Providence’s culinary scene is ever evolving, but sometimes it’s best to just get back to the basics and snag a really well crafted sandwich. While there’s several great delis and corner stores you can choose from, we’ve chosen the following three for their longevity and consistency in preparing and providing some of the best sandwiches (grinders, subs, hoagies, heroes, clubs, whatever you prefer!) in the city.
Hudson Street Deli is a locally owned deli where strangers become neighbors and neighbors become friends. Originally a full corner market back in the 20s, they have since refined their scope to focus only on their deli endeavors. They take their sandwiches seriously, which is why they’ve garnered several awards over the years, including Best Deli by Rhode Island Monthly, and their Italian Grinder is not to be missed. Whether you need a quick, fresh lunch or a huge sub for sharing while you tailgate, Hudson has you covered. They also offer salads, homemade soup, breakfast sandwiches, and coffee.
My go-to: The Dexter, which features turkey, cheddar, lemon-basil mayo, avocado, lettuce, and tomato on a bulky roll
Geoff’s Superlative Sandwiches began on Benefit Street in the 70s by a man named (shockingly) Geoff as an alternative to college food. Current owner, Julio, purchased the sandwich shop in the 90s and expanded to three locations at one point, including the newest and biggest one on South Main. Known for hearty sandwiches with fun, locally-inspired names and pickle crates, there’s something for everyone here.
My go-to: The Providence Monthly, which is grilled chicken with melted Muenster on a bun with lettuce, tomato, onion, avocado and Shedd’s sauce
Sandwich Hut doesn’t offer much in the way of a bio on their website, but doesn’t need to. “Since 1963. 56 years, three generations, and who knows how many meatballs.” Their brevity with words is more than made up for by their quality of sandwiches, however. Choose from seven kinds of bread (including focaccia), a variety of meat prepared chilled, toasted, or grilled, and load up on toppings.
My go-to: Hut-Made Rare Roast Beef, garnished with EVOO, balsamic, and oregano (though based on their tagline, I would be remiss if I did not also recommend snagging a meatball sub while you’re there, too)