The 70 Best Sandwiches in America
In the simplest sense, a sandwich is a filling of meat, cheese or vegetables, between bread, and when John Montague, the Earl of Sandwich first came up with this idea in the 1800s, it really was that simple. These days though there are hundreds of variations. From the Danish Smorrebrod, to the Vietnamese Bahn Mi through to the classic Sub and the traditional Cuban Sandwich, the art of making a good sandwich has reached new heights.
We've searched out the best in the land and come up with the 70 favorite sandwiches from across America. Be warned, this list will leave you hungry!
Katz's Deli, New York
A legendary Jewish delicatessen in NYC’s east side, which has been in business for over a century. Locals and visitors flock to eat at this bustling diner, which famously hosted Meg Ryan’s table thumping scene in When Harry Met Sally. An array of hot and cold sandwiches feature Katz’s 30 day home cured pastrami, corned beef and brisket. Classic combos include the Reuben, which teams beef, pastrami or turkey with melted Swiss cheese, Russian dressing, salad and sauerkraut. And with seven types of bagel to choose from, the lox and cream cheese breakfast bagel is a must.
Primanti Bros., Pittsburgh
The restaurant, which started off as a small food cart, is a favourite within Pittsburgh and whilst the venue has changed, the taste hasn’t. Primanti Bros. is now a restaurant and bar with their sandwich options featuring fresh cut fries which are described as ‘almost famous’. The big, tallboy sandwiches are full of only fresh, house-made ingredients and incredible taste all complemented by soft potato fries.
Mother’s Restaurant, New Orleans, LA
Mother’s Restaurant opened its doors in 1938 and was a popular local hangout during World War II. Still popular to this day, Mother’s Restaurant serves up the world’s best baked ham and the famous Ferdi Special. The Ferdi Special is a po’ boy, a traditional Louisiana sandwich, packed with baked ham, roast beef, debris and gravy. This hearty sandwich is often described as the best sandwich ever and is the signature sandwich of Mother’s Restaurant that keeps customers returning.
Phillippe’s, Los Angeles, CA
Home of the original “French Dipped Sandwich”, Philippe’s has been serving up the best sandwich in Los Angeles since 1908. The house special, the French Dipped Sandwich, was a delicious accident created in 1918 when a French roll was mistakenly dropped into a pan for hot juices. The rest is history and the sandwich has remained popular through the decades, a delicious sandwich that consists of a variety of meat options layered within a freshly baked French roll and dipped in the meat’s natural gravy. With six different meats to choose from plus a choice of cheese, the French Dipped Sandwich offers a flavour to suit the tastes of every carnivore.
Parkway Bakery & Tavern, New Orleans, LA
Known for serving up classic Louisiana-style po’ boys, Parkway Bakery & Tavern was named Best Po’ Boy in Louisiana by USA Today Readers Choice. Welcoming both locals and visitors from around the world, Parkway Bakery & Tavern is a symbol of New Orleans and a treasured institution with over 100 years of memories within its walls. Offering over 17 po’ boy options, including the speciality roast beef with gravy and local favourite wild caught gulf shrimp, diners are spoilt for choice at Parkway Bakery & Tavern are spoilt for choice.
Donkey’s Place, Camden, NJ
In business for three quarters of a century, family run Donkey’s Place has received numerous plaudits down the years for its iconic cheesesteak sandwiches. The late chef Anthony Bourdain named it the best cheesesteak joint in Philadelphia (despite it being in New Jersey). The simple menu dishes up whopping steak sarnies on poppy seed rolls, with optional extra cheese, fried onions and hot pepper relish. Sides include fries, pickles, and stuffed cherry peppers. Wash it down with a choice of local craft beers.
Publican Quality Meats, Chicago, IL
Primarily a local butcher, Publican Quality Meats is a master of speciality cuts and charcuterie boards. The in-house café however, offers some of the finest sandwich options in Chicago with the butchers regularly frequented as a sandwich shop. Whilst the menu may be small with only six options, the gourmet subs feature premium ingredients and incredible filling combinations that have won the hearts of the city.
Abbots Lobster in the Rough, Noank, Connecticut
Eating at Abbots Lobster in the Rough is an absolute delight. A bright red crab shack located steps from Noank Harbor, Abbots may have the best lobster roll in all of America. While they’re only open during the warmer months, this hasn’t stopped the fame of their seafood from getting out. If you’re a first-time visitor it’s customary to grab a buttery lobster roll served on a toasted hamburger bun, which comes in 3 sizes - quarter pound, half pound, and full pound. If you’d like to make it a date night, Abbots is BYOB, so bring some wine and settle in to enjoy the views! 1) Abbots Lobster in the Rough, Noank, Connecticut
Bouchon Bakery, New York City, New York
As you walk into Bouchon Bakery, your senses will immediately come alive with the smells of fresh baking and decadent-looking desserts on display. Chef Thomas Keller, a multiple 3-Star Michelin Guide restaurant owner, clearly knows a thing or two about food. While many of his restaurants are high-end, Bouchon Bakery is your casual spot for a weekend brunch or a takeaway pastry. What makes his sandwiches a step above the rest is the incredible baguettes, focaccias, and brioches they’re served on. Even their grilled cheese will have you pondering how something so simple could taste so good.
