Food & Drink

Where to Get the 8 Best Sandwiches in Louisville, Excluding the Hot Brown

Published On 01/07/2015 Published On 01/07/2015

Sandwiches. Everybody loves them, and Louisville has some fantastic ones. The only problem is that as soon as you mention the words "sandwich" and "Louisville" together in a sentence, the Hot Brown muscles its iconic, sauce-smothered head into the picture... which would be fine, were it not for its untouchably iconic nature, and the fact that you really need a knife and fork to eat it. The only solution? For it to politely excuse itself from the debate entirely. So, without further ado, here are Louisville's finest bread-traps...

Morris' Deli

Morris' Deli

The Highlands
What you're getting: The Country Ham
In Louisville, "sandwich" ultimately equals Morris’ Deli. In our language, the two are interchangeable. Housed in a little liquor store on the verge of the suburbs, this institution earned a visit from Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre Foods America, though its most bizarre features are its location and how amazing its meats are.

gralehaus

Gralehaus

The Highlands
What you're getting: The Porchetta 
This mini B&B spin-off of the life-changing Holy Grale allows you to spend an entire day eating and drinking like owners Tyler Trotter and Lori Beck. Gralehaus’ star chef, Andy Myers, serves up world-class sandwiches, crepes, and accoutrements -- the best garnishes, breads, and every other detail you can dream about.

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Eiderdown

Germantown
What you're getting: The Gnadinger Pork
Its Gnadinger Pork sandwich has been on the menu for as long as we can remember, a notable distinction for a spot that updates its items consistently. Braised in the Weizenbock-style beer Aventinus, with black currant and pistachio on a pretzel bun, we wouldn’t be surprised if it’s even more popular than its burger.

Jackknife Cafe

Jackknife Cafe

Butchertown
What you're getting: The muffuletta
This stylish lunch-must is a sibling to the beloved Cellar Door Chocolates, and it makes everything look easy without sacrificing quality. The muffuletta has been a favorite, and some current options include fried egg and pimento cheese -- or fried egg, bacon and cheddar. Which will you choose?

Bread and Breakfast

Bread and Breakfast

New Albany, IN
What you're getting: Your choice of panini 
Laura Buckingham’s cleverly named morning spot has been surprising and delighting patrons since day one. Though she and her crew are working out of a small, unconventional old space now, her bread-based beasts are beyond fresh and exciting. Get a panini and taste the farm-to-breakfast table difference.

Harvest

Harvest

NuLu
What you're getting: Whatever the lunch special is that day
Sometimes we try to write a best-of-Louisville list without including Harvest, just for the challenge. Sometimes we fail. Whether for a friendly lunch or a family dinner, Harvest is hard to beat. Its sandwiches, burgers, pizzas, and whatnot are top-notch. Between the well-sourced ingredients, excellent service, and warm atmosphere, we only regret that we can’t eat there five times a week.

Danny Mac's Pizza

Danny Mac's Pizza

Schnitzelburg
What you're getting: The DM's Cheesesteak
Beloved for his pizzas, local character Dan McMahon is no slouch with the sandwiches, either. There’s the DM's Cheesesteak, for one, cooked from scratch with steak mixed with some cheeses, onions, green peppers, or mushrooms (the latter trio is up to you). Add a side of au jus and it’s this gritty nabe’s idea of a juice cleanse.

Hammerheads

Hammerheads

Paristown
What you're getting: The PBLT
Just the fact that Hammerheads even tried a PBLT (pork belly, lettuce, and tomato) sandwich tells you how pure and insane its overall approach is. This hidden innovator is both a local treasure and a laboratory of future ideas, perspectives, and chefs. The roasted duck sandwich is also a special treat; let your friends enjoy the ribs, burgers, or tacos while you’re winning at sandwich.

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1. Morris' Deli 2228 Taylorsville Rd, Louisville, KY 40205 (Highlands)

Housed in a little liquor store on the verge of the suburbs, this institution earned a visit from Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre Foods America, though its most bizarre features are its location and how amazing its meats are. Get the ham. Or the turkey.

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2. Gralehaus 1001 Baxter Ave, Louisville, KY 40204 (Highlands)

Beer and breakfast. That's what's being served up at Gralehaus, where they're giving a whole new meaning to the term B&B. The same masterminds behind The Holy Grale and The Beer Store have taken morning classics and given them their unique spin, like their black pepper biscuits, which are smothered with duck gravy and topped with duck sausage, a fried egg, and crispy duck skin.

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3. Eiderdown 983 Goss Ave, Louisville, KY 40217 (Germantown)

Located in Germantown, this American resto and sandwich spot features a number of non-traditional treats, from its duck fat popcorn to its beer cheese that's served warm like a fondue with Blue Dog bread.

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4. Jackknife Cafe 1201 Story Ave, Louisville, KY 40206 (Butchertown)

This trendy lunch spot is one of the best in Butchertown for a lunch sammich, especially their BLT, and ESPECIALLY especially if you get it with their outstanding Benedictine spread, which is a simple but necessary condiment/dip made with cream cheese, cucumber, and green food coloring.

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5. Bread and Breakfast 157 East Main St, New Albany, IN 47150 (New Albany Ind)

This Southern Indiana artisan bakery-specializes in homemade bakery items, terrific lunches, artisan breads, and gluten-free pastries. Pro tip: Get a panini and taste the farm-to-table difference.

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6. Harvest 624 E Market St, Louisville, KY 40202 (Nulu)

You know you're in for a fresh meal at Harvest, because the walls are adorned with large photos of the various Kentucky farmers who grow and raise the ingredients you’ll find on your plate. The team here knows a thing or two about fried chicken, crafting a buttermilk-soaked, battered, and fried breast and thigh served over a savory hoecake, drizzled with creamy gravy and topped with spicy greens. It’s heaven on a plate. And if you're not in the mood for chicken, they also have one of the best burgers in Louisville: a local beef patty topped with tomato jam, triple-cream brie, and lettuce on an addictive pretzel bun.

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7. Danny Mac's Pizza 1567 S Shelby St, Louisville, KY 40217

Around Schnitzelburg, everyone knows Dan "Danny Mac" McMahon due to the winning pizzas he makes -- and some credit must also go to his garlic bread and Parmesan-smothered breadsticks.

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8. Hammerheads 921 Swan St, Louisville, KY 40204

This uber-casual Paristown restaurant set inside a residence is classic American comfort food delivered in a relaxed and friendly neighborhood venue. Think Southern barbeque meets American burger joint and you've grasped Hammerheads, where racks of ribs sit right next to sliders and crab cakes. Seating is first come, first served at this corner eatery, but there's room enough for the whole crowd. Don't go to this Louisville spot if you're looking for a cocktail night, though—they only serve beer and wine.

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