Cheap Eats 2012: Sandwiches

Cafe 59's generous BLT comes with chips and a side salad

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Cafe 59 - BLT ($7.50)

Cafe 59 is another eatery with a daunting array of menu choices and absurdly reasonable prices. And once again, we’re here to help. Many diners will ignore the BLT sandwich, thinking “been there, done that.”  That would be so very, very wrong. When was the last time you had a BLT that contained somewhere between one and one-and-a-half pounds of bacon? We didn’t think so. That thick, perfectly cooked stack of bacon is contained between a powdery-fresh Costanzo roll, and paired with fresh greens, sliced tomatoes, and mayo, with chips and pasta salad on the side. Which is all very nice, and it won’t interfere with your enjoyment of the bacon.—Elizabeth Licata

Café 59, 59 Allen St., Buffalo, 716-883-1880

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Nickel City Cheese & Mercantile - Turkey on Raisin Bread ($9)

Tucked into a row of lovely shops along Elmwood near Bryant, Nickel City Cheese & Mercantile has developed a loyal following in the short time it has been in business. Upon entering the well-appointed shop, it’s easy to envision several dozen affordable and lip-smacking meals coming from here. A basket of fragrant baguettes from Elm Street Bakery stands next to a case loaded with hard-to-find artisan cheeses and cured meats. The store’s shelves are lined with adorably packaged edibles, including bean to bar chocolate, small batch pickles, and uniquely flavored potato chips—enough variety and drool-inducing foodstock to make anyone’s head spin. But on the go, NCC&M delivers well-thought sandwiches utilizing the best of the shop’s curated ingredients. The short menu rotates, so frequent visits are required. Vietnamese banh mi featuring lush pate was a big hit over the summer, and this winter brings an equally delicious turkey sandwich made on raisin bread with chutney mayo. There’s no dining room, but strolling Elmwood with a hot and gooey cheese sammy or a crisp turkey toasted isn’t a bad thing; neither is ordering an extra for lunch tomorrow.—Christa Glennie Seychew

Nickel City Cheese & Mercantile, 423 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo, 716-882-3068

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LT’s Old Time Pizza and Subs - Pizziola Sub ($5/half, $10 whole)

This is our go-to sub shop—particularly for the pizziola sub. Though its pizza is top-notch, the restaurant is known for its sandwiches and subs, which are always served on freshly baked rolls. The pizziola variety features LT’s homemade pizza sauce, a thick layer of melted mozzarella cheese, plenty of pepperoni, and your choice of either chicken, steak, or sausage (I usually go for sausage). For sauce lovers like me, there’s just enough to satisfy, along with a generous portion of gooey cheese. Keep some napkins handy. Like most of LT’s subs, this one is piled high, so a regular $6 sub can be quite filling.—Matthew Biddle

LT’s Old Time Pizza and Subs, 1311 Union Rd., West Seneca, 716-674-8202

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Other wallet-friendly options inthis category: Fables Cafe, Joe's Deli, Jonny C's, Marco's Italian Deli

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