The sandwich itself is a classic. It’s unassuming, easy to carry and filled with meats, cheeses and veggies. You can have more than one favorite sandwich; in fact you may need more than one. You can have a sandwich for your different moods or depending on the weather. No matter what your reason is for picking favorites among sandwiches, do yourself a favor and sample them all. There’s no harm in trying.
17100 Detroit Ave.
Lakewood, OH 44107
Brand new in Lakewood is Cleveland Pickle, a deli and sandwich shop featuring a pickle for everyone. This restaurant makes some amazing subs and pressed sandwiches and has a pickle line for you to take home and try at your leisure. If you’re a construction worker in the downtown location, you can get a sandwich deal for $10, and Cleveland Pickle can cater your next get together. The best sandwich from Cleveland Pickle is the “Ranger” (after Lakewood High School’s mascot) — a panini made with Swiss cheese, roast beef and creamy cole slaw topped with Dijon mustard and a red wine reduction. How’s that for hometown pride!
Melt Bar & Grilled
13463 Cedar Road
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
You cannot go wrong with a lunch or dinner sandwich at Melt Bar and Grilled. Its melted cheese sandwiches, burgers, appetizers and drinks are worth waiting 40 minutes for a table. Grab a drink from the bar and check out the kitchy-cute décor while you wait. On the menu is a mind-boggling array of melted sandwiches, but they’re so good that you might start dreaming of them until you get your next fix. Take, for example, the “Mushroom Melt” — a mouthwatering combination of sautéed mushrooms with garlic, provolone cheese, arugula and caramelized onions. It’s a vegetarian or a vegan option, but if you’re feeling carnivorous, you can add a little braised pulled beef or smoked turkey.
19337 Detroit Road
Rocky River, OH 44116
The food at Sweet Melissa’s is sweet indeed. Attention to details, quality ingredients and portions are just a few of the rules of Sweet Melissa’s. Take, for example, “laina’s chicken salad” sandwich. It is the perfect blend of sweet chicken salad with mayonnaise, grapes, almonds and onions topped with white cheddar, mixed greens and a dash of pepper served on toasted herbed bread. The side of house-made potato chips and pickle only enhance the deliciousness of this lunch staple. Chicken salad at Sweet Melissa’s certainly says “summer.”
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3106 St. Clair Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44114
Slyman’s Restaurant on St. Clair in Cleveland sells the best, most delicious and highest stacked corned beef sandwich in Cleveland (and beyond). Legends are made from this sandwich, stories are told while trying to conquer it and there isn’t a St Patrick’s Day when Slyman’s Restaurant isn’t open at dawn serving corned beef to the masses. In business since 1963, Slyman’s has seen presidents, mayors and numerous talents come through the doors and be amazed by the corned beef sandwich at Slyman’s Restaurant. If you don’t believe Cleveland, just ask the Bare Naked Ladies, a song called “Rhymes with Flyman’s” was dedicated to a certain sandwich made here.
The Nauti Mermaid
1378 W. 6th St.
Cleveland, OH 44113
Enter The Nauti Mermaid for a trip to the islands. If you’re looking for spicy or sweet mahi mahi, yellow fin tuna or oysters on the half shell, you’ve come to the right place. The stiff drinks, nautical décor and laid-back attitude will have you feeling one step closer to paradise. Add a shrimp or Blue Point oyster Po Boy sandwich, classically made on baguettes with tomato, lettuce, mayo and pickles. Choose your favorite with a cold beer and live music and you might not even need that vacation.
Marissa Burke is a happily adventurous wife, mother and runner. Living in Lakewood, Ohio she searches neighboring communities for exciting food and drinks that are good and good for you in the Cleveland area. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.