Here are the 4 best budget-friendly sandwiches food critic Tan Vinh ate this month

Compact and transportable, and most of all affordable, many of the sandwiches on this list are priced at $10 or less. And they hold up better than other mushy takeout options. Below are the best budget sandwiches I ate this month.

The Ebi Katsu Sando from Grillbird Teriyaki

Price: $9.49

6501 35th Ave. S.W.; Seattle; 206-402-4388;

Fast-food joints are trying to Jedi-mind trick us into thinking that the fish fillet is the new chicken sandwich. I still haven’t tasted a fish sandwich I like. But I will devour Grillbird Teriyaki’s homage to McDonald’s fish fillet — a square shrimp

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French cruller at Cardigan Donuts

“They’re our best-kept secret,” said general manager Justin Bedford, referring to this uncomplicated study of deep-fried elegance. “To true fans, they’re No. 1. We have a special subset of customers who come in just for the crullers.”

That devotion is easy to comprehend. The egg-heavy dough is a traditional pâte à choux, the miraculous foundation of profiteroles, cream puffs, beignets and other delights, and makes for a rich bite, which is puzzling since the delicate crullers are infused with air pockets.

“Essentially, it’s a soufflé in the shape of a doughnut, which is why the

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