Sandwiches are a staple in the great state of Wisconsin, especially if they involve generous amounts of meat and cheese. But there are some that just seem to stand out from all the rest, and keep customers coming back for more, and more, and more.
These sandwiches are beloved by locals and visitors alike for their unique presentation and to-die-for taste. If you want to experience Wisconsin in all of its culinary glory, these signature sandwiches should be next on your list.
The Picnic Basket is committed to using only the freshest ingredients - baking their own breads daily, hand carving their meats, purchasing cheese from local dairies, and using garden-fresh vegetables. The restaurant itself is well-loved among locals, and their Prime Rib Steak Sub is a particular fan-favorite.
This delectable sandwich features a 7-ounce piece of prime rib steak, cooked in-house, and piled with melted provolone. You’ll want to save room for a side of jalapeño cilantro coleslaw!
With a special take on New Orleans’s “muffaletta,” the Muffo-Lotta is the sandwich of choice at Tenuta’s Italian Deli. The muffaletta originated among Italian immigrants in New Orleans as a large, round bread split horizontally and covered in layers of ingredients; and at Tenuta’s, be prepared to treat your taste buds to a Muffo-Lotta packed with mortadella, ham, hot capicolla, genoa salami, pepperoni, provolone cheese, mild peppers, lettuce and Italian dressing.
The sandwich comes as a single slice but can be ordered in a range of sizes from Baby to Original (which serves up to 10 people). Be sure to come hungry!
Jake’s Deli claims to serve some of the best corned beef and pastrami sandwiches in the city, and locals agree. Stop by to enjoy a hefty, hand-carved corned beef sandwich served with Swiss cheese and spicy mustard on rye with a juicy pickle.
Their “most wanted” corn beef sandwich can be savored in Jake’s classic deli with a vintage feel. This hole-in-the-wall is one of Milwaukee’s hidden gems – don’t miss out!
Northern Wisconsin definitely has its hidden gems, and Lazy Ace Saloon is home to a gem of BQQ-deliciousness. This true smokehouse BBQ bar boasts some of the best smoked sandwiches in all of the Northwoods.
Their Slo Smoked Beef Brisket Sandwich is scrumptiously tender and smoked in-house for 12 hours. Compliment your meal with anything beer-battered, be it beer-battered brat bites, shrimp, onion rings or green beans. Savor a good, old-fashioned barbecue that can be enjoyed indoors, outside on the patio, or on the picnic tables.
If you’re looking for an award-winning sandwich, look no further. Heralded by the Daily Meal as “Wisconsin’s Best Sandwich” in 2016, the Great Wisconsin Sandwich is a lunch that can live up to its name. And here’s why: the sandwich is stacked high and loaded with genoa salami, Italian prosciutto, Underground Butcher’s Tuscan salami, Roth mozzarella and provolone, and dressed with baby greens, balsamic, olive oil, and three-cheese miche. What a mouth-full! (Literally!)
Fromagination was founded to showcase and support Wisconsin’s cheese-making heritage, and their incredible sandwiches and top-notch cheese do not disappoint.
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