They grow up so fast, don’t they? 🙂
I’m excited to celebrate Panini Happy’s 3rd blogiversary with the launch of a cool project…and I’m going to need your help! The Panini Happy Guides to Great Sandwiches will be a set of free mobile sandwich guides, organized by metro area. They’ll feature favorite sandwiches from all over the country and where to find them – all recommended by you, the Panini Happy community. Better yet, with the help of the location app Foodspotting, we’ll be able to access the guides on our mobile phones, so whether we’re close to home or traveling we’ll always know where we can go for a good sandwich.
[THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED] Enter to win a $100 Williams-Sonoma Gift Card and help create the Panini Happy sandwich guides!
- Leave a comment on this post sharing the name or description of your favorite sandwich, the eatery/city/state where you get it and any words of advice. (Ex: “The turkey jalapeño sandwich at Deli Wishes in Carlsbad, CA – I order it on sourdough. Get ready, it’s spicy!“) NOTE: Any kind of sandwich is fine, they do not need to be panini.
- You may submit up to 5 different sandwiches, leaving a separate comment for each (max. 5 entries).
- The giveaway closes on Friday, January 21, 2011 at 12 PM PST. One entry will be selected via random.org to receive the $100 Williams-Sonoma gift card and will be posted here on that day. The giveaway is open to anyone, but for this initial launch of the guides please submit sandwiches/eateries that are located in the U.S. and Canada.
More details to come about the guides in the coming weeks!
***UPDATE 1/21/10: Congratulations to the gift card winner!
Many congrats to Mary (#205)! I happen to agree wholeheartedly with her sandwich suggestion (I visited both of these places on my last trip to San Francisco):
“Boccalone Salumeria in San Francisco’s Ferry Building! They have an assortment of hot and cold sandwiches – one of my favorite being the hot prosciutto cotto with provolone and whole grain mustard. Another fun thing to do is to order their platter with a variety of meats, then head down to Cowgirl Creamery for your cheese and then Acme Bread for some sourdough and head outside to enj0y your lunch by the water!”
Thank you so much for all of your wonderful recommendations, everyone. This sandwich guide is going to be superb, thanks to all of you!
Thanks to Williams-Sonoma for providing the gift card for this giveaway.
Hands down, my favorite sandwich is the Sherman’s Sure Choice from Zingerman’s Deli in Ann Arbor, MI – Zingerman’s corned beef, Switzerland swiss cheese, cole slaw and Russian dressing on good Jewish rye. It is so big and overstuffed that you need to use a fork to eat half of it!
I LOVE the kielbasa sandwich and Primanti Brothers in Pittsburgh! There will be leftovers.
happy birthday! my favorite new sandwich is at Harry’s Deli in Irvine, Sky Park Circle- Harry makes an amazing prime ribeye steak sandwich with grilled onions and peppers and housemade mayo- fantastic!
The grilled butternut squash sandwich and Madison Sourdough in Madison, WI! Delicious, and vegetarian friendly!
The Fried Green Tomato BLT with Pimento Cheese at The Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC is super tasty! (So tasty that I keep trying to get my local eateries to make it for me!)
A place called THE Dutch Oven in my town has the best sandwiches you have ever tasted,I SWEAR!!!!!!!!!! Um,the chicken salad sandwich is out of this world!!!!!!They add chopped grapes and pecan in it! All on home made butter horn bread.OOW YUM!
The BBQ pulled pork sandwich from my local Whole Foods. The meat is by the pound so you can get it as big as you want! With onions, pickles, bacon and loads of sauce on top it’s quite a challenge.
Beanie Burger at the Gahanna Grill in Gahanna, OH. A bacon cheeseburger with sautéed onions, lettuce, tomatoes and topped with Beanie’s homemade slaw. It’s named for it’s creator, the former owner of the Gahanna Grill. Awesome!
Again I say The Dutch Oven in Clarksdale MS.
This time I would recommend the pimento cheese sandwich on homemade butter horn bread.Its a little spicy and very filling.I have never been able to make mine taste this good.
The Dutch Oven again
This is the link to their site,
The TEX-Mex Panini is out of this world@
Next is the Reuben which I love and order most often! Talk about heart burn but it is so worth it!!!!! The Dutch Oven is owned and operated by Mennonites.The nicest and most wonderful religious group I have ever encountered.
The crab melt sandwich at the Ferry Plaza Seafood. Expensive, but it’s housemade dungeness crab salad, cheddar cheese, on a roll baked next door. Deeeelicious.
My favorite sandwich in my town is the Media Noche at Never Blue in Hendersonville, NC. It is cuban sandwich on fresh cuban bread flown in! It is amazing.
I LOVE the chargrilled chicken pesto panini at Atlanta Bread Company. So yummy 🙂
i LOVE the roasted pork sandwich at paillard in quebec city! its memorable for sure 🙂
I love the Grilled Portobello Wrapini from Jason’s Deli in Sugar Land, TX. I’m not vegetarian but it has a bit of a kick from the pico de gallo and is so filling, it’s what I order nearly every time!
Hands down, the Cuban Roast at Paseo 4225 Fremont Ave N, Seattle (they also have a location at 6226 Seaview Ave NW, but I haven’t eaten there personally.) Melt in your mouth marinated roast pork on a toasted baguette with crisp romaine, caramelized onions, pickled jalapeños, aioli and cilantro. TO DIE FOR. Note: this is pretty much a take out only place (maybe 4 tables with folding chairs) the bar just down the hill welcomes people to “bring their lunch and enjoy ice cold beers”.
My current favorite sandwich is a Vietnamese sandwich from a food truck in San Francisco called Little Green Cyclo. I usually get the Lemongrass Grilled Pork. The bread is amazing and the food is delicious.
