Standout Sandwiches

From Grilled Cheese To Gourmet, Our Top Picks For The Area’s Most Well-Bred Creations Between Sliced Bread

Doc Taylor's, "The Ray Ray"

One of the most widely available foods known to man and beast must be the sandwich.

The sandwich is ubiquitous, available as a breakfast, lunch and dinner option, as well as appetizer, snack and dessert.

There are simple sandwiches—say, a thick slice of tomato on white bread. And there are also more complex versions, like a Monte Cristo, where slices of city ham and gruyere cheese are stuffed between bread, dipped in egg batter, fried golden, and served topped with fruit preserves and coated in a sprinkling of confectionary sugar.

There are small ones—like tea sandwiches—and there are sweet ones—like ice cream sandwiches.

Some define a sandwich as any sort of filling contained in or on a baked item, mostly bread, which can leave a lot of room for interpretation; this means burritos, wraps, tacos, quesadillas and the like.

Others say a sandwich is simply a filling between two pieces of bread. That was the ruling in 2006 of Worcester, Mass. Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Locke in a case between the chains Panera Bread Co. and Qdoba, a fast-casual Mexican restaurant, over non-compete rights to be in the same shopping center.

We set a big table, and like the first definition best; besides, there are more to enjoy this way.

Below are our favorite sandwiches. There wasn’t a scientific method used in the selection, except these are creations we’ve enjoyed and would (and have) order again and again.

If we didn’t list your favorite sandwich, let us know what it is. We look forward to researching a follow-up article.

1. Doc Taylor’s
207 23rd St., Virginia Beach
“The Ray Ray”
Fried egg atop bacon, cheese, and grilled parmesan tomatoes on an onion roll. (Main image above)

2. Handsome Biscuit
2511 Colonial Ave., Norfolk
Hella Fitzgerald
Fried chicken with bacon, cheddar, and red eye sausage gravy.

3. Papou George’s Hot Dogs
303 Oyster Point Rd., Newport News
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Greek Sausage and Egg Sandwich
Housemade Greek sausage with egg. We like to add cheese and tomatoes.

terrace room1. The Terrace Room at the Williamsburg Inn
136 East Francis St., Williamsburg
Restoration Sandwich
Sugar ham, roasted turkey, smoked bacon and herb mayonnaise on country white bread.

2. Waypoint Seafood & Grill
1480 Quarter Path Rd., Williamsburg
Turkey BLT Panini
Herb-roasted turkey breast, fried green tomatoes and herb mayonnaise on artisan flatbread.

3. The Public House
1112 Colley Ave., Norfolk
Public House Club
Pulled turkey, sliced honey ham, applewood-smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, Swiss cheese, lettuce and tomato on Texas toast.

(Dagwood, overstuffed, etc.)
route 58 deli1. The Route 58 Delicatessen
4000 Virginia Beach Blvd., #156, Virginia Beach
Hot Corned Beef
Overstuffed sandwich of housemade corned beef with cole slaw and Russian dressing.

2. Circa 1918 Kitchen + Bar
10367 Warwick Blvd., Newport News
Circa 1918 Lamb Burger
Lamb burger with candied bacon and goats’ cheddar cheese.

3. Field Guide
429 Granby St., Norfolk
Noodlefoot Williams
Sandwich of macaroni and cheese with peperonata (a ratatouille of thin-sliced bell peppers and seasonings) with paprika.

1. Taste Unlimited
Multiple locations across Coastal Virginia
Honey smoked turkey, applewood smoked bacon, Havarti cheese, avocado, romaine lettuce, tomato and basil mayo on French bread.

2. The Cheese Shop
410 W. Duke of Gloucester St., Williamsburg
Tuna Salad
An update of the classic with grapes and walnuts.

3. 3Way Café
216 E. Plume St., Norfolk
The Figgy Piggy
Herb-roasted pork with fig glaze, baby spinach, gouda cheese, roasted tomatoes and pesto aioli on sourdough bread.

1. Press 626 Café & Wine Bar
626 W. Olney Rd., Norfolk
Award Winning Grilled Cheese
A sandwich of Vermont cheddar, Swiss cheese, Pepperjack cheese and goat cheese on grilled sourdough bread; we add applewood-smoked bacon and tomato.

2. The Public House
1112 Colley Ave., Norfolk
Grilled Cheese
Grilled sandwich of aged yellow cheddar and fontina cheese topped with housemade bacon, tomato and caramelized onion.

3. Flip Flops VB Grill
2217 Upton Dr., Virginia Beach
Big Cheesey
Large sandwich of cheddar jack cheese, tomatoes and pesto on grilled Texas toast.

1. Greater Grinders Submarines
Locations in Norfolk and Portsmouth
The Super Greater Grinder
A large sandwich of salami, ham, spiced luncheon meat, pepperoni, provolone cheese, American cheese, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and onions on toasted sub roll.

2. Subway Station
12288 Warwick Blvd., Newport News
The Subway Express
An Italian hot sub of salami, spiced luncheon meat, ham, pepperoni, Swiss cheese, provolone cheese, lettuce, tomato, onions and a secret sauce.

3. Mister Jim’s Jumbo Submarine Sandwiches
346 Battlefield Blvd. S., Chesapeake
Chesapeake Jubilee
A large sub of ham, turkey and roast beef with cheese, lettuce, tomato, onions and housemade Italian dressing. We add hot and sweet peppers.

