Croque Madame at Andre’s Bistro & Bar
Leave it to the French to improve upon the ham and cheese sandwich. This brunch-only offering is a classic French treat, a ham sandwich gooey with Gruyère and béchamel and finished with a fried egg. Oui oui, indeed! $14, 6115 S. Fort Apache Road, #112, 702-798-7151.
The Moroccan at Baguette Café
Best-known for family-style French food, they’ll take your mouth to Northern Africa with this grilled panini featuring goat cheese, roasted red peppers and African spice aioli. Get it with eggplant; you won’t miss the meat. $8, 8359 W. Sunset Road, 702-269-4781.
Roasted Chicken French Dip at Bardot Brasserie
Roasted chicken, mushroom bread pudding and haricots verts (green beans) intermingled with nutty Gruyère on a toasted French baguette. The coup de grâce? An accompanying vin jaune (yellow wine) au jus for dipping. $22, Aria, 702-590-7757.
Suckling Pig Sandwich at Bazaar Meat
The Bar Centro menu at José Andrés’ temple of deliciousness is full of treasures, but this melt-in-your-mouth masterpiece is the one you can’t miss—crisp pan de cristal layered with tender, crispy-skinned pork, caramelized onions and honey mustard. $10, SLS, 702-761-7610.
Jamón Ibérico Bocata Roll at Boqueria Street
The simple combination of rich Jamon ibérico, olive oil and tomatoes atop warm butter-crusted bread delivers contrasting temperatures and textures. Plus, a peek at Spain through a food truck window. $14, boqueriastreet.com.
Torta Ahogada at Border Grill
The Guadalajaran sandwich staple gets the royal treatment, with decadent Kurobuta pork cheeks awash in consomé de guajillo for spicy, savory bliss. Pickled jalapeños and cilantro-radish salad cut through the richness. $19, Mandalay Bay, 702-632-7403.
The LGBTQ at Bronze Café
At the end of the BLT rainbow is the LGBTQ. The anagram works by swapping lettuce for lemon vinaigrette and adding “q-cumber” and greens. Bronze then doubles down on the protein with its smother-worthy bacon jam. Equality has never tasted so good. $10, 611 Fremont St., 702-586-3401.
Smashed Meatball Sub at Buddy V’s
Discovering one of the city’s best meatball sandwiches at the TV Cake Boss’ Strip eatery might come as a surprise, but homey Italian-American classics are what this place is all about. The magnificent marinara makes all the difference. $16, Palazzo, 702-607-2355.
Pastrami at Canter’s
Don’t let the price tag dissuade you: The signature sandwich at this LA deli import is big enough to share, stacked to the sky with tender and warm shaved lean meat. Or skip breakfast and eat the whole thing yourself. We have. $17; Tivoli Village, 702-444-0407; Linq Promenade, 702-754.4400.
Grilled Italian at Capriotti’s
The Bobbie and Capistrami get so much (deserved) love, but this one tends to slip under the radar. Italian subs are a dime a dozen, but not Cap’s, which heats up its genoa salami, capicola, proscuittini (peppered ham) and provolone. Pro tip: Add hot peppers and grilled onions. $8 for 9-inch, multiple locations, capriottis.com.
Sandwich Cubano at Cuba Café
Roasted pig is the star of this island staple packed with two types of juicy meat (pork and ham), cheese, mustard and pickles and pressed on traditional Cuban bread. You can’t get any better, unless you trek to Cuba yourself. $8, 2055 E. Tropicana Ave. #1, 702-795-7070
The French at Cured & Whey
Parisian ham, green apple slices and Brie layered on a Dijon mustard-slathered French baguette and drizzled with balsamic. High-quality ingredients make this one a must. $10, 6265 S. Valley View Blvd. #K, 702-429-3617.
Fairfax at Eggslut
Believe the hype and get in line. (It moves fast. Really.). The scrumptious soft-scrambled egg at the center of this delight—which also features cheddar cheese, sriracha mayo and, if you’re thinking clearly, bacon for $3 more—combines with a perfect brioche bun to form the best breakfast sandwich EVER. $9, the Cosmopolitan, 702-698-2344.