Restaurant Bricco, West Hartford, CT
A restaurant with Italian heritage, Restaurant Bricco has a modern Italian-American spirit and serves up delicious comfort food. Whilst born from Mom’s Spaghetti Carbonara, Restaurant Bricco offers a small selection of five sandwiches packed full of authentic Italian ingredients which are the stars of the menu. The most famous sandwich on the menu, the lobster grilled cheese sandwich, is chunked lobster layered with Havarti cheese and this incredible creation was featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Pine State Biscuits, Portland, OR
Famous for buttery, flaky homemade biscuits, Pine State Biscuits now has several establishments across the US with the flagship in Portland continuing to thrive. Rather than keeping their perfectly crafted biscuits just to the classic biscuits and gravy menu option, Pine State Biscuits decided to offer a delicious twist. Pine State’s unique biscuit sandwiches offer the perfect blend of flavours regardless of which of the menu’s 10 options you choose from and have become one of Portland’s most famous dishes.
Dublin Pub, Dayton, Ohio
Housed in the unusual combination of a former petrol station and a salvaged 100 year old church, the Dublin Pub has been pulling pints, punters and performers for over 20 years. Their brunch, lunch and dinner menus offer Irish comfort food alongside an assortment of meat-centric sandwiches. Try the High Kings Ribeye, which teams 6oz ribeye steak with Monterey Jack cheese, horseradish and crispy onion on brioche. The Uptown Reuben promises a mighty ½ lb of pastrami and corned beef, Russian dressing, and coleslaw on grilled rye bread. There’s also an Irish and Scotch whiskey menu if you fancy a wee dram.
Route 58, Virginia Beach, VA
Voted the best deli in Virginia Beach, Route 58 is an unassuming location with an impressive menu. Sandwiches packed so full that it is impossible to get your mouth around, Route 58 serves delicious sandwiches jam packed with meat, full to the brim with cheese and with layers of bread diving up the filling. The most popular filling is pastrami that melts in your mouth and is a component of several different sandwich options including the delicious 58 Sailor, a sandwich overflowing with pastrami, corned beef, hot dogs and Swiss cheese.
Saint Dinette, Saint Paul, MN
Inspired by The French with flavours of the South and the Gulf of Mexico, Saint Paul’s Saint Dinette has exceptional taste scattered throughout the menu. Serving up the best sandwiches in Minnesota, Saint Dinette dishes up Instagrammable food with stunning flavour including the Cuban-inspired bologna sandwich. The most popular menu item at Saint Dinette, the bologna sandwich is fried bologna topped with cheese and pickles creating the ultimate comfort food in Minnesota.
Sal, Kris, and Charlie Deli, New York City, NY
Dubbed ‘The Sandwich King of Astoria’, Sal, Kris and Charlie Deli in New York’s Queens neighbourhood serves up no frills, Italian-style subs. The deli’s signature cold cut sandwiches have led Sal, Kris and Charlie’s deli to have a strong customer loyalty with residents of the area becoming regular customers. The sandwiches are huge including the signature sandwich, The Bomb, a famous sandwich stacked with American and Italian cold cuts, American and Provolone cheese, salad, hot peppers, sweet peppers, mayonnaise and vinegar. This signature sandwich is well known after featuring in New York Times and Thrillist, consistently ranked within the hundred best eats in the country and named Best Sandwich in America.
Salumi, Seattle, WA
Seattle’s Salumi deli is popularly frequented for its delicious arrangements of charcuterie boards but the deli also offers an impeccable lunch menu. With a beautiful array of sliced deli meats sold within the shop, the lunch menu features a magnificent selection of sandwich options, the majority featuring the deli’s signature salami. If salami is not your thing, pork and Portobello mushroom options also make an appearance on the menu.
Secret Sandwich, Society Fayetteville, WV
The worst kept secret in West Virginia, Secret Sandwich Society is so highly regarded that the secret of their exceptional quality and taste did not stay hidden for long. Crafted with passion using locally sourced ingredients and premium meats, Secret Sandwich Society serves 15 different delicious sandwiches options, all delivered to your table with a side of Society chips. All sandwiches are named after US Presidents and each sandwich is packed with a much flavour as America is packed with history.
