Best Cheap Sandwich Spots
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Where to Find a Good, Cheap Sandwich in Every State

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Best Cheap Sandwich Spots
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Sandwich Savvy

Everyone has a favorite sandwich spot that never fails them, a place where a simple meal brings anticipation overload and satisfies deep cravings. And finding a cheap sandwich that elicits these feelings and costs less than $10? Priceless, as they say, whether it's a deli classic or an indulgent fried chicken sandwich. We winnowed our list of favorites to a single sandwich in each state from our own experiences, word-of-mouth recommendations from locals, and reading a slew of mouth-watering reviews.

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Dreamland BBQ in Montgomery, Alabama
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Alabama: Dreamland BBQ

Montgomery
Dreamland is a standing-room-only sort of place that serves a lot of sandwiches under $10 assembled with house-made ingredients. Of particular note is its bestselling traditional barbecue sandwich plus a side for $9 that will fill you up Southern style. John "Big Daddy" Bishop built his first location himself in Tuscaloosa in 1958 and now with 10 locations, Dreamland serves as one of the hottest bargain joints in 'Bama for a righteous meal. 

Related: Bucket List Barbecue in Every State

Quickie Burger in Anchorage, Alaska
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Alaska: Quickie Burger

Anchorage
Quickie Burger (slogan: Everyone Loves A Quickie) has been named one of the best spots in the state for a reindeer sandwich, a menu item pretty much unique to the Last Frontier. The eatery is basically a food truck, though there is an indoor dining area. Providing a taste of the north, its Rein of Cheddar sandwich sports diced reindeer sausage, caramelized onions, melted cheddar, lettuce, and tomato for a mere $8.50.

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Zookz in Phoenix, Arizona
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Arizona: Zookz

Phoenix
This sandwich style is a cross between a panini and a croque monsieur. At Zookz, you must order the No. 35 ($9). Thinly sliced roast beef, crisp bacon, fresh tomatoes, shredded cheddar cheese, Zookz horseradish sauce are smashed and grilled and served with one side. The owner's Libyan nana, Berdjoui, brought a special sandwich iron from the old country that to this day makes incredible sealed and crispy grilled works of art. 

Related: 25 Amazing Sandwiches From Around the World

Jimmy's Serious Sandwiches in Little Rock, Arkansas
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Arkansas: Jimmy's Serious Sandwiches

Little Rock
There's truth in advertising here as Jimmy's, in business for 44 years, has some serious eats and a huge menu of sandwiches. But a standout deal is the Thai-1-On, a clever flatbread sandwich stuffed with a hot and spicy chicken breast, a non-fat lime dressing, cilantro, bok choy, and shredded lettuce and carrots. Refreshing, filling and costing $9. Save room for famous house-made lemon bars.

Bay Cities Italian Deli and Bakery in Santa Monica, California
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California: Bay Cities Italian Deli and Bakery

Santa Monica
Go for Bay Cities' signature sandwich, the Godmother ($7 to $10.50). This piled-high delight is made in-house on freshly baked Italian bread with prosciutto, ham, capicola, mortadella, Genoa salami, and provolone cheese. Make sure to order it with the works and add mild or hot peppers. There's a huge selection of Italian groceries and bakery items, too, with intoxicating aromas that torture diners waiting for their sandwiches. 

Related: 50 Best Old-School Italian Restaurants in America

Curtis Park Delicatessen
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Colorado: Curtis Park Delicatessen

Denver
This neighborhood mom-and-pop shop has a limited menu, but its reviews are overwhelmingly positive. A veggie sandwich with portobello mushroom, red pepper, zucchini, red onion, goat cheese, and house-made pesto gets high marks and costs $10. Its meat deli sandwiches are gushed over, too, and even though this is a deli, before coronavirus it was known also for serving all meals on real plates — with the latest edition of the Denver Post and chilled bottled water at each table. 

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SuperSandwich in Shelton, Connecticut
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Connecticut: Supersandwich

Shelton
You have many options for variety and size of sandwich at SuperSandwich, and a standout is its take on a classic Italian combo. The "Super" size is $9 and is loaded with freshly sliced Genoa salami, pepperoni, deluxe ham, provolone, and dressed with lettuce, hot cherry peppers, and its house-made balsamic vinaigrette.

WiLDWiCH Café in Wilmington, Delaware
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Delaware: Wildwich Café

Wilmington
All its food is made from scratch, and menu items change frequently. But WiLDWiCH has a menu bestseller that is a constant in its K.C.Q. You get shaved and piled high hickory-smoked pulled pork, house-made barbecue sauce, and tangy slaw on the side for $8.50.

