Craziest Sandwiches in Austin, Texas


At first glance you'd think Austin, Texas is really more of a taco town. It is; but this city loves a good sandwich too. As a foodies' paradise, we certainly have our fair share of unique flavors and self-styled sandwich artistes around the city. But when it comes to sandwich insanity, these are your best bet for some full-frontal taste bud assault.

A Sandwich That Talks Back?
Nobody wants any guff from their sandwich, do they? Usually the answer is no. However, if you're at The Liberty and feeling adventurous (or at least buzzed enough for some adventure), you may want to give East Side King the old college try. Their surprisingly succulent beef tongue sandwich is far from ordinary and stuffed full of Texas-sized flavor. Plus, they're located inside the bar's courtyard for maximum convenience.

Donut Sandwich, Anyone
Some of us, not naming any names, subscribe to the notion that a sandwich should always be on some type of bread. However, with its thick, doughy-yeasty texture, the folks at Gourdough's have a different opinion. They've created a wealth of sandwich and burger tastes based upon that fried life preserver of yeast and fat, including the Succulent Cock, which remains a Buffalo and Blue Cheese flavored donut-wich masterpiece.

Not Your Grandma's Grilled Cheese
While not entirely crazy, local eatery Burro Cheese Kitchen (try saying that three times fast) serves up a mouthwatering, high-caloric grilled cheese which is worlds away from the one grandma used to make. Named the "Waylon & Willie" – after country heroes Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson – the mobile hoagie maestros stuff their sourdough with caramelized onions, aged cheddar, gouda, pepperoncinis, and spicy maple bacon.

Banh Mi? No Banh You.
Looking to give your sandwich hunt an Asian flavor? Pho Thaison serves up some of the most mellifluous fusions of bread and fresh ingredients. Their Banh Mi sandwiches come in a variety of different styles, but try the fried egg or lemongrass chicken pork and chicken combo for maximum deliciousness. The meat or tofu – which vegetarians will appreciate – is wedged between two spicy mayo-slathered pieces French bread and packed full of carrots, cucumbers, cilantro, and jalapenos.

Deep Fried What?
Anyone who tells you Texans don't love just about anything submerged in oil and flash fried doesn't know the state. Wedged into a bright red truck – one which calls you out – Hey...You Gonna Eat Or What? slings a unique gut bomb, the Shiner Monte Cristo. Battered in Central Texas favorite Shiner Bock, this sammy consists of pit-smoked ham, turkey, cheddar, and provolone cheeses, and is buttered with a cherry and fig jelly. A mug of beer and antacids are recommended as an aperitif.

Andy L. Kubai is a freelance writer and transplanted Austinite who's been exploring the internal and external wonders of his new home for the last 5 years. Find out more about Andy on his website.

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