The Top 10 Sandwich Shops Owned by Women

Heather Elitou
Nov 6, 2019 · 5 min read

While Chick-Fil-A and Popeye’s battle it out over their chicken sandwiches, Black Ruby is taking a break from the cockfight and turning our attention to sandwich shops in the U.S. that can make you salivate at first sight.

Allowing you to ditch the long lines, these deli’s and restaurants pay homage to the delicious sandwiches that mom used to make, but with a twist that makes them gourmet.

Besides taking a bite out of these mouthwatering delights, the shops suggested by our #BlackRuby readers are all owned by women. So get out your napkins and get ready to bite into one of these savory creations.

Wallace Station Lexington, KY

Chicken and Waffles:

Owned by Chef Ouita Michel, Wallace Station is a country deli surrounded by picturesque hills and horse farms of the Bluegrass. Guests travel near and far to indulge in the popular sandwiches, sides, and pastries outside on the back patio or picnic tables.

Chef Michelle Osteria Aberdeen, MD

Veggie Cream Cheese Bagel:

Chef Michelle opened her cafe in 2019 and has become one of the most sought-after places to get a good sandwich in Aberdeen. This grab-and-go cafe features sandwiches, salads, housemade soups and a wide variety of bakery items. There are is a huge selection to choose from but one that caught our attention is the Veggie Cream Cheese Bagel.

The Grilled Cheeserie Nashville, TN

Grilled Cheese and Bacon with Tots:

Crystal De Luna-Bogan is a Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef and the creative genius behind an imaginative food truck-turned-shop that’s famous for its simple yet delicious gourmet grilled cheese melts. The Grilled Cheeserie has three brick-and-mortar locations and has been voted the city’s Best Food Truck by The Nashville Scene nine years in a row.

One Hot Mama’s Hilton Head Island, SC

Texas Philly Cheesesteak:

Chef Orchid has been in the business of cooking up deliciousness since 2007, handpicking the menu and mixing up all of the signature sauces with love. Chef Orchid runs her kitchen like she lives her life — surrounded by family, friends and feel-good food. She blends time-tested Southern favorites like collards, cornbread and slow-cooked barbecue and ribs with her own home-spun recipes.

Jersey Girl Café Hamilton, NJ

100% woman-owned business, Kathleen Rana’s mission is to serve real and fresh food made with ingredients provided by local vendors throughout the area. Kathleen and her colleagues use their creativity and a knack for the understanding of which ingredients pair well, into whipping up signature sandwiches.

Bennett’s Market & Deli Atlanta, GA

The Rueben:

Six years ago, Victoria opened the doors of a neighborhood market & deli in the Grant Park neighborhood of Atlanta with the vision of delivering high quality, convenient, fresh food & groceries to the community. Two years ago, Claire joined Bennett’s to maintain and expand our presence. These women take great pride in delivering only the best ingredients in their food and you can taste it.

Café XIX Seneca Falls, NY

Pretzel Roll Breakfast Sandwich:

Casey Galloway’s café pays homage with its name to the 19th Amendment which granted women the right to vote in the U.S. exactly 100 years in 2020! As a student of Paul Smith’s College for Culinary Arts with a background of eighteen years working in the culinary industry, Casey has created a food experience that makes you come back for more.

Scarlett Begonia Santa Barbara, CA

Lobster Roll:

Crista Fooks opened Scarlett Begonia in 2011 with the idea of feeding people as if they were her family. The restaurant is proud to serve organic, high-quality ingredients coupled with innovative cooking to be one of the most food-centric restaurants around.

Bossie’s Kitchen Santa Barbara, CA

Korean Fried Chicken Sandwich:

Lauren Herman and Christina Olufson play no games when it comes to serving sandwiches that tantalize the taste buds. Just check out their Instagram and see the many mouth-watering delights they have to offer.

Millburn Deli Millburn, NJ

The Big Kahuna:

When model, host, and foodie, Chrissy Teigen speaks about food, you better listen!

Diana Morgan-Fluke has been the owner and operator of Millburn Deli since 1991 and has built a business that not only feeds people but aims to become a part of the fabric of the community.

With an extensive and ever-growing menu, the Millburn Deli has become the expression of Diana’s love of food and the community. One bite and you know you’re home.

Do you have a favorite restaurant or deli that sells amazing sandwiches in your city? We want to know about it to list it in our Foodie’s Destination.

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As a ghost writer, she helps many authors tell their story to the world. As a writer, she shares her stories to help others think deeper than the internet.

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A conversation for women 40+ who are fun flirty and fabulous!

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