Wicked Good Deli
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Florida: Wicked Good Deli

Fort Myers
The Wicked Good Deli has a smorgasbord of sandwich options under $10, but a standout that gets high marks is its $7 turkey club, piled high with shaved turkey, with crisp bacon and dressed up with fresh lettuce, tomato slices and mayo to your liking on toasted whole wheat bread. Lots of choices here to get your cheap sandwich on.

Alon's Bakery and Market
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Georgia: Alon's Bakery and Market

Atlanta
At Alon's, make sure to order the Tunisian tuna sandwich with capers, preserved lemon, potato, hard-boiled egg, onion, tomato, and spicy harissa sauce on a demi-baguette for $8.50. Executive chef and owner Alon Balshan has brought an authentic European market to the Peach State with his made-from-scratch selection of baked breads, European-style cakes, handmade pastries, gourmet sandwiches, freshly prepared foods, fine cheeses, chocolates, and more.

Earl in Honolulu, Hawaii
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Hawaii: Earl

Honolulu
Hawaii is a tricky place to find great cheap anything, but for a righteous $9.50 you can get a fantastic craft sandwich at Earl. Order its Fun Goat, made with goat cheese, sauteéd mushrooms, fennel onion marmalade, cherry tomato, cucumber, basil pesto and spinach, and dressed with extra-virgin olive oil and balsamic reduction drizzle.

Cobby's Sandwich Shops in Boise, Idaho
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Idaho: Cobby's Sandwich Shops

Boise
Since 1978, Idaho's beloved Cobby's is a Gem State treasure offering a wide customizable menu of deals under $10. Go for a soup and sandwich combos, which lets you build a sandwich the way you like it. Sandwiches also come with a side of chips and fresh fruit.

Vinnie's Sub Shop in Chicago, Illinois
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Illinois: Vinnie's Sub Shop

Chicago
Nothing fancy, this landmark is a sub shop favorite of Chi-town with prices so low you'll be shocked. Order the Vinnie's Special sandwich — the 9-inch is just over $8 and filled with fresh shaved ham, hard salami, provolone, and Vinnie's in-house special oil dressing on a crusty sesame bun. The footlong version is $10 and is made on fresh French bread. Go before the lunch rush has you waiting on the sidewalk

Nick's English Hut in Bloomington, Indiana
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Indiana: Nick's English Hut

Bloomington
The stromboli from Nick's English Hut in Bloomington, home to Indiana University, is a hallowed institution with locals. The half sandwich is $7 and is plenty big for one person. Opened in 1927, this family-owned restaurant is a delicious must-see and do in Indiana — even visited by Barack Obama when he was on the campaign trail in 2008.

New Pioneer Food Co-op
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Iowa: New Pioneer Food Co-op

Iowa City
At New Pioneer, Cashew on a Hot Tin Roof ($7.50) is made with sourdough bread slathered with a spicy jalapeno cashew cheese. Both are made in-house. It's topped with onions, peppers, tomatoes, and spinach — all organic. They offer gluten-free breads and have carved out a real name for great vegan and vegetarian food in cow country. 

Related: 40 Best Neighborhood Food Co-Ops Still Thriving After Decades

Sandwich Bowl
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Kansas: Sandwich Bowl

Lawrence
The Sandwich Bowl's huge menu is filled with tempting items that range from vegan to barbecue, but its Reuben, which is made with corned beef, Swiss cheese, and sauerkraut grilled on fresh marble rye and dressed with Thousand Island dressing for $9 gets loads of love. There are also plenty of cheap, tasty in-house-made sides and salads to choose from too.

Wallace Station in Versailles, Kentucky
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Kentucky: Wallace Station

Versailles
Chef Ouita Michel has a small group of amazing little restaurants throughout the state, but for a real deal on a sandwich, look no further than her Wallace Station, where all ingredients are made in-house and its "Sammi's Super Saver Special" is the steal. You get a cup of chili or soup and a half sandwich. Choices include roast turkey and white cheddar; pimiento cheese; a BLT; tuna salad; and fresh all-natural chicken salad, each for just $8.

meatball sub
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Louisiana: Pop N Pizza

Shreveport
Small and unassuming, this highly rated and dished-about pizza and sandwich shop makes one heck of a meatball sub. Piled on fresh Italian sub bread are loads of house-made meatballs dressed up with marinara sauce and mozzarella for $7.50.

