Before we get into the best toasties in Brisbane, let's take a moment to reflect on the history of the sarnie…
Fact is always more interesting than fiction and the facts behind the origin of the humble sarnie are almost too good to be true. The actual story reads like a wives' tale, sans imps, and begins sometime in the mid-18th century with John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich. Despite holding many offices throughout his indulgent, aristocratic life, cheeky Johnny was notoriously incompetent and corrupt. This is actually just as well because it was his commitment to the gambling tables (or rather, his reluctance to part with them) which inspired him to prefer very quick meals that could be eaten without cutlery. A piece of meat between two slices of bread usually did the trick…
And so, through blatant hedonism, the raw concept of our favourite meal was born. In atelier's terms, the sandwich is akin to a great pair of jeans: it can be a quick solution or a careful execution, dressed up or down, and works with pretty much anything on top.
The trendy folk like them open plan, the dainty peeps adore the ribbon variety, but to really seal in those edges and ensure all that sandwiched goodness doesn't flop everywhere we can't fault a faithful toastie. Even writing that makes me hungry… Fortunately there are tonnes of quality toasties hidden around Brisbane so I don't have to run too far to get my fix.
Whether you're looking for breakfast fodder, a crispy, melting lunch option, or a sarnie to wash down with a pint or two, we've found the best toasted sandwiches in Brisbane.
The Rogue Rennard | Paddington
The Rogue Rennard will fix you up with a very traditional Reuben, a pulled pork fiasco, or a delectable ham sanga with confit onions. , and Wwash it all down with a craft beer.
Green Beacon Brewing Company | Newstead
Known for their growlers of top quality beer, Green Beacon are gaining attention for their brilliant food menu. Our pick? One of their utterly sensational toasted sandwiches. Calling all fans of blue cheese, pear, and prosciutto…
Bread & Meat Co. | Fortitude Valley
Bread & Meat Co.'s beef brisket dip is a gloriously overstuffed roll filled to bursting with 36-hour slow cooked brisket, and lightly flavoured with horseradish aioli and Swiss cheese. The best bit? It comes with jus for dunking in.
Lady Marmalade | Stones Corner
No guide to toasties would be complete without at least mentioning the bangin' sangas at Lady Marmalade. Hit up this quirky spot for a delectable bite of their turkey or Wagyu beef piece.
Spring | CBD
Don't get caught under the pump in need of nosh, thanks to the Spring tuckshop's extensive sandwich and jaffle menu (yep, that's coming) so you can get your gourmet munch on without slowing down your productive streak.
Sourced Grocer | Newstead
For a classic grill look no further than a Brisbane toastie icon, the Sourced Grocer toastie, made of Bangalow ham, gruyere and pickles. These guardians of the grill will squash you down a mean sarnie made on beautifully fresh ingredients.
Scout Cafe | Petrie Terrace
Although not technically a sandwich, we're going to broaden our definition of 'toastie' to include one of Scout's killer breakfast bagels simply because they transport you to the exact same dimension of tasty bliss.
Such endless possibilities and ole' mate sanga never even knew. Ah well, at least he got the estimable honour of having the Hawaiian Islands named after him… well, for a bit.