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Susan Axelrod

Susan Axelrod's food writing career began in the kitchen; she owned a restaurant and catering business for 15 years before turning to journalism. By day, she is the social media editor for Portland Press Herald. To relax, she bakes, gardens and hikes with her husband and their two dogs, preferably followed by a cocktail or a Maine beer. Susan can be contacted at 791-6310 or On Twitter: @susansaxelrod

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Posted: August 21, 2014

Dining Guide: 5 eateries known for outstanding sandwiches

A really good sandwich is a work of culinary art, and if you crave some creativity between the bread, these places will not disappoint. But sometimes you just want a well-made BLT; they’ve got that covered, too.

Written by: Susan Axelrod

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Nosh Kitchen Bar in Portland. Press Herald file photo

Nosh Kitchen Bar in Portland. Press Herald file photo

Nosh Kitchen Bar

551 Congress St., Portland | 553-2227  | | $$
Chef owner Jason Loring uses his culinary training to take sandwiches and other deli-inspired fare to new heights. Meats are butchered, brined and roasted in-house, and served on locally baked bread. Nosh is an urban-style eatery with a casual, neighborhood environment where you can eat in, take out, enjoy drinks and just, well, nosh.

The cooks and a sampling of the menu at Blue Rooster. Press Herald file photo

The cooks and a sampling of the menu at Blue Rooster. Press Herald file photo

Blue Rooster Food Co.

5 Dana St., Portland | 747-4157 | | $
A sandwich shop on steroids, Blue Rooster offers locally sourced, creative takes on the classics, souped up hotdogs, Tater-Tot poutine, and highly addictive deep-fried Brussels sprouts. Everything is crazy good, thanks to the deft hands of owner Damian Sansonetti, who was the executive chef at Bar Boulud in New York City before decamping to Maine. There are just a few seats – stools at counters along the walls in the small space.

Edna and Lucy's in Pownal. Press Herald file photo

Edna and Lucy’s in Pownal. Press Herald file photo

Edna and Lucy’s

407 Hallowell Rd., Pownal | 688-3029 | No website | $$
In a fire-engine red building at a rural crossroads, Edna and Lucy’s brings a salient characteristic of fine dining establishments to lunch food, and it’s this: Thoughtful combinations that elevate the ordinary. The cafe is named for the grandmothers of its co-owners, who make their sandwiches using meat from Miccuci’s in Portland, bread from Borealis and sauerkraut from Morse’s, among other high-quality ingredients.

Hoss & Mary’s Tasty Grub

27 W. Grand Ave., Old Orchard Beach | 934-2411 | No website | $$
Smack in the middle of OOB’s famous amusements, this Southern Maine icon serves sandwiches with a side of sass. While the menu changes often, some of the over-the top combos are constants. Such as the Double Dragon: steak, pastrami, nacho, Russian dressing and cole slaw. Or the Fog Horn Leghorn: a cheeseburger with chicken tenders, mayo, lettuce and tomato.

Saco Island Deli

110 Main St., Saco | 286-3842 | | $$
In a repurposed mill building on an island in the Saco River, Saco Island Deli is a local destination for creative sandwiches to take out or eat in. Such as The Mainah: pan-seared chicken breast, crispy bacon, Cabot cheddar cheese, shredded romaine lettuce and maple aioli on a crusty roll. There are also paninis, Reubens, wraps and more.

Key to prices

The approximate cost of two dinner entrees (not including appetizers, drinks, tax and gratuity).
$ – $15 and under
$$ – $16 to $25
$$$ – $26 to $45
$$$$ – $46 and up

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