A sandwich is anything you want it to be—but is often best treated and appreciated as a work of art. Endless combinations of thoughtfully chosen ingredients can transform a chicken-and-cheese meal with bread ends into a savory and sweet bite of brilliance. The accompanying—or featured—soup of choice should not only warm the tummy, but tantalize the taste buds.
Here are five Valley restaurants where one can experience superior soups and sandwiches:
Kelly’s at Southbridge
Old Town Scottsdale’s Kelly’s at Southbridge showcases an upscale take on pub food, with sandwiches like the Gas Lamp chicken sandwich with cherry-pepper slaw, white cheddar and grilled zucchini and squash, or the Tea Sandwich with house-cured salmon, mascarpone spread and cucumber salad.
Pig & Pickle
The BLT at Pig & Pickle is far from average with pork belly, beefsteak tomato and mixed greens on tomato sourdough coated with pesto. The smoked pot roast with caramelized onion, Havarti and creamed horseradish, or “the Nancy” with Brie, avocado, tomato and shaved red onion on garlic-rubbed bread, will lead diners to forget they’re eating a sandwich at all.
A daily market sandwich at central Phoenix’s Pane Bianco keeps the small-but-loved menu ever-changing. The staple options include a mozzarella and tomato sandwich, Ridgeview Farm chicken salad, and soppressata (dry salami) with caramelized onions and aged provolone.
Grassroots Kitchen & Tap
For a stomach-warmer, try the soup of the day at Grassroots Kitchen & Tap (locations in Scottsdale and Phoenix). Wednesday’s gumbo, Friday’s lobster bisque, and two variations of chili on Thursday (smoked pork) and Saturday (sirloin-black bean) are some of the heartier options offered. Sandwiches such as the shrimp po’ boy or smoked brisket pair quite well.
Gadzooks Enchiladas & Soups
Start simple and dress it up at this corner enchilada haven, Gadzooks. Choose from tacos, a salad, enchiladas or tortilla soup, and then pile it with a lengthy list of ingredient options. Four salsa flavors, red and green sauce, cheese, slaw and onions can be added in any combination atop a hearty bowl of tortilla soup.