One of my very favorite sandwiches is the Rachel or Sarah (depending on who you’re talking to). Similar to a Reuben, but made with turkey breast, swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and thousand island dressing on good, deli-style Jewish rye, and grilled till it’s all melted and melded together. And the best place for it? New York, New York Deli Restaurant, located in a strip mall at Kendall Dr. (SW 88th St.) and SW 107 Ave. in Kendall (Miami), Florida. Get some of the dressing on the side for dipping. Yum! It comes with a mountain of hot, crispy steak fries and a huge crisp kosher pickle spear. No one does it better!
It sounds gross, but trust me, the peanut butter and bacon sandwich at Edzo’s in Evanston, IL is amazing. The peanut butter gets all melty because it’s grilled, which makes it pretty messy to eat, but it’s totally worth it.
The Smoked Meat at Schwartz’s Hebrew Delicatessen at 3895 Saint-Laurent Boulevard · Montreal, Quebec. They offer regular, medium or lean. The sour pickles are a must try, and the counter guy will explain to you why the black cherry soda simply has to be drunk out of a glass rather than out of a can – it’s all ’bout the bouquet…
Oh the Hungry Tarpon in Islamorada in the Florida Keys has the best fresh fish sandwich I have ever encountered called the Matecumbe.
Congratulations on three big and successful years Kathy! I have enjoyed following you! And looking forward to many more of your recipes.
My favorite sandwich of all time is the Monte Cristo at Botanica Restaurant in the Lethbridge Lodge Hotel (Alberta, Canada). Nobody I’ve tried makes a Monte Cristo like these guys. Up here it comes with applesauce. Yum!
Ok, just one more.
The Shawarma Pita Wrap Sandwich (beef, chicken or combo) from Shawarma’s King Restaurant, 395 Bank Street Ottawa, ON with garlic sauce. The bright pink pickled turnip looks odd, but it makes the sandwich.
My favorite sandwich is the chicken salad sandwich at The Gunbarrel Deli in Gunbarrel, CO just outside of Boulder. Go HUNGRY, since the small is probably more than you can eat in one meal!
Next favorite is the Chicken with Brie and Avocado Grilled Sandwich at Roundstreet Cafe in Lethbridge, Alberta. Creamy goodness!
Another great sandwich is the Italian at Snarf’s in Boulder, CO. Bring a napkin girls…this one runs down the chin when you bite it. But, it’s a beautiful thing.
Primanti brothers in pittsburgh has hands down the best sandwhiches. French fries automatically make EVERYTHING better, including sandwhiches and salads. Order the Cajun chicken! so delicious.
Zingerman’s Deli in Ann Arbor – Reuben Sandwich! It is delicious!
Zingerman’s corned beef, Switzerland Swiss cheese, sauerkraut & Russian dressing on grilled, hand-sliced Jewish rye bread. I see that there is also another post about Zingerman’s – YAY!
Pottbelly’s Italian Sandwich – Ann Arbor, Michigan
Capicola, Mortadella, Pepperoni, Salami & Provolone Cheese. Ask for it with everything which is: mayo, mustard, hot peppers, onion, tomato, pickle & Italian Seasoning
Dibella’s Old Fashioned Submarines in Ann Arbor!
Godfather – Genoa Salami, Capicola, Spicy Ham
Their service is outstanding too!
Izzy’s Hoagie Shop Deli in Ann Arbor, Michigan
Best Steak Hoagie ever!
Blimpy Burger Ann Arbor, Michigan
K, I know that many don’t consider a hamburger a sandwich, but to me it is… Blimpy Burger is hands down the best burger I have ever had. First time I went they gave me and my friend a sucker, because we had never been. They are delicious!
i love the “fat moon” sandwich (chicken fingers, bacon, egg, french fries, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise and ketchup) at the grease trucks at rutgers university.
love the smoked meat sandwich at Schwarz! in Montreal, Quebec
Best ever sandwiches are at Stacked Sandwiches in Grover Beach, CA.
My favorite is the Lisa’s Stack, with turkey, bacon, avocado and harvarti cheese, and you MUST get it with the jalapeno’s! Go to their website at http://www.stackedsandwiches.com. YUM!
Roast beef sandwich with “house dressing” at The Cheese shop in Williamsburg, VA. Great house dressing…..people just bought the plastic tubs of the dressing and roll ends to take home (super healthy I’m sure)
another one of my fave sandwiches if the turkey artichoke panini (Smoked turkey, spinach artichoke spread, Asiago-Parmesan cheese, tomatoes & caramelized onions, grilled hot on our Focaccia) from any panera restaurant!
Crabcake sandwiches of course!!!
another great sandwich is the hot pastrami sandwich from harold’s famous new york deli in edison, new jersey!
Mozzerella and roasted red pepper from Scotto’s in Hampton Bays, NY!
another fave sandwich of mine is the ham, ham cappicola, salami & provolone sub from double d’s caterers in old bridge, new jersey
I love the Turkey Artichoke Panini from Panera. Simple and delicious!
One of my favorite sandwiches is the grilled chicken sub at Larry’s Giant Subs in Statesboro, Ga. It’s warm and toasted and oh so good!!
One favorite is the Pollo at the Gelato Company in Gainesville, Fl. Bonus: free gelato with your meal!
Greens and Grille’s mediterranean wrap is amazing, especially with the greek dressing. It’s located in Orlando by UCF!
Italian Beef at Portillo’s in the Chicago area. (They have locations in Buena Park & Moreno Valley, but I’ve never been there.) Make sure you get it “hot & wet”, hot = spicy giardiniera, wet = the bread is dipped in jus. Soooo good.
My favorite sandwich is the Tomato and Mozzarella Panini from Panara Bread in Jacksonville Florida. It is made on Ciabatta bread with fresh roasted tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, basil and mozzarella. It is absolutely delicous!
