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Best Sandwiches St. Louis 2008 - McLozzi Deli & Marketplace

Readers' Choice: Blues City Deli and Mom's Deli (tie)

Panini have become so commonplace in restaurants, delis and even the home kitchen that only the very best are worth mentioning. So do forgive us if we go on — and on — about the panini at this cozy corner deli in Benton Park. First of all, they're grilled just right: The bread is crisp but not burnt; the interior oozes cheese but is flavorful rather than merely molten. What's more, the pairings are perfect: mozzarella, tomatoes and pesto; chicken, artichoke hearts and fontina cheese; roast beef, sun-dried tomatoes and cheddar. You still dismiss panini as a cliché? Fine. McLozzi has a sandwich for you, too. The "Pestalozzi" is a tasty update on the Reuben, with chipotle cole slaw, and the "Gobbler" is Thanksgiving dinner in one not-so-tidy package. If you're lucky, someone will order panini while you're waiting for your sandwich, and you can see and smell just how delicious a cliché can be.

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