Picnic season is right around the corner, and it wouldn’t be complete without a great sandwich or two to pack in your basket. Enthusiastic Cottage Life readers shared their go-to favourite sandwich shops and delis with us, so rest assured that these local restaurants, cafés, and bakeries have you covered for this classic lunchtime staple.
The Border Town Market Cafe near Apsley
This beloved gem in the Kawarthas makes their own fresh-baked goods each day and hearty comfort food like roast beef, fish and chips, and of course, sandwiches. You can find classic options like corned beef on rye, grilled cheese, and some levelled-up versions of a club sandwich.
Wattle and Daub in Bancroft
The sandwiches at Wattle and Daub are excellent—but don’t miss out on their inventive homemade sides: unique items like lasagna soup, coconut-cream mini pies, and their ‘everything green’ soup are all great accompaniments.
Saylor House Cafe in Bloomfield
There’s no shortage of good eats in Prince Edward County, and this sandwich shop in Bloomfield is family-run, offering homestyle breakfasts and some delicious lunch fare, baked goods, and coffee. They’re also a bed and breakfast, so keep that in mind for your next trip.
Algonquin Café & Deli in Huntsville
This restaurant in Muksoka recently opened a new food truck to meet the demand for their popular comfort food—think smoked meat, classic barbeque fare, and more. They also have takeout and catering available.
Orr’s Fine Meats and Deli in Parry Sound
A butcher shop, breakfast, and lunch spot all in one. This classic sandwich shop and deli in Parry Sound is a favourite for quality eats, including a homemade beef dip sandwich, cabbage rolls, and various soups for lighter options.
The Grilled Cheese Hideaway in Bobcaygeon
Grilled cheese is a crowd favourite when it comes to sandwiches, and you can certainly rely on a great one at this beloved spot in the Kawarthas. They put some delicious twists on this old classic, like the ‘Boozy Meltdown’ grilled cheese, with whiskey cheddar and beer-braised onions, or ‘Pop Goes the World’ with cream cheese, cheddar, jalapenos, and bacon.
Fresh Kutz Market & Grill in Bracebridge
Another excellent Muskoka option for all your sandwich needs, Fresh Kutz has an array of popular lunch specials and provides catering, takeout, and dine-in service. From fish and chips to a great steak sandwich, you can’t go wrong here.
Jake’s Place Restaurant in Port Loring
Described as “homestyle and delicious,” Jake’s Place has been in business for four decades and counting, serving up diner classics that locals and visitors love. From hearty choices like a chicken parmesan sandwich to an array of breakfast sandwiches for all kinds of tastes, a stop at Jake’s Place is an excellent choice if you’re in the area.
Sun Run Cafe near Maynooth
This bright, cheery place close to the town of Maynooth boasts an array of nourishing food made from scratch, from their “greens, eggs and ham” sandwich, to cookies, croissants, burgers, and more.
Sam’s Place in Peterborough
Advertising the “Best Samwiches in Town,” this deli in Peterborough is a great stop-off with dine-in and takeout services. They offer classic sandwiches that are packed full to satisfy your tastes and get your money’s worth.
Jessie’s Tap & Grill in Bridgenorth
This cozy, unassuming spot serves up an impressive rotation of homestyle meals, including pub favourites like brisket mac n’ cheese and butter chicken. Of course, the sandwiches are just as delicious, hearty, and worth the stop.
Bailey’s Casual Dining in Picton
Open from the early morning (6:30 a.m.) until just after the lunch rush (1:30 p.m.), this welcoming spot in the heart of PEC has a great patio and a wide variety of both classic and unique sandwiches to dine in or take out.
Bonnechere Bakery & Bistro
This family-owned bakery, restaurant, and market in the Ottawa Valley has a lovely, charming atmosphere and makes for the perfect stop on a road trip. They offer typical lunch specials like sandwiches and soup/salad combos, but be sure to try their fresh baked goods too.