They can be hot or cold, served for breakfast, lunch or dinner; gather anything and put it between two pieces of bread and there you have a sandwich. With hundreds of options and endless possibilities, these local sandwiches are the tip-top of the iceberg for this prized food group.
Panuozzo or “pizza sandwich” originates from the Campania region of Italy, and now you can get one here in Corpus Christi. The Porchetta Panuozzo consists of slow-cooked pork belly, fresh fior di latte, fire-roasted red bell peppers, sliced tomatoes, spring mix, olive oil and Parmigiano Reggiano. The panuozzo is cooked in the piping hot brick oven and is a hidden gem menu item at Odi’s. 6313 Wooldridge Rd.
The Texas Wave sandwich at Hester’s is a local favorite: Sliced ciabatta slathered with chipotle mayo and mashed avocado encloses thick-cut roasted turkey, barely melted provolone and fresh tomato and lettuce. The chips are excellent on the side, but the superior choice here is the house salad with zippy balsamic dressing. Locations: 3812 S. Alameda St. | 1714 S. Alameda St.
Beer Can Chicken Salad Sandwich
The beer can chicken from Central Kitchen has smoky, spicy, savory and tangy flavors, all of which combined easily make this chicken salad sandwich a top contender. Tender, dry-rubbed chicken is mixed with finely diced red onion, carrot and jalapeno, seasoned with lime and bound together with house-made smoky aioli. As for the bread, take your pick of freshly baked sourdough, focaccia, artisan baguette, pain de mie, buttery brioche or a croissant. 320 LomaX St. Suite C
There aren’t many places in town offering a proper cheese steak, but Yo Philly is one of the best. Thinly sliced beef and onions are grilled and topped with not just one, but three cheeses: American, provolone and perhaps the most imperative for a classic cheese steak, Cheese Whiz. It’s all sandwiched between a toasted sub bun and is perfect as is, but even better with a side of Philly fries. 3314 Surfside Blvd.
The club sandwich at Citrus Bay Bistro has it all and is a great option for a lunch hour meal downtown. Bacon, smoked turkey, Black Forest ham, provolone, lettuce, tomato, onion and pickles are stacked between toasted sourdough. A perfect club sandwich, with a subtle variation from the norm in the form of smoky chipotle mayo. 500 N. Shoreline Blvd. #108