What makes a great sandwich? Is it the bread, the condiments, the meat, or maybe the atmosphere in which you’re eating in? We happen to think it’s a combination of all those things and more. We’ve been on the hunt for the perfect sandwich for a long time and think that Tulsa has some unique and really incredible local spots offering some of the best sandwiches we’ve ever had. We wanted to put together a lineup of local restaurants you can add to your list of “lunch spots I need to try” and might even land a permanent spot on your “all-time favorites” list – you can thank us later!
However, we don’t think our hunt is over. We’re always on the lookout for a great sandwich spot. If you have a Tulsa favorite, let us know in the form below. We’d love to check it out.
At Trencher’s, almost everything you see on the menu is made in house. They roast and smoke deli meats and make fresh bread, pastries, and desserts. Even condiments, like grain mustard and avocado mayonnaise, are also made fresh. A lot of care is taken with each sandwich such as the Dutch Crunch that features rice flour dusted on the surface of the bread, making a soft, textural “crunch” when eaten or take the Carne Vinha d’Alho (wine braised pork shoulder), that’s served with grain mustard and house-made Italian bread. We can’t decide which is our favorite sandwich at Trencher’s, but we promise that you’ll be happy with anything you order from their menu. Heads up: They do have a long line just about every day during lunch, but they are pretty quick about getting through it and you can almost always find a spot to sit by the time you order. 2602 S Harvard Ave, Tulsa, OK 74114
You’ll find Jane’s Delicatessan on the Historical Route 66 serving up a mix of Jewish, German, and French-Canadian inspired dishes. All of their meat is cured and cooked in house daily, along with their bread and bagels. They have over 20 different sandwiches on their menu to try. We’ve been working our way through the menu and must say The Chas (pictured above) is pretty spot-on, the addition of the apple butter and garlic aioli bring this roasted turkey sandwich to the next level. We also love that you can get traditional sides like latkes, pierogies, spätzel, and tsimmes. 2626 E 11th St, Tulsa, OK 74104
Lassalle’s New Orleans Deli
What began as a “let’s-see-how-it-goes” restaurant adventure has evolved into a local favorite lunch spot in downtown Tulsa. Owners Chris and Amanda West were both born and raised in Metairie, a significant section of the New Orleans Metro area. So they know NOLA food. The recipes and dishes they serve are a combined heritage passed down from both sides of Chris and Amanda’s respective families including Gumbo, Po Boys, Muffalettas, and Jambalaya. They ship their bread fresh and directly from where it’s baked in New Orleans – it’s just impossible to find anything like it anywhere else in Tulsa. We suggest trying their Soft Shell Crab Po Boy special on Tuesdays, it’s spectacular. 15 W 5th St, Tulsa, OK 74103
Lambrusco’z To Go
Lambrusco’s Deli is a Tulsa classic, they’ve been on Brookside since 1985 serving freshly made sandwiches, salads, cookies, and other favorites that one-up the average deli. “To-go” is in their name because they have SO many pre-made to-go options in their market including dips, casseroles, and sides. It’s a great place to grab lunch and then get something to pop in the oven for dinner later. If you haven’t already, you should try their Reuben sandwich – we’re pretty sure there’s something addictive they must put in the house-made Reuben sauce! 1344 E 41st St, Tulsa, OK 74105
Queenie’s Cafe, a Utica Square staple since 1983, has unique daily specials posted on their chalkboard, however, you can always count on their famous Chicken Salad Sandwich or selection of Grilled Cheeses to happily fill your belly. This local spot could easily be described as a cross between a tea room and a deli. Whether you’re there for breakfast, lunch or to grab something to-go, the staff is always pleasant and prompt. We must also mention, it’s just as good of a reason to check out Queenie’s not only for their sandwiches but also for their dessert. Everything is made in house, from scratch daily and their Key Lime Pie is too good to pass up. 1834 Utica SqTulsa, Oklahoma
Missing one of your favorites?
These are just some of our personal favorites around town! Think you’ve got a spot that belongs on this list? We’d love to check it out. Simply fill out the form below with your recommendation.