Contrary to popular belief, Mainers eat more for lunch than just lobster rolls. In fact, we have some of the best sandwich shops in the country.
From breakfast through to dinner, Maine sandwich shops will keep you full all day. Check out this list, which is in no particular order, of some of our favorite sandwich purveyors in the state.
1. The Coffee Pot, Bangor: 652 Broadway
Bangor, Maine / (207) 990-2633
The original Coffee Pot sandwich has been on offer for 80 years and those who love it have been eating it their entire lives. You'll know it's the original if it includes green peppers, onions, tomatoes, seasonings, and toppings that include salami, ham, turkey, roast beef, tuna or egg salad, cheese and pickles.
2. 'Wich Please, Rockport:
421 Main St
Rockland / (207) 390-5679
'Wich Please got its start in Rockland's Buoy Park and quickly made a name for itself among locals and visitors alike. This winter, the truck set up residence in Comida and continues to serve up favorites. Vegetarians should check out our favorite, the Reubenesque.
3. Big Top Deli, Brunswick: 70 Maine Street
Brunswick, Maine / (207) 721-8900
This circus-themed deli has a huge selection for both meat lovers and vegetarians. Try the Big Top's namesake sandwich (pictured) or branch out and try the highly recommended Trailblazer, Oliphant or
4. Edna and Lucy's, Pownal: 407 Hallowell Rd
Pownal, Maine / (207) 688-3029
Just outside of Freeport sits Edna and Lucy's. This unassuming red shop at the side of Hallowell Road has a modest, but incredible list of sandwiches that change often. Stop in for daily specials and pick up their not-to-be-missed donuts as well.
5. Thirsty Whale Tavern, Bar Harbor: 40 Cottage St
Bar Harbor, Maine /
Phone number (207) 288-9335
Less of a sandwich shop and more of an actual restaurant, the famous fried haddock sandwich earned Thirsty Whale a spot on our list. Check it out if you love your fish perfectly fried with a side of incredible clam chowder.
6. Yancey's Restaurant, Calais: 332 North St
Calais, Maine / (207) 454-8200
Those who know the correct way to pronounce the town of "Calais" also know that Yancey's is a great place for a lobster roll. Head in for a perfect bun piled high with meaty, lobster goodness.
7. Big G's, Winslow:
581 Benton Ave
Winslow, Maine /
Phone number (207) 873-7808
If you like your sandwiches the way you like your Acadia mountain views (and by that, we mean HUGE) check out Big G's. You'll likely end up with lunch for two days. With that in mind, we recommend you also pick up one of their size-of-your-face whoopie pies so that you've got dessert for two days as well. Try the Reuben if you're looking to splash out. Or, go for the Richard Simmons if you're feeling a tad healthier.
8. Po'Boys & Pickles, Portland: 1124 Forest Ave
Portland, Maine / (207) 518-9735
There are lots of sandwich options in Portland, but Po' Boys stands out among some great ones. Stop in and try a chicken fried pork po' boy with sambal honey and roasted peppers & onions. Or, choose just about anything on a biscuit and you can't go wrong.
9. Saco Island Deli, Saco: 110 Main St
Saco, Maine / (207) 286-3842
Over 90% of the menu here is made in their own kitchen, making this the place to go if you're into fresh and local. The specials board changes daily and ranges from "The Stuffed Bird Panini" with antibiotic-free turkey breast and stuffing, on local Italian bread to the more recent "Vermonter," featuring cheese, apples and a delicious croissant.
10. The Shed BBQ, Rangeley: 2647 Main St
Rangeley, Maine / (207) 864-2219
In the heart of the Rangeley Lakes Region is The Shed, serving up incredible BBQ sandwiches with even better sides. You can't go wrong with the pulled pork or beef brisket sandwiches.
What are you favorite sandwich shops? More importantly, what’s your favorite sandwich?