The Travel Channel's "Sandwich Paradise" features the best sandwich shops in America and earlier this month, the show made its very first stop in Texas.
Where did they go? Juan Mon's International Sandwiches in Montrose.
Juan Montero is the man behind the sandwiches, and Houston food blogger Maya Fasthoff recently visited with him to find out why the place is so special.
"My inspiration was from my mother. She used to make me great sandwiches all the time when I was a boy," Montero said. "I always had it in my mind to open a sandwich shop. I studied engineering, economics and business in college and after I graduated, I opened this place up."
The menu consists of 17 sandwiches with names like "The Amsterdam", "The San Diego", and "The Barcelona".
Where did he get the ideas for each sandwich?
"The inspiration came from me actually being in each city, and trying out the street food," he told Fasthoff.
Montero's sister worked for an airline, so he could fly cheaply around the world with family discounts. To prove he has travelled extensively, the sandwich shop is adorned with photos of Montero in cities all around the globe.
"The Amsterdam", for example, is a classic example of a street vendor sandwich you would get there. It's made with a baguette, ham, boiled egg, provolone cheese, tomato, lettuce, cucumber and dijon mustard.
Juan Mon's is located at 1901 Taft St. in Montrose.
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