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In Dining

Milwaukee may or may not have the best sandiwches in the world. Who's to say? (PHOTO: Royal Bonde-Griggs)

In Dining

Fulbeli Deli's "Yellonedcab" sandwich is a mere $4.99. (PHOTO: Royal Bonde-Griggs)

Great Milwaukee sandwiches


This town has a plethora of sandwiches make on subs and hoagies -- as well as a multitude of fancy sammies made on fancy breads -- but where does one go to have a classic sandwich? You know, the classic kind with two pieces of bread and meat and / or cheese and / or various veggies and condiments in between?

It the sandwich world, it would be totally sacrilegious to ignore Koppa's Fulbeli Deli, 1940 N. Farwell Ave., despite the fact the quirky grocery store with a penchant for making tasty sandwiches gets a fair share of press. But they deserve it.

The Fulbeli Deli has multiple great food-items-between-two-slices-of-bread offerings. Most are just under $5. The Frukwine, for example, is a combo of turkey, swiss cheese, red onion, tomato, alfalfa sprouts, cranberry mustard and a "secret spice" on grilled natural rye bread.

The Yellonedcab (aptly named for a yellow cab driver named, you guessed it, Ned) is another gift from the sandwich gods, featuring white albacore tuna, pepper-jack cheese, tomato, green pepper, red onion, alfalfa sprouts, mayo and "secret spice" on natural wheat bread.

For a great grilled cheese, Kopp's Frozen Custard (multiple locations) has cornered the market. For under $2, a lust-filled lactose-y eating experience is available. Seriously, the Velveeta-type cheese used in this sandwich is somehow delicious and the bread is always a perfect crispiness.

Benji's Deli, 4156 N. Oakland Ave., offers a great corned beef sandwich, served on rye bread. The amount of corned beef is usually in the range of perfect: well-stacked but not a choking hazard. And although a little fat is part of the corned beef fun, it's never too gristly. The cost for carry-out is $7.96 and for a dine-in sandwich is $8.12 because it comes with potato chips.

Riverwest Co-op Cafe, 733 E. Clarke St., makes a mean grilled cheese, too, called the Super Grilled Cheese. It's $7.50 and can be made with dairy or Teese cheese on whole grain bread. But the co-op's true gem of a sam is the tempeh rueben, which local, organic tempeh marinated in a special sauce, then piled between two slices of rye bread along with Teese cheese and 1,000 island dressing. The cost is $6.95.

Alterra cafes make a few sandwiches with sliced Breadsmith bread. The turkey club, for example, is $7 as is the avocado BLT and the chicken salad sandwich. (The chicken salad can be special ordered with bread instead of a roll.) All of the sandwiches are made on sourdough or wheat bread.

Beans and Barley, 1901 E. North Ave., makes a fresh and delicious egg salad sandwich for $5. The recipe for the egg salad is classic enough, but has a signature twist with the addition of extra toppings like alfalfa sprouts and shoyu sunflower seeds.

Honeypie, 2643 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., has a sweet list of sandwiches, including the U-Boat, an $8.50 creation that includes pastrami, Gruyere cheese, tomato onion, lettuce and red pepper aioli on rye. The curry chicken salad is good, too, served on wheat bread that's also $8.50.

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MUGolfer | Dec. 15, 2010 at 7:03 p.m. (report)

Cafe Club at Cafe Hollander... hands down best sandwich I have had in mke.

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BOLDONE3 | Dec. 2, 2010 at 10:31 p.m. (report)

McBob's isn't even in the same category that Jake's & Benji's are in.

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RJ | Dec. 2, 2010 at 12:01 a.m. (report)

Yes, Jake's should be on this list--their corned beef sandwiches are great and have an international following. Their pastrami is also quite delectable. Benji's is also good, but more for the beef brisket sandwich. I agree with the poster who mentioned the sandwiches at Glorioso's--wonderful stuff. Also, Pho Viet on 27th serves the best Banh Mi (Vietnamese sandwiches) in Milwaukee, and several Mexican places--such as El Senorial--serve a remarkable Torta. St. Paul Fish Co. has a really good fried oyster po'boy, and Dr. Dawg--recently opened on Port Wash Rd. in Glendale--does a very good Italian Beef.

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milwbayviewer | Nov. 28, 2010 at 8:46 a.m. (report)

If you want the best sandwich in Milwaukee then you need to visit Svens. Wow simply the best No wonder Dennis Getto was always seen there during lunch with a sanwich in hand. Beautifull coffee too

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BOLDONE3 | Nov. 27, 2010 at 12:11 p.m. (report)

LOVE Jewish food. I remember back when my grandma cooked it....so I know authentic Jewish food. It doesn't get better than Jake's in Milwaukee for corn beef

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