There’s something about sandwiches that just say summer to me. Is it their portability? The fact that they’re the best picnic main course? I’m not sure, but I do know I crave sandwiches more than ever in the summertime, and that’s why I scoped out a few of the best summer sammies for you to eat this season.
I suggest you start at J. Parrino’s Queen City Deli (1647 E. Sunshine St., Springfield) with the South Side Sicilian Po-Boy. The only kind of meat I want to eat on an intensely sunny, 90-degree day is that of the (Italian) processed variety. That’s why this Genoa salami, capicola and pepperoni stack is my go-to on the most blazing of days.Of course, there’s always turkey to fall back on if you prefer a milder meat. The Turkeynation from The Sub Shop (456 McDaniel St. and 1721 E. Seminole St., Springfield) is a classic turkey sandwich—turkey, cheese, lettuce—made special with sub sauce and mild peppers.
On the cooler days, when you can stomach something a little more, head to Derby Deli (2023 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield) to get a bite of their iconic and delicious Tarragon Chicken Salad sandwich. Stacked onto toasted wheatberry with bacon, lettuce and tomato, it’s a show-stopper for sure.