Clayton's Cafe & Bakery
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Maine: Clayton's Cafe & Bakery

Yarmouth
Famous for giving diners home cooking for when they don't want to cook at home, Clayton's has built much of that reputation on a hearty chicken salad sandwich that comes with a touch of sweetness and heat depending whether you grab the classic, curried, or Mediterranean version — all just $8. Don't be afraid to trade up to the roast beef with cheddar-horseradish spread for $9.  

Chaps Pit Beef in Baltimore, Maryland
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Maryland: Chaps Pit Beef

Baltimore
Have you ever had Baltimore-style pit beef? It's a blow-your-socks-off moment. You need to order The Famous Pit Beef Sandwich if it's your first time at Chaps Pit Beef. The $8.50 sandwich features layers of shaved beef atop a fresh bun and secret sauce. Proprietor Gus Glava began this in 1987 in a shack and now has three Maryland locations. 

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Kelly's Roast Beef in Revere, Massachusetts
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Massachusetts: Kelly's Roast Beef

Revere
Since 1951, this beachside spot has slung the best sandwiches and fried seafood and sides around. People often fly into nearby Logan Airport in East Boston and head straight to Kelly's. The sandwich to start your love affair is its small classic roast beef sandwich ($9.50), which can feed two people. Don't leave without getting its addictive onion rings.

Essence on Main
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Michigan: Essence on Main

Clarkston
Summer is the best time of year to order Essence on Main's caprese sandwich at $9, made with fresh mozzarella, olive oil, herb-roasted tomatoes, and feta topped with fresh basil leaves. They toast it and serve it warmed up. Its tomatoes are locally grown, and the bread and many of its sides and sauces are made in house. They are an organic cafe and only serve locally sourced meats and veggies.

Manny's Tortas
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Minnesota: Manny's Tortas

Minneapolis
Tortas are a Mexican sandwich, and Manny's classic jamon (ham) torta is a filling treat prepared with cheese, tomato, lettuce, onion, avocado, jalapeño peppers, refried beans, and chipotle pepper, and dressed with mayo and served with chips for $9.

Half Shell Oyster House in Biloxi, Mississippi
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Mississippi: Half Shell Oyster House

Biloxi
There are 10 locations now for this Mississippi institution, where oysters are king but sandwiches also rule. Splurge for the $9 Fried Green Tomato BLT, a classic bestseller made with the in-season snappy fried green tomatoes, bacon, and lettuce on freshly baked pressed French bread, dressed with lemon aioli. 

Related: 20 Amazing Seafood Shacks Across America

The Gerber at Ruma's Deli in St. Louis, MO
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Missouri: Ruma's Deli

St. Louis
Ruma's Deli is the likely birthplace of The Gerber, a hot, open-faced sandwich of heaping ham and melted provel cheese — a $7.50 local specialty blending Swiss, provolone, and cheddar — on an Italian or French loaf dripping in garlic butter. (There's a variation called the Prosperity sandwich, which swaps in roast beef and gravy.) It's the closest Missouri comes to having an official state sandwich. 

Chalet Market in Billings, Montana
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Montana: Chalet Market

Billings
The Chalet Market's croissant sandwich menu is full of picks (with the smallest of three sizes starting under $6), and the bestseller that people love to review is its Berrylicious Turkey Croissant made with shaved fresh turkey, cream cheese, sunflower seeds, and a choice of Becky's Berries Raspberry Jalapeño or Huckleberry jams. The combination is reminiscent of Thanksgiving turkey and cranberry sandwiches.

Banhwich Café in Lincoln, Nebraska
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Nebraska: Banhwich Café

Lincoln
At Banhwich Café, order the Spicy Thai Chicken (Ga Thai) for $6 made of shredded chicken or fried tofu served up with its in-house Thai cilantro sauce in a traditional Vietnamese-style sandwich topped with aioli, cucumbers, pickled daikon, and finely shredded carrots and jalapeños on either a fresh baguette or croissant, or in lettuce wraps for the carb watchers.

Yosh's Deli in Reno, Nevada Classic French Dip
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Nevada: Yosh's Deli

Reno
Yosh's does its sandwich platters up with style and really generous portions. For $8.50, order the whole Classic French Dip. There's enough sandwich there to feed two people. The French Dip has paper-thin roast beef piled high with au jus on a fresh, aioli-dressed French roll.

