Sometime in the 1700s, a man by the name of John Montagu found himself hungry while playing cards. He didn't want to stop playing, so he ordered some servants to slap some pieces of meat between two slices of bread.
Montagu, in addition to being a pervasive gambler, was also the 4th Earl of Sandwich. Legend has it that his fellow card players, upon seeing his bread-and-meat concoction, declared "give me the same as Sandwich!" Thus, the sandwich was born.
Nowadays, there are shops that do nothing but make sandwiches, and there are some great spots around the area.
Everyone knows the best place around Odenton for hot, heaping sandwiches is the family-owned Expressway Pit Beef on Piney Orchard Parkway. There's pit beef, pit ham, plus awesome barbecue chicken and other mouth-watering favorites. Don't forget to order with a side of their great mashed potatoes or mac and cheese. They are normally closed on Sundays, but will be open for the Super Bowl.
In the area of Severn and Hanover, Potbellies near Arundel Mills has some of the most unique sandwiches in the area. Whether a “toasted wreck” or a cold-cut Italian sub, this shop can satisfy your sandwich craving. Just be sure to avoid peak lunch hours—sometimes this place gets so packed you can’t find a seat.
Here's what other local Patch editors say is the best sandwich spot in their communities.
As a former Jersey girl, Glen Burnie Patch editor Maya Prabhu was very excited when she learned there would be a Wawa in her neighborhood. Their "built-to-order” sandwiches—or "hoagies" as they are affectionately called—are some of the best around.
If you’re looking for a great lunch in the Pasadena area, you should try Anne Arundel Seafood. They have a great selection of seafood and tasty sandwiches. The jumbo crab cake sandwich is full of crab meat and is sure to satisfy your seafood craving.
-Pasadena Patch guest editor Kaitlyn Carr.
Sammy’s Deli sandwich shop is close to City Dock in downtown Annapolis and is tough to beat for sandwiches. But make sure you're hungry because they are certainly made with a hefty appetite in mind.
-Greater Annapolis Patch editor John Wilfong.
Sometimes you just want a great Italian deli sandwich. If you're around Crofton, you'll want to stop by Vince's Deli and Catering. They serve authentic American and Italian deli sandwiches. Plus, they offer sandwich platters for every occasion along with fruit platters; vegetable, cheese, rolled meat and cheese, and dessert trays.
-Crofton Patch editor Niki Mayo
If you’re from Severna Park, chances are you know plenty about the local sandwich gem, Jenos Steaks. For 19 years, Jenos Steaks has been a family-owned business. The sub sandwiches are made with 100 percent rib-eye steak.
-Severna Park Patch Editor Leslie Hunt.
One of Broadneck’s most popular places for lunch is Naval Bagels. The Avocado Delight, while one of the most expensive items on the menu, is probably the best sandwich Broadneck Patch guest editor Frank Smith has ever eaten. He says he always gets two and drops one off at his wife's workplace.
The Davidsonville Country store is one of those old-time crossroads kind of places where you always run into someone you know. It's a place to go for gas or to pick up milk or bread on the way home. But those in the know also go there to get a great sandwich. They have soups and pizza, hot sandwiches, cold sandwiches, breakfast items and a bakery. Their portions are generous and everything tastes like it was made seconds ago (it was). If you're running late for work one morning, stop in for an egg sandwich ($1.59). Vegetarian sandwiches like the Homestead (Havarti cheese, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, carrots, avocado and honey mustard dressing) for $5.89 are delicious and filling. Don't even get me started on Frannie's pies. Stop by, they're open 6 a.m. on weekdays and 7 a.m. on weekends.
Edgewater-Davidsonville Patch editor Mitchelle Stephenson