There is not necessarily a season for sandwiches, but for a number of reasons, summer is maybe the best time to grab a sandwich from your favorite deli grocery. You can more easily find a comfortable spot outdoors, for example, to enjoy your repast. In addition, it is a great way to manage a quick bite in between all the enjoyable chaos that is the most active season in our area.
So where to get that sandwich, you wonder, and this is certainly a common question. Fortunately for sandwich fans in the Charlevoix-Emmet counties area, there is no shortage of great spots to find a great sandwich.
Here are a handful nearby favorites:
- Simon’s General Store: On the corner of Howard and Lake Streets in downtown Petoskey, this longtime stop for wine, cheese, and other goodies, also offers great sandwiches for an outdoor meal at the waterfront of in Pennsylvania Park. Try the 5 Dragon, a classic corned beef, Swiss, and slaw combination that works tastily on grilled rye bread.
- Lake Street Market: Easy to find in the walkable downtown district, LSM is a one-stop shop, with great wine selections as well as plenty of craft beers and a clever assortment of kitchen gadgets and serving idea too. For lunch, order the Hire Ed, a mouth-watering but simple creation featuring slow-roasted roast beef and cheddar cheese on a ciabatta roll. Add some raw onion or horseradish to add more kick.
- Cormack’s: Come for the soups and salads, but don’t leave until you grab a sandwich. Or two. Try the Bay View Club, this deli’s simple riff on a classic summer favorite. Piled high with roast turkey, thick bacon, and muenster cheese, all on a thick slices of sunflower bread. Not a club fan? Then try Guido’s Grinder, with salami, ham, provolone cheese, banana peppers and more on a grilled onion roll. Visit on a Thursday, and the right move is a bowl of the shrimp and corn chowder as well.
- Gurney’s: On the Harbor Springs side of Little Traverse Bay, stop by this longtime Main Street bottle shop and sandwich stop. A great choice here is the Train Wreck, their version of the kitchen sink meal, featuring plenty of ham, turkey, salami, and roast beef, plus your choice of condiments. Best to try this one on the pumpernickel bread.
Don’t fancy any of the places on my list? Create your own version of your favorite combination or order any of the other dozens of options on the menus, or try something new at your favorite stop, or try someplace new, because there are plenty of other great spots–from Mackinaw City to Mancelona and more–to find a sandwich to suit your taste.