Best New Sandwich Joints

The Queen City is experiencing something of a sandwich renaissance, with small-batch, homegrown, and handcrafted creations in the spotlight.


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If its glorious cases of meats and cheeses (not to mention its name) are any indication, Panino does a mean grilled sandwich. All ingredients are locally sourced and prepared in-house, including meat curing, to ensure peak freshness. The Italian panini bursts with flavor: capicola and mortadella are balanced with provolone, pickled peppers, tomato, onions, and arugula on ciabatta.

Panino, 1313-1315 Vine St., OTR, (513) 381-0287

Beyond its grown-up gamer snacks, sandwiches at The Rook are definitely worth trying. We especially love the BBQ Battleship, with honey-bourbon barbecue pulled chicken, complete with cheddar cheese and an onion ring. Pro tip: Ask the server to “sink your battleship” for extra heat.

The Rook OTR, 1115 Vine St., (513) 954-8191,

Jean-Robert de Cavel’s fast-casual Frenchie Fresh serves up smart yet simply done burgers and sandwiches. The open-faced Flat Madame—sans croque (there’s no crunch, just flaky, buttery goodness)—marries ham, Swiss, and a rich béchamel sauce with a rolled-flat croissant, topped with a sunny-side-up egg. It might not be tidy, but it’s undeniably brunch-approved.

Frenchie Fresh, 3831 Edwards Rd., (513) 366-3960,

* Please note that the information listed in this section was accurate at the time the issue went to print and that addresses, menu items, company status, etc., may have changed. Please contact the companies to confirm details.

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