Bocadillos, Albuquerque, New Mexico
With sandwich names like ‘The Heart Stopper’, ‘505 Filthy’, and ‘The Big Dipper’, you know you’re in for a good time at Bocadillos in Albuquerque. Chef Marie Yniguez is the mastermind behind Bocadillos and has been featured in multiple Food Network shows for her incredible cooking, and larger-than-life personality. Bocadillos is a Spanish term for a sandwich made with Spanish bread and cut lengthways, which is exactly the vessel Chef Yniguez uses to house her 12-hour slow-roasted meat. Their sandwiches aren’t just about meat on a baguette though, it’s about the perfect toppings and homemade sauces that turn a simple sandwich into a work of delicious art.
East Side Pocket, Providence, Rhode Island
This tiny and popular Middle Eastern sandwich bar dishes up a mouth-watering plethora of Mediterranean favourites, including gyros, wraps and falafel. Wraps come stuffed with thinly sliced beef steak, or grilled chicken marinated in lemon, garlic and oregano. There are lots of non-meat options, such as veggie falafel and dolmades. All wraps are served with a topping of salad, pickles, and tabbouleh, along with a host of sauces from tzatziki to hummus to hot chilli. Choose to eat at the counter or take away.
Goodwich, Las Vegas, Nevada
This Las Vegas joint serves up inventive sandwiches on an array of bread options spanning baguettes, wraps, brioche, marble rye and sesame buns. Their breakfast specials include a ‘Prosciutto Happiness’ croissant stuffed with scrambled egg, parmesan, pesto and prosciutto. There’s a range of grilled options such as ‘Atomic meltdown’ which teams chicken salad, cashews, grapes and Muenster cheese on toasted nine grain bread. Sides include crunchy potato tots, pickles, chargrilled peppers and chickpea salad. Choose from a selection of desserts and drinks. Diners can eat in or take away.
Butcher & Bee, Charleston, South Carolina
The open kitchen, clean, and friendly feel of Butcher & Bee’s in Charleston, South Carolina says it all. Owner Michael Shemtov wants patrons to know exactly what’s on their plate and how it’s prepared. Brunch, lunch, or dinner, you’ll find an array of gourmet sandwiches to test out. From their classic Cheerswine Sandwich with pulled pork, Cheerswine BBQ sauce, and pickles to their equally as delicious vegan Up Beet Sandwich with roasted beets, miso vegan mayo, smoked onion jam, harissa, and pumpernickel. Pair either with a drink from their espresso bar, and your weekend is sure to be off to a great start.
Hapgood General Store and Eatery, Peru, Vermont
Hapgood is a traditional village grocery store selling locally produced provisions. Their range spans meats, cheeses and homemade wood fired pizza, along with a selection of take-out sandwiches on freshly baked bread. The breakfast two egg and cheddar English muffin is served with optional toppings such as bacon, sausage, spinach, kimchi or sriracha mayo. Lunchtime offerings include buttermilk fried chicken with tomato and greens on brioche, and locally smoked ham and turkey baguette with Dijon mustard, mayo and salad. Or you can opt for a boxed lunch which comes complete with a sandwich, potato chips, a homemade cookie and a bottled drink. There’s also a wide range of salads, muffins, and drinks available to go.
Johns Roast Pork, Philadelphia
A long established, family run Philadelphia sandwich bar serving up a no-nonsense, award winning menu. You’d be mad not to sample their iconic Philly cheese steak: cooked to order, thinly sliced rib eye steak with grilled onion and melted provolone cheese, served on a seeded Italian roll from the city’s famous Carangi bakery. Other popular choices include the hot roast pork and roast beef sandwiches, plus there’s a good range of breakfast rolls, with any combo of eggs, hash browns, sausage, bacon and mushrooms.
Koja, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
A former Philly food truck vendor now moved to permanent premises, Koja dishes up a tasty fusion of Korean American street food. Their signature sandwich is the Bulgogi Cheesesteak, featuring beef marinated in ginger, sesame and soy. This is fried with onions and peppers, then dished up in a hoagie roll with melted cheese. Opt for mild or spicy, with extra chill oil. Also on offer are hefty tortilla wraps filled with beef bulgogi or grilled chicken teriyaki, alongside romaine lettuce, rice, peppers, onions, carrots, and shitake mushrooms. All come with a side salad, and a choice of French fries or dumplings.
Als #1 Italian Beef, Chicago, Illinois
Als #1 Italian Beef has come along way since it first opened in 1938 as a small food stand and now has 6 locations dotted around Chicago. The secret lies in their thinly sliced beef that’s roasted in, well, a secret blend of spices. From here, the option is yours if you’d like to keep it simple or add on homemade HOT peppers, sweet peppers, or cheese. The real dilemma is if you’d like your sandwich dipped into gravy – some locals swear by it while others would never even think of it. We guess it’s one you’ll have to decide for yourself!
