Fun fact! The ham sandwich is the most popular sandwich in the country. Another fun fact! The country apparently has, like, super-boring taste in sandwiches. Here are a dozen delicious Nashville sando spots that'll give you a lot more than mere ham and bread...
What you’re getting: RAE’s Reuben
You can rarely go to Rae’s at lunchtime without seeing a line practically out the door, and this is a good sign. Every single day of the work week features a Daily Special sandwich -- and while Tuesday’s shrimp po’ boy is a solid-gold classic, on a more daily basis you can never go wrong with the Reuben.
What you’re getting: Mediterranean Veggie
A Matter of Taste Eatery is a relatively new resto in East Nashville, but it's gained lots of praise recently for its all-gluten-free menu, which actually tastes good. And the best of the bunch? Its Mediterranean Veggie sandwich.
What you’re getting: The Bird
Locals evangelize about the menu at The Silly Goose, and for good reason. Its lunch sandwiches in particular are uniformly delicious, however, the winner is the Bird, with chicken, bacon, avo, sun-dried toms, and goat cheese. We'd recommend that you get a side of couscous to go with it, just trust us on that.
What you’re getting: Roast beef sandwich
Etch’s roast beef adds a hefty helping of asparagus spears, Parmesan horseradish sauce, and onions on deliciously toasted sourdough bread -- and like the rest of the menu, it tastes every bit as good as it sounds.
What you’re getting: Roast pork banh mi
This is one of those sandwich that people absolutely RAVE about, especially when it comes from the InterAsian Market Deli. This sandwich is a wonderful combination of salty and sweet roast pork and pâté (homemade, of course) with pickled carrots and papaya on freshly toasted French bread. And the kicker? It's less than $4.
What you’re getting: The Cuban
There’s really no argument that Back to Cuba’s Cuban sandwich is the best in town. Not that there's a huge amount of competition, but still. A good sandwich is a good sandwich. The owner/chef is a Cuban native himself, so you know you’re getting the real deal. Ham, roasted pork, and cheese are sandwiched between butter-soaked bread and cooked on a sandwich press for maximum deliciousness.
What you’re getting: Turkey, Avocado, and Bacon
Mitchell’s Deli has one of those environments that you really just want to hang out in, and it helps that it has some of the best sandwiches in Nashville and a great beer selection to boot. Of all the sandwiches on its menu, the Turkey, Avocado, and Bacon is by far the most popular, and for good reason.
What you’re getting: The Italian
Known for its bright pink building on Broadway, the Sub Stop is another classic Nashville sandwich outfit. The environment is relaxed, staff is friendly, and they know how to make the hell out of an Italian sub.
What you’re getting: Patty Melt
Many-time winner of the "Best Pun Name for a Nashville Sandwich Shop" award, Noshville's menu is so on point it’s really rather hard to pick just one of its sandos to call a favorite -- but we’re going with the Patty Melt, just for its sheer delicious consistency.
What you’re getting: The Club
Sometimes the best sandwiches are the ones so loaded with fillings that they make the bread all but irrelevant. The Capitol's Club is that sandwich. It's stacked Dagwood-style high, and you'll barely be able to fit all the turkey, bacon, cheese, lettuce, and tomato into your mouth.
What you’re getting: Frank Dileo sandwich
Savarino’s has always been a local favorite, but after being featured on the Food Network, its food has been in crazy-high demand. This authentic Italian joint makes its bread fresh and while you might have to wait a bit for your food to come out, it's worth it. While you’re there, be sure to pick up some of its homemade cannolis to eat after your sandwich, too.
What you’re getting: The Signature French Dip
The Porter Road French Dip is its signature sandwich, so you expect it to be good. And it is. Oh, it is. Roast beef just absolutely does not get any better than at PRB, which locally sources all of its meat from within two hours of town, then stuffs it into a delicious, warm, doughy pocket of onion & cheese.
