9 of the best sandwiches to order in Birmingham

Ore Mercantile sandwich
You can find me chowing down on a sandwich at ORE at least once a week. Photo via Cecilia Wood for Bham Now

Birminghamians are passionate about their sandwiches, so we’re celebrating National Sandwich Day (Wednesday, November 3) by sharing our audience’s favorite sandwiches in Birmingham. Out of over 200 responses on Instagram and Facebook, here are the top nine choices (in no particular order).


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1. Sweet Tea Chicken Sandwich | Saw’s Soul Kitchen

Saw's sweet tea chicken sandwich
Craving that sauce. Photo via Saw’s Soul Kitchen

This sweet tea chicken sandwich is an award-winning favorite thanks to the mouthwatering flavor combination.

  • Deets: Sweet tea and pickle-brined fried chicken, special sauce + pickles on toasted buns
  • Price: $8
  • Location: 215 41st St S, Birmingham, AL 35222
  • Hours: Monday-Thursday 11AM-9PM, Friday-Saturday 11AM-10PM
  • Website | Instagram | Facebook

2. Richman | Ranelli’s

Ranelli's Richman
Ranelli’s Richman is one of the Alabama Tourism Department’s “100 dishes to eat in Alabama before you die”. Photo via Ranelli’s

Ranelli’s Deli (a.k.a. the best deli in Alabama according to the Food Network) is home to another favorite Birmingham sandwich: the Richman Po-Boy.

  • Deets: Fresh Italian bread with ham, corned beef, peppered beef, genoa salami, pastrami, swiss, provolone, mustard + olive salad
  • Price: $13.50
  • Location: 1225 20th St S, Birmingham, AL 35205
  • Hours: Monday-Friday 9AM-5PM
  • Website | Facebook

3. Cuban | Kool Korner

Kool Korner Cuban
Looking for a classic Cuban for National Sandwich Day? Photo via Bham Now

The Cuban at Kool Korner is a Birmingham favorite, and for good reason. Kool Korner Sandwiches is family-owned and operated with options that will satisfy all of your cravings.

  • Deets: Cuban style bread with Cuban-styled roasted pork, ham, swiss cheese, mayo, mustard + dill pickles
  • Price: Regular, $6.99 | Large, $8.99
  • Location: 1360 Montgomery Hwy, Vestavia Hills, AL 35216
  • Hours: Monday-Wednesday 10AM-3PM | Thursday-Saturday 10AM-8PM
  • Website | Facebook

4. Lunch Sandwich | Lé Fresca

Le Fresca lunch sandwich
A sandwich with fresh mozarella? Sign me up. Photo via Lé Fresca

Lé Fresca’s lunch sandwich features bread made with the same dough they make their pizzas with—all imported from Italy. If you’re looking for a sandwich that leaves you feeling refreshed instead of ready for a nap, don’t miss this option.

  • Deets: Sandwich bread with dough imported from Italy, salami, mozzarella, tomato + arugula with a side of chips
  • Price: $9
  • Location: 2218 2nd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203
  • Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 11AM-9PM | Friday-Saturday 11AM-9:30PM
  • Website | Instagram | Facebook

5. PCP | ORE Mercantile

PCP from ORE Mercantile
A fresh PCP—YUM. Photo via ORE Mercantile

You can’t go wrong with anything from ORE Mercantile, but the PCP was a popular option on Instagram.

  • Deets: Pepperoni, capicola, prosciutto, smoked gouda, mixed greens, tomato + stone ground Creole mustard
  • Price: 6″, $12 | 12″, $18
  • Location: 4414 4th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35222
  • Hours: Monday-Saturday 11AM-6PM, Sunday 11AM-5PM
  • Website | Instagram | Facebook

6. The Famous Philly Cheesesteak | T Bone’s Cheesesteaks

T-Bone's Philly Cheesesteak
This photo looks like pure comfort. Photo via T-Bone’s Cheesesteaks

Steak, onions and melty cheese? Sounds like the perfect sandwich for this chilly weather. T-Bone’s Cheesesteaks is a Five Points favorite, and whether you keep it classic with their Philly or you try a wrap, you’ll feel satisfied enough for that long post-lunch nap.

  • Deets: Grilled Sirloin steak, onions + melted white American cheese
  • Price: 6″, $6.75 | 12″, $8.50
  • Location: 1017 20th St S, Birmingham, AL 35205
  • Hours: Monday-Thursday 11AM-10PM, Friday-Saturday 11AM-11PM
  • Website | Instagram | Facebook

7. Italian | Smiley Brothers Specialty Foods

Smiley Brothers Specialty Foods is a specialty butcher shop and deli with options like pimento cheese sandwiches, burgers, meatloaf and the Bham Now fan-favorite—Italian.

  • Deets: Housemade sourdough hoagie with salami, pepperoni, capicola, ham, prosciutto, parma, provolone, housemade Italian vinaigrette, hydroponic lettuce, black olives, housemade pickles, banana peppers + shaved red onion | Hot Italian served with beef fat French fries
  • Price: $13.30
  • Location: 214 Huntley Pkwy, Pelham, AL 35124
  • Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 10AM-7PM, Friday-Saturday 10AM-6PM
  • Website | Instagram | Facebook

8. Spam Bahn Mi | Ampersandwich

Spam bahn mi
Next on my must-try list. Photo via Yelp

Ampersandwich is one of the newest (sandwich) kids on the block, and they’re already an Avondale favorite. Their bahn mi came up multiple times in our Instagram comments, so be sure to try it for yourself.

  • Deets: Fried spam, carrot, radish, jalapeno, cucumber, cilantro + mayo on bread baked by Bandit
  • Price: Half, $8.25 | Full, $13.35
  • Location: 4124 3rd Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35222
  • Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 11AM-3PM, 5-7:30PM | Friday-Saturday 11AM-9PM | Sunday 11AM-8PM
  • Website | Instagram | Facebook

9. The Club | Diplomat Deli

Diplomat Deli wrap
You can also get your club as a wrap! Photo via Yelp

I have tons of memories of heading to Diplomat Deli with my family as a kid, and their club was always a top pick. Our audience clearly agrees.

  • Deets: Toasted white bread with turkey, ham, bacon, cheddar cheese, tomato, lettuce + mayo
  • Price: $8.50
  • Location: 1425 Montgomery Hwy, Vestavia Hills, AL 35216
  • Hours: Monday-Saturday 11AM-8PM, Sunday 11AM-3PM
  • Website | Instagram | Facebook

What do YOU think is the best sandwich in Birmingham? Tag @BhamNow on social + let us know!

Cecilia Wood
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