Bub and Pop’s in Washington, D.C.
Everything is made from scratch at Bub and Pop’s, the cutest and most charming restaurant tucked into DuPont Circle in Washington D.C. If the bright red building with yellow window frames and a blue roof doesn’t draw your attention, the smell of braised brisket wafting out the door is sure to do the trick. Chef Jon Taub and his mother run the show, and it’s their long family tradition of crafting Italian Hoagies that have landed their restaurant fame. The best seller is Bub’s Italian Hoagie served with Genoa Salami, but Pop’s Beef Brisket is right behind in popularity.
Lardo, Portland, Oregon
Lardo has two outlets in East and West Portland, each serving up a meat lover’s menu of sandwiches, pork fat fries and salads. The Bronx Bomber is a tasty fusion of thinly sliced steak, provolone cheese, salami, pickled peppers, and homemade mayo. Or try the aromatic Korean Pork Shoulder with chilli mayo, lime, cilantro and house kimchi. The drinks list features a rotating selection of US and international craft beers and ciders.
Pigwich, Kansas City, MO
With a rotating menu of meat sandwiches, Pigwich always offers a tasty lunch to come back for. Offering everything from classic cheesesteak and pork brisket sandwiches to the more unique cornflake fried chicken and Nashville hot fried chicken sandwich, Pigwich has a flavour combo for all palates. All of Pigwich’s gourmet sandwiches are created using locally sourced meats and is at home next door to Local Pig butcher shop. Voted Kansas City’s favourite sandwich shop, Pigwich is the coolest in the area and never fails to deliver deliciousness.
Canters Deli, Los Angeles, California
No matter the time of day and no matter what you’re in the mood for, you’ll find it at the giant Canters Deli in Los Angeles. Open 24 hours a day, even going to Canters Deli to look around and people watch is an experience in itself. On the menu, you’ll find everything from Belgian Waffles, a Thanksgiving Dinner, and Beef Liver to refreshing cocktails and thick shakes. However, the most popular menu item is their Canter’s Fairfax, a hot corned beef and pastrami sandwich ‘piled extra high’ and served on rye – best paired with their Matzo Ball soup.
Little Deli, Austin, TX
Little Deli has two outlets in Austin, dishing up salads, pizza and soups, along with a range of hot and cold sandwiches and subs with a wide choice of fillings. The Muffuletta teams hearty layers of salami, mortadella, ham, provolone and homemade tapenade on ciabatta. Non-meat options include the Vegetarian, a colourful extravaganza of avocado, artichoke hearts, eggplant, mozzarella, provolone, cheddar, onions, tomatoes, lettuce and tapenade, all served on a crusty kaiser roll. Or if you crave simple comfort food, opt for the peanut butter and jelly sandwich. There’s also a choice of homemade cookies and cakes, and hot and cold drinks.
Central Grocery, New Orleans
You can’t mention Central Grocery without mentioning Muffuletta sandwiches. Haven’t heard of them? Think 9 inch round loafs stuffed with ham, salami, mortadella, swiss, provolone, marinated olives, and pickled veggies. Enough to feed the family.. or indulge by yourself! Central Grocery was actually the inventor of this New Orleans classic and opened its doors back in 1906. Not much has changed since and you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time as you wait for the long (but fast-moving) line zigzagging through the store. Not in the area? Don’t worry as Central Grocery also ships their Muffulateeta’s all over America!
Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, Ohio
Packed with history and overflowing with an energetic atmosphere, Beachland Ballroom is a true hidden gem in the North Collinwood neighborhood of Cleveland. Owners Cindy Barber and Mark Leddy converted the old Croatian Liberty Hall into a vibrant music hall the combines an intimate tavern with a larger ballroom. While Beachland might be known more for its live music, their menu showcasing local fare is equally as impressive. Their signature sandwich, The BLB, combines a grilled burger, smoked cheddar, bacon, onion, and their special sauce. If you’re after dinner and a show, make sure you arrive early as the tables fill up fast!
Crescent Moon Alehouse, Omaha, Nebraska
Opened back in 1996, Crescent Moon was ahead of the game when they focused on serving a large selection of craft beers. They didn’t stop there though, as they knew great food is what keeps the customers coming back time and time again. Their Blackstone Reuben is the local's favorite and has been named Omaha’s Best Reuben by the Omaha World Herald. The sandwich combines slow-cooked corned beef with a secret sauerkraut blend, swiss cheese, and 1000 Island dressing. While you wait for your meal to cook, we recommend grabbing an appetizer of Fried Pickle Chips served with their house-made ranch dressing.
