Top 5 Sandwich Shops

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Everyone loves a good sammie. But forget the cold cuts in the fridge and check out these local sandwich shops.

1. Melt Eclectic Cafe
Dedicated to providing hormone-free meats and cheeses, Melt also appeals to the vegan and vegetarian crowd with just as many veg-friendly options. Order a vegetarian version of a Philly cheese steak and also a chicken sandwich. It may be sacrilegious in Cincinnati to order a vegetarian 3-way, but it’s a customer favorite at Melt and was recently featured on Guy Fieri’s Diner’s Drive-ins and Dives. 4615 Hamilton Ave., Northside, (513) 681-6358 meltcincy.com

2. J & W Sandwich Shoppe
If you’re a lover of the classic BLT, this is the place for you. Most sandwiches are under $5 and crammed with half the contents of the deli counter. If you’re really up for a challenge, try the Little Italy with salami, ham, capicola, provolone cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, and banana peppers on a 16-inch sub roll—all for $7. 2008 Worth Ave., Norwood, (513) 631-9755, jwsandwich.com

3. Gilpin’s Steamed Grub
Steamed sandwiches on a pretzel bun? Yes, it’s real, and yes, you’ll love it. Gilpin’s—open late night—now serves up local craft beer, so grab a MadTree brew to help you savor your steamed-not-grilled sandwich. 2504 W. Clifton Ave., CUF, (513) 431.6939; 37 E. Seventh St., downtown, (513) 421-4223, eatgilpins.com

4. Carl’s Deli
Go the Carl’s way with a signature combination, or choose the mishmash of ingredients you’d like between slices of salty rye or other bread options. Carl’s also offers a selection of wine and craft beer to go, and they dish out a variety of homemade salads like redskin potato and crab artichoke. 2836 Observatory Ave., Hyde Park, (513) 871-2275, carlsdeli.com

5. Eli’s BBQ
Okay, so Eli’s isn’t exactly dedicated to just sandwiches, but they fit the bill because a bun stuffed with this much pulled pork deserves a standing ovation. And the sides are pretty tasty too (and are all, remarkably, vegetarian): mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, and generous portions of creamy southern cole slaw. Don’t forget your stash of cash (or your checkbook), because credit cards won’t do you much good here—unless you plan to scrape up the crumbs from the jalapeno corn bread. Then your black card might come in handy. 3313 Riverside Dr., East End, (513) 533-1957, elisbarbeque.com

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