Fort Lauderdale Likes Sandwiches as Big as Your Head

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I've been sampling dozens of sandwiches around Fort Lauderdale the past two weeks and it seems that Lauderdalians like their portions huge.

Take the sandwiches for example. My first fore into Florida Eats Big was on my first day of work when I went with my editors to My Market, where I ordered a po'boy which is so big and messy it comes with a no to-go policy. Whether it's Cajun turkey or roast beef, the sandwich is slathered with gravy and dressed with the standard lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise trio. I hoped that finishing a giant sandwich wasn't the food critic equivalent of pounding shots in a bar.

Then there's the BLT at Old Fort Lauderdale Breakfast House. When a loaf of Gran Forno only yields a half dozen slices, each piece is over an inch thick. Topped with a hearty tomato slice, greens as thick as a deck of cards and six pieces of bacon,  this BLT could probably have been reconstructed into three normal sized sandwiches. That said, it's pretty damn good (And would be better toasted).

The latest was last night at Shuck N Dive. I wasn't sure which was more obscene: the double gator burger with a paddy that's a hand and a half wide or my shrimp po' boy, which displayed a dozen jumbos on crusty bread slathered with remoulade.

So. Despite my hazing in comments of earlier posts, I thought I'd ask: Why so big? Is bigger better? And if so, where are the best big sandwiches?


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DeathFrog3
DeathFrog3

A great sandwich is at La Mia Focaccia 6303 Powerline Rd, Ft Lauderdale. Not huge but very good. The large Monster at La Spadas LBS is probably the largest good sandwich (sub) you can get.

ted inserra
ted inserra

i work in 1=THE O.B.HOUSE, and grew up in the same neighborhood, Croissant Park , as the other--MY MARKET, which is thee best kept secret, until now, in Fort Laudy Daudy Dale, but let me tell you all, THE O.B.HOUSE is doing some things you must experience, FROM THE FARM TO YOUR PLATE, and it is no joke.....

Fat Hand
Fat Hand

Purely on a meat to other ingredients ratio, Bozo's must be the highest. It's actually a little out of control. I am certainly not saying they make the best sandwich, but they stuff a hell of a lot of meat in there.

ErinHilburn
ErinHilburn

I'm sure by now you've heard about the Pittsburgh-based Primanti Brothers. Their sandwich is piled high with fries and slaw. There are multiple locations here in South Florida, but the one to visit is the 24 hour location on the beach: Sunrise and A1A. 

p.s.: A heads up before you get attacked: You spelled the gator burger "paddy" instead of "patty"

ErinHilburn
ErinHilburn

There's also LaSpada's, the new location on 17th Street would be closest to the New Times office. The Italian Special is the way to go, don't forget the sweet peppers. 

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