Sometimes, all you want is a good sandwich. Freshly baked bread, freshly sliced meats and a bounty of fresh veggies can make a lunch hour complete – if you know where to look.
When it comes to finding that perfect sandwich in Palm Springs, skip the national sandwich chains and head to Palm Canyon Drive, where a small, unassuming storefront has gained national attention for its solid yet affordable selection of deli sandwiches.
The Sandwich Spot's many delicious offerings include The Bear Necessities, here shown on Dutch Crunch bread — Photo courtesy of The Sandwich Spot
Opened in 2012 on a small street off Palm Canyon Drive, The Sandwich Spot serves up dozens of cheekily named sandwiches, such as “The Dirty Weekend” (roast beef, 1000 island dressing and melted cheddar), “The Sunny and Share” (a triple decker of bacon, lettuce, tomato and avocado) and “The Milf” (marinated chicken, cranberries, Bomb Sauce and pepper jack cheese).
But just what’s in that Bomb Sauce, you ask? This house favorite is a creamy combination of buttermilk ranch, jalapeños and Frank’s Hot Sauce. Other house sauces include the Secret Sauce (extra virgin olive oil, herbs and garlic) and the Bruno Sauce (garlic aioli and sriracha).
Not to be forgotten are the breads that pull these sandwiches together. Sourdough, whole wheat and sweet French rolls are staples at The Sandwich Spot, but the standout star here is the Dutch Crunch, a spectacular balance of crunchy crust and moist bread that soaks up those house sauces like nothing else can. Breads are freshly baked in-house, adding to the allure of these palate-pleasing sandwiches.
Daily specials add extra variety to the 24 staples of the sandwich menu, and you can always customize your very own Sandwich Spot creation, too. House meats include turkey, ham, pastrami, chicken salad, roast beef, salami, prosciutto and tuna salad, while cheese choices include Swiss, jack, cheddar, pepper jack, provolone and American.
Order your sandwich with everything, and it’ll come piled high with mayo, mustard, Secret Sauce, lettuce, tomato, pickles, onions and peppers.
The Sandwich Spot hasn’t just stolen Palm Springs’ heart, either. In 2013, after just one year of slinging sandwiches in Palm Springs, The Sandwich Spot made Wall Street Journal’s list of the top 50 affordable restaurants in the U.S. It was the only Coachella Valley restaurant to earn a spot.
Perhaps best of all, you won’t need to worry about breaking the bank here. Most of these sky-high sandwiches come in under the $8 mark, and it’s just $1 more to add chips and a drink. Under $10 for a full meal – and one of the best sandwiches – in Palm Springs? We’ll take it.