Gazedibles: Sliced bread

Just a sandwich? Is the Eiffel Tower just a stack of metal? Is heart surgery just a medical procedure? Of course not! As such, it is wholly unfair to malign the delightful marriage of sliced bread, condiments and fillings as just a sandwich. Whether it’s peanut butter and jelly, a Reuben stacked high with pastrami, fresh sauerkraut and spicy mustard or some wholly original concoction, the only time it’s okay to say “just” in connection with a sandwich is, “Just trust me. A sandwich is what we need.” Here are a few places where you can find great ones.

The Torpedo at Neptune Submarine Sandwiches (Gazette / file)

The Torpedo at Neptune Submarine Sandwiches (Gazette / file)

Neptune Submarine Sandwiches

3301 N. Classen Blvd.

neptunesubsokc.com

405-525-0414

Neptune was the Roman god of the sea, but that wasn’t all. Much like the busy era of today, ancient Roman gods multitasked. Neptune also was in charge of horses and earthquakes, so as far as Roman gods of Oklahoma go, two out of three ain’t bad. Worshipping him is easiest at his Oklahoma City altar, Neptune Submarine Sandwiches, where the pillowy bread tastes as if it was touched by his divine hand. Order a Supreme Sub if you’re feeling particularly powerful.

Grilled cheese at Belle Kitchen (Garett Fisbeck)

Grilled cheese at Belle Kitchen (Garett Fisbeck)

Belle Kitchen

7509 N. May Ave.

belle-kitchen.com

405-430-5484

Belle Kitchen is known mostly for sweets, including doughnuts and delicate macarons. And while macarons are kind of like sandwiches, with layers of filling surrounded by crispy, chewy meringue cookies, they’re not nearly as filling as the restaurant’s delectable Cuban sandwich or a grilled cheese made with brioche. Its breakfast sandwich with bacon, eggs and arugula inside a freshly baked roll also is satisfying. While you’re there, you should probably grab some macarons for later.

Turkey sandwich at Someplace Else A Deli & Bakery (Garett Fisbeck)

Turkey sandwich at Someplace Else A Deli & Bakery (Garett Fisbeck)

Someplace Else A Deli & Bakery

2310 N. Western Ave.

405-524-0887

After customers find their way to Someplace Else A Deli & Bakery, they often won’t go anywhere else in Oklahoma City for a sandwich. The deli is beloved for its freshly baked cookies, but the venue is busiest at lunch as hungry diners queue up for fresh rolls stuffed with avocado and cream cheese, chicken salad on rye or hot Polish sausage with sauerkraut and spicy mustard. Vegetarians, pescatarians and omnivores alike will find plenty of options at Someplace Else.

Old-Fashioned Sandwich and tea at Kamp's 1910 Cafe (Garett Fisbeck)

Old-Fashioned Sandwich and tea at Kamp’s 1910 Cafe (Garett Fisbeck)

Kamp’s 1910 Cafe

10 NE 10th St.

kamps1910cafe.net

405-230-1910

Not only does the train trap commuters as it rumbles past Kamp’s 1910 Cafe in the mornings, but it is immortalized on the Kamp’s menu. Boxcar Burrito and Biscuits and Gravy Derailed are filling morning fare while Stuck at the Train (chicken breast on a ciabatta bun), Pacific Railcar (turkey, avocado and tomato chutney) or a Wrong Side of the Tracks Reuben (pastrami, sauerkraut and cheese on rye bread) will fill you up.

Philly cheesesteak hogie at Hobby's Hogie's (Garett Fisbeck / file)

Philly cheesesteak hogie at Hobby’s Hogie’s (Garett Fisbeck / file)

Hobby’s Hoagies

222 S. Santa Fe Ave., Edmond

hobbyshoagies.com

405-348-2214

George Hobson, the Hobby of Hobby’s Hoagies, once told me he was from Delaware. So I’m not sure how his restaurants make such amazing Philly cheesesteak sandwiches. With a blend of juicy chopped steak, sweet onions, melted cheese and special hoagie peppers on a fresh roll, his cheesesteak guarantees several “oh, wow” bites in every sub.

<em>Bánh mì</em> at Lang's Bakery (Garett Fisbeck / file)

Bánh mì at Lang’s Bakery (Garett Fisbeck / file)

Lang’s Bakery

2524 N. Military Ave.

405-528-5141

Bring cash to Lang’s Bakery or you can forget taking home one of the best bánh mì sandwiches in the metro. If you’ve never tried one of these Vietnamese sandwiches, now’s the time. Crispy, crusty baguettes are cut lengthwise down the middle to make room for pickled carrots, fresh cilantro and spicy sliced jalapeños with your choice of filling. Charbroiled pork and chicken sandwiches are popular, but the best on the menu is bò kho, a baguette stuffed with stewed beef and carrots.

The Tuscon at Bison Witches Bar & Deli (Garett Fisbeck)

The Tuscon at Bison Witches Bar & Deli (Garett Fisbeck)

Bison Witches Bar & Deli

211 E. Main St., Norman

bisonwitchesok.com

405-364-7555

It doesn’t take witchcraft to make most of us crave a delicious sandwich, but Bison Witches doesn’t take any chances. The restaurant’s mages/staff cast a spell of humor with funny menu names (like Slamwich or Miss Priss ) before enchanting hungry diners with delicious combinations including turkey breast, avocado, bacon, cream cheese and alfalfa sprouts on the Green Turkey. Finally, diners are in their thrall with sides of baked potato salad. It’s magically delicious.

Greg is the Gazette's full-time food writer and reviewer. He goes to restaurants a lot. He orders three entrees and gets funny looks and then takes out his camera and people are like, "Ugh. This guy." Greg is writing this right now and it feels weird to keep referring to myself in the third person. On Twitter and Instagram: @Elwelleats

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