10 Of The Best Sandwich Shops In Richmond, VA
There are few things more satisfying for lunch (or, let’s be honest, breakfast and dinner, too) than a delicious sandwich. Whether you’re craving a classic BLT, a hot French Dip, or something insanely creative and hearty, RVA has got the sandwich shop for you. Here are our picks for 10 of the best sandwich shops in Richmond!
Don’t let the downstairs, basement-like location fool you – Chiocca’s in the Fan is a must-visit. And it has been since 1952! The circa 1950s grill in the back of the restaurant is where the magic is made, so while we might not recommend Chiocca’s for a quick bite, we highly encourage you to stop by and sit for a bit, waiting for that sandwich that will meet literally all of your expectations. Get the Reuben or a hot Italian!
Get “a taste of lil’ Italy” right in the heart of Carytown! Coppola’s Deli has been making Richmonders happy since 1982 as the local corner deli. The deli focuses on quality ingredients and food, from homemade pesto sauce, to freshly grated Pecorino Romano in the table shakers! You have to try the Cheese Colombo, with three kinds of cheese grilled over onions and hot and sweet peppers, then put on a freshly baked roll with lettuce, tomatoes, and oil and vinegar.
Coppola’s Deli is a partner on our Carytown Food Tour!
Home Sweet Home
We have just three words for you: Gourmet Grilled Cheese. That’s right – stop by this grilled cheese pub in Carytown to get the sandwich of your dreams. Everything is made in house at Home Sweet Home, from the smoked meats to the tomato soup in which to dip that beacon of happiness (bacon of happiness??). We recommend the Mac and Me, which has a delicious layer of house-made mac and cheese on top of smoked pork barbecue.
Home Sweet Home is a partner on our Carytown Food Tour – try the Mac and Me sandwich, plus best dishes at several other restaurants in a single walking tour of Carytown!
Since 2009, Garnett’s Cafe has been serving delicious sandwiches (and cakes and pies, oh my!) to Richmond’s Fan neighborhood. We honestly can’t pick just one (really – check the menu and see why for yourself!) but we do love The Haberdasher with smoked salmon and pickled cucumber. And if you need further convincing, Garnett’s is owned by Kendra Feather, who also started Ipanema Cafe, The Roosevelt, and Laura Lee’s!
Talk about a Richmond institution! Kuba Kuba, located in the Fan, has been feeding locals Cuban cuisine for nearly 20 years. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, there’s something for everyone here. It’s a no brainer though, to get the Kubanos sandwich (that’s a Cuban sandwich with Spanish Chorizo and a side of platanos). Yum!
Lift Coffee Shop & Cafe
Located in the heart of Richmond’s Art District, Lift Coffee Shop has been serving up specialty sandwiches and paninis for more than a decade. You can be confident that everything you order here is made fresh to order, and all of the ingredients are fresh and top quality. We can’t get enough of the Turkey, Apple, and Brie panini!
Lift Coffee Shop is a partner on our Arts District Food Tour!
New York Deli
There must be something about being a sandwich spot that ensures longevity. New York Deli is Richmond’s oldest restaurant, opening in 1929, and is the birthplace of the famous Sailor Sandwich (pastrami, swiss, knockwurst, and spicy brown mustard)! Come for the sandwiches, stay for the full bar and nightly events!
New York Deli is one of the partners on our Carytown Food Tour! Come try their famous Cheddar Jalapeño Chicken and Waffles on our tour, plus some of the best dishes at other Carytown establishments!
Pop’s Market On Grace
Pop’s Market on Grace is a neighborhood favorite in downtown Richmond. Not only will you find house-made pastas and breads, but all the gourmet sandwiches your heart desires! Try the monster grilled cheese sandwich that will keep you full for a week, or get your hands on that oh-so-satisfying Bánh mì. Make sure to say hi to Patti while patiently waiting to crush your lunch!
Pop’s Market is a partner on our Arts District Food Tour!
Secret Sandwich Society
Shhh. Only the cool kids know about Secret Sandwich Society. Secret members know the food is thoughtfully sourced, with “bold combinations of sweet, savory, pickled, crunchy, salty, and spicy mingling on perfectly toasted bread.” On top of the deliciousness you’re sure to encounter, Secret Sandwich Society is 100% wind powered and recycles to the fullest extent possible! We recommend the Hoover because hello fried chicken and honey butter!
Located in Church Hill, Union Market is both a community market and neighborhood cafe. Ingredients are locally sourced here, so you know you’re getting the freshest food. Stop by for their famous Chicken Tarragon sandwich (seriously – not only was Union Market named by Thrillist Magazine as the best sandwich shop in Virginia, but the chicken tarragon sandwich was described as “the most inventively surprising sandwich.”)
Union Market is a partner on our Church Hill Food Tour – come try this Chicken Tarragon sandwich, plus the best items at several more Church Hill spots on a walking food tour!
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