(Barbecue, burgers, hot dogs and the like)
1. No Frill Bar and Grill
Locations in Norfolk and Virginia Beach
Norfolk Hot Brown
Grilled chicken, Surry ham, tomato, Norfolk Canyon Ale (from O’Connor Brewing Co.) sauce and cheddar jack cheese over sourdough toast points.

2. County Grill & Smokehouse
Locations in Hampton and Yorktown
The Pit Master
A large sandwich of pulled pork shoulder, sauced, and topped with sliced beef brisket and cole slaw.

dog street pub3. DoG Street Pub
401 W. Duke of Gloucester St., Williamsburg
A Very Large Griddled Hot Dog
Indeed, a very large hot dog, griddled, and topped with stout chili, onions and Tillamook cheddar cheese.

(Banh mi, gyros, etc.)
1. Azar’s Natural Foods
2000 Colley Ave., Norfolk
Chicken Tawook
A wrap filled with strips of baked chicken breast marinated in a garlic herb mixture, along with cabbage, tomato, pickles, parsley and a zesty housemade dressing.

2. Mojito Café
300 28th St., Virginia Beach
Classic grilled rendition with roasted pork, ham, Swiss cheese, mustard and pickle.

3. Jessy’s Tienda y Taqueria
3201 E. Ocean View Ave., Norfolk
Beef Milaneza Torta
A classic Mexican sub; thinly sliced and breaded steak with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, jalapenos, avocado and mayonnaise.

no forks1. No Forks CheeseSteaks & More
5045 Virginia Beach Blvd., #101, Virginia Beach
Grilled ribeye steak with melted provolone cheese, topped with Cajun-seasoned french fries (yes, on the sandwich) and finished with warm Cheese Whiz, all inside a toasted roll.

2. Iggles A Cheesesteak & Burger Joint
2676 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach
A classic rendition with grilled, sliced steak and served with a choice of cheese (we like white American) and other options. We keep it simple and just choose grilled onions, although sometimes we crave some hot and sweet peppers added.

3. The Ten Top
748 Shirley Ave., Norfolk
Tuna Cheddar Melt
Tuna salad, made from fresh and not canned tuna, fills a French baguette and is topped with cheddar cheese then baked.

1. Doumar’s
1919 Monticello Ave., Norfolk
Taylor Pork Roll
The classic processed pork roll is sliced and grilled, then added to toast with lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise.

2. Bakers Crust
Locations in Chesapeake and Virginia Beach
Open-Faced Chicken & Apple
Sliced chicken breast, muenster cheese, spinach, caramelized onions, apples, honey mustard dressing placed atop sourdough bread.

3. The Route 58 Delicatessen
4000 Virginia Beach Blvd., #156, Virginia Beach
Chopped Liver Sandwich
The traditional deli offering—flavorful with the addition of schmaltz (chicken fat)—comes sandwiched between two slices of bread (we love it on rye) or you can add a scoop to any other sandwich.

1. Mannino’s Italian Bistro (Portsmouth)
606 High St., Portsmouth
Smoked Turkey & Swiss Panini
Fresh sliced turkey along with Swiss cheese and honey mustard aioli are sandwiched between two slices of bread and pressed/grilled.

2. Press 626 Café & Wine Bar
626 W. Olney Road, Norfolk
Veggie Press
A pressed/grilled sandwich on nine-grain bread is filled with grilled zucchini, red pepper, portobello mushrooms, tomato, basil and goat cheese.

3. Rigoletto Italian Bakery & Café
2181 Upton Dr., #414, Virginia Beach
Thinly shaved marsala-marinated beef is combined with caramelized onions, provolone cheese and tomatoes in this pressed/grilled sandwich.

(Lobster roll, crabcake, po boys, etc.)
1. Rudee’s on the Inlet Restaurant & Cabana Bar
227 Mediterranean Ave., Virginia Beach
Barroll’s Point Lobster Roll
Based on owner Carter Turpin’s childhood memories of summers in Maine, this is a classic rendition with freshly-picked lobster meat salad served in a split-top New England-style roll.

2. Mallards at the Wharf
2 Market St., Onancock
“All Crab” Cake
A grilled cake of all crab—no filler—is served on a soft roll with a choice of tarter sauce or cocktail sauce (our pick); made with local Eastern Shore of Virginia crab.

3. No Frill Bar and Grill
Locations in Norfolk and Virginia Beach
Smoked Salmon BLT
Honey-smoked Pacific salmon is added with bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, cucumbers and housemade boursin cheese on a choice of bread.

1. Field Guide
429 Granby St., Norfolk
A sandwich of roasted turnips with arugula, peperonata (a ratatouille of thin sliced bell peppers and seasonings) and honey-ricotta.

2. The Ten Top
748 Shirley Ave., Norfolk
Grilled Portobello Mushroom Cap
A large grilled portobello mushroom cap served topped with balsamic onions, melted blue cheese and Dijonnaise on a sesame seed bun.

3. Taste Unlimited
Multiple locations across Coastal Virginia
Fresh mozzarella cheese, tomato, fresh basil, balsamic vinaigrette and basil mayonnaise on Italian flatbread.

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