According to, folks in this country eat a whopping 300 million sandwiches every day. Anxious to do our part to contribute to that staggering statistic, we went in search of some of the best bites between bread Berwyn has to offer.

Of course, we had to snag an iconic Chicago sandwich, but also discovered a two-hand worthy Po’Boy, a beautifully simplistic bohemian sandwich, and a tried and true diner classic. At a time when conscientious people everywhere are prioritizing carry-out fare it stands to reason the most portable of foods should have a moment in the spotlight.

So, keep calm and carry out the food you can carry in your hands!

The humble sandwich has been around since the Earl of Sandwich requested a hand-held meal in 1762. Since then they have evolved considerably, but if you have a hankering for an old school sandwich Czech Plaza, 7016 Cermak Rd., has just the offering. Look for their roast pork sandwich to arrive on freshly baked rye bread and garnished with pickles, onion, green pepper and tomato — this unfussy creation has retro vibes and all the hallmarks of an ideal sandwich.

Big Guys Sausage Stand, 7021 Roosevelt Rd., knows how to build a proper grab-and-go sandwich. Whether you are looking for a patty melt, turkey club or big A** ham sandwich, this counter service joint has you covered. Their two-hands required grilled shrimp po’boy brings a taste of NOLA to The Veltway. The sandwich features a ½ pound of grilled shrimp and “Burlesque sauce” to give every bite a signature tang.

If you are looking for a proper chicken Parm sandwich visit Paisans Pizza, 6226 Ogden Ave. Crispy breaded chicken breast is lightly doused in marinara sauce and nestled on a fluffy tomato focaccia round. Textural juxtaposition makes this classic combo a marvel, but it has just enough mozzarella cheese to hold all that goodness in place.

Rachel’s Deli, 7001 Roosevelt Rd., is a relative newcomer to the Berwyn restaurant scene. The Italian joint boasts a colorful exterior and serves an array of gourmet sandwiches. The Italian sandwich brims with capicola, salami, mortadella and provolone cheese, while vegetarians will appreciate Rachel’s caprese sandwich. No matter what sandwich you order plan to have it passed through the door in lieu of entering the restaurant for maximum safety.

There are multiple origin stories for Chicago’s Italian Beef sandwich, but Novi’s Beef, 6746 Ogden Ave., has been putting beef on bread since the early 1960s. Customers can opt to snag their classic sammys through a quaint drive-thru window making them perfect pandemic fare.

And sometimes you just crave a classic diner sandwich. Thankfully, Connie’s Family Restaurant, 3271 S. Harlem Ave., has all the standards covered. The triple decker turkey club comes with fries, coleslaw and a cup of soup to bring the taste of tradition to your next lunch.

*All of these sandwiches were ordered for carry-out and plated at home.

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