Joe's Meat Shoppe in North Hampton, New Hampshire
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New Hampshire: Joe's Meat Shoppe

North Hampton
There are loads of great sandwich choices under $10 at Joe's Meat Shoppe. Proximity to locally sourced seafood makes its seafood salad sandwich the pick at $7. All subs and sandwiches include cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickle, and onion. Upon request, they will add leaf lettuce, green peppers, sprouts, and hot peppers.

Cafe Airlie
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New Jersey: Cafe Airlie

Newark
There's a long list of generous sandwiches $8 and under on its menu at Cafe Airlie, but the one that gets loads of ink and raves is "The Airlie," which is a splurge at $8.50. It's made with a hot chicken cutlet, grilled pastrami, mozzarella with grilled onions, lettuce, and tomato grilled up all nice and melty.

Friends Coffee and Sandwich Shop
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New Mexico: Friends Coffee and Sandwich Shop

Albuquerque
For just $7.50, order the albacore solid white tuna sandwich served either hot or cold with chips on Friends' signature multi-grain bread with your pick of mustard or mayo and a choice of lettuce, tomato, onion, and pickles. You can add a choice of either Swiss, provolone, or American cheese for 50 cents more.

Harlem Shake in New York, New York
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New York: Harlem Shake

New York
Harlem Shake has a Classic Patty Melt not to be missed, with two beef patties smothered in caramelized onions, cheese, and a special sauce on toasted sourdough at $8. It also serves burgers made with custom-blend Pat LaFrieda patties, as well as New York-style all-beef hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, and Blue Marble ice cream. 

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Old School Subs & Deli in Asheville, North Carolina
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North Carolina: Old School Subs & Deli

Asheville
At Old School Subs, a delicious classic muffaletta sandwich made with bakery bread made in house, and ham, salami, provolone, house-made olive spread, seasoning, sub dressing all pressed and lightly toasted will run you $8 for a regular. High marks from happy diners can be found online.

Grand Junction Grilled Subs
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North Dakota: Grand Junction Grilled Subs

Bismarck
Grand Junction is set apart from many chains by being family-owned and its care with food — it grills its meats and serves them up on fresh baked, private-recipe French batard sub rolls. Order the Chicken Cordon Bleu, made with premium chicken breast, Virginia honey ham, fresh lettuce, and sliced fresh Roma tomatoes, dressed with honey-mustard, Mayo, and melted Swiss cheese to seal the deal. A regular (which is reportedly huge) sandwich is $9.50.

Charlie's Deli in Dayton, Ohio
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Ohio: Charlie's Import Foods

Dayton
Charlie's Import Foods is a bit of the old country, having survived a sale in 2018 — the transition from Charlie's Deli saw the original owners' recipes handed down — and its Irish-inspired "Blarney" sandwich continues to get lots of love from loyal customers. Corned beef slathered with Swiss cheese, smashed Irish potatoes, cole slaw all toasted and melted on fresh swirl rye and dressed with Woebber brown mustard for $5 is the play.

Tino's in Norman, Oklahoma
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Oklahoma: Tino's

Norman
At Tino's, the bestseller is the Tino's Philly Cheese Steak, made with tender ribeye steak  cooked in-house, chopped, and covered in cheese, grilled onions, and peppers. The generous 6-incher comes stuffed and costing you $8.

Tails and Trotters
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Sheetz in Altoona, Pennsylvania
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Pennsylvania: Sheetz

Altoona
Bob Sheetz had a vision back in 1951, and to this day his family still runs this hot spot, serving up the calorific and delicious bestseller The Big Mozz (less than $7). Made with a crispy chicken breast or a burger patty, this sandwich is topped with fried mozzarella sticks, melted provolone cheese, and marinara sauce served up on a toasted bun.

UMelt_BBQ_Pork
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Rhode Island: UMelt

Providence 
You can go way beyond your basic grilled cheese at UMelt — though if you do want a basic grilled cheese, it's just $5 — and you'll want to, with options such as the BBQ Pork upgrade, with house slow-roasted pork, house barbecue sauce, cheddar cheese and jalapeños on white for $8. Leave room for a $5 dessert sandwich: The S'mores, with Nutella, graham crackers, and marshmallow fluff on raisin bread.

