Among the more than 1,200 restaurants in Wichita are a deluge of sandwich shops, each one with its own style. From healthy to indulgent, find your favorite among the deliciousness in this list.
Named by Craftbeer.com as a Great American Beer Bar, this neighborhood bar and grill has an amazing beer selection – 59 craft beers on tap – and delicious menu items that are big on flavor. Many of the sandwiches on their menu feature meats, artisan cheese, and local produce from their butcher shop located next door, The Anchor Meat Market. The Anchor is known for its Reuben, but also serves heavy hitters like the Pure ROCK FURY! and Midnight Marauder. The Midnight Marauder features pulled pork or chicken layered with ham, Swiss cheese, pickles, mustard, and aioli on a ciabatta bun. The Pure ROCK FURY! is served with Creekstone Farms Black Angus beef, grilled onions, sautéed peppers, jalapenos, and smoked ghost pepper jack cheese.
The Artichoke Sandwichbar
The Artichoke is a celebrated sandwich restaurant and dive bar, complete with a cozy patio and drive thru. They have a menu of sandwiches, including what they call the Famous #8, “the most popular sandwich in Wichita!” It’s made with turkey, bacon, Swiss & cream cheeses, lettuce and tomato, grilled on an onion hoagie and topped with Italian dressing and Parmesan. Stick around long enough and you can catch live music in the evenings.
Dempsey’s Biscuit Co.
Since opening its doors, Dempsey’s Biscuit Co. has been known for Nashville-style hot fried chicken sandwiches, which are served on small biscuits in quantities of seven. The star of each sandwich is fried chicken in a variety of combinations, including The Belmont. In addition to Nashville chicken, it comes served on a biscuit with bacon, bread & butter pickles, a sunny side up egg, cheddar cheese – all smothered in sausage gravy. Other options are the Hot Chicken Biscuit, which is like The Belmont sans the egg and pickles, and the Hillside, which makes red cabbage slaw the star.
Fairmount Coffee Co.
A community-focused coffeehouse located just south of Wichita State University, Fairmount Coffee Co. serves quality, locally-crafted coffees and teas, smoothies, baked goods, sandwiches, salads, and more. They offer a variety of grab-and-go breakfast sandwiches and traditional sandwiches like Hot Ham & Cheese and a Turkey, Bacon, & Avocado. You’ll also find other tasty varieties such as The Shocker panini and the Smoky Cubano.
The Flying Stove
Popular food truck The Flying Stove has been serving gourmet street food from their kitchen on wheels in Wichita for 10 years. Vegetarians rave about their Marinated Kale & Avocado Sandwich, which is served on marble rye with caramelized cheese and cucumber, cherry tomatoes, and pickled red onions. For meat eaters, they have a rotating menu of sandwiches like the Bukowski Beef Sandwich, which includes red wine braised beef, jack cheese, red onion marmalade, arugula, and aioli on a brioche bun. The 76er is another great option, comprised of roasted pork sliced thin, greens, a cheddar bratwurst and roasted garlic aioli on a bolillo roll.
The first thing you may think of when it comes to HomeGrown is their flaky, flavorful homemade pop tarts, but they also make a mean sandwich. Their Turkey Avocado features fire-roasted turkey breast, avocado, Monterey jack cheese, and coleslaw on grilled wheat sourdough. The Cuban stacks on slow-roasted pork, Swiss cheese, shoulder bacon from Yoder Meats, dill pickle, and mustard on Cuban roll. When you’re ready to try one of these delicious sandwiches, find them at one of their three locations – downtown, east and west Wichita. All three have outdoor patios and their downtown location sits right at Naftgzer Park, so you can enjoy your meal and then stretch your legs.
Il Primo Espresso Caffe
Wichita’s first coffee shop, Il Primo Espresso Caffe, not only makes delicious coffee creations, but also breakfast sandwiches and lunch time varieties like Ham and Swiss, a flavorful BLT, and a house made chicken salad sandwich. All sandwiches can be served on croissants, bagels, ciabatta bread, or even wrapped in a tortilla, and they have a drive thru for quick pick up.
