Ditch the lunchbox, Birmingham! Here’s where you can find the freshest, most belly-pleasing turkey sandwiches around.
Ole Smokey — Melt
There’s no such thing as a blah sandwich from Melt. Warm, cheesy and messy, the Ole Smokey offers the three things that make every turkey sandwich a winner.
Sandwich Ingredients: turkey, bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, cheddar cheese, smokey mayo on Birmingham Breadworks sourdough. $12
Find it at 4105 4th Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35222 & 5219 Peridot Place, Hoover, AL 35244.
Smoked Turkey — Three Earred Rabbit
You’ll feel like you stepped back in time at this old-school sandwich shop. If you love fresh food made to order, the Three Earred Rabbit is your place.
Sandwich Ingredients: Boar’s Head mesquite smoked turkey, provolone cheese, mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato on rye, tortilla wrap or gluten-free bread. Served hot or cold. $8.95
Find it at 209 Main Street, Trussville, AL 35173 & 8101 Parkway Drive, Leeds, AL 35094.
Baja Chipotle Turkey — Great Harvest Bread Co.
GHB has been a huge success in Trussville since opening in 2018. Their secret: everything is made from scratch daily. They get extra applause for using mostly local ingredients.
Sandwich Ingredients: Smoked turkey breast, chipotle honey lime yogurt sauce, shaved cabbage, pickled red onions, tomato, avocado, pepper jack cheese, salt and pepper mix on honey whole wheat bread. $8.25
Find it at 218 Main Street, Trussville, AL 35173.
Smoked Turkey Panini — Olexa’s Cafe
Ditch the cold sandwiches and opt for a warm panini like this one from Olexa’s Cafe in Mountain Brook. Now that will make you smile inside and out.
Sandwich Ingredients: Smoked turkey, Pecanwood smoked bacon, smoked, gouda cheese, caramelized sweet onion, roasted red peppers, smoked mayonnaise on golden grilled sourdough. $12.99
Find it at 2838 Culver Road, Mountain Brook, AL 35223.
Bagel Sammie — Homewood Bagel Company
Want a sandwich that walks the not-so-typical line? Mix it up with a bagel sammie.
Sandwich Ingredients: Turkey, pepperjack cheese, tomato, lettuce, cucumber, mayonnaise on a Pepper Jack jalapeño bagel. Add Zapps Voodoo Chips for that much-needed crunch. $5.25+
Find it at 2907 Central Avenue, Homewood, AL 35209.
Turkey & Spinach Aioli — Ashley Macs
When it comes to delicious food, Ashley Macs knows what they’re doing. To say their sandwiches are good is an understatement. So be prepared for something truly stellar.
Sandwich Ingredients: Smoked turkey, Havarti cheese, spinach, tomato, spinach aioli on toasted ciabatta. $9
Find it at 1831 28th Avenue South, Homewood, AL 35209 & 4730 Chace Circle, Hoover, AL 35244.
Chris’s Turkey Sub — Mr. P’s Butcher Shop & Deli
If a butcher shop isn’t on your list for places to lunch, add it! Locals give Mr. P’s Deli five stars for its killer subs.
Sandwich Ingredients: Smoked turkey & white turkey, cheddar cheese, Pilleteri’s hot mustard on a honey wheat bun. $8.25
Find it at 813 Shades Crest Road, Birmingham, AL 35226.
Turkey and Cheese Sandwich — Kool Korner Sandwiches
“Home of the best hot pressed Cuban sandwich in the south,” Kool Korner sandwiches is making mouths water all over Birmingham.
Sandwich Ingredients: Turkey, Swiss cheese, mayonnaise, mustard, dill pickles on Cuban-style bread. Reg. $6.89, Large $8.79. Add chips and a medium drink to any sandwich for $2.19.
Find it at 1360 Montgomery Highway, Vestavia Hills, AL 35216.
Create Your Own — The Garage
Create your own turkey sandwich masterpiece when you hit up The Garage. Trust me, their sandwiches are FIRE. All come with chips and a dill pickle slice. $8.25
Breads: Seeded whole wheat, white, rye, hoagie. (All baked at Crestline Bagel.)
Cheeses: Swiss, cheddar, pepper jack, provolone
Toppings: Mayo, yellow mustard, spicy mustard, Russian dressing, 1000 island dressing, ground horseradish, garlic, onions, green olives, black olives, jalapenos, mushrooms, sauerkraut, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, olive oil and vinegar, salt and pepper
Upgrade it to The Fritz and it’ll come loaded with “everything but the kitchen sink and marbles.” $11.95
Find it at 2304 10th Terrace South, Birmingham, AL 35205.
Californian — Diplomat Deli
It’s easy to overlook Diplomat Deli as you battle all the traffic lights along Montgomery Highway in Vestavia Hills. But this is one place that offers such incredible sandwiches, you’ll forever pull off the highway for a pit stop.
Sandwich Ingredients: Turkey or roast beef, alfalfa sprouts, California cream cheese, pepper jelly, mayonnaise on wheat bread. $7.99
Another to try: The Senator. Turkey breast, bacon, Havarti cheese, sliced egg, tomato, sprouts, thousand island, mayonnaise on wheat bread. $7.99
Find it at 1425 Montgomery Highway, Vestavia Hills, AL 35216.
Turkey Sandwich — Chez Fonfon
Always classy, Chez Fon Fon offers a neat turkey sandwich that packs a ton of flavor. On a first date? This may be your go-to meal.
Sandwich Ingredients: Smoked turkey, caramelized onions, arugula, blue cheese aioli. $15.50
Find it at 2007 11th Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35205.
Queens — New York Butcher Shoppe
Think things are better in New York? Not if Birmingham has anything to say about it. At New York Butcher Shoppe, create your own sandwich, or opt for one like the Queens.
Sandwich Ingredients: Buffalo-style chicken, Oven Gold Turkey, pepper Monterey Jack cheese, bleu cheese dressing and your choice of toppings. $8.99
Find it at 3158 Heights Village, Birmingham, AL 35243.