I truly love the Cuban Roast at either of Paseo’s locations in Seattle, WA. Their hours are wonky, the lines are long, and they only accept cash. Their sandwiches burst with flavor, and that’s what keeps me coming back. http://www.paseoseattle.com/
At Wystone’s Tea Cafe in Lakewood, CO (located in the Belmar shopping district) they have an out-of-this-world Grilled Turkey Club Panini, with smoked bacon, tomato, greens, melted cheddar and provolone on hot grilled foccacia. Sounds simple, but it absolutely melts in your mouth, it’s so good!
My favorite sandwich is the Cranberry and Brie sandwich at the Planet Bakery in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada! Get it on the potato bread- so good!!
My other favorite sandwich is the Prince Phillip at St. Veronus in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. Avocados, bacon, calamari!
My favorite sandwich is curry chicken salad in a pita at 3 Sisters Bakery, Aberdeen Washington
I love the DC Chicken Salad Sandwich from Corner Bakery.
The fried chicken sandwich at Bakesale Betty’s in Oakland, CA is absolutely amazing – perfectly crispy and flavorful with a big pile of yummy coleslaw. There’s always a long line, but don’t despair – they often bring around free chocolate chip cookies to help make the wait feel better! 🙂
I’m also enamored with the Roasted Eggplant & Caramelized Onion hot sandwich at Musical Offering in Berkeley, CA. It’s so tasty and comes with a yummy small salad on the side.
Your site makes me happy, and this giveaway is one of many reasons why. One of my favorite sandwiches is the California Turkey from Little City in Austin, Texas.
Kerbey Lane Cafe in Austin, Texas makes a mean club sandwich, and with sweet potato fries on the side, it’s an Austin classic!
Hula Hut in Austin, Texas makes a great Fajita Chicken Sandwich, and the ambience is great in the spring–eating yummy food right on the lake in perfect weather!
I have 2 favorite sandwich places.
The 1st one is La Bottega in the ByWard Market in Ottawa, Ontario (Canada) (64, George Street). My favorite sandwich is the mozzarella and prosciutto topped with spicy eggplants, on focaccia. Basically, La Bottega, an Italian food store, has a Subway-type service but with good, fresh, made-there ingredients. You pick your bread out of 4 or 5 choices, you pick a meat, you pick a cheese, and you pick all your favorite toppings. The sandwich is huge, it costs 5,50$ (all of them are the same price) and can feed 2 people.
I have a second favorite place. It is called Edgar and it is in Gatineau, Québec (60, Begin). This little place is new and is the baby of Marysol, the owner-cook-baker. Every day, she makes different paninis and sandwiches. My favorite is the vegetarian panini with avocado, red peppers, cheese and most important of all, her secret spicy mayo. I would walk miles for it. The bread she uses is Artisan made and is to die for. A place to try.
Olga’s Kitchen restaraunts have the BEST sandwich bread! They are located in the Detroit, MI area. They sandwiches are on a sweet bread folded like a gyro – in fact, if I can remember, they have a gyro meat version. I haven’t been to one in years since I moved to Virginia – but I would always get the simple BLT version. Each bite is a great mix of sweet and salty with the bread and bacon. I wish I had one now :o(
Another suggestion I have is the Lola Burger at B Spot Burgers in Woodmere, Ohio. An over easy egg, bacon, and pickled onions make the most amazing topping for a burger! 🙂 My tip is to order this with the salad rather than fries, because it’s really rich!
Try the Godfather Panini at Hollywood Bistro in Winter Springs, FL. Hold the ham!
The artichoke, wild mushroom, and goat cheese ‘flatwich’ at Urban Flats in Gainesville, FL is wonderful! Especially with a glass of their white wine.
One of my all time favorite sandwiches is the Monte Crisco with maple syrup.
There is no one place, I have had in several places. but I guess the best was at the Sambos at the airport in Berlin, VT
Peppo’s Dilli-Deli in Palos Hills, Illinois (a bit southeast of Chicago) makes a fantastic Italian sandwich. The ingredients are standard for an Italian sandwich. What makes it amazing, however, are the freshly baked Italian bread and the “GUTS,” or a mixture of onions, tomatoes, pickles, and seasonings all chopped fine and mixed into some kind of oil base. Delicious!
Well I can’t think of the name of it but it’s this delicious sandwich at a place called Wallace Station in Midway, KY. It’s a warm turkey sandwich with brie and thinly sliced Granny Smith apples. They make their bread fresh daily, so that helps too!
My favorite sandwich in the Columbus Ohio area is the spicy gryo at The Olive Tree in Hilliard Ohio. It is so delicious and nice and spicy. The perfect side to this sandwich is the yummy delicious fire fries. Just be prepared to work up a bit of a sweat. Oh so good!!
My very favorite sandwich is the one with the one with the Sonoma Basil cream cheese spread and cucumbers, on the Pan de Casa bread, from Cafe Latte in St. Paul, MN.
My favorite panini is one I used to get in high school — turkey, provolone, roasted red peppers, and basil aoli on ciabatta — from Fischerville, in Mendota Heights, MN.
I had a fantastic panini at Milk and Honey Cafe in Chicago, IL — grilled portobello, roasted red pepper, sauteed spinach, and herbed goat cheese. Amazing.
The Yard Bird from the Spicy Pickle in Austin. Spinach, blue cheese, turkey and apples on ciabatta. Delicious.
The cafe at my alma mater had a few really fantastic paninis. Unfortunately, they’ve stopped making at least two of my favorites. However, they still have the Chicken Pomodoro — sliced chicken breast, fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, and marinara sauce. Yum. Uncommon Grounds, at Bryn Mawr College (in the campus center), in Bryn Mawr, PA.
When I was younger, I’d sometimes go to Nicol’s Deli & Market Cafe (in Minneapolis, MN) with my mom. Just the two of us, it was sort of our little place. The Cashew Tuna Melt is incredible — one of the only things with canned tuna that I enjoy.