Choices are a’ plenty at Jason’s Deli (east and west). From clubs, paninis and muffalettas, there are plenty of sandwiches to choose from, but one sandwich that shines on this expansive menu is the Steak Po’boy. In between a toasted New Orleans French bread, you’ll find sirloin steak, provolone, shredded lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise. Additionally, this sandwich from their Famous Favorites menu, packs a spicy piquillo pepper relish to give it a perfectly zesty taste.
The Kitchen, located downtown at Union Station in the historic Baggage Claim Building, touts a menu built around fresh, made-from-scratch food. Their sandwich offerings are pressed paninis made with all-natural meats, cheeses, and vegetables. Choose from seven options, including a French press panini, a Cuban, and a triple grilled cheese.
Whether it’s served cold or in between toasted slices of bread, McAlister’s Deli (northeast and west) has a great selection of quick and delicious sandwiches. Not your ordinary club, their King Club is stacked high with layers of smoked turkey, black forest ham, bacon, sharp cheddar, Swiss cheese, tomato and spring mix. For bold, warm flavor, try the Memphian®, which includes smoked turkey, ham, roast beef, provolone cheese, and more.
Located at the roundabout in the historic Delano District and known for its spacious patio, Monarch’s menu is dominated by sandwiches. All of their meats are smoked in-house daily and crafted into creative selections. Their Running Doves Reuben, named after Delano District folklore, has hickory smoked corned beef combined with sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and Thousand Island dressing on rye bread. Good luck choosing between the sweet potato tots or the homemade potato chips for your side.
Old Mill Tasty Shop
Families have been coming downtown to Old Mill Tasty Shop since 1932 for a soda or ice cream made from the working soda fountain, as well as tasty sandwiches. The New York chicken salad is a favorite, made with chicken breast, celery, onion, and cashews, served on egg bread with baby Swiss cheese. You’ll find other traditional favorites alongside a few unusual options, such as a liverwurst sandwich or the peanut butter, banana, and honey sandwich. Save room for a chocolate malt made the old-fashioned way!
Sabor Latin Bar & Grille
Located in Wichita’s Old Town District, Sabor Latin Bar & Grille specializes in Latin American cuisine. Not only will you find flavorful tacos, paella, seafood and more on their menu, but will find four sandwiches to choose from as well, including their Torta De Pollo, which is comprised of fire roasted chicken, Cuban slaw, fresh avocado honey-lime sauce and Jack cheese. Their handcrafted cocktails and house made sangria are also top notch!
Sweet Allie B’s Limestone Beer Co.
In addition to German and Belgian-style beers on tap, you’ll also find fresh, healthy, made-in house sandwiches and wraps at Sweet Allie B’s Limestone Beer Co. One of their most popular sandwiches is the Wild Thyme, which combines smoked turkey and swiss cheese with cranberry jalapeno jam and avocado cream. They also serve favorites like the Hot Italian, the Sweet Allie B’s Reuben, and a filling Roast Beef Po’ Boy. Pair any of these sandwiches with their house-made broccoli bacon or pasta salad, and you’ll be coming back time and time again.
Tanya’s Soup Kitchen
Tanya’s Soup Kitchen is a quick-service restaurant in the Douglas Design District with a menu of sandwiches, salads, and small batch soups that change daily and rotate seasonally based on availability of local ingredients. A few of their creative sandwiches: Lulu has edamame and roasted garlic hummus with spinach, roasted peppers, toasted almonds, and avocado on wheat toast; Cindy the Boy has ham, Swiss cheese, and apple chutney on ciabatta; and Blue Key North has smoked turkey, blueberry barbecue sauce, and provolone on an onion kaiser roll.
Known primarily for their 9x13 pizzas, Ziggy’s Pizza’s three locations (northeast, west, and Clifton Square) also serve a wide variety of sandwiches on oven roasted ciabatta hoagies. For hearty Italian flavor, try their Parmageddon with grilled chicken, mozzarella, parmesan and marinara sauce or the Buffalo Chick Town with grilled chicken, buffalo sauce, mozzarella, parmesan, lettuce and tomato.