Croque Famous Sandwiches

If you’re looking for the very best sandwich you can experience, you need to try Croque (it’s pronounced “crock” as in crocodile). This small sandwich shop makes some of the tastiest, fresh-from-the-oven baguette sandwiches you’ll ever find and I’m not being paid to say that.

croque famous sandwiches

The menu is separated by country of origin, and you can choose between French, German, Italian, and traditional American sandwiches. Croque also offers a variety of soups, salads, and breakfast selections.

The food takes about 15 minutes to prepare and when they bring it out it is served hot on a sandwich board. The sandwich is literally dripping with sauces. You can choose between white garlic and dill sauces and we found the lettuce and all ingredients to be fresh.

We suggest the Paris, or the Croque Special sandwiches and combined with any soup it’s a great deal.

How much? About $5 for a six inch (that’s plenty) or if you are really hungry, a twelve inch is only about $8.

Where? Southwest corner of Scottsdale Rd. and Thunderbird Rd. and also at Camelback Rd. and 40th St. (at the base of an office complex). If you want more info, head over to www.croques.com where you can see the menu.

Atmosphere? Sidewalk sandwich shop.

When? Open for breakfast and lunch, although known for its lunch menu.

Reviewer: Chris Tingom

LEO The Delicatessen

Note: Since publication, LEO The Delicatessen has closed its doors.

LEO’s is your place to get a good sandwich or bowl of soup. Named after ‘lox, eggs and onions,’ this place serves up a good New York City Jewish Deli feast.

With spacious old wood floors, roomy leather booths, and neat black and white pictures this place is a delightful find.

We suggest the Pastrami On Rye and the Hot Corned Beef with a bowl of their fine Chili.

Quiet and relaxed, this place is perfect for lunch although a little bit pricey at $9 if you choose to order a whole sandwich (which is normally huge by the way). If you want to spend about $5-6 ask for a half-sandwich and soup which is plenty by most standards.

They’ve got a great assortment of pickled vegetables they place in the center of your table while you wait for your food, they’re delicious!

How much? Moderate. Two people with drinks for lunch you can expect to get out the door for around $30.

Where? Located just north of Chaparral Rd on Scottsdale Rd. 5101 North Scottsdale Road

Atmosphere? New York Deli (we’re talking fine deli)

When? Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Reviewer: Chris Tingom

La Madeleine

Note: La Madeleine has closed it’s locations in Phoenix since we published this review.

This French deli and restaurant cooks a delightful experience for any meal. If you go for breakfast we suggest just about anything! They cook up a good meal of eggs, toast, and bacon, plus hash browns and the usual fare you’d expect in a good breakfast.

La Madeleine’s is an excellent choice for a conservative breakfast meeting or to catch up with friends over lunch. Sporting a delightful open atmosphere with plenty of tables, it almost feels like a converted home with multiple outside facing windows.

The difference here is that you order your meal deli style and they bring it to your table once it is prepared. You can also pick from a variety of baked goodies and sweets at the counter.

What to try? We love the Tomato Basil Soup which is absolutely splendid and they can serve up some sumptuous treats like their cakes and pies.

How much? Expect to pay $10+ per person including drinks.

Where? It’s a chain and they’ve got over 60 locations nationwide. We’ve eaten at the ones at Camelback Rd. & 32nd St., Shea Blvd. and Tatum, and inside Fashion Square Mall. Visit www.lamadeleine.com for more locations.

Atmosphere? It feels like a specious home with wood floors and decorative wall hangings.

When? Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Reviewer: Chris Tingom