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Buffalo chickenat Short Bus Subs: This place's name is a juvenile one-off joke, even if it really is a chopped yellow schoolbus. But the sandwich is all grown up, with crunchy fresh bread, shredded white-meat chicken with herbs, hot Buffalo sauce and ranch dressing with lettuce, tomato and cheese, served warm. A second location, open daily for breakfast and lunch, just opened at 4550 Mueller Blvd. The original bus moves around. Locations at www.shortbussubs.com . 535-7827.
Jackfruit BBQ at Counter Culture: A vegan delight of shredded jackfruit (a fruit cultivated and used for both sweet and savory dishes in food cultures as far-flung as India, the Philippines and Suriname) gathered in generous heaps on a crusty roll, slathered in a dusky red sauce with a sweet tang and stealthy heat. A trailer at 120 E. North Loop Blvd. www.countercultureaustin.com .
Lemongrass beef banh mi at Tam Deli: A crusty baguette with tender sliced beef and a toss of fresh cucumber, jalapeño, cilantro and carrots. Look for any excuse to add pâté. 8222 N. Lamar Blvd., D33. 834-6458.
The Monte Cristo at Walton's Fancy and Staple: Ham, turkey and Swiss on sweet challah bread, dipped in batter and deep fried. Lunch and dessert in one. 609 W. Sixth St. 542-3380, www.waltonsfancyandstaple.com .
Oyster po' boy at Mama Roux: Packed with oysters, earthy and tender like soft-boiled eggs, fried crunchy in a baguette canoe of lettuce, tomato and mayo. Served with crinkle-cut fries and a side — for me a bowl of red beans and rice with a deep sausage spice. 13000 N. Interstate 35, Suite 600. 490-1304.
Pimiento cheese at Counter Cafe: Melted Cheddar and pepper-sweet pimiento with tomatoes and lettuce on crunchy-grilled nine-grain bread. Served with a side (cross your fingers for ginger-carrot soup). 626 N. Lamar Blvd. 708-8800, www.thecountercafe.com .
Southside Authentic Italian Gourmet at Tucci's Southside Subs: Prosciutto, capocollo , salami (the best deli meats end in vowels, don't they?), black pepper ham, provolone, lettuce, hot sweet cherry peppers and more on a roll so big you have to unhinge your jaw to eat it.
Tartine with ricotta and fig at Blue Dahlia Bistro: An open-face sandwich on bakery wheat bread with creamy cheese and sweet figs and a dash of black pepper. 1115 E. 11th St. 542-9542, www.bluedahliabistro.com .