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1. Rae's Gourmet Sandwich Shoppe501 Union St, Nashville
2. AMOT Eatery1100 Fatherland St, Nashville
3. The Silly Goose1888 Eastland Ave, Nashville
4. Etch303 Demonbreun St, Nashville
5. InterAsian Market & Deli2160 Nolensville Pike, Nashville
6. Back to Cuba Café4683 Trousdale Dr, Nashville
7. Sub Stop1701 Broadway, Nashville
8. Capitol Grille231 6th Ave N, Nashville
9. Savarino's Cucina2121 Belcourt Ave, Nashville
10. Porter Road Butcher4816 Charlotte Pike, Nashville
You can rarely go to Rae’s at lunchtime without seeing a line practically out the door. This is partially due to the friendly staff, but largely in part to its amazing sandwiches and soups. Every single day of the work week features a Daily Special sandwich and soup and these are typically their most popular, but you can never go wrong with the Reuben.
This East Nashville restaurant serves brunch, lunch and dinner inspired, of course, by Southern cuisine. Although the South has never been good at embracing the gluten-free lifestyle, AMOT Eatery made it happen with an entire menu full of fare like chicken and waffles, shrimp and grits and (yes, really) red velvet crepes that you can chow down on without sweating over the calorie count — all artfully presented in modern, rustic environment.
This cozy East Nashville nook is filled with reclaimed furniture, mason jars for drinking, bandanas for napkins, and an adorable hipster staff, but the food is the obvious draw. Expect terrific sammies, tasty couscous dishes, and a homemade lemonade that you can't beat.
Etch is the go-to destination to kick off or cap off an evening of Downtown fun for those looking for a fine-dining experience near the various sporting and entertainment venues in the surrounding neighborhood. Chef Deb Paquette loves to have fun with her food and shares the joy by using bold spices and dramatic flavors to create exquisitely plated meals. If you're not in the mood for a full meal, their happy hour menu is worth checking out, complete with some small plates, draft beers, and featured wines.
A small, family-run international market and specialty deli on Nolensville Pike, InterAsian Market and Deli brings the flavors and products of Southeast Asia to the heart of South Nashville. The market features Asian imports as well as local products, and also houses an authentic deli with house-made ingredients for their specialty sandwiches. The deli offers a smattering of banh mi, as well as spring rolls, banh cuon, and steamed buns, and all for affordable prices. The market is known for its original Banh Mi -- featuring said house-made ingredients, pâté and roast pork belly -- and at just $3.43 per sandwich, there’s really no reason not to buy the hype.
In an unassuming storefront just south of the city, Back to Cuba Café is serving up some of Nashville’s most authentic Cuban cuisine, with the eponymous sandwich at the forefront. The menu is an homage to the owner’s Cuban roots, with traditional dishes like ropa vieja, arepas, and empanadas to accompany the sandwich. The platters are served with beans, rice, and fried plantains (both sweet and savory), as you would expect, and the sandwich itself is classically constructed with ham, pork, cheese, pickles, and mustard stacked on buttered bread and pressed until the cheese reaches the optimal-melt.
Known for its bright pink building on Broadway that you simply can’t miss, the Sub Stop is a classic Nashville sandwich shop. The staff is friendly, the environment is relaxed, and you are sure to be pleased with its sandwiches, especially one of its best-sellers, the ever-popular Italian sub.
The Capitol Grille, tucked inside the Hermitage Hotel, has been featured in publications across the country for its food, its old-school Nashville charm, and for the gleaning popularity of the men’s art deco-style bathroom. Don't let its hotel locale deter you: The Capitol Grill is not just for tourists. Locals flock to the restaurant for a truly sustainable and upscale Southern meal. The Hermitage Hotel owns a 250-acre cattle farm, as well as Double H Farms, where a majority of the ingredients are grown, bred, and sourced for The Capitol Grille's own farm-straight-to-table menu. It's a great stop for breakfast, before the theater, or for a guaranteed fresh, local Nashville burger.
Savarino’s has always been a local favorite, but after being featured on the Food Network, its food has been in extra high demand. This authentic Italian joint makes its bread fresh and while you might have to wait a bit for your food to come out, you won’t regret it. While you’re there, be sure to pick up one of its homemade cannolis for dessert.
This local butcher and market is a solid bet for some of the best cuts of meat around, and be sure to snag one of its sammies, which are available in a number of different ways, but all are delicious. Can't decide? Go with the French dip.