My favorite sandwich is the Grilled Chicken Club from Board and Brew in Del Mar, CA. It comes wrapped up in tin foil and stays nice and hot; perfect for a beach lunch or dinner. My sister and her college roommate used to drive down from LA to have it.
This one is easy. In Frank’s Deli, part of the Owen’s food court at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA, the “Fantastic Frank” truly is fantastic. Chicken, provolone, mesclun mix, and pesto mayo grilled on focaccia.
My favorite sandwich is is a roast beef sub from Intermission Deli in Saginaw, MI. It has just the right amount of cheese and veggies, along with lots of roast beef on great bread.
I order The Holly at The College Deli in Williamsburg, VA – get it just as it is! Yum!
My second favorite is the Blue Crab Cake Hoagie at The Yardhouse in San Antonio, TX…order extra aioli on the side!
My husband’s favorite sandwich of all time is the The Danny’s Special at Danny’s in Fredericksburg, Va. Order it “toasted with everything.”
My husband’s favorite is the fresh mozzarella sandwich at The Cheese Shop in the Glen Park neighborhood of San Francisco. The french bread is baked daily at a bakery up the street. Be sure to pick up some baklava for dessert!
I love the Heights Classic (Roasted and smoked fresh Turkey, French Brie, and Organic Avocado) from Liberty Heights fresh in SLC, UT.
Chicken Kebab sandwich at Mazza’s in SLC.
Chicken breast cubes marinated in a lemon and yogurt sauce, broiled and served in a toasted French bun with a heavenly aioli spread, tomatoes and Armenian pickles. Yum!
Cheese lover sandwich at Caputos in SLC, UT.
Swiss, smoked Gouda, provolone, cheddar, lettuce, tomato, olive oil & balsamic vinegar.
I love cheese!
Smoked Turkey Sandwich at the Dodo in SLC, UT.
Smoked in-house and thinly sliced turkey on a sourdough garlic roll. Served with a Dodo barbecue sauce.
The barbecue sauce is so delicious!
I love the sandwich au brie from Monsieur Marcel at Farmers Market at Fairfax and Third in Los Angeles. Toasty fresh-made baguette with slightly melted high quality French brie, tomatoes, and mixed greens. Mmmm. They only serve it at lunch.
Just wanted to stop by and congratulate you on 3 years of panini blogging! No small accomplishment, Kathy. Looking forward to more wonderful panini ideas (I might just have to break down and buy a press one of these days).
1886 N Tamiami Trl, North Fort Myers, FL 33903
This deli has been a local legend since 1981 in my hometown.Their subs are 14″ on a bread baked just for them at a local bakery.If you order the blockbuster sub be ready to eat trust me has 1/4 lb of each type of meat. It has turkey,roast beef,ham, and many slices of cheese.The amount of meat you get on their sandwiches is ridiculous I don’t know how they afford to do it.They have been owned by the same family for 30 yrs try it you won’t be sorry believe me.
My husband’s favorite sandwich is the Baked Ham-Chicken on a grinder roll from Nardelli’s in Waterbury, CT. The cucumber relish on the grinder is amazing and is a secret recipe they won’t give away! Nardelli’s is right off of I-84 so it’s easy for travelers to access.
Ok, after giving this much thought 🙂 I have a couple. I love a great deli turkey sandwich and one of my favorites is bay cities deli. They have good quality ingredients so a plain old turkey sandwich is delicious. But, I LOVE me a pulled pork sandwich, from almost anywhere that does good BBQ (any suggestions in So Cal are welcome). For eatery on that one, I’ll go with maybe Smokin Woody’s or Wishbone, both in Chicago.
When we’re in Lake George, NY, we love to stop for sandwiches at the Commons Deli in the French Mountain Commons outlet plaza. All the deli meat is sliced for each sandwich and any sandwich on their fresh rye bread (the freshest I’ve ever had!) is a winner!
My favorite sandwich is the eggplant panini from Johnny Salami’s in New Haven, CT. The sandwich has roasted red peppers, fresh mozzarella, and balsamic vinaigrette on a ciabatta roll – delicious!!
The Boston Deli Grill in Tulsa, OK (at 61st & Sheridan) has some of the best sandwiches in the city. My personal favorite is their applewood smoked roast beef & smoked gouda on jalapeno cheddar bread and then grilled.
My favorite sandwich is Scholtzky’s small original on rye.!
I am going to have to agree with Danielle above and say that the turkey sandwich at Wallace Station in Midway, KY is fabulous. Even better though is the Hot Brown Burger they serve. They take the wonderfulness of a Hot Brown sandwich and make it into a burger that is beyond compare!
I love, love LOVE the black bean panini at Lotsa Pasta in Louisville. Black beans, Colby cheese, jalapeño cream cheese and scallions, all in one amazing sandwich!
The Bier Stein in Eugene, Oregon makes the best panini’s and sandwhiches around. It looks like a little bottle shop and bar but the food is amazing. My personal favorite is the tuna melt on toasted sourdough bread. Other favs are The Goudist and The Spitfire.
I really love sandwiches, although I don’t eat them as much as much as I wish I did- and when I whip them up for myself at home, they’re usually too basic to be all that noteworthy- we’re talking grilled cheese and cold cuts, that sort of thing. But my tastes are generally more interesting than my means would indicate.
The first sandwich I really fell in love with was the corned beef reuben. It’s just impossible to fail with one of those. I regret that I can’t remember the name of the diner where I first encountered it, but I recommend a proper deli rather than just a regular restaurant- the quality of meat will make all the difference. I like to get mine at New York Deli in Richmond, Virginia.
My second favorite sandwich is the Croque Monsieur- and don’t be fooled by the oversimplified description of it as “the french word for grilled cheese”. Savory ham and creamy, mild soft cheeses- gruyere is my favorite- between bread fried with a mil and egg wash. Get it at Revolutionary Soup in Charlottesville, VA or at Can Can in Richmond.
