A quality sandwich isn’t always easy to come by. Restaurant chains and fast food joints get old fast, and finding the sandwich you want at the right price—and with the right taste—can be quite the challenge. Thankfully, Ohio is filled with tasty, locally owned sandwich shops that are sure to make your lunch hour satisfying and delicious.
1) Melt Bar and Grill (Columbus, Cleveland)
With an array of specialty sandwiches and several shop locations in Columbus and Cleveland, this sandwich joint has made quite an impression on locals. The Melt Bar and Grill won "Best Sandwich of 2015" in both the Columbus Alive Magazine and the Cleveland Scene Magazine. In addition to mouthwatering sandwiches, this shop is known for its "Melt Challenge," which features more than 5 pounds of food—13 different cheeses, three slices of grilled bread and a pile of hand-cut fries and slaw.
Pictured: "The Big Popper"
2) Slyman's Restaurant (Cleveland)
Cleveland is home to Ohio's favorite corned beef sandwich.
3) PJ's Grill (Columbus)
The "Home of the Fat Sandwiches" can be found on the campus of Ohio State University, where it was deemed number one on Thrillist’s “The 33 Best College Sandwich Shops in America” list.
4) The Cornerstone Deli Cafe (Columbus)
Whether you're a breakfast sandwich, bagel sandwich, hot sandwich or cold sandwich kind of person, this sandwich shop is the shop for you and all your sandwich desires.
5) Joe's Deli and Restaurant (Rocky River)
This family-owned restaurant has been serving up quality sandwiches since 1977.
6) Bagel Street Deli (Athens)
With over 20 different kinds of bagels, 10 different meat and tofu options, 6 handmade speciality cream cheeses and 40 different toppings, you're sure to find the bagel sandwich combination made just for your taste buds at this popular Athens sandwich joint.
7) Deli Ohio (Canton)
This family owned restaurant in Canton only serves up all natural products from Ohio farms and food suppliers.
8) Katzinger’s Delicatessen (Columbus)
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.
9) Seven Roses Polish Deli (Cleveland)
Where Polish never tasted so good.
10) Block's: Bagels, Bakery and Deli (Columbus)
Since 1967, this sandwich shop has been serving up a killer tuna melt, along with several other speciality sandwiches.
11) Cleveland Pickle (Lakewood)
These sandwiches are "a really big Dill" at this Cleveland gourmet sub shop, where a sandwich without a pickle is simply incomplete.
12) Easy Street Cafe (Columbus)
"Feta makes it beta" at this speciality cafe, where Greek style sandwiches and gyros give lunchtime a whole new meaning.
Turns out, you actually can mess up a sandwich—so do yourself a favor and just go to the right place to begin with.