Long Beach Market & Deli, Long Beach, Mississippi
Family run deli and café serving an internationally inspired menu, which includes wraps, sandwiches and Louisiana style po-boys. The traditional Philly cheesesteak on brioche is always a popular choice. Try the aromatic Vietnamese Banh Mi po-boy, which comes with roasted pork, cilantro, sriracha mayo, cucumber, pickled red onion, carrot and radish. Or choose the Korean Kogi wrap which teams BBQ chicken with sautéed onions, sriracha mayo and fried onion rings. Opt to take away or eat in at the café. Out front is a sunny plant filled patio with tables and chairs, for alfresco dining.
Slyman’s Restaurant, Cleveland, Ohio
Slyman’s is a renowned Cleveland institution. This longstanding traditional diner is famed for its outsized corned beef sandwiches, long queues around the block, and the odd celebrity patron. During a state visit, former US President George W Bush once made a much talked about detour, along with his entourage, to check out the Slyman’s legendary sandwich. The menu offers hot and cold sandwiches on rye bread with an overly generous filling of roast beef, turkey, pastrami, corned beef and tuna. Grilled specials include the classic Reuben (your choice of meat with melted Swiss cheese and sauerkraut) and tuna or salami melts. Classic sides include fries, coleslaw and potato salad.
Star Provisions, Atlanta, Georgia
Star Provisions is a food market and café under one roof. Open from breakfast through to late lunch, the café presents a concise but geographically eclectic sandwich menu. Tasty offerings range from pastrami Reubens and New Orleans’ shrimp po-boys, to Vietnamese Banh Mi baguettes with chicken or eggplant topped with pickles, jalapeno and cilantro. Non meat options include the Middle Eastern style falafel burger with cucumber, yoghurt sauce, mint and tomato. Carnivores might opt for the Italian Grinder sandwich, a meat fest of Capicola and Soppressata cured pork, plus ham, pepper and vinaigrette. All come served with a side of potato chips and pickles.
Bakesale Betty, Oakland, California
Word has certainly got out that Bakesale Betty’s serves one of the best fried chicken sandwiches you’ll ever taste. You’ll find a seemingly never-ending line as you turn the corner of 55th and Telegraph in Oakland, so bring a snack, settle in, and join others in queue as you wait for your turn to get your hands on one of these mighty sandwiches. It must be some Aussie secret for what makes the sandwich so delectable, but we can thank Australian Alison Barakat for the perfectly cooked fried chicken and their almost as famous strawberry shortcake.
Bread and Brew, Anchorage, Alaska
Voted Best Sandwich in Alaska for the past three years and voted Best Place for a Grilled Cheese by USA Today, it’s pretty easy to guess what Bread and Brew’s specialty is. Owned by a lifelong Alaskan family, the restaurant embraces the culture and produce of their state. Located in Midtown Anchorage, it’s a go-to place for a warm meal and local beer, summer or winter. You’ll find they serve a variety of Alaskan craft beer and bring the flavors of Alaska to their soups and sandwiches. Their ‘OG’ grilled cheese tops locally made sourdough bread with Boar’s head cheddar and is served with tomato soup.
Brick & Tin, Birmingham, Alabama
A farm-to-table restaurant, Brick & Tin in Birmingham Alabama, is a go-to for locals looking for a healthy and delicious meal they can feel good about. Owner Mauricio Papapietro sources only local and sustainable meat and produce that’s in season, and crafts his menu around it. A favorite and award-winning sandwich is their Braised Beef Brisket served on their homemade pain de mie panini. The brisket is brined, simmered, and chilled in house over 4-days and served with only BBQ sauce and caramelized onions to keep the incredible brisket flavor at the forefront.
Kroll’s Diner, Minot, North Dakota
One of a mini chain of four German American 50s style diners. Their sandwich menu is served with a side order of soup, salad, fries or cottage cheese. Choose from classics such as BLT or club house featuring turkey, ham, bacon, Swiss and American cheese, tomatoes, lettuce and mayo on wheat toast. Or there’s the rather novel hot roast beef with mashed potato and homemade brown gravy, served on wheat bread. For the sweet toothed there’s a choice of desserts, whilst the drinks list offers root beer floats and traditional malt shakes in a variety of flavours.
Café Muse, Royal Oak, Michigan
If you find yourself in Detroit, make sure you allow time for a lovely brunch at Café Muse. Owners David Smith and Greg Reyner crafted Café Muse’s European-inspired menu which features comforting classics with the perfect touch of gourmet creativity. Even Oprah Winfrey couldn’t resist indulging in their Grilled Three Cheese Sandwich that melts fontina, mozzarella, and harvarti cheese along with tomato, basil, and honey on your choice of bread. Pair this with one of their homemade soups, or for a true brunch, their ‘Best Bloody Mary in Metro-Detroit’ made with a secret house-made mix.