As simple as it sounds, I love a BLT. But it has to come from Blue Moon Diner in Charlottesville, VA- order it with the Artisan Bacon rather than the regular- it’s locally raised, extremely lean and thick cut, and nothing short of magical.
Another sandwich I love in Hendersonville, NC is the Monte Cristo at Square One Bistro. Perfect lunch sandwich!
This one is kind of commercial, but I love the Chesseburger wrap at Beef O’Brady’s in Hendersonville, NC. I didn’t think I would like all the great cheeseburger stuff in a wrap, but I do. It’s awesome.
The Country Store in Arcata, CA makes the best Club Sandwich!
And Myrtle Avenue Market in Eureka, CA makes the best Fresh Crab Sandwich!
And Wildberries Marketplace makes the best Tuna Sandwiches!
My favorite sandwich is the Carne Asada Torta at Garcia’s Tacos in Wichita, Kansas.
Melt-in-your-mouth chunks of carne asada, refried beans, lettuce, tomato, onions, cilantro on a fresh Bolillo – it’s perfect in every way.
The Joshalotta from Dolci & Joe’s in Wichita, Kansas. The mustard is in a league of its own – truly delicious!
Turkey, Salami, Peppered Bacon, Mozzarella, Tomatoes, Lettuce, Dill Pickles, Grilled Onions and Jalapeno-Apricot Mustard on Sourdough.
I love “The Elvis” from Which Wich. It’s Peanut butter, banana and honey on a sub roll. Soooo good!
Also, the Club at Firehouse Subs is delightful! Turkey, ham, bacon, & Monterey Jack. Delish!
“The Wicked” from WhichWich is perfect when I’m having one of those “oh my god I’m starving” moments! That sandwich is HUGE!
I’m a huge fan of a hearty steak sandwich with tangy horseradish sauce, sauteed peppers and a bit of spring greens.
Here in Minneapolis, you have to visit Matt’s for the famous Juicy Lucy. (It’s a cheeseburger with the cheese cooked on the inside of the meat patties so it is like molten lava cheese and SUPER tasty!)
OK, not that too many people are going to frequent Lakeland, FL but there is a hole-in-the-wall dive called Fat Jacks there that has a fabulous BLT and turkey club sandwich. I’m a sucker for anything on buttered and toasted bread with bacon and mayo in the middle.
And of course you can’t forget the Primanti Brothers’ sandwich in Pittsburgh PA, which I believe you created an excellent panini from a few years back (and we are hopeful this Super Bowl you will have reason to create another Pittsburgh-style panini…perhaps the RothlisBurger panini?!?!) Any sandwich containing steak, french fries and coleslaw inside is a winner in my book!
Here in Eden Prairie, MN, the top notch restaurant Wildfire has a great Dill Crusted Walleye sandwich. The walleye is a local fish here in MN: light, flaky and super delicious with the dill crusted breading they put on it. Mmmmmmm!
My favorite sandwich anywhere is the “Moonstruck” Mushroom Grill at Cafe 212 on Main Street in Tupelo, Mississippi. It has portabella mushrooms, alfalfa sprouts, turkey and mozzarella cheese with pesto mayo on sourdough bread. It is grilled sandwich perfection!
Also at Cafe 212 in Tupelo, Mississippi, there is a Grilled White Cheddar Pimento Cheese sandwich that is my second favorite. The recipe has been requested by outsiders and was printed in our state’s magazine it is so popular!
Congrats on 3 great years! You’re an inspiration. 🙂
the chicken salad sandwich at the wildflour cafe in abingdon, va, is amazing. the bread rocks (no matter which kind you get) and the chicken salad is always fresh and delicious!
Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo Michigan makes one fantastic grilled cheese. Sourdough bread – two or three different cheeses – homemade pesto – a thick slice of ripe red tomato. It’s wonderful (and even more so with a cold glass of Oberon from the tap!)
I love the eggplant parmesan sandwich at Gino’s in Meridian. A perfect vegetarian meal!
Great Harvest Bakery in Meridian, ID has the most wonderful panini sandwiches. My favorite is the turkey/pesto on sourdough!
Anything from Board & Brew in San Diego or San Clemente CA
If I’m traveling in the morning, I look for an airport with a Potbelly to get a BELT – bacon, egg, lettuce, tomato – on a toasted wheat bagel.
The Hole in the Wall in Arcata, CA makes amazing sandwiches with fresh, local ingredients. My favorite is the meatball sandwich and I always order it on a fresh Brio (a local bakery) roll. Not only are their sandwiches delicious, but they’re enormous too!
Cafe Brio in Arcata, CA makes a delicious Croque-Monsieur. It has Niman Ranch ham, Gruyère & Emmental cheese and is grilled open-face. I had never had an open-faced sandwich before, I felt so fancy 🙂
Porter Street BBQ in Arcata, CA is probably my favorite sandwich place around. They BBQ their meats on a huge grill in front of the restaurant and you can smell it blocks away! I always get the tri-tip BBQ sandwich. The fresh tri-tip paired with their home made BBQ sauce is to die for, it’s the only thing that I order.
Hurricane Kate’s in Eureka, CA makes a tasty French Dip on a baguette with tri-tip, provolone cheese, carmelized onions and au jus. I just ordered it this weekend in fact. Yum!
I usually go to Big Blue Cafe in Arcata, CA for breakfast and I almost always get their breakfast bagel sandwich. You get a choice of bagel, cheese and meat with an egg. I prefer a seeded bagel with jack cheese, ham and a scrambled egg. It’s cheap, but tasty and very filling!
In the Philadelphia exurbs, there is a pizza place in Richboro, PA. Although the pizzas are good, their grilled veggie wrap sandwiches are outstanding. I’ve tried to replicate this wrap sandwich at home but haven’t come close.
