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Orlando is becoming a food destination more and more, we just Saw James P. from Ravenous Pig Nominated for a best gulf coast area chef and with him along side his wife and I believe two others nominated for James Beards. (Correct me if I'm wrong on that) Congrats to all!

Then I get wind of this little nugget - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/endless...

3rd Sandwich goes to Pom Pom. Congrats Pom!

Which got me thinking, what are Orlando's Best Sandwiches?

Ba Le Bakery - Banh mi
French Dip at Press 101
Messy Pig at 4 Rivers

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Press 101
7600 Dr Phillips Blvd Ste 22, Orlando, FL 32819

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  1. After Orlando Weekly's feature on Orlando's banh mi sandwiches a few months back, I discovered the banh mi at Boston Bakery on Colonial is even better than the one at Ba Le. You should try it some time!

    4 Rivers also has the amazing Texas Destroyer sandwich and the Burnt Ends, which combines their brisket AND pulled pork!

    I realize it's a chain, but Jersey Mike's Subs makes the best Italian sub I've had outside of NYC and Philadelphia.

    Tibby's New Orleans Kitchen has a pretty amazing muffuletta. I think the default is to get it hot, but I asked for mine cold and it was still great.

    If we're counting burgers (which we're probably not), the Ravenous Pig deserves the award for the best in town.

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    Boston Bakery & Cafe
    1525 E Colonial Dr Ste 5, Orlando, FL 32803

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    1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

      Lou,

      I've heard of Boston Bakery going to have to check it out. also My husband likes the Burnt Ends at 4 Rivers I just haven't had it yet.

      I agree Jersey Mikes does have an awesome Italian sub, best I've have yet here. I hate that I love it so much since it is a chain.

      I can't wait to try Tibby's I've heard so many good things.

      You know burgers do fall into the sandwich category since the Earl of Sandwich called for his meat to be between two buns so he could eat it while he was playing poker? That Pub burger does deserve a mention.

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      Boston Bakery & Cafe
      1525 E Colonial Dr Ste 5, Orlando, FL 32803

      1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

        I really dig the burnt ends at 4R, that's killer. Had a half dozen sammiches at Pom Pom, really enjoyed those too. Only ate at Press 101 one time and probably ordered the wrong thing :(

        Looking forward to checking out Tibby's tho!

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        Press 101
        7600 Dr Phillips Blvd Ste 22, Orlando, FL 32819

        1. re: askdrtodd

          Press can be hit or miss for me. but after a friend raved about the french dip I had to try it and really enjoyed it.

        2. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

          Sarcasm Alert: Jersey Mike's? Doesn't even belong on the list. One of the most uninspiring Italians I've ever had.

          For me, any sub shop where you can't get it hot is not even close to a great sub. The bread wasn't just "not warm" it was cold. There's a reason the french eat cheese at room temp. It's called flavor.

          Maybe I should have ordered the sub and then drove around with it in the car for a couple of hours. Seems like their entire focus is on slicing the meat and beyond that you're on your own to imagine some character? Nothing like the italian subs up north IMO.

          There is a place in Winter Springs: Napolis - a humble little joint that does a great hot roast beef italian sub. Just order it with cherry peppers. I can't drive down 434 without caving. Been doing it for 20 years.

          And Beef King! Cannot believe it took me 23 years to finally try it. If I could take an out of town guest to just one sandwich place...that would be it. Extra large with cheese and onion. Amazing.

          Tibby's New Orleans Kitchen: There is a great crawfish po'boy with fried green tomatoes and remoulade sauce that is phenomenal.

          Dexter's: the pressed duck sandwich with caramelized onions and their sweet and spicy lava mustard is hard to pass by.

          Will make it to Press 101 soon and Yellow Dog.

          1. re: Wild_Roux

            Yikes.

            I just heard Press 101 closed. and Ba Le is no longer open. The space is now occupied by Yum Mi

            Just a note about Jersey Mikes. They are a chain but here in Orlando we don't have a lot of great delis. So Jersey mikes is a good and easy place to get too. The style is an Italian Jersey Submarine Sandwich which is always cold and consist only of the cheese, Italian meats and lettuce, tomato, onions, oil, vinegar, and spices. (Salt, Pepper, Oregano). That's why they don't do toasted subs. I also dig the roast beef which they make on premises. My sister is allergic to the processed meats but she can have their roast beef.

            Tibby's also has a good Muffaletta.

            The Lamb Sandwich at Rusty Spoon is delicious

            1. re: Sandwich_Sister

              There is some hope for an Italian-style sandwich shop in Orlando. Primo Hoagies has finally opened, on John Young Parkway near Sand Lake Road. It's 45 minutes away from where I live, but I still schlepped out there the first weekend it was open.

              I know you and I are the biggest Jersey Mike's proponents on Chowhound, S_S, but you really need to give Primo a try. It's a Philadelphia chain's first foray into Florida, and it's a real, legitimate, old-school Italian-by-way-of-Philly hoagie joint. Incredible selection of sandwiches with all the good Italian cured meats nobody else offers around here, nice crusty rolls, and killer sides including multiple kinds of pasta salad.

              http://primohoagies.com/main/?page_id=30

              They told me they'd be opening a new location near UCF later this year, which is good because I won't make it back to John Young and Sand Lake any time soon. At least Jersey Mike's is still ten minutes from work, perfect when I need an Italian sub fix. (Wild_Roux, try the #13 "Mike's Way" with their hot pepper relish, and you might change your mind.)