Chacarero, Boston, Massachusetts
Green beans on a sandwich? While it may not be your typical go-to, we promise Chacarero’s in Boston will have you thinking otherwise. Owner Juan Hurtado, a Chilean native, has convinced the crowds that this Chilean Chacarero is a game-changer. The sandwich starts with fluffy homemade bread, topped with grilled steak or chicken, then muenster cheese, tomatoes, and steamed green beans (for the crunch!) are added, and finally, avocado mash and a secret sauce completes the classic. If you aren’t convinced, head to Downtown Crossing around lunchtime, and the line pouring out of Charerero’s may just change your mind.
Court Street Grocers, Brooklyn, New York
Grocery stores may not be a typical go-to for gourmet sandwiches, but we promise, Court Street Grocers will change your tune. As you walk into the friendly shop, you’ll be greeted by shelves of American pantry staples that’ll take you back to your childhood, but it’s the sandwich counter that really draws the customers in. A favorite on their menu is the Breakfast Sandwich – nothing too fancy, just eggs and cheese on a roll, but add in fresh arugula and toss it on ciabatta bread and they’ve created a masterpiece. The Jawn sandwich is another hit, combining house-made roast beef, lots of cheese, and fresh toppings served on a hero roll.
Bite Into Maine, Portland, Maine
Vying for the best lobster roll on the East Coast is the humble Bite Into Maine food truck. Located near the Portland Head Lighthouse, it’s a must-do authentic Maine experience to grab a roll and head out to the coastline to watch the waves crash in. Serving 6 types of lobster rolls, from your classic mayo & chives Maine Lobster Roll, to your zingy wasabi mayo Wasabi Lobster Roll and even a yellow Indian Curry Lobster Roll. Add on a side of Mac'N Cheese or Coleslaw, and there’s always a reason to come back for more.
Giordano Bros, San Francisco
Giordano’s ‘all in one’ sandwiches hail back to 1930s Pittsburgh, when passing truck drivers yearned for a complete meal they could hold in one hand, whilst steering their truck with the other. Giordano’s Italian inspired 2021 version features a traditional Filone roll stuffed with turkey, pastrami, steak or salami, topped with melted provolone cheese. Throw a serving of French fries and coleslaw on top, then serve up the whole caboodle on wax paper to catch the grease. The drinks list features sodas, draft beer and cocktails.
Cowboy Cafe, Dubois, Wyoming
A true wild-wild west café, complete with wooden décor and American flags displayed inside and out, Cowboy Café sticks to what they do best – premium burgers, classic sandwiches, and homemade pies. Located in Dubois, Wyoming, you know the food is good when the restaurant is packed with locals enjoying a flawless Beef Dip and beer and grabbing a blueberry pie for later. Cowboy Café is always a highlight for visitors on their way to the Teton’s National Park, who are encouraged to get into the spirit of the West with their Moose Drops or Wyoming Wild Platter serving up Elk and Buffalo Sausage.
Cutty’s in Brookline, Massachusetts
It’s not always easy to find a good feast for cheap, especially if you’re looking for fresh and local ingredients. However, Cutty’s in Brookline has the answer for you in their jammed-packed specialty sandwiches, all with a price tag under $12. Husband and wife owners Rachel & Charles Kelsey aim was exactly that, make the perfect sandwich that everyone can enjoy. The line out the door proves they’ve done exactly that, with customers from near and far looking to grab their popular Beef 1000 which combines slow-roasted beef, crispy shallots, 1000 Island dressing, and sharp cheddar on brioche.
Shanks & Evelyns Luncheonette, South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
With a motto of 'The Original Taste of Philly', there's no room for average sandwiches at Shanks & Evelyns Luncheonette. Originally opened back in 1962 by Shank and Evelyn themselves in South Philly, Shank & Evelyn's is now located in the City Center and continues to hold its legacy of serving the best Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches - and serving all-day breakfast. There's no secret ingredient, just high-quality beef served on fresh hoagie rolls, along with friendly faces to greet you. There's also something nostalgic about the '60s themed diner, covered in photos of famous happy customers that leaves you feeling full and happy.
Slap's BBQ, Kansas City, Kansas
Two brothers, Mike and Joe Pearce, are the talent and passion behind Slap's BBQ. Their restaurant opened relatively recently in Strawberry Hill neighborhood, in June of 2014, they first hit the scene with their 'circuit' name, Squeal like a Pig BBQ, which has won multiple awards around the US and even made it to the final round of BBQ Pitmasters. While their ribs are sure to hit the spot, it's their BBQ sandwiches that sell out first. Especially the classic, The Sandwich, which comes with your choice of brisket or pulled pork and topped with onion rings and creamy proval cheese.
