Best Sandwich

Salvato's Café

The sign outside reads, "World's Best Sandwich." That may be a stretch -- we've heard tell of a cozy bistro on the Champs Elysée that's pretty hot. But as far as St. Louis goes, Salvato's Café has, by far, the best of all possible sandwiches.

Corned beef. Pastrami. Chicken salad. Salmon, either fillet or lox. You name it, Salvato's has got stuffings that put its competitors to shame. Plus, they sell beer.

Forget about lifeless iceberg or tough romaine. Salvato's features honest-to-goodness field greens. That's just one thing that sets Salvato's apart. Mayonnaise and mustard -- yellow, brown or Dijon -- come on the side, so you don't have to worry about your sandwich getting soggy if you can't eat it right away. And you may have trouble finishing a Salvato's sandwich in one sitting. Topping out at $7.45 for the monstrous Delmar -- which features corned beef, pastrami, roast beef, ham, turkey, Genoa salami, cheddar, Swiss, lettuce and tomato between two slices of rye -- these sandwiches are huge. The counterperson will ask if you want small, medium or large. Unless you haven't eaten in a week, don't go for anything above medium.

Each sandwich is served with your choice of potato chips (regular or barbecue) or a banana, plus a dill spear or a pepperoncini. To-go orders come in a classy brown cardboard box, but the décor, which includes a richly finished wooden bar and original artwork, makes a leisurely lunch a pleasure.

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