Are you looking for the best sandwiches in the Woodlands? We’ve assembled a guide to the restaurants that serve the best we’ve found in the Woodlands area.

Our criteria is simple: Who makes the most delicious sandwiches? Our guide is based around the Woodlands, but we’ll venture outside the immediate area if the food is worth the drive… and we found some that is.

In each section, restaurants are listed in alphabetical order; they are not ranked within the section.

Updated October 2022. Originally published in 2017.)


The Best

Scratchmade salads and salad-stuffed sandwiches that exceed expectations

Bread Zeppelin

🥇 Best Sandwiches
CityPlace has a hot new spot for picking up a quick, satisfying lunch or convenient dinner. Called Bread Zeppelin, the concept tosses high-quality, fresh ingredients with a plethora of homemade dressings to create a satisfying salad. But that’s just the start: The staff then (optionally) stuffs the made-to-order salad into a cored-out BreadMan Baking French baguette. The result is surprisingly delicious; the crunch of the baguette, just enough of the soft, pillowy bread, and a cool, fresh flavorful salad all in one bite. It’s the best of a salad combined with the best of a sandwich, all in one. We sampled several of their signature creations, and were particularly  impressed by the NOLA (Fried Shrimp, tomato, red onion, pickles, provolone, iceberg, remoulade) and the Plymouth Rock (roasted turkey, cranberries, beets, blue cheese, caramelized pecans, spring mix, cranberry poppyseed dressing).

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$ and $$ | Salads and Sandwiches
Catering, Good for Vegetarians, and Outdoor Dining

1700 City Plaza Dr #100 | Spring 77389
346-336-3001
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Serious chef-driven comfort food in a fast casual setting

The Kitchen

🌟🌟 — Among the best restaurants in the Woodlands area.

🥇 Best American (New)
🥇 Best American (Traditional)
🥇 Best Brunch
🥇 Best Sandwiches
🥈 Recommended Burger

Fast casual meets upscale cuisine at The Kitchen, the laid-back cousin of the award-winning Tris. Don’t let the counter service fool you; Chef Austin Simmons has created a serious menu full of creative dishes. We’re especially fond of the Greek Chicken and the new Steak Salad. Burgerphiles love the Kitchen as well; Chef Austin knows his burgers. Wine drinkers rejoice… the Kitchen sells wine at retail prices (not restaurant prices) so you can get a great bottle for as little as $10. Carefully curated craft beer selection. Service surprises for fast casual, GM Austen Goodwin and his team are raising the bar in this segment.

(Formerly Hubbell & Hudson Kitchen)

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$$ | American (New), American (Traditional), Brunch, Burgers, Salads, and Sandwiches
Brunch, Good Desserts, Happy Hour, and Outdoor Dining

4526 Research Forest Dr | The Woodlands 77381
281-203-5650
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World-class sandwiches in a strip center location

Tony’s Italian Deli

🌟🌟🌟 — Notable on a statewide level.

🥇 Best Sandwiches

Outstanding sub sandwiches are the draw at Tony’s Italian Deli, a notable sandwich shop in a nondescript strip center across from the entrance to April Sound. Founded by the prolific Ron Nicoletta, perfected by Hootie and Mary Trant, the new owners are moving forward with the original concept, and producing huge, tasty sandwiches that satisfy the crowd. This isn’t Subway, folks.

Choosing from the wall of options is tough. New visitors should resist the urge to build their own and delve into one of the recommended creations; our favorites are the J. Gandolfini (cold) and the Lucky Luciano (hot). Expect a filling meal, and another one at home with the half you couldn’t eat in the store.

$$ | Sandwiches
Outdoor Dining

16235 TX 105 | Montgomery 77356
(Second location on Kuykendall south of Creekside Forest Drive)
936-588-4800
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Recommended

A broad array of modern comfort food in a sleek setting

Black Walnut Cafe

🌟🌟 — Among the best restaurants in the Woodlands area.

🥇 Best American (New)
🥇 Best American (Traditional)
🥇 Best Brunch
🥇 Best Burger
🥈 Recommended Happy Hour
🥈 Recommended Sandwiches
🥈 Recommended Tacos

Update (July 2021): The secret is out: The Masked Chef who’s been making over the menu at Black Walnut is none other than Chef Austin Simmons, mastermind behind the award-winning Tris, Cureight, and the Kitchen. The result: Black Walnut has been seriously upping their culinary game. New menu items are appearing regularly, and they show a new viewpoint and a very skillful touch. We’ve been very pleased to see an established brand elevate their offerings like this, and can’t wait to see what’s next.

