November 3rd is National Sandwich Day, which shouldn’t come as a surprise seeing as there is now a holiday for everything. (Seriously, did you know May 3rd is National Eat What You Want Day? Pretty sure people do that every day.) Hartford is, of course, brimming with restaurants, cafes and markets. Here is a list of some of the sandwiches that you should absolutely, definitely eat while you’re in town.
Craftbird Food Truck– Fried Chicken Sandwich
Always moving, check their website for their daily location
You can find this Hartford based food truck stationed in Bushnell Park and State House Square a few days a week. Their fried chicken sandwich (with a gluten free bread option) is absolutely worth leaving your office building for during lunch.
Max Downtown– French Dip Sandwich
185 Asylum Street, Hartford, CT 06103
A French dip just sounds like something you want to eat while sitting in a leather chair, surrounded by regal art work and brass chandeliers. Luckily for you, Max Downtown was recently renovated in this exact fashion. Most importantly, their chef makes a mean French dip sandwich with slow roasted prime rib and garlic-horseradish butter.
Franklin Giant Grinder Shop– Italian Combo Grinder
464 Franklin Avenue, Hartford, CT 06114
A Hartford classic, if you will. Located in the South End, residents have been coming here for 30+ years for their namesake “giant” sandwiches. The Italian combo piled high with ham, capicola, Genoa salami and provolone is always a good choice. After all, you are in Little Italy.
Salute– Jumbo Lump Crab Cake Sandwich
100 Trumbull Street, Hartford, CT 06103
It’s your favorite crab cake but now with more carbs! Salute’s jumbo lump crab cakes are topped with tomato-pepper remoulade and served on a brioche roll. And if the roll isn’t enough carbs for you, their garlic bread is “almost famous” for a reason.
Republic at The Linden– Croque Monsieur
10 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106
Obviously, as this is a free country, you can eat this sandwich any time of the year. However, a ham and gruyere panini smothered in bechamel and sweet hot mustard sounds particularly appealing during the cold Connecticut winter, no?
70 New Park Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106
This is really just an all around win. At what other cafe can you eat a toasty, melty, perfectly indulgent cubano and also order three dozen adorable midi doughnuts to-go? Only in Hartford, people. Only in Hartford.
Corner Grinder– Chicken Cutlet Grinder
200 Franklin Avenue, Hartford, CT 06116
Name a time in history when breaded meat in between more bread has ever been a bad idea… Exactly. This South End staple serves up hefty portions. And if you’re really feeling it? They also make 2-6ft grinders, which are perfect for a tailgate, or that family pot luck that you don’t know what to bring.
Firebox Restaurant– Egg Sandwich
539 Broad Street, Hartford, CT 06101
Found only on their brunch menu, this sandwich is really everything you could ever want at noon on a Sunday (hungover or not). House-made sausage with cheddar, arugula, apple compote and a fried egg in a Hartford Baking Co. brioche roll? Yes, please.
Black Eyed Sally’s– New Orleans Po’ Boy
350 Asylum Street, Hartford, CT 06103
A little bit of New Orleans found its way to Hartford at Black Eyed Sally’s. Order the classic po’ boy with either fried shrimp, or fried or blackened catfish and all the fixins for a true taste of Louisiana.
El Nuevo Sarape– Tortas de Milanese
931 Broad Street #1, Hartford, CT 06106
Alongside the taco, the torta is a Mexican street food staple. Piled high with meat, refried beans, tomato, creamy avocado, onion, and sour cream, this sandwich is full of your favorite taco ingredients, but arguably more portable.
Kien Oriental Market– Spicy Grilled Beef Banh Mi
1801 Park Street, Hartford, CT 06106
Head to the back of this Asian grocery store for one of the best lunch deals around. At $4.50 each, you have a choice between four different banh mi: grilled beef, cold cut, pork skin or meat ball all topped with garlic mayo, cilantro and pickled daikon and carrot. Get the grilled beef spicy. It’s the perfect amount of sweet with heat.
J’s Crab Shack– Whole Belly Clam Roll
2074 Park Street, Hartford, CT 06106
J’s Crab Shack may be located smack dab in the middle of the state, but they are known for their fresh seafood (and eel tank). The move: order a Hartford brewed beer and their whole belly clam roll and play a game of darts with your friends.