The Masters golf tournament is billed as “a tradition unlike any other,” and part of that tradition for the patrons involves lining up at the concession stands to purchase inexpensive, nostalgia-inspiring sandwiches wrapped in green cellophane. The sandwiches are crazy cheap, ranging from $1.50 to $3, so people load up on them all week. I attended the tournament last year and left with egg salad and pimento cheese as my two favorites. The pimento cheese sandwich alone has its own complicated history that’s worth a quick dive here.
Most of us won’t be attending the golf tournament in Augusta, GA that kicked off this morning, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still try and get a taste of the tournament here in Austin. Below is a list of the sandwiches served at The Masters (in my preferred order) and with them, a few options for tastes in town that approximate those traditional flavors.
Egg salad. If I’m headed into a Thundercloud Subs, it’s almost certainly for an egg salad sandwich (or an Office Favorite, which adds bacon) on white bread. Creamy with a touch of minerality and tang. You may want to crunch up some potatoes chips on it for extra texture and try and keep some hot sauce in your bag, because I don’t think Thundercloud offers Texas Pete hot sauce the way they do at Augusta National. Biderman’s goes less Southern and more classic East Coast by serving their egg salad on sourdough.
Pimento cheese. I’ll take the version at Noble Sandwich Co. with smoked green onions by a nose over the less traditional style at Counter Cafe that comes on grilled 9-grain bread with red onion. Want to get a little fancier? Fixe serves the spread with pickled green tomatoes; Jack Allen's Kitchen starts you off with it at every meal; and Pitchfork Pretty (my #2 restaurant in town) has a piqued version served with spicy crab crackers. But the best call might be buying Pam's Pimento cheese in bulk at Central Market and slathering it all over Mrs. Baird’s enriched white bread.
Ham and cheese on rye. A curve ball here: Get a rye bagel at Wholy Bagel and add Taylor ham.
Chicken salad. A wide variety can be found around town, but I like the options at Russell's Bakery, G’s Dynamite Deli, Upper Crust Bakery and Texas French Bread.
Masters club. The ham, turkey, Swiss and mayo sandwich at Augusta sounds pretty boring, but it’s more than the sum of its parts. Want to make your own? Head to Walton’s Fancy & Staple.
Turkey and cheese on wheat. Best turkey sandwich in town comes from Home Slice Pizza.
Pulled pork. The overly sweet pulled pork at August isn’t worth your time but the pulled pork at Kerlin BBQ, Franklin Barbecue and La Barbecue certainly is. (Related: The best barbecue in Austin)
Classic chicken sandwich and grilled chicken wrap. You’re on your own. And you should be ashamed.
For actual coverage of The Masters (including news on Longhorn Jordan Spieth), follow Statesman sports columnist Kirk Bohls on Twitter and check out Gatehouse Media's Augusta Chronicle.