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.
Fried Chicken Sandwich

The Tavern Downtown

The classic fried chicken sandwich, with a Tavern twist! Fresh chipotle mayo and topped with the Tavern’s signature fried pickles, this is the perfect comfort food to send you in a happy food coma.
Italian Combo Grinder

Franklin's Giant Grinder

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.

Jumbo Lump Crab Cake Sandwich


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.

New Orleans Po'Boy from Black-Eyed Sally's

Black-Eyed Sally's

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.

Tortas de Milanese

El Nuevo Sarape

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.

Lobster Roll

J's Crab Shack

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 lobster roll and play a game of darts with your friends.

The "Butt Meee"

Banh Meee

This cheeky sandwich is piled up with thick cut of pork butt slow-cooked until tender then fried to be crispy, served on bread with pickled daikons, carrots, cilantro, Vietnamese mayo and signature banh meee sauce.

Cubano Sandwich


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.