Old St. Louis Chop Suey’s St. Paul Picked for Best Sandwich List
St. Louis, MO/July 13, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Hungry St. Louisans know this is a great restaurant city, with plenty of offerings to satisfy the most selective of palates. Here you will find everything from storied mom and pop delis to award winning fine dining establishments. St. Louis is home to two recent James Beard Foundation Best Chef winners (Gerard Craft and Kevin Nashan), nationally acclaimed delicatessens, and farm-to-table vegetarian restaurants, as well as numerous accolades for the best barbecue in the country. So, we weren’t surprised to learn that culinary website and newsletter Tasting Table had included a St. Louis restaurant among its picks for the best sandwiches in America. This is home to JBF American Classic winner Gioia’s Deli, the nationally acclaimed Blues City Deli, and other amazing sandwich makers, after all. Still, we were surprised that their pick from St. Louis was a Bridgeton restaurant best known for their affordable Americanized Chinese cuisine—Old St. Louis Chop Suey.
The editors at Tasting Table selected 23 sandwiches from coast to coast to highlight in their article “Bread Winners: From NOLA’s best po’boy to a braised oxtail French dip in Portland, here are the best sandwiches from coast to coast.” Making their best sandwiches list was the humble, albeit delicious St. Paul Sandwich from Old St. Louis Chop Suey (12454 Saint Charles Rock Road) in Bridgeton, near DePaul Hospital.
The St. Paul Sandwich is a St. Louis original. Its creation is credited to Steven Yuen at Park Chop Suey in Lafayette Square who allegedly named the sandwich for his hometown of St. Paul, Minn. And Park Chop Suey was the first place I encountered this local delicacy (a shrimp St. Paul). For the uninitiated, a St. Paul is made with an egg foo young patty, topped with lettuce, pickle, mayo, and sometimes onion and tomato between two slices of white bread (think Wonder Bread here). This is fusion cuisine that dates back to before fusion cuisine was a thing. The St. Paul at Old St. Louis Chop Suey is available in all the usual egg foo young flavors, shrimp, crab, chicken, beef, ham, pork, veggie, and the special (a combination of proteins). It’s crispy, flavorful, and surprisingly satisfying. It may not be haute cuisine, but it’s certainly “guilty pleasure” worthy, and it’s one of Tasting Table’s picks for the best sandwiches in America.
But St. Louis is loaded with other sandwiches that could have made the list. Here are a few other suggestions for the best sandwiches in the country:
Gioia’s Deli on The Hill (1934 Macklind Ave, St. Louis) makes some of the best sandwiches anywhere, but then they’ve had a lot of practice over the last 99 years feeding St. Louis. And this JBF American Classic winner makes 700–800 sandwiches a day. Their Hot Salami is famous. They’ve been making it since 1918, using the salam de testa they make fresh every day, then topping it simply with cheese, lettuce and tomato on fresh Italian bread. It’s not just the best of it’s kind in St. Louis, but we’d put up against any sandwich anywhere.
The Amighetti’s Special from Amighetti’s Bakery on The Hill (5141 Wilson Ave, St. Louis). This Old-school, counter-serve joint has been making fresh Italian sandwiches, bread, and desserts since 1921. Their signature sandwich, the Special is a super-gourmet sub that layers premium quality ham, beef, salami, brick cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, Amighetti’s own special dressing, and pepperoncinis on their freshly baked, crusty Italian bread. There’s no other sandwich in town (or anywhere) quite like it.
Blues City Deli in Benton Park (2438 McNair Ave, St. Louis) has a whole menu of sandwiches that pay tribute to the towns and cities along the Blues Highway. A couple of top contenders from their eclectic sandwich menu include the Tony Supremo (roast beef, root-beer-glazed ham, provolone, lettuce, tomato, pickles, onion and Creole mayo on a warm baguette) and their Muffalata (Genoa Salami, Ham, Mortadella, Provolone, Mozzarella, Homemade Olive Salad). These sandwiches helped make them one of Yelp’s 100 Best Places to Eat in America for 2017.
Fozzie’s Sandwich Emporium in Richmond Heights (1170 Big Bend Blvd.) and Des Peres (11656 Manchester Rd.) is a family owned company that specializes in creating sandwiches using super-fresh ingredients, even growing their own herbs and vegetables right on the premises. Fozzie’s BABLT (Big A** BLT) has got to be the best BLT we’ve ever encountered. It’s loaded with a half-pound of crispy bacon and topped with romaine lettuce, tomato and roasted garlic mayonnaise on sourdough bread.
Other great sandwiches around town that should be on anyone’s short list for best sandwiches in St. Louis (and the U.S.) include: The Brisket Sandwich from BEAST Craft BBQ in Belleville (20 South Belt West); The Cuban from Pickle’s Deli in the Central West End (22 N. Euclid, Suite 105) and downtown (200 N. Broadway, Suite 110): and For Pete’s Sake (smoked pork loin) from Nora’s in Dogtown (1136 Tamm Ave.).
All that being said, the St. Paul Sandwich at Old St. Louis Chop Suey is a worthy, albeit unexpected choice for Tasting Table’s list of the 23 best sandwiches in the country—and you can only get one in and around St. Louis.