Sometimes, all you need is a hearty sandwich to hit the spot.
Ohio is full of iconic eateries with famed sandwiches that locals and passerby alike can’t get enough of. From the classic fried bologna to corned beef, here are 9 Ohio sandwiches you have to try before you die. (You can thank us later.)
1. Corned Beef (Slyman’s Restaurant)
This downtown Cleveland eatery is home to the best corned beef you can find in Ohio. (Fun fact: This beloved breakfast and sandwich joint appeared on Rachael Ray's "$40 a Day.") An early lunch around 11 a.m. is recommended here to avoid the lunch rush. Slyman's is located at 3106 St Clair Ave. NE, Cleveland, OH 44114.
2. Katzinger’s Rueben (Katzinger’s Delicatessen)
Sandwiches come in two sizes here, where Rueben's, tuna melts and corned beef are just the start of the sandwich menu—which features a total of 77 different sandwiches. (FYI: You can never go wrong with a #1.) Katzinger’s Delicatessen is located at 475 S 3rd St., Columbus, OH 43215.
3. Big Jim (Maid-Rite Sandwich Shoppe)
"Home of the famous Maid-Rite, Cheese-Rite and Big Jim," this unsuspecting sandwich shop upholds a strange tradition. Visitors stick their chewing gum outside along the "Wall of Gum" and come inside for what is arguably Ohio's best loose meat sandwich. (Pictured: Big Jim.) This unusual eatery is located at 125 N Broadway St., Greenville, OH 45331.
4. Troyer's Trail Bologna (Troyer's Genuine Trail Bologna)
There's no bologna like Troyer's Trail Bologna. A fried Trail bologna sandwich with Swiss cheese really hits the spot. This dish is particularly popular in Holmes, Tuscarawas and Wayne Counties. Troyer's Genuine Trail Bologna is located at
6552 State Route 515
Dundee, OH 44624.
5. The Bagelwich (Bagel Street Deli)
You'll never eat a bagel the same again after you experience what a bagel can truly be, thanks to this unique deli in Athens, which features several signature bagel sandwiches. Bagel Street Deli is located at 27 S Court St., Athens, OH 45701.
6. Chicken and Waffle Sandwich (Uptown Grill)
This walk up window is a late night favorite for Ohio University students. Stop by for lunch, dinner or a late night sweet and savory Chicken and Waffle Sandwich. Uptown Grill is located at 11 W Union St., Athens, OH 45701.
7. The Monte Cristo (Melt Bar and Grilled)
Ohio is home to a pretty epic grilled cheese joint that takes the simple, mouthwatering sandwich to a whole other level. If you’ve yet to eat at Melt Bar and Grilled in central and northeast Ohio, then you’re truly missing out. The Monte Cristo (pictured) is a tried and true classic. It's a huge crowd pleaser for those who want to add some meat to their grilled cheese. Melt Bar and Grilled has locations in Lakewood, Cleveland Heights, Independence, Mentor, Akron and Columbus’ Short North and Easton Town Center.
8. The Mad Dog (Seven Miles Smokehouse)
With slow, southern cooked meats and sides made from scratch every day, this family owned and operated smokehouse serves up some exceptional barbecue. Pictured is "The Mad Dog" with pulled smoked chicken, beef brisket and pulled pork, topped with grilled onions, sauce and creamy signature cole slaw. Seven Miles Smokehouse is located at 285 E 7th St., Chillicothe, OH 45601.
9. Pork Belly BLT (Grumpy's)
This classic Toledo eatery serves up an exceptional BLT with a twist. (Tip: Get it with the jalapeño mayo.) Grumpy's is located at 34 S Huron St.,
Toledo, OH 43602.