Domilise’s Po-Boy and Bar, New Orleans, Louisiana
A New Orleans institution, this family run outlet has been in business for almost 100 years, spanning four generations. The hugely popular sandwich bar serves up delicious fried shrimp, roast beef, oyster and sausage po-boys (the iconic Louisiana sandwich) on a New Orleans baguette, featuring the signature crispy crust and chewy, fluffy dough centre. Try the surf n turf, a roast beef and shrimp combo. Have it ‘dressed’ with lettuce, tomato, mayo and pickles. Domilise’s pulls a crowd, so be prepared to wait in line.
Lu’s Sandwiches, Minneapolis, MN
Offering simple, traditional and fresh sandwiches across Minneapolis, Lu’s Sandwiches has a small but mouth-watering menu. Lu’s Sandwiches has a mission to serve quality food made from fresh ingredients and made from scratch daily. Home of the banh mi, a Vietnamese sandwich that is a fusion of French and Vietnamese culinary traditions, Lu’s Sandwiches offers a variety of meats and meat alternatives to complement the crispy baguette, creamy French mayonnaise and flavoursome Vietnamese ingredients.
Michael’s Deli, Brookline, MA
Known as The Corned Beef King, Michael’s Deli serves up the finest New York deli style sandwiches, freshly prepared and overstuffed. With a world-famous and award-winning corned beef sandwich that will melt in your mouth, Michael’s Deli offers taste that is out of this world. Providing exceptional customer service alongside impeccable quality food, Michael’s Deli has taken Brookline by storm and received an abundance of awards.
Mitchell Delicatessen, Nashville, TN
Specialising in fresh, artisan sandwiches, Mitchell Delicatessen uses only the highest quality ingredients and is Nashville’s finest deli. Offering a meat selection that is cured or smoked in-house, Mitchell Delicatessen has a focus on supporting the local economy and sources all ingredients locally. Established in 2008, the community spirit of Mitchell Delicatessen immediately resonated with local residents and the delicatessen ran out of food on the first day of business. Popular ever since, Mitchell Delicatessen has a reputation for serving the best sandwich in Nashville and always has a busy queue.
Momofuku Ssäm, New York City, NY
Part of the Momofuku group, New York City’s Ssam Bar offers an ever-changing menu packed full of flavour and taking inspiration from across the world. Staying true to its New York roots, Ssam Bar offers a traditional deli menu with a continental twist. Whilst the menu changes on a daily basis, you can expect exceptional taste and the popular Bo Ssam sandwich is always available. The Korean dish is a delicious layering of slow roasted pork, pickled cucumbers, ginger scallion sauce and kimchi between fluffy, fresh bread and is an iconic sandwich in New York City.
Highway Inn, Kaka’ako, Hawaii
A family friendly, traditional Hawaiian eatery offering an extensive menu with both dine in and takeaway options. Their sandwich range is dished up with fries, local greens, or traditional Hawaiian macaroni and potato salad. Choose from Kalua pork sliders with homemade coleslaw, or the ‘Catch of the day’ fish sandwich served with onions, lettuce, tomato and homemade tartar sauce.
Little Notch Café, Southwest Harbor, Maine
A charming neighbourhood bakery and café serving artisan bread, pastries and pizzas, all freshly baked on the premises. Little Notch’s menu offers a concise range of Italian American influenced sandwiches, made to order using house baked bread. Try the sausage parmesan focaccia, with roasted onions, peppers, mozzarella and marinara sauce. Or be tempted by the grilled flank steak baguette, which comes topped with fried peppers and onions.
Borinquen, Chicago, Illinois
Borinquen is home to the original ‘Jibarito’, a Puerto Rican-inspired sandwich housed between two plantains. While the concept may not have you running for the door, Chef Juan ‘Peter’ Figueroa has mastered the combination and turned it into a well-known sensation and a must-try if you’re in Chicago. The best thing about Jibaritos is that they go well with a variety of toppings, including steak, shrimp, baked pork, grilled chicken, and even your humble vegetarian toppings. If you can’t get enough of the sweet and nutty plantain, you’ll also find Plantain Balls, Sweet Plantains and Fried Plantains featured on their menu.
Not Your Typical Deli, Gilbert, AZ
The full service delicatessen and bakery was created to make a difference and at Not Your Typical Deli, not only is exceptional food served, fantastic customer service is dished out from the staff of an integrated work environment of developmental disabilities. Since opening, the deli has won an abundance of awards including Best Place To Get A Sandwich in Arizona from Travel + Leisure Magazine. Not Your Typical Deli offers an extensive menu of both hot and cold speciality sandwiches serving up a flavour combo for all taste buds with each sandwich overflowing with delicious fillings.
La Sandwicherie, Miami Beach
One of five French owned outlets in Florida, this Miami Beach joint serves takeaway but also has limited seating at the alfresco counter. The menu boasts a selection of baguettes and croissants stuffed with fillings such as turkey and brie, or salami and provolone. House specials include the Alaskan, teaming smoked salmon and mozzarella, whilst the Tropical is a fruity combo of mozzarella, avocado, tomato, lettuce, papaya, mango and pineapple. There are vegan options, along with a good choice of smoothies, juices and shakes.
