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Ottawa Sandwich Guide: 10 Best Restaurants for Amazing Sandwiches

By KAILA MOREAU

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#1 Best Cheap Ottawa Sandwich: Bread and Sons’ avocado sandwich

Ottawa has countless restaurants that serve sandwiches, of course, so what distinctive qualities makes one Ottawa sandwich more satisfying than another? With your tight timeline and budget in mind, we’ve done our homework and whittled the list down to the 10 best (and affordable!) Ottawa sandwiches. Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, or a total omnivore, we can all break bread over these scrumptious sandwich options.

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#1 BEST CHEAP OTTAWA SANDWICH: BREAD AND SONS
Served on fresh slices of organic, house-made sourdough bread, the vegan avocado sandwich ($6.50) is as delicious as it is virtuous. Avocado, the star of this Ottawa sandwich, is accompanied by thin slices of red onion, fresh tomato, lettuce and sunflower seeds. A drizzle of balsamic reduction and sprigs of cilantro further the flavour. If they sell out, the best-selling Gouda sandwich with roasted potatoes, arugula and olive tapenade also gets our stamp of approval.
• Bread and Sons, 195 Bank St., 613-230-5302, breadandsons.ca
• Map and reviews

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# 2 BEST CHEAP OTTAWA SANDWICH: ART IS IN BAKERY
Art Is In Bakery makes some of the finest bread in Ottawa, so it should come as no surprise that they also make a mean sandwich. Their grilled cheese with caramelized onions ($6.95) is a prime example of what a difference high quality, fresh ingredients make. Grilled between two slices of their buttermilk multi-seed bread, provolone and Gruyère cheeses come together with caramelized onion to form this delectable delicacy. House ketchup made with fresh coriander is the finishing touch for this simple comfort food.
• Art Is In Bakery, 250 City Center Ave., Bay 114, 613-695-1226, artisinbakery.com
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#3 Best Cheap Ottawa Sandwich: Curry Chicken sandwich from Relish.

#3 BEST CHEAP OTTAWA SANDWICH: RELISH GOURMET FOOD TRUCK
Relish‘s food truck may be a cramped workspace, but the size of the kitchen isn’t cramping their style. Since 2011, Paul Bergeron has been serving up his delicious, inventive and colourful fare on the grounds of the University of Ottawa. Although the menu changes daily, Relish’s chicken curry sandwich ($8) with apple, walnuts, red onions, cucumbers and greens is a serious crowd pleaser.
• Relish, University of Ottawa Campus, Copernicus St. and University Blvd., 613-266-0538, relishtheflavour.blogspot.ca
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#4 BEST CHEAP OTTAWA SANDWICH: CORAZÓN DE MAÍZ
At the risk of reopening the great sandwich debate, we are including a burrito on our list — you’ll forgive us as soon as you taste this ByWard Market must-try. The friendly staff at Corazón de Maíz put the utmost care into each dish. The burrito de pollo ($8) is overflowing with cheese, rice, refried beans, tender pieces of chicken, pico de gallo, sour cream, and guacamole in their soft tortillas. Don’t forget to add your own sauce before they toast it up for you.
Corazón de Maíz, 55 Byward Market Sq., 613-244-1661, Facebook page
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5. BEST CHEAP OTTAWA SANDWICHES: LA BOTTEGA
La Bottega‘s famous deli sandwich bar offers world-class takeaway sandwiches for around $5. Choose your own local bread, freshly shaved meat (most of it is imported from Italy), high quality cheeses, and an assortment of vegetables. The spicy eggplant comes highly recommended.
• La Bottega, 64 George St., 613-789-7575, labottega.ca
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#6 Best Cheap Ottawa Sandwich: Luigi Panini’s classic “Luigi Panini” (Photo: Kaila Moreau/where.ca)

#6 BEST CHEAP OTTAWA SANDWICH: LUIGI PANINI
Anthony Epifano and Andrew Fisher are two culinary graduates running one savoury operation. A taste of their classic Luigi Panini ($8) and you’ll understand why they stack up against the best sandwiches in Ottawa. Once you’ve chosen white or olive bread, they’ll load you up with prosciutto, salami, and capicollo. House-made spicy peppers, a creamy garlic aioli, sharp parmesan, and peppery arugula offset the generous helping of meat.
• Luigi Panini, 1482 Merivale Rd., 613-762-2280, luigipanini.com
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#7 BEST CHEAP OTTAWA SANDWICH: MELLOS RESTAURANT
The banquet burger here only comes out at night. Although the price is north of $10, this sandwich offers plenty of bang for your buck. Chef Mike Frank’s take on a classic diner-style club is served on white bread with juicy beef, bacon, cheddar cheese, tangy pickle, and a savoury secret sauce. With a generous heap of shoestring fries on the side, this dish is big enough to provide leftovers.
• Mellos, 290 Dalhousie St., 613-241-1909, Facebook page
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#8 BEST CHEAP OTTAWA SANDWICH: THE RED APRON
If you need a flavourful pick-me-up after a long week, you may want to start Saturday morning with a double BLT ($7.95) at The Red Apron. Sandwiched between fresh bread from True Loaf Bread Company, double the “B” is brought to you by local producer Seed to Sausage, with their smoked bacon and peameal bacon. The double serving of bacon is paired with lettuce and organic tomatoes for a hit of fresh goodness.
• The Red Apron, 564 Gladstone Ave., 613-695-0417, redapron.ca
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#9 Best Cheap Ottawa Sandwich: DiRienzo’s Spicy #14 (Photo: Katy Watts/sgmw.ca)

9. BEST CHEAP OTTAWA SANDWICHES: DI RIENZO
An unassuming Italian grocer in the heart of Ottawa’s Little Italy, Di Rienzo’s $5 sandwiches have won the hearts of Ottawa locals. A menu of numbered sandwich combinations is your guide, though the friendly employees are happy to customize them for you. There’s nothing complicated here: fresh bread, good meat, cheese, and vegetables. Don’t be scared off by a long lineup, it moves quickly!
• Di Rienzo, 111 Beech St., 613-729-4037, Facebook page
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10. BEST CHEAP OTTAWA SANDWICHES: PRESSED
The vegan house-made felafel sandwich ($8.50) at Pressed is served on a fresh, buttery ciabatta, with zesty additions of in-house smoked baba ghanoush and shredded pickled turnip. Crispy sides include sweet potato chips from the kettle cooker and a pickled bean. If you’re staying for lunch, wash it down with a pint from Ottawa brewery Kichesippi!
• Pressed, 750 Gladstone Ave., 613-680-9294, pressed-ottawa.com
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One response to “Ottawa Sandwich Guide: 10 Best Restaurants for Amazing Sandwiches”

  1. Royston Lodge says:

    Not a restaurant, but Ricardo’s Pizza makes the best wraps ever.

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