Posted: February 17, 2017 at 12:00 AM by Edward Sugden
(Cover Photo: The Grammophone's Facebook)
From North to South and East to West St. Louis is rich with great sandwiches. I tried to concentrate on your classic sandwich places as there will be more upcoming blogs on different subjects such as burgers, pizza and tacos.
Today, I am offering my favorite 5 sandwich shops in the city. This list is not absolute and I encourage dissection, debate and discussion. Please share your favorites in the comments and on social media.
(Mama Toscano's Ravioli and Deli/ Photo: Mama Toscano's Ravioli and Deli's Facebook)
5. Mama Toscano's Ravioli and Deli
This is a Mom & Pop shop on The Hill, not to be confused with Mama's on The Hill or Mom's Deli on Jamieson. Mama's has been a family owned business for four generations. As you walk in you are immediately hit with a strong aroma of homemade pasta sauce. This sauce can be found on the delicious sandwiches or paired with their famous toasted ravioli. The meatball sandwich is hands down one of the best sandwiches you are ever going to have. Make sure you have plenty of napkins handy because the homemade breaded meatballs are smothered and covered in melted cheese and that fantastic home-made red sauce. Their Italian roast beef sandwich is covered in gravy and pizza cheese and is also worth a try.
(The Grammophone/ Photo: The Grammophone's Facebook)
4. The Gramophone
Nestled in the vibrant Grove neighborhood, The Gramophone has emerged into the "Sandwichkingz". Once known for live shows, The Gramophone switched it up in 2015 and now focuses on creating great sandwiches and serving an excellent selection of craft beers. With twenty beers on tap and a rotating selection of bottles and cans and a variety of different kinds of sandwiches The Gramophone is is sure to have something for everyone. The expertly crafted sandwiches range from the "Mississippi Nights Club" a homage to a classic "club" that was well known to many St. Louisians to the "Danimal, which is ham, turkey, roast beef, salami, and bacon and topped with sharp white cheddar, lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickles, pepper mayo, and avocado spread on toasted sourdough. The "General Patton" is chicken, bacon, Cajun ranch dressing, with pepper jack cheese on toasted sourdough. And if your feeling "All shook up" you can get the "Elvis" which is know as Elvis's favorite. Crunchy peanut butter, grape jelly, bacon & sliced banana topped with honey. Served on toasted sourdough. They also have DJ's and Trivia as part of their lineup so be sure to check them out. The Grammophone is located at 4243 Manchester Ave 63110
(Adriana's on the Hill/ Photo: Susan Hunter Facebook)
3. Adrianas on the Hill
Another family owned sandwich shop makes the list. Opened in 1992 and run by Adriana aka "Nana" and her daughters. As you make it through the line and up to the register you are greeted by the smiling face of "Nana" who will gladly take your order. There's about 25 different choices of sandwiches. They also have salads, pizza, and pasta. Some of the favorite sandwiches are the "Hill Boy" which is ham, salami, mortadella and provel cheeses, lettuce, tomato, onion, pepperoncini , and their special dressing, "Italian Beef" which needs no introduction, the "Meatball", and my personal favorite "Nanas Favorite", which is a salsiccia topped with roast beef, red sauce and provel cheese.
Crown Candy is all about nostalgia. Opened in 1913 it is one St. Louis's oldest restaurant/ candy shop. Not only can you get homemade chocolate candies, old time shakes and malts but you can also get the "Heart Stopping BLT". This is your classic BLT loaded with crispy thick kettle cooked bacon. The bacon is crisped up on an old candy stove which has been in the store for about 100 years. Each BLT sandwich is is piled with about a pound of bacon to perfectly balance this classic sandwich out.
(Blues City Deli/ Photo: Blues City Deli's Facebook)
1. Blues City Deli
As you pull up to the four way stop sign on Mcnair and Victor you are usually greeted with a line around the corner of hungry patrons. A definite sign of good things to come. Blues City Deli was named one of the "Best Places to Eat in America 2017" by Yelp. The list of sandwiches has evolved from 12 to more than 50 sandwiches, sides, soups and beers since their opening 13 years ago. One of my favorites is the "Big Tommy" with extra garlic oil. The big Tommy is hot roast beef on cheese garlic bread, grilled sweet peppers, onions & mushrooms on a baguette. As suggested by the owner Vince Valenza, who is often found working one of the front registers, you have to get the "Big Tommy with extra garlic oil" and in a perfect world you would get extra cheese too but you shouldn't do that too often as he once told me . Some other great options are the "Memphis Stax" which is pulled pork with a choice of spicy or sweet bbq sauce and cole slaw on an Italian bun. The "7th St Sicilian" is Genoa salami, cappicola, pepperoni & provolone, lettuce, tomato, onion, pepperoncini & Italian vinegar oil on a baguette and the "Black and Blue" which is hot roast beef, provolone, grilled onions & chunky blue cheese dressing on a baguette. Which ever sandwich you choose it's sure to be fantastic. Be sure not to miss the live music!