Paseo, Seattle, WA
With sandwich shops across Seattle’s Fremont and SoDo neighbourhoods, Paseo offers Caribbean flavour in the heart of Washington State. The delicious sandwiches are created using only local, artisan ingredients served fresh with an ultimate flavour punch. Most popular on the menu, The Caribbean Roast is a legendary sandwich in Seattle and helped place Paseo as The Food Network’s 2nd Best Sandwich Shop in America. Bursting with the intense flavours of tender pulled pork complemented by aioli, caramelised onions, pickled jalapenos and crisp romaine, The Caribbean Roast offers the ultimate taste combo.
Pickle Barrel, Sioux Falls, SD
Offering handmade, quality sub sandwiches, Pickle Barrel has a daily menu featuring over 20 different sandwich options. Famous for its super-sized sandwiches, Pickle Barrel offers both hot and cold fillings overflowing from soft, fluffy bread. Also providing exceptional customer service, Pickle Barrel receives glowing reviews and is highly regarded at the best sandwich joint in Sioux Falls. Often imitated by neighbouring eateries, Pickle Barrel’s features the biggest subs in town with competitors not coming close to the hype of Pickle Barrel’s delicious sandwiches.
Duckfat, Portland, Maine
European influenced café and sandwich bar with a concise menu featuring ice cream shakes and duck fat Belgian fries. The continental style sandwiches come with a classy range of fillings: try the veggie asparagus and crispy shallot with raclette cheese, oregano aioli and tomato soffrito. Or go for spicy smoked brisket with guacamole, green tomato, Oaxaca cheese and red onion.
Brennan’s Deli, Rumson, New Jersey
With 26 kinds of hot and cold sandwiches on their menu, it’s impossible not to find something you absolutely must-try at Brennan’s Deli. There are now 3 locations around New Jersey, but the original, and most-loved is located in a modest small brick building in Rumson. The staff are always warm and welcoming, and if you’re having trouble choosing between the smoked turkey with muenster cheese, grilled portabella and roasted peppers, or smoked salmon with horseradish cheese, the lovely team are happy to point you in the right direction, or provide good company as you hmm and ahhh.
Pretty Bird, Salt Lake City, UT
Selected as one of the best restaurants in Utah, Pretty Bird is a fried chicken specialist serving up jumbo sandwiches. The Nashville-style hot chicken restaurant dishes up a mind-blowing fried chicken sandwich marinated in a choice of four spice levels delivering a mild or extreme punch. The uber-popular restaurant can only seat 16 and often has lines outside but the queue is worth waiting in for this mouth-watering sandwich concoction.
Matt Murphy’s, Brookline, MA
The busy Irish bar Matt Murphy’s brings a classic beer list, delicious cocktails and traditional pub grub to the streets of Brookline. The cosy pub is family-owned and much loved by locals for the relaxed atmosphere and tasty food. Top of the menu is a delicious range of premium sandwiches offering unique varieties packed full of tasty ingredients. The gourmet sandwiches have brought Matt Murphy’s rave reviews and the pub is highly regarded in Brookline.
Saigon Sandwich Shop, San Francisco, CA
A Vietnamese restaurant serving up the traditional banh mi sandwich, Saigon Sandwich has such a strong reputation that there is always a line down the street. With 10 different varieties of the Vietnamese baguette sandwich on the menu, Saigon Sandwich offers both classic and eclectic versions of the banh mi. The fun kitchen prides themselves on their home-style recipes and fresh local ingredients to create their tasty sandwiches.
Cheese N Stuff, Phoenix, Arizona
Cheese & Stuff has been around nearly as long as cheese itself. Okay, that may be an exaggeration, but it has been serving up signature sandwiches since 1949 – and over 10 years ago, served its one-millionth sandwich. There’s nothing too fancy about Cheese N Stuff, the name pretty much says it all, a delicatessen that serves quality and filling sandwiches, without the price tag. You can choose from one of their specialties, including a Hot Pastrami, Turkey Delight, or Sam’s Special, or you can craft your own, choosing your bread, meats, cheese, and ‘stuff’.
Restaurant Guy Savoy, Las Vegas, NV
Renowned Michelin-starred chef Guy Savoy has award-winning, incredible restaurants across the world, including one at home within Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas. Whilst the fine dining establishment is not the place to grab a sandwich, Brioche by Guy Savoy, a takeaway café also within the resort is the best place. Serving up delicious French baguette sandwiches, Brioche offers affordable menu options in comparison to other Guy Savoy eateries but does not compromise on quality or flavour.
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