“I miss Carter and Cooley.”
Those are the words Garden Oaks resident Leslie Ryan typed when asked where the best place in the area is to get a sandwich.
The former West 19th Street shop Carter & Cooley Company Delicatessen closed its doors more than a year ago and is still remembered and longed for by former patrons.
Carter & Cooley had been a longstanding staple in the neighborhood to get a sandwich. Now you can get a sandwich almost anywhere on any local street.
But while there’s more dining options now, Oak Forest resident Benjamin Ward said his favorite will always be the “ma and pa sandwich shops.” His personal favorite is Mr. Submarine, 3313 Mangum Rd.
“They’ve been around for many years. The sandwiches are fantastic,” Ward said.
In a Facebook post on community pages, residents shared more of their favorite places to grab a sandwich to make it easy to filter through the numerous options.
Two that were often mentioned were also ones that have been part of the neighborhood for a long time, Antone’s at 2724 W. T.C. Jester Blvd. and Supreme Sandwiches, 2752 W. T.C. Jester Blvd.
“Antone’s. They’re a lot higher than they used to be in the (1970s) but they still blow a lot of people away,” Garden Oaks resident Edward Gallardo said.
Jen Prejean recommends the tuna fish sandwich from Antone’s as well as the one from Supreme.
According to Theresa Baranowski, Supreme Sandwiches has also stood the test of time. She said its sandwiches are just as good today as they were 40 years ago.
“I’m in college and every time I come home I have to go to Supreme,” Kaitlyn Edwards said.
A fairly new favorite of the neighborhood is Ploughman’s Deli & Café, 965 Pinemont Dr.
“If anyone says anything other than Ploughman’s Deli, it’s because they haven’t been there yet,” Chelsea Coolican said. “Their sandwiches are the absolute best, no contest.”
While many said anything and everything was good at Ploughman’s, the sandwiches that were highlighted by residents were the Reuben, the Pastramarama, the Roll The Hard Six, which is roast beef on ciabatta, the chicken salad croissant, the egg salad and the meatball sandwich.
Other recommendations include the Reuben sandwich and the hot chicken sandwich from Revival Market, 550 Heights Blvd., the Albacore Tuna salad from Barnaby’s Café, 181 Heights Blvd., the Italian Sub from Spaghetti Western, 1951 W. T.C. Jester Blvd., the crunchy chicken sandwich from Local Foods, 714 Yale St., the smoked bologna sandwich from Gatlin’s BBQ, 3510 Ella Blvd., the turkey BLT from Wakefield Crowbar, 954 Wakefield Dr., the Aloha chicken sandwich from Lola, 1102 Yale St., the turkey on ciabatta from Onion Creek, 3106 White Oak Dr., the Italian sub form Pappa Geno’s, 1801 Ella Blvd., and the braised short rib and cheddar grilled cheese from Rainbow Lodge, 2011 Ella Blvd.
Hughies, 1802 W. 18th St., and Les Ba’get, 1717 W. 34th St., were suggested for banh mi.
So while residents will miss the sandwich shops that have closed, they still have plenty of options from which to choose.