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The West's Best Sandwiches

Take a bite out of these reader favorites.

Smoked oyster sandwich at Timmy’s Brown Bag
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Photo: David H. Collier
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The smoked oyster sandwich tempts at Timmy’s Brown Bag.

Timmy’s Brown Bag shines as a beacon of culinary creativity in Placerville, Calif. You’ll never taste anything like the smoked oyster and pepper bacon sandwich with pickles, arugula, and house-made mayo on brioche. Add a side of smoked-paprika limeade crinkle fries, and every other sandwich shop will pale in comparison.” —Belinda Breyer

“There is a reason Morucci’s in Walnut Creek, Calif., has a line out the door: its signature No. 6 1⁄2 sandwich (prosciutto with tomato and mozzarella). My personal favorite is the No. 15 (cheese, avocado, and sprouts). If you want to beat the crowd, go before 11:30 a.m. or after 2 p.m.” —Lauren McCabe Herpich

The Carneros Deli found in Sonoma, Calif., is a local gem. Great deli menu, really good beer and wine selection, wine country setting, patio dining, and a friendly staff. The Reuben is off the hook: On a scale of 1 to 10, it’s a 20.” —Donald Barnett

“It’s almost impossible to name just one item on the menu as the best at Mother Lode Market and Deli in Jackson, Calif., but you might want to start with the turkey sandwich. Mother Lode roasts its own turkey breast, slices it, and slathers your choice of bread with the creamiest and most delicious pesto mayonnaise I’ve ever tasted.” —Bonnie Denisar

The San Benito House Deli in Half Moon Bay, Calif., serves fresh, straightforward sandwiches on house-baked breads, plus there’s a relaxing deck for people-watching on Main Street. Your hardest decision might be French, wheat, or olive-walnut bread.” —Mark Yogi

The Special Italian at Tony’s Italian Delicatessen, picture
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The Special Italian at Tony’s Italian Delicatessen in Phoenix.

Tony’s Italian Delicatessen in Phoenix lists its daily sandwich specials on a chalkboard. The Special Italian is the greatest Italian sub I’ve ever tasted, and I used to live in Philadelphia.” —David Horn

“The quality and freshness of the ample portions at Feldman’s Deli in Salt Lake City will satisfy the fussiest and hungriest diners. The pastrami and corned beef are moist and tender.” —Paul Maxwell

This article was first published in Summer 2018. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.