Throughout the last couple of years in particular, we’ve seen the once-humble sandwich elevated to some truly remarkable places in Manchester, gargantuan creations that continuously push the boundaries of what can be done with two slices of bread as the simplest of starting points.

It’s a special kind of food, one that’s part of our daily routines from the moment we can carry a lunchbox. A blank canvas and an opportunity to be as creative as your culinary imagination can muster up. You know what, give me a proper sandwich over a high-end, sit-down meal any day.

In celebration of the butty, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite places in Manchester to grab one. From banh mi and bagels to hoagies and sky-high stacks—get stuck in.

Katsouris Deli

Katsouris’ colossal ciabattas are the stuff of legend among Mancunians in the know, from traditional club sandwiches to more adventurous forays like the Lamb Siciliana, it’s no accident that this Greek-inspired deli has been feeding hungry Mancunians for more than ten years along Deansgate.

Be warned, if you’re stopping by at lunchtime it gets BUSY, so we recommend ordering ahead and collecting.

113 Deansgate, Manchester M3 2BQ
Another Hand

From the team behind the immensely popular lockdown triumph 3 Hands Deli—who became famed for their frankly ridiculous toasted sandwich creations during those trying couple of years—is Another Hand, a spot with a particular focus on ethically-sourced British, seasonal produce.

We were chuffed for the guys when we discovered they’d be growing that business into a sit-down restaurant space, we were even more chuffed when we found out the toasties would become a permanent fixture on the new menu.

 

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Unit F, 253 Deansgate, Manchester M3 4EN
Northern Soul

A proper local success story, Northern Soul have been serving up the most insane interpretations of cheese toasties imaginable for what seems like forever now, and long may that continue.

All their creations begin with The Soul—a secret three-cheese blend on golden toasted sourdough—before veering off into progressively more stacked sandwiches like The Pig on a Lead, which adds nine-hour BBQ pulled pork, or the Salt & Pepper Fried Chicken, which adds lashing of chicken, onion, spring onions and spicy mayo.

 

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Unit G20-21 Smithfield Building, Tib St, Manchester, M4 1LA / Unit 10-11 Church Street, Manchester, M4 1PN
Fat Pats's

Self-proclaimed purveyors of exquisite sandwiches—and who are we to argue—Fat Pat’s now serve their magical sub creations out of a window on Portland Street, proper old school and we absolutely love it.

All subs come in an 8″ milk roll that the team bake fresh every morning and guests can choose between tantalising drops like a traditional Philly Cheesesteak, Double Meatball Parm, Eggplant Muffuletta and the big crowd-pleaser; the Hot Honey Fried Chicken.

 

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88 Portland St, Manchester M1 4GX
Kong's Chicken Shop

The guys at Kong’s have quickly risen through the ranks to become one of Manchester’s favourite fried chicken spots, and they’ve recently opened a dedicated sandwich spin-off at Hatch that puts an NYC deli twist on the menu that’s made them such an instant hit.

103 Oxford Rd, Manchester M1 7ED
Batch Bottlestore & Deli

This time we head a little further afield, over in Altrincham’s flourishing food and drink hotspot King’s Court. Along with one of the most in-depth collections of craft beer and natural wine you could possibly need, Batch’s deli menu features an array of classic stacks, from Reubens and steak sarnies, to veggie-friendly alternatives like the fried potato patty and chutney trio.

6, Kings Court, Railway St, Altrincham WA14 2RD
Mira

Through a string of wildly successful pop-ups, the hype surrounding Mira has been huge and plenty justified.

The ‘Cuzzetiello’ forms the basis of Mira’s offering, a cult street food on the streets of Napoli. Basically, it’s a sandwich inspired by tearing the end off a load of fresh bread and scooping up a healthy lump of home-cooked ragú fresh from the stove. The team are now operating out of the rotating kitchen at Ancoats General Store, so head down and fill your boots.

 

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57 Great Ancoats Street, corner of Blossom Street, Manchester M4 5AB
Rustica

Another one steeped in Mancunian folklore, this no-nonsense butty shop is as much a part of NQ history as any of the famous music venues and bars.

Whether it’s a hearty breakfast barm capable of soothing any morning after the night before, or the award-winning Milano (chicken, bacon, pesto garlic and mayo), Rustica is a true staple of the city and we implore you to visit whenever, and every time you get the chance.

1 Hilton St, Manchester M4 1LP
Pho Cue

Pho Cue’s glorious Banh Mi’s are comfortably one of our favourite lunchtime treats in Manchester, and given the rate at which they sell out, it seems we’re not alone on that one.

Sumptuously fresh and crammed with impossible amounts of flavour, visitors can pick from char siu, beef, chicken, tofu or crispy king prawns. If you do manage to grab one, get a katsu curry sauce for dipping too, just trust us.

 

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52a Faulkner St, Manchester M1 4FH
Breadflower

Another heartwarming Manc success story, Breadflower brings together the baking expertise of Maya Black and Scarlett Jamieson’s unrivalled eye for floral design.

On the baking side of things, Breadflower now boasts a bagel shop within Ducie Street Warehouse, where visitors can pick up fresh bakes to take home, or choose from a bespoke menu of bagel sandwiches that includes the Smoked salmon with caper and dill schmear, Pastrami with mustard and picked schmear and fresh rocket, and the Rainbow veggie bagel with beef tomato, avocado, cucumber and beetroot schmear.

 

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Ducie St, Manchester M1 2TP
A Taste of Honey

A delightfully old school deli that puts a major focus on locally-sourced produce, A Taste of Honey can be found along Didsbury’s thriving Burton Road, serving up a constantly rotating smattering of delectable creations. There’s a lovely hidden garden out back where you can enjoy your butty too, definitely worth the short tram ride.

 

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138 Burton Rd, West Didsbury, Manchester M20 1JQ
Mon 23 May
Words:
Bradley Lengden
Published on:
Mon 20 Jun 2022