There’s nothing quite so comforting and filling as a well-made sandwich. What constitutes a sandwich is a source of constant and oftentimes entertaining debate, but the fact that there are just so many amazing options out there make it one of the best and most versatile meals you can find.
There are a ton of interesting, delicious and wonderful sandwiches being made around the state (and we’d love to hear more about them in the comments), but in the meantime, here are 13 sandwiches to start you off:
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1. Tenuta's Deli - Kenosha
The Muffolotta is a version of a New Orleans classic that feeds 8-10 people and contains sweet peppers, mortadella, ham, hot capicolla, genoa salami, pepperoni, provolone cheese, lettuce, and Italian dressing. Available in a single slice, baby and senior versions, as well. Located at 3203 52nd St, Kenosha, WI 53144.
2. Fraboni's - Madison
The Otto is ham, pastrami, pepperoni, hard salami, provolone, onion, peppers, lettuce, tomato and sauce. In large and small portions, this monster of Italian deli deliciousness is a must-try. Located at 822 Regent St, Madison, WI 53715.
3. Baumgartner's - Monroe
Monroe's own Chalet Cheese makes the only Limburger in the US and Baumgartner's will serve it to ou on a sandwich with some of the best rye and onions - and a mint for when you're done. Not for the faint of heart (or overly gifted in the nose department) but a once in a lifetime sandwich nonetheless.
Located at 1023 16th Ave, Monroe, WI 53566.
4. Kroll's West - Green Bay
Locals head to Krolls' West for the butter burgers and their prime rib has been featured on TV, but if you ask me, the pulled pork is actually the best thing on the menu. Topped with fried onions, you will not be sorry you tried it. But really, Kroll's knows sandwiches, so a trip here really will never lead you astray no matter what you try.
Located at 1990 S Ridge Rd, Green Bay, WI 54304
5. Picnic Basket - Wauwatosa
Serving the Wisconsin suburbs for 30 years, there's really no sandwich on the Picnic Basket menu that will disappoint you. But for something truly different, try the Khaleesi Fire and Sweet Chicken. Grilled chicken breast, bacon, pepper jack cheese, jalapenos, lettuce, tomato, onion and a spicy sweet sriracha-honey dijon sauce lend a little fire and ice to this fabulous creation. Located at 10600 W. Bluemound Road, Wauwatosa, WI 53226
6. Solly's - Glendale
I understand that are people in the world who will say they don't like the idea of their hamburger sitting on a plate of melted butter. I hope those people will understand that we were not meant to be friends. This suggestion is pretty open - top the butter burger however you want, but get it on a pillow and refuse to feel shame as you enjoy its decadent buttery goodness. Located at 4629 N Port Washington Rd, Glendale, WI 53212.
7. CC Sandwiches - Cambridge
This picture is actually the before - this delicious brisket sandwich spends time under the broiler before it gets to you. Sliced Smoked Beef Brisket, melted cheese curds, bacon jam and mayo are served to you on a pretzel roll with kettle chips and your day will be totally made. Located at 111 Jefferson St, Cambridge, WI 53523
8. Crostini - Madison
Folks that love a hot Italian beef sandwich are very picky about the ones they like and Crostini's gets the kind of accolades most places only can dream of. Melty cheese, spicy giarndiera and a delicious au jus make this one to go out of your way for. Located at 231 North St, Madison, WI 53704.
9. Glorioso's - Milwaukee
The Human Torch lives up to its name, but if spicy is your thing, check out this massive pile of calabrese, capocollo, provolone, hot pepper spread and hot muffalatta (olive spread). The shop around the awesome grocery story, cheese market, bakery and deli. A true icon, Glorioso's has been a staple of the East Side Italian neighborhood since 1946.
Located at 1011 E Brady St, Milwaukee, WI 53202.
10. Tom Sawyer's - LaCrosse
How do you improve an a delicious prime rib sandwich? Cover it with a fried egg and cheese! Add in the waterfront views and Tom Sawyer's has to be on your list.
Located at 136 Clinton St, La Crosse, WI 54603.
11. Alchemy - Madison
It's hard to top the comfort of a great grilled cheese - especially here in Wisconsin, where we have an abundance of flavorful cheeses. But Alchemy's Stuffed Grilled Cheese is a thing of Wisconsinites dreams. Broccoli, roasted carrots, tomato, red onion and local cheddar and swiss topped with cilantro pesto sauce on toasted sourdough make this sandwich one I've been thinking about for days.
Located at 1980 Atwood Ave, Madison, WI 53704.
12. Paninoteca - Appleton
Paninoteca doubles down on upgrading the standard BLT. The ABBLT features basil, avocado, garlic aioli and a buttery sourdough bread to amp up the standard bacon lettuce and tomato. Located at 2025 N Richmond St, Appleton, WI 54911.
13. Jake's - Milwaukee
Serving up the best in traditional Jewish deli fare since 1955, Jake's brings you a simple pastrami sandwich with rye bread, swiss cheese and coleslaw, the perfectly seasoned and delicious meat is the star of this sandwich. Located at 1634 W North Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53205.
What other places serve unique, interesting and truly tasty sandwiches? Let us know in the comments!