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Black Walnut is perhaps the biggest success story for restaurants originating in the Woodlands. Founded by serial restaurateur George Pallotta, the organization has spread statewide under the Black Forest Ventures umbrella. Why? Big portions of chef-created comfort food, served in an upscale, fast-casual setting. Sandwiches are a big deal here, and the broad menu offers something for everyone. We’re especially fond of the terrific pasta dishes; some proven recipes that have been popular for years, and some brand new ones. These rival pasta dishes at dedicated Italian restaurants; they’re that good. Tacos are another surprise; the expanding menu of tacos (including some impressive new birria tacos) is also worth exploring.

Don’t skip brunch; it’s very popular. And save room for dessert.

$$ | American (New), American (Traditional), Burgers, Sandwiches, and Tacos
Brunch, Full Bar, Good Desserts, Happy Hour, HRW2022, Outdoor Dining, and Private Room

9000 New Trails Drive | The Woodlands 77381
Also at the Conroe Airport
281-362-1678
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Flawlessly Executed Carnival Cuisine

Buldogies

🌟 — Notable in the Woodlands area.

🥇 Best American (Traditional)
🥈 Recommended Sandwiches

Foodies in search of the best hot dogs around make the hike up to Highway 105 to drop in at Buldogies. Inside they’ll find handcrafted versions of the food that’s found at a state fair… but prepared far better. Huge hot dogs made from quality ingredients and assembled with attention to detail are the centerpiece, but the excellent sandwiches, carnival favorites, and indulgent desserts delight kids and adults alike. Foodies jump right to the City Crafted Dogs or the Outlaws, each of which is a well-balanced dish with expertly layered flavors. This isn’t James Coney Island; you don’t need to order three, although you may want to try them all.

$ | American (Traditional) and Sandwiches
Family-Run Small Business

14543 TX 105 #406 | Conroe 77304
936-588-6688
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Maine-ly Sandwiches

🥈 Recommended Sandwiches

$$ and $$$ | Sandwiches
Family-Run Small Business

7 Switchbud Pl Suite 194 | The Woodlands 77380
In Grogan's Mill Village Center
281-719-5828
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An authentic Italian bakery tucked away off Sawdust

Tosca Italian Bakery

🥈 Recommended Italian
🥈 Recommended Sandwiches

Tosca Italian Bakery brings the experience of an Old World Italian bakery to the Woodlands area. Owner Mario and his team have immigrated from Italy, and brought years of baking expertise with them. The result is a wonderful selection of breads, pastries, sandwiches and focaccia pizzas brimming with character and charm. If you’re looking for an authentic Italian experience, Tosca should be your destination.

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$$ | Bakery, Italian, and Sandwiches
Catering, Family-Run Small Business, and On the Radar

25227 Borough Park Dr | Spring 77380
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Restaurant Listings

Black Walnut Cafe $$ American (New), American (Traditional), Burgers, Sandwiches, and Tacos   Outside the Bubble: Conroe and Research East
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Blue Door Coffee $ Coffee, Salads, and Sandwiches   Waterway
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Bread Zeppelin $ and $$ Salads and Sandwiches   CityPlace and Outside the Bubble: Spring
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Buldogies $ American (Traditional) and Sandwiches   Outside the Bubble: Hwy 105
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Crust Pizza Co $$ Pizza, Salads, and Sandwiches   Creekside Forest West, Panther Creek, and Rayford Road
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Flour-ish - closed $$ American (Traditional), Breakfast, and Sandwiches   Outside the Bubble: Conroe
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Forest Cafe & Bakery $$ Bakery, Breakfast, Burgers, and Sandwiches   College Park
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Fuddruckers - closed $ Burgers and Sandwiches  
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Herb & Beet $$ American (New), BBQ, Salads, and Sandwiches   Sawdust
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Honey Bee Ham & Deli $$ Burgers and Sandwiches   Research East
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I Heart Mac & Cheese $ and $$ American (Traditional) and Sandwiches   Creekside Forest West
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Jax Burgers, Fries & Shakes $ Burgers and Sandwiches   Outside the Bubble: Spring and Rayford Road
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Jet’s Pizza – Kuykendahl $$ Pizza and Sandwiches   Creekside Forest West and Kuykendahl
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Jet’s Pizza – Rayford $ and $$ Pizza and Sandwiches   Rayford Road
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Maine-ly Sandwiches $$ and $$$ Sandwiches   Grogan's Mill
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Shake Shack $ Burgers and Sandwiches   Woodlands Mall
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The Kitchen $$ American (New), American (Traditional), Brunch, Burgers, Salads, and Sandwiches   Research East
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The Omega Grill $$ American (Traditional), Burgers, Salads, and Sandwiches   Sawdust
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The Stand $ and $$ Burgers, Salads, and Sandwiches   Hughes Landing
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Tony’s Italian Deli $$ Sandwiches   Creekside Forest West and Outside the Bubble: Hwy 105
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Tosca Italian Bakery $$ Bakery, Italian, and Sandwiches   Sawdust
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