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Best Independent Sandwich Shop in Every State

24/7 Wall St. logo 24/7 Wall St. 11/8/2018 Colman Andrews

a pizza sitting on top of a wooden cutting board © Wavebreakmedia / iStock

November 3 was National Sandwich Day. As with so many other putative food holidays, nobody knows exactly who established it or decided when it should be celebrated. Americans hardly need a special occasion to honor the sandwich: According to some estimates, we eat more than 300 million sandwiches a day — extraordinary if true, since the current U.S. population is only about 330 million.

Merriam-Webster’s principal definition of “sandwich” is “two or more slices of bread or a split roll having a filling in between.” Within those terms, the possibilities are endless: classics like grilled cheese (the most popular sandwich in America, according to a 2017 study by Datassential, a food industry market research firm), peanut butter and jelly, the BLT and the club; deli sandwiches and subs (aka heroes, hoagies, grinders, etc.); regional and international specialties (including Philly cheesesteak, New Orleans po'boys, Mexican tortas and cemitas, and Vietnamese bánh mi — the last of which has grown 393% in popularity in the past five years, according to Datassential), and many more.

When you have the craving for a sandwich, why choose an independent establishment over a chain like Subway or Quiznos? Independents are admittedly more expensive, but they are much more likely to let patrons customize their orders, and at least in some cases are probably able to spend more time (and money) sourcing quality ingredients than chains that buy or produce in bulk.

The best reason, though, might just be for the sake of variety. A cold cut combo at Subway will likely taste the same from Seattle to Miami, but every Italian deli version will be a little bit different.

To identify the best independent sandwich shop in each state, 24/7 Wall St. indexed ratings weighted by number of reviews for thousands of sandwich shops on Yelp! and Google. Ratings are out of 5. We excluded chain restaurants and otherwise used our discretion to ensure only independent shops were considered. To break ties, we chose the restaurant with more Yelp! Reviews.

Click here for the best independent sandwich shop in every state.

a piece of food © Photo by Shawn D. via Yelp

1. Alabama: Peppered Pig
> City: Huntsville
> Yelp rating: 5.0
> Google rating 4.9

a sandwich sitting on top of a table © Photo by Deanna H. via Yelp

2. Alaska: DW Grill & Catering
> City: Fairbanks
> Yelp rating: 4.5
> Google rating 4.8

a slice of pizza © Photo by Tiffany T. via Yelp

3. Arizona: The Subslingers
> City: Apache Junction
> Yelp rating: 5.0
> Google rating 5.0

a close up of a sandwich on a plate © Photo by Kent A. via Yelp

4. Arkansas: Green Submarine
> City: Fayetteville
> Yelp rating: 4.5
> Google rating 4.8

a close up of food © Photo by Big H Deli via Yelp

5. California: Big H Deli
> City: Fairfield
> Yelp rating: 5.0
> Google rating 5.0

a sandwich cut in half © Photo by Redapple C. via Yelp
6. Colorado: Tokyo Premium Bakery
> City: Denver
> Yelp rating: 5.0
> Google rating 5.0

a close up of a sandwich © Photo by Michael B. via Yelp
7. Connecticut: The Tasty Yolk
> City: Fairfield
> Yelp rating: 5.0
> Google rating 5.0

a store in a brick building © Photo by Sarah L. via Yelp

8. Delaware: Malin's Market and Deli
> City: Newark
> Yelp rating: 4.5
> Google rating 4.7

a chocolate cake sitting on top of a table © Photo by The Pastrami Joint via Yelp