Philadelphia is renowned for its cheesesteaks. And you may have heard of the rivalry between Pat’s and Geno’s, each claiming cheesesteak supremacy. (I prefer Geno’s.) If you go farther afield in South Philly, (99 East Oregon Avenue, to be exact), you can enjoy a delectable cheesesteak among many other sandwiches.
Tony Luke’s has additional locations in the Springfield Mall, Springfield, PA, Deptford, NJ, and Wildwood Crest, NJ. And if you visit the Kingdom of Bahrain, you can get a Tony Luke’s Philly cheesesteak.
I love the portobello mushroom panini at the Rising Roll in Atlanta. Great flavor and the Naan bread is so yummy!
Dagwood’s in Bloomington, IN has a great Dagwood Sandwich and don’t forget the special sauce. I get one of these each time I go back home.
The Phoenix, from Lost Dog Cafe in Arlington, VA
Sliced Roast Beef with Havarti Dill Cheese from Bittersweet Cafe in Alexandria, VA
Primo Panini at Massa in Elmwood Park, Ill. Soo so good!
Italian Beef Sandwich at Johnnys in Elmwood Park, Ill. Kind of a run down place, but such classic food!
The Italian Sub from The Alpine in Elmwood Park, Ill. Another favorite of mine!
The Rocktown sandwich from Pennybackers in Harrisonburg, VA. Such a cute cafe with great food!
Do burgers count? Twisted Root in Richardson Texas have the BEST speciality burgers.
The Galley Boy from Swensons in Akron, Ohio. Essentially a double cheeseburger with two different sauces. It’s amazing. Get one of their milkshakes too and the fried mushrooms!
The Chicken Breast Sandwich at Wichcraft in NYC. Absolutely delicious–grilled mushrooms & onions, green olive tapenade & fontina on grilled country bread!
We love Jetties in Washington, DC (Georgetown). We usually make our own, but the Thanksgiving style turkey sandwich is great (Turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce)
Grilled Reuben at Dink’s in Santa Claria (Valencia Mall or Granary Square) is the greatest. So thick it is hard to get your mouth around!
Don’t shoot me but my hubby and I love to split a panini at Whole Foods. Fresh tomatoes, pickles, and about 3 Italian salamis or meets. Provolone cheese melts in to their Italian dressing and ciabatta bread…..somehow I think it is healthy cuz I’m at Whole Foods…..but!!!! Delicious!
Spumoni Restaurant in Valencia, CA has my favorite vegetarian panini. Lightly fried slices of eggplant, mozzarella cheese and marinara sauce on our homemade bread. Sounds simple but it is thick and delicious. They make their own marinara of course!
Another great panini at Spumoni’s in Valencia is their Grilled Pesto Chicken. It is grilled chicken breast, pesto spread, sun dried tomatoes and mozzarella cheese on their homemade bread. Yum melts in your mouth.
The Toscano panini at Toscano & Sons in Atlanta is light and super tasty.
The pulled pork bbq sandwiches from Speedy’s in Lexington, NC are awesome, get dip on the side and you can control how wet and spicy you want it!
One of my favorite burgers are from Five Guy’s anywhere in VA, love all their free toppings and gotta have some of their awesome fries to go with it!
The meatball sub at Village Cafe in Centreville, VA is outstanding!
Also love the Veal Parmesan sub from Village Cafe, must get the greek salad to go with it!
Love the philly sub from Dusina’s in Welcome, NC!
I love a hot turkey sandwich from Tommy’s Joynt in San Francisco on VanNess. Hand Carved right before serving..nothing better than roasted turkey, hot on a sandwich!
Nugget Market in Davis, CA makes a panini on foccacia bread, pepper jack cheese, cheddar cheese, guacamole, chiles, and Sausalito turkey that is to die for!
Nugget also makes a fantastic roast beef, cheese, and jalapeno sandwich on ciabatta or foccacia. Topped with a little spicy mayo, and it’s amazing.
Togo’s is a chain, but it has the best turkey and guacamole sandwich, especially if on the wheat bread. It’s quintessentially Californian.
Konditorei in Davis, CA makes pizzas with atypical pizza ingredients – it’s more like a flat sandwich! My favorite has tomato sauce, artichokes, pepperoncini, salami, olives, cheese and oregano.
For breakfast, I love Konditorei’s croissant breakfast sandwich – 2 scrambled eggs with green onions, pepperoncini, cheese, and two strips of bacon. It’s beyond delicious.
My FAVORITE sandwich of all time is te Roasted Eggplant and Roasted Red Pepper Panini served at the Pool at the Bellagio in Las Vegas . DIVINE!
I am a fan of a place here in Atlanta called “My Friends Place” they serve a half tuna/half egg salad sandwich on white bread with lettuce and tomato. Tastes just like Grandma use to make!
Another one of my favorites is at Vickereys here in ATL. Turkey Pita smoked turkey breast, brie cheese, baby greens and raspberry mayo on warm pita bread. YUM!
The Paula Deen hamburger on a Krispy Kreme Glazed Doughnut was good. A mini heart attack on a plate but it was good.
The Fried Green Tomato Sandwich at The Flying Biscuit…..Crisp turkey bacon, fried green tomatoes, lettuce, cashew-jalapeno relish, and goat cheese served on a whole wheat bun. Sweet potato fries on the side. MMmmmmmm..
A hoagie from just about anywhere in Pittsburgh
Ham and cheese on Pumpernickel from Brueggers – Yep – I am a simple girl
Turkey club from Murray Ave Grill in Pittsburgh
Anything from Fatheads in Pittsburgh!
Lili’s Bistro on Magnolia in Fort Worth, TX is an absolute charm! Their House Burger, with gorgonzola dressing, bacon and tomato is fabulous, as is their Grown-Up Grilled Cheese – 3 kinds of cheese on Texas toast – yum!
