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Where to Get The Best Sandwiches in North San Diego County

Mike Peterson

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Sandwiches are such a simple and seemingly basic food that it's easy to forget just how good a well-made sub can be. If you're looking to satisfy your craving for a delicious sandwich, there are plenty of options throughout North San Diego County.

Whether you think the key ingredient in a great sandwich is the bread or the fillings, and no matter what time of day you're hungry, here are some of the best delis and sandwich shops in San Diego's northern region.

12. The Beach Hut Deli

Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Address: 80 Mission Ave #105, Oceanside, CA 92054

Website: https://beachhutdeli.com/

This chain restaurant right by the pier in downtown Oceanside serves up a selection of hot and cold sandwiches, as well as other munchies like nachos and hot dogs. There's also a menu of beer and local craft brews for your sipping delight.

11. Agrusa's Super Sandwiches

Hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday

Address: 1606 E Valley Pkwy, Escondido, CA 92027

Website: http://www.agrusasinc.com/

A legendary location that's been around for decades in Escondido, Agrusa's Super Sandwiches serves some of the best East Coast-style submarine sandwiches in the North County region. You can't go wrong with any option, but the original with all the trimmings is a fan favorite.

10. The Yellow Deli

Hours: Open 24 hours a day, but closed between 3 p.m. Friday and noon Sunday

Address: 315 E Broadway, Vista, CA 92084

Website: https://yellowdeli.com/vista

This restaurant in Vista is probably unlike any other you've been to. Its uniqueness, however, doesn't outshine the delicious food. From warm Reubens to sandwiches featuring wild-caught Alaskan salmon, everything here is delicious. You'll also find awesome chili and a rotating menu of soups.

9. Subman

Hours: 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday

Address: 204 N El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA 92024

Website: https://www.facebook.com/submanforever/

This sub shop is a classic, no-frills deli, but don't let that fool you -- they make delicious sandwiches. You'll find excellent deli fare like Italian and Roast Beef sandwiches and subs, all at an incredibly affordable price.

8. Eric's Sandwich Shop

Hours: 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday

Address: 340 N Andreasen Dr, Escondido, CA 92029

Website: http://ericssandwichshop.com/

Eric's Sandwich Shop is a local joint in Escondido that makes consistently delicious sandwiches. You'll find creations like the Ultimate Torpedo, which includes roast beef, ham, turkey, bacon and avocado, and a fan-favorite breakfast sandwich. The pickled eggs are also great.

7. Jimbo's

Hours: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday

Address: 1633 S Centre City Pkwy, Escondido, CA 92025 or 1923 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad, CA 92009

Website: https://jimbos.com/

Jimbo's isn't technically a restaurant. Instead, it's a locally owned health food store that happens to have an awesome deli. For vegetarians, the Lone Star is highly recommended. Other sandwiches on the menu are piled high with fresh, organic ingredients. It's definitely worth a try.

6. Tina's Deli

Hours: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday

Address: 760 N Twin Oaks Valley Rd # D, San Marcos, CA 92069

Website: https://tinasdeli.net/

A snug hidden treasure in San Marcos, Tina's Deli is a favorite among local residents that has a delicious selection of high-quality sandwiches, soups, and salads. Some top picks include the Turkey Bacon Avocado sandwich or the Baja Chicken Enchilada Soup.

5. Prontos' Gourmet Market

Hours: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

Address: 2812 Roosevelt St, Carlsbad, CA 92008

Website: http://www.prontosmarket.com/

Like Jimbo's Prontos' Gourmet Market is an upscale grocer that happens to have a deli. Also, like Jimbo's, the food is delicious. You'll find classic sandwiches like a Greek Turkey sub, Veggie Delight, and more. They also have freshly made Foccacia, breakfast burritos, salads, and pasta.

4. Hungry Bear Deli

Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

Address: 2205 S Melrose Dr #103, Vista, CA 92081

Website: https://www.hungrybeardeli.com/

Hungry Bear Deli in Vista pledges to serve up fresh -- and never frozen or microwaved -- subs with delicious ingredients. The cheesesteaks and cold cuts are delicious. Vegetarians can also opt for a veggie omelet sandwich, which is exactly what it sounds like (and incredibly satisfying).

3. Rock N' Jenny's Italian Subs

Address: 1044 W Valley Pkwy, Escondido, CA 92025

Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day

Website: http://www.rocknjennysitaliansubs.com/

A classic Italian sandwich shop in Escondido, Rock N' Jenny's serves up a range of traditional and delicious fare on crusty, freshly baked Italian loves. You can't go wrong with the classic turkey, but you'll also find Italian wedding soup and spaghetti and meatballs on the menu.

2. Board & Brew

Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Address: 201 Oak Ave, Carlsbad, CA 92008 or 2213 S El Camino Real, Oceanside, CA 92054 or 9880 Hibert St ste e-3, San Diego, CA 92131

Website: https://boardandbrew.com/

With multiple locations throughout San Diego County, Board & Brew is an excellent choice for a fresh sandwich. Try some of the favorites, such as the Turkado or the California Delight -- and make sure to get extra special sauce. You'll also find a selection of craft brews at each location.

1. Moto Deli

Address: 1076 N Coast Hwy 101 #101, Encinitas, CA 92024

Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day

Website: https://www.motodeli.com/

This casual sandwich shop in Encinitas serves up delicious subs and salads. Moto Deli prides itself on using the best ingredients, including freshly baked bread and meat that's smoked in-house. You'll also find some local craft brews to sip on with your sandwich.

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Mike Peterson is a journalist, editor, and yoga teacher based in North San Diego County. He's a fan of indie bookstores, local craft beers, and excellent tacos.

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