9. Florida: The Pastrami Joint
> City: Hollywood
> Yelp rating: 5.0
> Google rating 5.0

a sandwich and french fries © Photo by Veronica G. via Yelp

10. Georgia: Jackie M's & Son
> City: Augusta
> Yelp rating: 5.0
> Google rating 4.8

a sandwich cut in half © Photo by Charisse T. via Yelp

11. Hawaii: Ali'i Coffee
> City: Honolulu
> Yelp rating: 5.0
> Google rating 5.0

a sandwich cut in half © Photo by Lemon Tree Co. via Yelp

12. Idaho: Lemon Tree Co.
> City: Boise
> Yelp rating: 4.5
> Google rating 4.9

a close up of a sandwich © Photo by Firenze Italian Street Food via Yelp

13. Illinois: Firenze Italian Street Food
> City: Chicago
> Yelp rating: 5.0
> Google rating 4.9

a plate of food on a table © Photo by Teddy D. via Yelp

14. Indiana: Subito
> City: Indianapolis
> Yelp rating: 5.0
> Google rating 4.9

a sandwich sitting on top of a paper plate © Photo by Gabe N. via Yelp

15. Iowa: Hagar's Manhattan Deli
> City: Des Moines
> Yelp rating: 4.5
> Google rating 4.8

a close up of a sandwich © Photo by Jayla B. via Yelp

16. Kansas: Kimlan Sandwiches & Bakery
> City: Wichita
> Yelp rating: 4.5
> Google rating 4.8

a sandwich with meat and vegetables © Photo by JoAnne S. via Yelp

17. Kentucky: Starving Artist Cafe & Deli
> City: Louisville
> Yelp rating: 4.5
> Google rating 4.8

a sandwich cut in half © Photo by Linda N. via Yelp

18. Louisiana: tM breads and pastries
> City: New Orleans
> Yelp rating: 5.0
> Google rating 5.0

a piece of cake © Photo by Jessica D. via Yelp

19. Maine: The Local Press
> City: Portland
> Yelp rating: 5.0
> Google rating 4.9

a sandwich cut in half © Photo by Bruce K. via Yelp

20. Maryland: C&B Italian Deli
> City: Ellicott City
> Yelp rating: 4.5
> Google rating 4.8

a sandwich cut in half © Photo by Colin B. via Yelp

21. Massachusetts: Toasted Flats
> City: Boston
> Yelp rating: 4.5
> Google rating 5.0

a hand holding a half eaten sandwich © Photo by Poonam S. via Yelp

22. Michigan: Hero Or Villain Van
> City: Detroit
> Yelp rating: 5.0
> Google rating 4.9

a close up of a plate of food © Photo by Ryan H. via Yelp

23. Minnesota: Brunson's Pub
> City: Saint Paul
> Yelp rating: 4.5
> Google rating 4.8

a close up of a sandwich © Photo by Brian H. via Yelp

24. Mississippi: The Burger Shop
> City: Hernando
> Yelp rating: 4.5
> Google rating 4.7

a sandwich sitting on top of a paper plate © Photo by Ralphie S. via Yelp

25. Missouri: Bay Boy Specialty Sandwiches
> City: Kansas City
> Yelp rating: 5.0
> Google rating 4.9

a sandwich sitting on top of a table © Photo by Joe D. via Yelp

26. Montana: Montana Sub Shop
> City: Great Falls
> Yelp rating: 4.5
> Google rating 4.7

a sandwich sitting on top of a plate of food on a table © Photo by Keith C. via Yelp