5 Guys burgers are over the top and make sure to try out some of the free toppings….green peppers are awesome!
The Al Capone from the Algonquin Sub Shop is wonderful.
The sweet potato sandwich with fresh mozza and fig spread at Wildflower Bakery in Sedona, AZ is really unusual and wonderful!
The BEST sandwich in the whole wide world is the Muffaletta (pronounced muff a lot a) at Centeral Grocery in New Orleans.
One of my (and our customers) favorite cafe sandwiches is our Hail Mary…A herb focaccia roll is filled with grilled kickin chicken, fresh mozzarella, sun dried tomatoes and sautéed artisan mushroom blend accented with basil pesto, panini style…oh yea…are you ready for some football!!
Another fav is The Sleepy-Time Panini….
Oven roasted turkey (reportedly causes sleepiness), avocado slices, Monterey jack cheese & baby spinach, accented with ranch dressing on multi grain ciabatta roll.
Being a true carnivore my husband loves the Bovine Ecstasy…..Start with flame licked prime tenderloin add Dijon spread, brie cheese & cheesy onion tangles on San Fran sourdough, brushed with garlic scented olive oil & panini..…gastronomic delight!!
My most favorite sandwich is from a little resturant in Downtown Petersburg named Alexander’s. Their souvlaki sandwich is definately my favorite (although you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu). A combination of flat bread stuffed with pork marinated in their house Greek dressing, lettuce, and smothered in feta cheese and staziki sauce. We like to call them MESSY SANDWICHES, and it is oh so worth the mess!
I survived graduate school off of The Twister: grilled smoked turkey, melted provolone, grilled onions, lettuce, tomato, on toasted sourdough. Hamilton Deli: New York City, NY. It’s a steal at $6.00 a pop!
My favorite sandwich is the J Dog at Demarco’s Italian Specialties in Philadelphia…there’s really nothing like it!
My favorite sandwich place is Zoey’s in Manchest, Vt. Everytime we are in Manchester we stop and have a wonderful sandwich on choices of homemade bread and with all types of fillings. I particularly like the vegetarian choices with their hummus and I have never been disappointed. The sandwiches are so large and yummy and they always come with homemade chips as well. It’s a great spot to try and they also offer homemade soups. It’s the real thing.
This one is easy – the muffaletta at Central Grocery in New Orleans. Nothing like that olive salad running down your chin when you bite into one of these beauties.
This is my fifth and final entry. I have to say one of my favorite sandwiches (one that i’ve almost forgotten about since I haven’t had one since we moved from Virginia) is the turkey artichoke from Panera. When we lived in virginia we lived in a small town, so there weren’t a lot of restaurants to choose from and I love a good sandwich! Panera’s turkey artichoke sandwich always hit the spot!
Chicken banh mi is my holy grail for sandwiches. Never costs more than $3.50 either. Most often buy it in Northern Virginia area, first choice (on rare occasion a parking space can be snagged) is a tiny shop inside the busy Eden Center at Seven Corners. More often head up the road a couple of miles or so to DC Sandwich, which cranks out a fine banh mi as well.
Occasionally I find myself with a fierce craving for a good old fashioned American burger, my preference being 80/20 organic burger meat, raw sweet onion slices, sour pickle chips, and mustard on a toasted bun. Catsup added on some bites. Details matter. Can’t be just any ole burger, and it’s just not ready for prime time unless the bun is buttered before toasting or grilling. Where do I get the best burger? Have to make them myself!
LOL. I like a lot of sandwiches, come to think of it. Another winner for me is from the Panera Bread chain: smoked turkey, tomatoes, red onions, and lettuce on asiago cheese bread with lettuce and chipotle mayo. Delicious.
The Turkey Bacon Avocado sandwich at Bravo Italian is amazing. I don’t know what the spread is that’s on it, but it really brings it together. You have to get it with the Tuscan fries tossed with rosemary & sea salt. They are PERFECT!
The Bay Blue sandwich at Baltimore Coffee & Tea in Annapolis is superb. Roast Beef, red onion, blue cheese, lettuce and a hint of mayo on a toasted baguette. Delicious!
I love the Potbelly Subs Chicken Salad on Multigrain/wheat bread. Toasted perfectly, all wrapped up, I would grab one and sneak it into a movie at the theater next door for a matinee show on the weekend.
Palmer’s Deli in Des Moines, IA is the go to place for amazing deli food. My favorite here is the Turnberry. Smoked turkey, Havarti cheese, cranberry chutney, and cream cheese on multigrain bread.
You would have wasted a trip to IA if you didn’t have a tenderloin. I recommend the “Big as your head” Killer Tenderloin from Killer Deli in Des Moines. This locals favorite is shrine to clogged arteries and deliciousness.
The Basque Boulangerie Cafe on the square in Sonoma, CA has a wonderful tuna sandwich on a homemade mini baguette.
The #7 (Sliced Granny Smith Apple, Turkey, Brie, & Raspberry Mustard on 9-grain) at The Grey Dog’s Coffee in NYC is pretty amazing. It tastes even better if you heat it up a little to melt the cheese.
Portobello Press from Kuba Kuba in Richmond, VA. Goes well with a Negra Modelo and comes with yummy fried plantains!
THE Prosciutto on Focaccia with provolone & roasted tomatoes from The Cheese Shop in Colonial Williamsburg, VA is the best thing in the world. It’s perfect just how it is!
The Lamplighter Roasting Company in Richmond, VA is home to one of my favorite BLT’s. The Quilted BLT! The bacon is woven together the greens are fresh, and a garlic aioli hold it all together!