Devine Cinnamon Roll Deli in Columbia, South Carolina
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South Carolina: Devine Cinnamon Roll Deli

Columbia
There are various cheap-but-tasty sandwich options at Devine Cinnamon Roll Deli, including the Palmetto ($5) with two eggs, cheddar cheese, barbecued pulled pork, and grilled onions. Specialty sandwiches include Meet the Reubens! ($8.50), a grilled rye bread, butter-roasted sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, Thousand Island dressing masterpiece with your choice of meat. This sandwich also comes with "Devine" chips and a mini cinnamon roll.

Bread & Circus
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South Dakota: Bread & Circus

Sioux Falls
Bread & Circus is a more upscale lunch spot than the average chain and with slightly higher prices, but nowhere in the state is there such an eclectic sandwich menu. Go for the $11 curried cauliflower sandwich made with red lentil hummus, yellow curry, arugula, cilantro radish served up on grilled naan bread.

Rae's Gourmet Sandwich Shoppe
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Tennessee: Rae's Gourmet Sandwich Shoppe

Nashville
You have loads of choices under $10 at Rae's. Go for the "Rae's Hot Brown" made with honey-smoked turkey topped with crisp bacon, cheese sauce, and tomato, or the classic Monte Cristo made with honey smoked turkey and deli ham topped with bacon, cheese sauce, and tomato (both $7.50) and served on a New Orleans' style baguette.

Mekong Sandwich in Houston, Texas
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Texas: Mekong Sandwich

Houston
Authentic Vietnamese sandwiches, noodles, and rice dishes here have been raved about for more than 20 years. Mekong Sandwich is a local favorite, and its bestseller is the Banh Mi Thit Nuong (grilled pork sandwich) for $3.75. Add fish sauce or peanut sauce for an extra 25 cents and a fried egg for a dollar.

Sensuous Sandwich in Orem, Utah
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Utah: Sensuous Sandwich

Orem
We're not sure how they do it in the rest of Orem, but they sell sandwiches by the inch at Sensuous Sandwich. The double-entendre names of its sandwiches are hilarious. Go for "The Tantalizer" made with pastrami, roast beef, turkey, and jack cheese. An 8-incher will run you $7. People rave about all its under $10 combos.

Stowe Sandwich Co.
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Vermont: Stowe Sandwich Co.

Stowe
Stowe Sandwich Co. is one of the hottest locally owned and operated restaurants in New England ski country, and it offers a Spicy Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich that is a bestseller, dressed up with lettuce, tomato, and a zesty house made ranch dressing for around $9.

The Italian Store in Arlington, Virginia
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Virginia: The Italian Store

Arlington
At The Italian Store, the Philly is much raved about and is every bit an Italian masterpiece of fresh Danish ham and provolone piled high on a bakery hard crusty roll with lettuce, tomato, onions, peppers, oregano, and olive oil dressing made in house. A small-size version is "huge" according to locals and will run you around $8.50.

Valhalla Sandwiches in Seattle, Washington
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Washington: Valhalla Sandwiches

Seattle
When in Pacific-Northwest Viking country, do what the Norse-Americans in this region would do: Visit family-owned Valhalla Sandwiches and order the Ragnar's Club ($9.50) made with sliced chicken breast, bacon, Swiss, apple-jalapeño slaw, and sweet-hot Beaver mustard on a freshly baked telera roll.

Secret Sandwich Society in Fayetteville, West Virginia
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West Virginia: Secret Sandwich Society

Fayetteville
House-made fixings, dressings, beers, and breads are part of the rustic charm of the Secret Sandwich Society. This spot has a huge menu with a vegetarian-pleasing bestseller. The Churchill is piled high with Swiss, provolone, white cheddar, sauteed spinach, and marinated roasted red peppers on toasted sourdough for $10, and it comes with house-made chips and pickles.

Rock'n Rollz Sandwich Co.
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Wisconsin: Rock'n Rollz Sandwich Co.

Evansville
Naming sandwiches after famous song lyrics, Rock'N Rollz is known for its "rollz" breads. Pigs On The Wing is a top pick for $6.50. You get roasted turkey breast, smoked ham, Wisconsin provolone cheese, dressed with fresh crisp lettuce, locally sourced tomatoes, and mayonnaise.

The Breadboard in Buffalo, Wyoming
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Wyoming: The Breadboard

Buffalo
There are a ton of sandwich combos to choose from under $10, and the generous portions make The Breadboard a good place to bring a friend. Order its famous Freight Train made with roast beef and turkey dressed however you like on a fresh sub roll: The 8-inch large is just $7 and the 10-inch hungry size is $8.50 and can feed two.