              1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

                I will totally check it out. I've wanted to have an authentic deli in the area for awhile. I'm excited.

                I do love Jersey Mikes but I don't think they could compete on a level of an authentic Italian sandwich style. There is a time and place though and for close proximity I'd gladly enjoy a jersey mike sub over the other chains. I do also like publix subs too.

                1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

                  BBVL I'll be doing both. Always enjoy your input.

                  1. re: Wild_Roux

                    Thank you! And I'll have to try Napoli's some time. I used to live right near there, but never stopped in. I love cherry/vinegar peppers on sandwiches, but they're hard to find.

                2. re: Sandwich_Sister

                  How could Press 101 close? That place is JAMMED every single lunch. Man, I've heard the landlord in that plaza is ridicuolous on rents, only a chain seems to be able to survive in there. I'll run by today and see if they are indeed closed

                  1. re: YosemiteSam

                    Yes, I haven't completely verified that it is closed but I have heard multiple people say it. A coworker and a patron of the neighborhood bar I go to.

                    If they did close it would either be for the rent is too high. I loved their french dip. and their other paninis were great. I can see how some may think the price was a little high for a sandwich but great food is great food.

                    I'll be sad if the rumor is true.

                    1. re: Sandwich_Sister

                      OK, I think I found the reason. The owner was arrested last year for skimming money from the company. Seems he opened a second location in Lakeland and it had a lot of problems. They likely held on for a while but it may have been too much to overcome.

                      http://www.theledger.com/article/2012...

                      I am so glad I'm not in the restaurant business - it is just a story of heartbreak, moral compromise and financial ruin. Sigh......

                      1. re: YosemiteSam

                        Bill Whitaker hasn't owned Press 101 in awhile. In March 2012, I interviewed the new owner, Steve F. Ashdji, who told me he also held interests in hotel development and the pharmaceutical industry. I am curious to hear if the restaurant is indeed gone.

                        www.RonaRecommends.com

                        1. re: Rona Gindin

                          Drove by at lunch - For Lease signs are up - sigh, this was a great place and it's a shame to lose it.

                          While Bill Whitaker might not have owned it anymore, that may also be connected as places often struggle to continue when the founder moves on. I also return to my previous comment about rumored landlord and rent issues in the Dr Phillips Marketplace

                          1. re: YosemiteSam

                            Thanks Yo-Sam It is a bummer that part/area is starting to become a chain only area.

                            This is why we must remember to frequent the originals in that area. I need to go to Bosphorous which was Anatolia since it has changes.

            2. Beefy King.

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              Beefy King
              424 N Bumby Ave, Orlando, FL 32803

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              1. re: pbmaxx99

                Yes! Either the roast beef sandwich with a slice of that melty white American cheese and lots of horseradish sauce, or the sloppy joe-like barbecue beef sandwich, both on those soft, steamed buns. Beefy King rules.

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                Beefy King
                424 N Bumby Ave, Orlando, FL 32803

                1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

                  Yes Yes! I agree Beefy Kings Roast Beef sandwich is pure delight.

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                  Beefy King
                  424 N Bumby Ave, Orlando, FL 32803

                  1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

                    The Pastrami with cheese. And a side of tots. It makes sweet love to my belly!!!

                2. Most of the sandwich options at Yellow Dog Eats in Gotha near Windermere. But I'll nominate the classic Yellow Dog Club and their newest creation, the Fire Pig (a wrap with awesome pulled pork, bacon, gouda, coleslaw, and sriacha sauce topped with citrus BBQ sauce and crispy fried onions - OMG)

                  http://www.yellowdogeats.com/YellowDo...

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                  Yellow Dog Eats
                  1236 Hempel Ave, Gotha, FL 34734

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                  1. re: YosemiteSam

                    I've got to get out there to Yellow Dog. So many people love that place it just has to be great.

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                    Yellow Dog Cafe
                    905 S US Highway 1, Malabar, FL 32950

                    1. re: Sandwich_Sister

                      Still very good after all these years. Can see it from my boat where I usually anchor it.

                      1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                        You are confusing two different restaurants. Yellow Dog Eats is a sandwich and barbecue shop in Gotha, near Windermere. Yellow Dog Cafe is a full-service waterfront restaurant in Malabar.They are not related.

                        www.RonaRecommends.com

                  2. Love the Press 101 French Dip but also dig their Muffaletta - not traditional but still really really good - see my post above but I feel the BBQ sandwiches at Yellow Dog Eats are much better than those at 4 Rivers (IMO)

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                    Yellow Dog Eats
                    1236 Hempel Ave, Gotha, FL 34734

                    Press 101
                    7600 Dr Phillips Blvd Ste 22, Orlando, FL 32819

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                    1. re: YosemiteSam

                      I'll have to try their muffaletta next time. Press 101 italian is good but it didn't blow me away.

                      Okay I'm putting the BBQ Sandwich at Yellow dog on my lunch list. :)

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                      Press 101
                      7600 Dr Phillips Blvd Ste 22, Orlando, FL 32819

                    2. Just thought of another sandwich place we love: Cuban Sandwiches On The Run. It's on 17-92 in Casselberry almost across from Home Depot. Everything I've tried at this place has been excellent, but we keep ordering the roast pork grilled sandwich with mayo and onions. Addictive.

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                      1. re: Wild_Roux

                        Good one! I don't get up that way often but I do love their Cuban, the Grilled Pork, and their Steak sandwich.