Crystal Fried Shrimp Po-Boy at Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House
Emeril’s been bringing New Orleans to Vegas for decades, and you can taste it in every crispy bite of this iconic po’ boy—plump shrimp with a spicy coating on a perfectly fluffy roll with lettuce, tomato and pickles. $16, MGM Grand, 702-891-7374.
Cold Brown at The Goodwich
A variant on a classic—the Hot Brown, served at Louisville, Kentucky’s Brown Hotel—the Cold Brown combines house-brined turkey, bacon, roasted tomato, Gruyère fondue and parsley into a savory marvel. A tip: Go with marble rye. $10, 900 Las Vegas Blvd. S. #120, 702-910-8681.
Dublin Corned Beef Brisket at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill
The opening of Hell’s Kitchen might have overshadowed the four fantastic sandwiches at Ramsay’s other Caesars Palace restaurant, but you should still try them all. Our favorite is this flavor bomb stacked on rye with Gruyère, sauerkraut, Russian dressing and pickled onions. $21, Caesars Palace, 702-731-7410.
Porchetta at Karved
This new eastside favorite is all about rotisserie meats, and the kitchen is making sandwich magic with its free-range pork loin wrapped in crispy pork belly and dropped on a baguette with lemon-herb sauce and arugula. It’s tough to beat. $12, 3957 S. Maryland Parkway, 702-452-0275.
Pho Dipped Banh Mi at Le Pho
Combining a tasty banh mi—beef brisket, bean sprouts, red onion, basil, jalapeño, pickled daikon and carrots, hoisin and Sriracha on a baguette—with a generous side of pho broth for dipping is a stroke of genius. $12, 353 E. Bonneville Ave. #115, 702-382-0209.
Adobada Torta at Phat Phrank’s
One bite of this Mexican miracle—seasoned and braised pork, cheese, cabbage, lettuce, tomato, onion, cilantro and Phrank’s addictive “secret sauce,” set between toasted slices of bread—and you’ll start dreaming about your next visit. $7, 4850 W. Sunset Road, 702-647-6528.
#32 at Pop’s Philly Steaks
Some say it’s the best cheesesteak outside of Philly—meat, cheese (we go provolone or Whiz), grilled mushrooms, onions and peppers. It’ll save you a trip back East. $11, 501 S. Decatur Blvd., 702-878-6444.
Nord at Rosallie Le French Café
French for “north,” this smoked salmon stunner feels light yet satisfying. Available on a sourdough roll (our fave) or a croissant, the healthy French treat comes with cucumber, sweet onions, capers and caper sauce. $10, 6090 S. Rainbow Blvd., 702-998-4121.
Texas Melt Sandwich at Sin City Smokers
This one’s heavy-duty: slabs of Angus beef brisket layered with roasted red peppers, grilled onions, tangy sauce and generous amounts of melted pepperjack, piled on thick-cut Texas toast. Cancel your afternoon plans and dig in. $10, 2861 N. Green Valley Parkway, 702-823-5605.
Mac Attack at Tups Specialty Sandwiches
Here are things that are delicious: Mac and cheese. Bacon. Honey ham. Tomato. American and cheddar cheese. Freshly baked bread. Put them all together and you’ve got a sammie that demands repeat installments. $10, 2381 E. Windmill Lane #24, 702-776-8828.
Truffle Croissant Sandwich at Vesta Coffee Roasters
Dig into a richly seasoned “everything” croissant topped with an over-easy egg, lots of cheddar and a ladle of truffle-Parmesan gravy. It’s too good to confine this one solely to breakfast. Luckily, Vesta serves it all day. $7, 1114 S. Casino Center Blvd. #1, 702-685-1777.
Chicago Style Italian Beef at Windy City Beefs ’N Dogs
Seasoned Italian beef slices are nestled in Italian bread, garnished with giardiniera (a spicy mix of pickled vegetables) and finished with a hearty, beefy gravy. It’s a gloriously delicious mess—and a proper ode to the Windy City. $8; 9711 S. Eastern Ave., 702-388-4300; 7500 W. Lake Mead Blvd #10., 702-410-5016.