Much like James I am also quite fond of sandwiches and although I love our home-made creations there are some sandwiches which are tough to replicate at home. It is very difficult to place these sandwich shops in order but here are my top 3 favourite place in Ottawa for delicious sammys
3 - Sherwood Market and Deli - talk about hole in the wall. This place is just off of Carling on 111 Sherwood Dr. It looks like an unsuspecting deppanneur but if you walk in and wander towards the back you will see the display of salads and samosas and a long list of divine sandwich creations. My favourite would have to be the bbq chicken with avocado and bacon. They give you a choice of breads but if you don't specify they will prepare your sammy with some delicious spongy yellow egg-bread. They stuff the bread with a generous helping of shredded rotisserie chicken breast, lettuce, avocado and bacon and deli sauce which is a mixture of mayo, mustard and black pepper... mmm divine... at $3.99 it is not too bad on the wallet either.
I bought us each one of these sandwiches last night and it earned me plenty of wife points. I wish I took a picture because I can't seem to find a picture of this place nor their sandwiches to add to this posting. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for this place as it is a true gem.
2 - Johny Farina Lunch - this Elgin Street restaurant started an express take-out lunch extension a couple of summers ago and while I was on French training downtown I frequented JF for their take-out sandwiches. I haven't been here in a while so bear with me as I do this off memory. I usually go for one of their cold cut sandwiches. JF also has a nice selection of breads to choose from but I always go for the crusty multi-grain. I love that they stock spicy eggplant so I always ask for some of that on my sammy. They will stick the sandwich in the panini press for a bit so the cheese is nice and melty. Mmm so good. Probably because of its location it is a bit pricier but not by that much. Sorry I can't recall exact $$ but well worth it
1 - Dirienzo's - I believe there are 2 Ottawa locations for this mecca of sandwiches but the one I am most familiar with is the one on 111 Beech Street. The first time I visited this place I could not make sense of it because, much like the Sherwood deli, this is another hole in the wall place which is a grocery store/deli. Between 11:30-1:30 there is always a line-up at this place. During the summer the lineups wind all around and extend to outside of the little store. It is well worth the cue as the bread is nice and fresh.
There is a little process here. You get to pick your bread of choice, I personally like the crusty white bread, pass it over to the sandwich artist and give him your order. My sandwich of choice is the #5 with spicy eggplant. I believe the #5 is turkey, havarti with spicy salami and some lettuce, tomato and mayo. It is so delicious!
Again, this is a very wallet friendly sandwich at $4.00 and the home of the best sandwiches in Ottawa!
All sandwich shops are also James endorsed although I don't think he can pick a favourite. He just loves them all equally.
What are some other contenders across the city? I would love to try a new place and please don't say Subway...