Angelo’s Italian Deli
It’s like stepping back in time, into an authentic Italian deli. Their sandwiches come served on the BEST, fresh Italian bread, topped with freshly sliced, imported Italian meats. You can’t go wrong at Angelo’s Italian Deli, but I’m somewhat partial to the #10 Prosciutto sandwich for it’s purity and high-quality ingredients. Other highly recommended sandwiches include the #1 Torpedo and the #25 Italian sausage & peppers!
Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
It’s a BBQ joint so you know you’re going to get some high-quality, sauce-all-over-you-face sandwiches here. If you’re a traditionalist like me, you might be interested in Beachwood BBQ & Brewing's pulled pork sandwich (AMAZING), but if you’re looking to try something new, check out the tri-tip pastrami! Vegetarians, fear not; you might indulge in their fried green tomato sandwich or even their sweet potato & black bean burger!
Still somewhat new to the neighborhood, Beer Belly is shelling out tasty creations & interesting libations in downtown Long Beach! To say their doing sandwiches right would be an understatement. From their signature grilled cheese to their take on Cuban sandwich (contains fried chicken!!) and a variety of Philly cheesesteak options, you really can’t go wrong here!
Foundation Sandwich Shop
It’s in the name, so you know it has to be their specialty. Foundation Sandwich Shop is serving up fresh ingredients on homemade bread accompanied by ultra-tasty sides (a potato salad that’s out to beat all others). They’ve created their own delicious spin on a Cuban sandwich, known as the Kinda Cuban, that is absolutely to-die-for. It’s honestly hard to narrow it down to just a few suggestions, but if we have to, check out the short rib & Italiano!
George’s Greek Café
Arguably Long Beach’s favorite Greek restaurant, George’s actually has a pretty decent selection of sandwiches to choose from. There are the obvious, classic choices, Gyro or Falafel, but they also have a few burger options and don’t sleep on the filet mignon souvlaki sandwich!
Great Society Cider and Mead
Offering a hearty selection of delicious sandwiches, you can’t go wrong with Great Society's $10 Sandwich Lunch! We’re currently drooling over the sourdough patty melt but who can turn down an Irish Cheddar Grilled Cheese? Vegan and vegetarian options include their quinoa lentil burger!
Not especially known for serving up sandwiches, James Republic has a breakfast dish that we just had to include on this list of best sammies in Long Beach. Their egg sandwich, though simple in name, is all about the fancy sauce and hobb’s bacon. Seriously, this might be our favorite breakfast sandwich…
Maybe a pizzeria isn’t the first place you’d think to find great sandwiches, but that’s actually the case with Michael’s Pizzeria. Check out their panini options like the artichoke panini or go big with one of their burgers, especially the Michael’s Burger made with Chianina beef!
Another locally renowned Italian Deli, Modica’s serves up an assortment of hot and cold sandwiches; there’s definitely something on the menu for everyone. You'll love the friendly service & the family feel to this downtown establishment. Order a hot pastrami or a chicken parmesan – you won’t be disappointed!
Olives Gourmet Grocer
Listen, this place has an entire massive menu dedicated to just sandwiches – Olive's means business. They offer breakfast paninis and regular paninis, turkey sandwiches and roast beef sandwiches; you name it, they probably make it. Take a look at the Santa Fe & the Godmother!
Located in the bustling neighborhood of Belmont Shore, Open Sesame has established itself as a crowd favorite for authentic Mediterranean cuisine. They offer a variety of pita sandwiches filled with their shawarma meats or falafel but my personal favorite is their chicken shawarma panini! It’s something about those homemade pickles & fresh, crunchy French bread!
Parkers’ offers a variety of seafood sandwiches that are absolutely divine, but it’s their “Garlic Cheese Bread” burger that put it on our radar. This is seriously one of the most decadent burgers in the city. This burger is not to be trifled with – it’s huge! While you’re there, check out the crab cake sandwich too! They’re not kidding when they say, “jumbo” lump crab!