Which ‘Wich? 13 of the best sandwiches to try in Dayton

Few things in life are better than a perfectly-layered, flavor-packed sandwich.

The cheesiness, the meatiness, the crunchiness, the sauciness, the toastiness...

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Dayton’s sandwich game is strong.

Grab some napkins and take a bite of these Dayton gems.

🥪THE CHAMP 

This sandwich at Canal Street Arcade & Deli is a doozy, stacked with grilled roast beef, corned beef, baby Swiss, horseradish cheddar, sauteed red onion, banana peppers and Thousand Island dressing on hot-pressed bread. The sandwich is available in three sizes (small for $6.25, medium for $8.25 and large for $9.25). There is good reason this sandwich is the reigning "Champ" in the Best of Dayton Best Sandwich category.

Address: 308 E. First St., Dayton

Deli Hours: Monday to Thursday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., Friday-Saturday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

More info: Website

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🥪THE RUCK

The Dublin Pub's top-selling sandwich features smoked beef brisket, covered in house-made Guinness BBQ sauce, sauteed onions and cheddar cheese on a pretzel roll for $9.99 (add bacon for $1). Don't forget a side of those famous Dub Pub cheese fries.

Address: 300 Wayne Ave., Dayton

Hours: Monday to Wednesday 11 a.m. - 1 a.m., Thursday to Saturday 11 a.m. - 2:30 a.m. and Sunday 11 a.m - 12 a.m.

More info: Website

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🥪SMOKEY THE BEAR

Charlie's Deli & Catering's sandwich has Lebanon bologna, mesquite smoked turkey, smoked sharp cheese, Woeber's smoky bacon mayo, and jalapenos on a toasted pretzel roll for $4.25.

Address: 429 Troy St., Dayton
Hours: Monday to Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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🥪BROTHER REUBEN 

With lean top round of corned beef, fresh sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and Thousand Island dressing on light rye bread. "Every bite is a bit of wonderfulness," says Christopher's Restaurant & Catering owner Chip Pritchard. ($6.95/$10.95)

Address: 2318 E. Dorothy Lane, Kettering

Hours: Mon-Sat 7:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.

More info: Website

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Credit: Source: El Meson

Credit: Source: El Meson

🥪THE CUBAN

El Meson's signature South American flavors make their Cuban a sandwich staple. Choose pork, chicken or fish and top it off with cheese, pickle, mayo and mustard on a Cuban pressed roll. ($10)

Address: 903 E. Dixie Drive, Dayton

Hours: Lunch: Monday to Friday 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Dinner: Monday-Thursday 4:30 - 9 p.m., Friday-Saturday 4:30 - 10 p.m. Closed Sunday. Kitchen closes half-hour before restaurant closes.

More info: Website

🥪LADDER 11 

The Ladder 11 at Jimmie's Ladder 11 is the restaurant's namesake and No. 1 seller. It has hand-cut Romanian pastrami and corned beef, topped with hand-cut coleslaw and homemade Russian dressing on a toasted hoagie bun or rye bread. The cost? Well, $11 of course.

Address: 936 Brown St., Dayton

Hours: Monday to Sunday 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m..

More info: Website

🥪LOOSE-MEAT SANDWICH

Maid-Rite's one and only — a perfectly seasoned ground beef loose meat sandwich served on a warm bun. This sandwich has a bit of a cult-like following. And its home has a wacky tradition that has "stuck" for generations.

Address: 125 N. Broadway St., Greenville

Hours: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. on Sunday

More info: Website

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🥪MY WAY GRILLED CHEESE

Any Daytonian knows about the unsuspecting bar and grill on Wayne Avenue, pumping out mouthwatering meals day after day. The grilled cheese at Tank's is an especially bright spot on the menu. It's called, "My Way" Grilled Cheese ($6.99) and it's "the only way Tank likes it." We're talking swiss, cheddar, provolone, American, lettuce, tomato, banana peppers, mayo, mustard, and horseradish — all on dark rye. It was voted Best Grilled Cheese in Dayton.com's latest Best of Dayton contest.

Address: 2033 Wayne Ave., Dayton

Hours: Sunday to Thursday 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 7 a.m. to 1 a.m.

More info: Website

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🥪ULTIMATE FALAFEL SANDWICH

Blind Bob’s is a go-to spot for food, drinks and fun in Dayton’s Oregon District. It is famous for some of its casual eats from burgers, to wings, to pickle soup to its Falafel Sandwich. The sandwich features four croquettes of house-made Falafel wrapped in fresh pita with housemade hummus, lettuce, tomato and cucumber drizzled with tzatsiki sauce for $8.

Address: 430 E. Fifth St., Dayton

Hours: Kitchen open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., with brunch on weekends until 3 p.m.

More info: Website

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🥪CHICKEN SALAD SANDWICH

The new Culp's Cafe at Carillon Historical Park is destined to be just as famous for its food as its atmosphere. The restaurant is set in the early 1900s during a time in Dayton's history when the city experienced an explosion of invention and energy. It's menu also offers nostalgic recipes, including the original Rike's pecan chicken salad recipe.

Address: 1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton

Hours: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily

More info: Website

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🥪LIBERTY REUBEN

The Liberty Reuben at Flyboy's Deli has corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and Russian dressing on marbled rye. It's named after the Statue of Liberty and Liberty Engine developed in Dayton. Cost is $9.99.

Address: 2515 Far Hills Ave., Oakwood; 2729 Fairfield Commons Blvd., Beavercreek

Hours: Varies by day and location. See website

More info: Website

Credit: Photo: Amelia Robinson

Credit: Photo: Amelia Robinson

🥪DUKE OF PORK

This Fifth Street Brewpub sandwich is full of porky goodness, but it won't leave you feeling like a pig. The $10 dish is a well-portioned combination of thin-ish sliced pork, bacon horseradish aioli and seasoned in-house pork rinds (called Crack–A–Lackin's on the menu for $6) on the side. Besides the ham and bacon, the anything but simple sandwich includes lettuce, tomato, onion, a fried egg and ghost pepper jack cheese on a telera roll.

Address: 1600 E. Fifth St., Dayton

Hours: 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 11 a.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays.

More info: Website

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🥪ITALIAN GRILLED CHEESE

Coco's Bistro makes the list for its panko-breaded sourdough bread with a delicious four-cheese blend between the slices: Provolone, Mozzarella, Fontina and white cheddar. And of course creamy tomato bisque for dipping. The combo is $12.

Address: 250 Warren St., Dayton

Hours: Mon-Thurs 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., Fri 11 a.m - 11 p.m., Sat 5 - 11 p.m. Closed Sundays.

More info: Website

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