If your in Richmond, VA head downtown to Pearly’s and stop for a “Downtowner”. Imagine turkey Breast,Bacon, and Muenster all on a croissant! (Don’t forget tomatoes and a little mayo!). Upgrade to the fries, its worth it!
chiocca’s in richmond, VA is easy to miss but shouldn’t be overlooked! Any place that has so many prosciutto based sandwiches is a win. I always have my eye on the specials board waiting for the Jail Bird, a prosciutto and chicken salad wonder!
I love the Blue Ribbon Sandwich at Grand Central Bakery (multiple locations – Portland, OR). The sandwich is house-roasted grass-fed beef, blue cheese mayonnaise, pickled red onion and crisp lettuce served on a toasted Brioche Bun.
Another great sandwich at Grand Central Bakery (Portland, OR) is The Grinder: salami, provolone, sweet onion, pickled peppers, lettuce, vinaigrette and a touch of mayonnaise on a baguette.
I LOVED the highway 128 at Mendocino Farms, Los Angeles. The goat cheese in there was generous, and the hazelnut bread actually had whole toasted hazelnuts in there! Humba-humba! 😀
Also loved the Umami burger at Umami, Los Angeles. It’s got: meaty beef burger, roasted tomato, mushroom, Parmesan chip, caramelized onion, and spread on a toasted Portuguese bun. Umami…x6!!! What’s not to like?
Also the Ricotta Tartine at Le Pain Quotidien. It’s got this really minimalistic open-faced sandwich, with the freshest, riches ricotta cheese. Amazing.
(I really wanna win this thing, so here’s take #4)
Another memorable sandwich, was the Sweet Fuji Apple and Gorgonzola sandwich at Busboy & Poets, Washington, D.C.
Crusty grilled bread chock-full of crunchy walnuts and plump juicy raisins, smeared with the perfect amount of gorgonzola cheese, paired with that sweetness of the fig spread and the thin-sliced crispy apples…Come on, you’re drooling too! 😉
Last one: the Roasted Turkey Sandwich from Smart Alec’s at San Francisco, CA.
It was a big and fat sandwich, with juicy turkey, and the cranberry mayo was the star, of course. So creamy, rich, and tart and sweet at the same time!
Boccalone Salumeria in San Francisco’s Ferry Building! They have an assortment of hot and cold sandwiches – one of my favorite being the hot prosciutto cotto with provolone and whole grain mustard. Another fun thing to do is to order their platter with a variety of meats, then head down to Cowgirl Creamery for your cheese and then Acme Bread for some sourdough and head outside to enj0y your lunch by the water!
Bacon and tomato. Might be what I’d request for my last meal: Lotsa fairly lean, just going crisp bacon, generous slices of tomato seasoned with salt and pepper, maybe a little red onion (or not) and/or some lettuce (or not). Mayo slathered on toasted bread. I mostly just dream about this sandwich anymore because I do prefer it meaty — loaded with bacon!
Both the Cubano and Pulled Pork sandwiches from Steuben’s in Denver, CO are outstanding. Try with a side of their mac and cheese – can’t go wrong!
You can find a great sandwich at the Illinois Street Emporium in Indianapolis. They have a delicious Roast Beef Special. And if you go there be sure to get an iced cookie. Good eats
The Double Decker BLT from Price Hill Chili in Cincinnati is a family staple!
I love the philly cheese steak from jersey mikes!
The Bacon and Cheddar Chicken Sandwich (Crisp turkey bacon and cheddar cheese on a grilled chicken breast with lettuce, tomato, and chipotle mayo) from The Flying Biscuit in Atlanta.
Any sandwich at Harold’s Deli in New Jersey. They are the size of your head and you can get a piece of cake just as big. I recommend tongue and pastrami!
The portabello burger at The Wild Fork in Tulsa is TDF!
Nothing can satisfy a sandwich craving like the soppressata, fontina and arugula panini from Toast in Durham, NC. It’s only a short walk from work and the friendly owners, lovely hiss of the grill and spicy soppressata makes for a great experience. Beware – every time I purposefully pack half of my panini to go, I’ve only been able to wait about half the afternoon before polishing it off!
the grilled cheese with tomato and avocado from Mill Town in Carrboro, NC is deliciously simple. Make sure to dip in the garlic aioli that comes with the fries and a Belgian beer from their extensive beer selection.
Do not miss the homemade black bean burger with pepperjack avocado, pico de gallo and chipotle mayo at Bull McCabe’s in Durham, NC – it is spicy!
The salmon panino at Little Azio is unique and light. Try it when you don’t want to fill up.
The corner bakery’s grilled cheese sandwhich….yum!
Augie’s (Carol Stream, IL) turkey sub!
My dear friend Kay’s shredded beef sandwhiches–heaven on a bun.
BLT from heaven and chicken tortilla soup to die for!
Crab cake sliders Boulevard Diner in Mount Pleasant, SC
I make a mean prosciutto, strawberry preserve & goat cheese panini. 🙂
toasted panini with mozarella and basil from Olivers Market in Cotati, ca
I love the Caprese Sub at The Cheese Course in Weston, FL!
They have a great portobella panini at Farm to Market in Overland Park, KS.
My SO makes an awesome meatball sub! Totally authentic Calabrian!
Broadstreet Baking Co. & Cafe in Jackson, Mississippi makes a delicious turkey sandwich on foccacia bread.
I would definitely recommend the deli in my neighborhood in NW Washington DC. It is called Wagshal’s and is great for hot or cold sandwiches. You can even create your own if you like. Their bread is amazing…I have never gone wrong with anything from this place. You have to stop by!
My husband and I both really like the French dip at the Steak House in Lincoln, Nebraska. The sandwich is always available at lunchtime, but may not always be available for dinner. Very yummy!
I know the giveaway is closed, but I am eating a fabulous sandwich right now from the Ebbetts Good To Go food truck in San Francisco– beef brisket made light and fresh with arugala and crisp granny smith apples and a light horseradish mayo. So delicious! The truck is run by two very friendly moms.
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