What better way to celebrate than to dote over some of my favorites in the area?*
C’est Cheese (Food Truck)
Bee Sting – This mozzarella, pepperoni, and basil-infused honey on tuscan pane with chili-flaked butter is one of the best takes on grilled cheese I’ve ever had. For more from Emily Frank, C’est Cheese’s owner, keep an eye out for Share Cheesebar, which will be opening soon in Pleasant Ridge.
The Eagle Food & Beer Hall (Over-the-Rhine)
Fried Chicken Sandwich – A fried chicken breast topped with cole slaw, spicy mayo, and house-made pickles gets better with The Eagle’s truly awesome spicy honey.
Eckerlin Meats (Findlay Market)
Goetta, Egg, and Cheese sandwich – Eckerlin has the best goetta around and, with as highly regarded as goetta is in Cincinnati, that’s saying a lot.
Eli’s BBQ (East End)**
Two smoked all-beef franks with bbq sauce, cole slaw, and pork crispins – Some argue that hot dog-style eats aren’t “sandwiches,” but given this particular hot dog’s adornments, it is my favorite take on a barbecue sandwich.
Gilpin’s Steamed Grub (Downtown, Clifton)
Doritos – The “Doritos” (steamed turkey sandwich with melted cheddar, and lettuce on a pretzel bun) is awesome, but it’s the peppercorn honey mustard that makes it that much more delicious. Even better, Gilpin’s can be enjoyed while drinking a beer at its first micro-franchise at The Growler House in East Walnut Hills.
Mardi Gras on Madison (East Walnut Hills)
Shrimp Po’ Boy – Known as Cincinnati’s “home-a-raunt,” Mardi Gras on Madison serves fantastic New Orleans-style fare; specifically a fried shrimp (tossed in spicy honey glaze) po’ boy.
Moerlein Lager House (CBD)
Beer Can Chicken Melt – I’ve never been big on chicken sandwiches, but this is one of a couple of show-stopping chicken sandwiches in the area: a chicken sandwich topped with bacon, onion, roasted tomato, and cheddar with honey mustard on a French roll.
Northside Yacht Club (Northside)
House Short Rib Grilled Cheese – One of the best grilled cheeses I’ve had, NSYC’s take on the American classic features braised short rib, American cheese, and arugula on Texas toast, served with horseradish sour cream on the side.
Pho Lang Thang (Findlay Market)
Banh Mi – I get mine with marinated beef, and it is served on a baguette with carrot, cucumber, and cilantro.
Senate Pub (Over-the-Rhine)**
Trailer Park Dog – As I mentioned previously, the hot dogs as “sandwiches” debate is a controversial one. But when an all-beef, bacon-wrapped dog is topped with American cheese, cole slaw, and Grippos, it becomes more about toppings and less about the hot dog.
Son of a Preacher Man (O’Bryonville)
Sunday’s Best fried chicken sandwich – This thing is served on a fresh buttermilk biscuit. And with Pimento Cheese Fritters served as a precursor, it’s fantastic meal all around.
Taft’s Ale House (Over-the-Rhine)
Bacon Cheddar Sandwich (with chicken) – Taft’s is known for its tri-tip steak sandwiches, but this particular sandwich, when served with chicken, is one of the best chicken sandwiches I’ve ever had.
Tom + Chee (CBD, Newport on the Levee, et al)
Grilled Cheese Donut – Tom + Chee’s famous grilled cheese donut sounds interesting, and usually not in a good way, but I assure you that this melty, crispy, donut is incredible. It just so happens to have cheese on it, too.
Cafe DeSales (East Walnut Hills): Bacon Turkey Bravo on ciabatta and Breakfast Croissant
Carl’s Deli (Hyde Park): I’ve not yet had anything that wasn’t diet friendly, but I can’t wait to back and try more
Chili Empire (Food Truck): “Chili-dilla” quesadilla**
Dojo Gelato (Findlay Market, Food Cart): Ice cream sandwich with churro gelato
Gomez Salsa (OTR): Any of the Turtles — brunch or otherwise**
Kaze (OTR): Pork Belly Bun
MOTR (OTR): Breakfast Bagel Special
Rascal’s NY Deli (Blue Ash): Whitefish Salad sandwich
Red Sesame (Food Truck): Mini Quesadilla**
Marx Hot Bagels (Blue Ash): Egg Salad bagel sandwich
Scherpies Produce & Deli (St. Bernard): Chicken Salad sandwich on croissant
Now I’m hungry. What are some of your favorites?
*Listed in alphabetical order