I grew up. Captain Nemo’s! It has been open since 1976. They bake all the bread and the Burger
    Sub is my fav. As adults, thirty something years later, when the old gang will gets together we always end up there.

  • Steven F

    I second Capt. Nemos in Irving. Amazing subs!

    Also a huge fan of the Godfather sandwich at Coal Vines–huge sandwich with breaded chicken cutlet with fresh mozerella dressed and served on this amazing bun that I think Is made with semolina flour and served with amazing fries that have fried garlic chips, fried Rosemary and fried basil tossed with the fries. The presentation is unforgettable!

    Also love all the sanwiches at Antoines on Harry Hines.

  • Twinwillow

    Oh yeah, Antoines on Harry Hines. Almost forgot about them. The tuna sub with their unique Chow Chow relish.
    A real winner!

  • Steven F

    Tried that Tuna sub at Antoines for the first time last week. Tasted good, but kept tasting it for the rest of the day. 🙁