27. Nebraska: Sips & Subs
> City: Lincoln
> Yelp rating: 4.5
> Google rating 4.8

a sandwich sitting on top of a table © Photo by Bailey Z. via Yelp

28. Nevada: Karved
> City: Las Vegas
> Yelp rating: 5.0
> Google rating 4.9

a sandwich cut in half © Photo by Ian W. via Yelp

29. New Hampshire: Sub Station
> City: Hooksett
> Yelp rating: 4.5
> Google rating 4.8

a slice of pizza © Photo by Benjamin W. via Yelp

30. New Jersey: Second Street Bakery
> City: Jersey City
> Yelp rating: 5.0
> Google rating 4.9

a plate of food © Photo by AK Deli via Yelp

31. New Mexico: AK Deli
> City: Albuquerque
> Yelp rating: 5.0
> Google rating 4.9

a close up of a sandwich sitting on top of a table © Photo by Karen C. via Yelp

32. New York: Fat Cat Kitchen
> City: New York
> Yelp rating: 5.0
> Google rating 4.9

a sandwich and a bowl of food on a table © Photo by Seaira K. via Yelp

33. North Carolina: South College Sandwich & Deli
> City: Wilmington
> Yelp rating: 5.0
> Google rating 4.8

a close up of a sandwich © Photo by Magic City H. via Yelp

34. North Dakota: Magic City Hoagies
> City: Minot
> Yelp rating: 4.5
> Google rating 4.8

a sandwich sitting on top of a plate of food © Photo by Hanna C. via Yelp

35. Ohio: Lox, Stock and Brisket
> City: University Heights
> Yelp rating: 5.0
> Google rating 4.8

a close up of a plate of food © Photo by Johnny M. via Yelp

36. Oklahoma: A Resonance Cafe
> City: Tulsa
> Yelp rating: 5
> Google rating 4.7

a sandwich cut in half and sitting on a table © Photo by Dan C. via Yelp

37. Oregon: Original Sub Factory
> City: Portland
> Yelp rating: 4.5
> Google rating 4.9

a sandwich sitting on top of a table © Photo by 2 Fat Dogs via Yelp

38. Pennsylvania: 2 Fat Dogs
> City: Abington
> Yelp rating: 5.0
> Google rating 4.9

a sandwich sitting on top of a table © Photo by Jessica H. via Yelp

39. Rhode Island: YiaYia Maria's
> City: Cranston
> Yelp rating: 5.0
> Google rating 4.9

a close up of a sandwich sitting on top of a table © Photo by Eastside Bagel via Yelp

40. South Carolina: Eastside Bagel
> City: Charleston
> Yelp rating: 5.0
> Google rating 5.0

a hot dog on a bun © Photo by Rigs R. via Yelp

41. South Dakota: Mama's Phried and Phillys
> City: Sioux Falls
> Yelp rating: 5.0
> Google rating 4.9

a close up of a sandwich on a plate © Photo by Frussie's Deli & Bakery via Yelp

42. Tennessee: Frussie's Deli & Bakery
> City: Knoxville
> Yelp rating: 4.5
> Google rating 4.8

a close up of a sandwich © Photo by Nicole F. via Yelp

43. Texas: Otherside Deli
> City: Austin
> Yelp rating: 5.0
> Google rating 5.0

a close up of a sandwich sitting on top of a table © Photo by Megan W. via Yelp

44. Utah: The Red Food Truck
> City: Salt Lake City
> Yelp rating: 5.0
> Google rating 4.6

a cut in half sandwich sitting on top of a table © Photo by Franklin H. via Yelp

45. Vermont: Sandwich Shoppe
> City: Rutland
> Yelp rating: 5.0
> Google rating 5.0

a tray of food on a plate © Photo by Guilherme M. via Yelp

46. Virginia: Sam's Texas Sub Shop
> City: Norfolk
> Yelp rating: 5.0
> Google rating 4.8

a sandwich sitting on top of a wooden cutting board © Photo by Linda D. via Yelp

47. Washington: My's Vietnamese Sandwiches And Deli
> City: Seattle
> Yelp rating: 5.0
> Google rating 5.0

a sandwich cut in half © Photo by Krysha M. via Yelp

48. West Virginia: Dirty Bird
> City: Morgantown
> Yelp rating: 4.5
> Google rating 4.7

a sandwich sitting on top of a pile of fries © Photo by Alisa S. via Yelp

49. Wisconsin: Boo Boo's Sandwiches
> City: Milwaukee
> Yelp rating: 5.0
> Google rating 4.8

a close up of a piece of bread © Photo by Jimmy A. via Yelp

50. Wyoming: The Main Bagel
> City: Gillette
> Yelp rating: 4.5
> Google rating 4.8

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