The sandwich. Usually found in a deli & to go shop. It is sometimes simple. At other times it is quite complex. But one thing is for sure, it is always full of potential. With a multitude of meats, cheeses, condiments and breads to choose from, the possibilities seem endless. Put-in-Bay likes endless. Don’t be tempted to slap a sandwich together with reckless abandon in your hotel room. Take care and let a professional help! Because building a quality deli sandwich is simpler than you might think at Put-in-Bay Ohio.
If you are from one of the twenty American states that don’t have these, you may be shocked when you’re downtown and see Park Drive-Thru. Park Drive-Thru is a convenience store with beer to buy that you can simply drive through, point out what you’d like, and pay for it at the end without ever getting out of your car or golf cart! Of course, if you arrive on foot that’s no problem either, you can still come through and get whatever you need. This is the perfect place to refill the beer and soda coolers and grab some chips...
The Put-in-Bay Candy Bar, a charming candy store on Delaware Avenue in downtown Put-in-Bay sells everything from old-timey favorites to contemporary confections. Come explore the shelves after playing in DeRivera, right across the street! The Candy Bar Highlights Penny candy, chewy gooey timeless favorites line the shelves along with taffy, chocolates, and other novelty candy. They love dipping anything they can get their hands on in chocolate like chocolate chip cookies, Oreos, and even bacon! The ice cream shop sells all kinds of frozen treats from cones to shakes and sundaes. Tradition favorites like chocolate and strawberry are on hand...
If you come to the island by way of the Miller Ferry, the first place you’re going to encounter is Dockside Gifts. And if you leave the island by way of the Miller Ferry, Dockside Gifts is going to be your last chance to grab a few souvenirs. So talk about location! Dockside Gifts doesn’t disappoint either, with a bunch of awesome Put-in-Bay memorabilia to check out. They can also get you an ice-cold soda or a piping hot coffee if you just got off the ferry and need a drink! Where to find Dockside Gifts Dockside Gifts is at...
Club: The clubhouse sandwich is cloaked in mystery, its exact birthplace being unknown to this very day. This two-story stack of bacon, lettuce, tomato, mayo, and toasted bread is routinely served with a pickle wedge or coleslaw, a sure sign you’re about to bite into a satisfying mouthful of turkey, bread, and love. Good chances are this is served for high tea at The Crews Nest.
PB&J: The PB&J actually has its origins in high-society New York tearooms, not Put-in-Bay. This was pretty much the only place you would find luxury like peanut butter being served 100 years ago. But, as time went on, it found its way into everything from school-kid lunch bags to WWII rations. For adults though, it is more a snack than a sandwich. Bet you can find some PB&J nostalgia at The Candy Bar.
French Dip: Likely named for the namesake roll that holds its thin slices of rare rib eye, the French dip was actually born during the early 20th century in Los Angeles. The Dip requires frequent dunks into the included cup of drippings. Unfortunately, you inevitably end up with mouthfuls of disintegrating, yeasty bread accompanying your roast beef. But still yummy! You might find this at The Boathouse.
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Meatball: Years ago, the meatball sub replaced a spaghetti dinner for quick to-go meals. Plus: melted goddamn cheese. But a saucy sandwich on crusty bread can become a handheld nightmare if not done right. You have to find the right place for real meatballs instead of mystery meat lookalikes. Lots of cheese please! Mama Marias has a great late-night meatball sub!
Reuben: A mix of corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut & Russian dressing, the Reuben is a superior version of the pastrami or corned beef on rye. It has been adopted across the country as an elemental part of most sandwich menus. Even at Put-in-Bay Ohio. The Reuben adds even more crunchy goodness being griddled with melted butter and cheese. You will probably find this at Hooligans Irish Pub.
Cheesesteak: Maybe the cheesesteak isn’t your favorite sandwich, but it’s in almost everybody’s top 10, and you can’t deny that sort of consensus. While Philadelphians may claim a real cheesesteak must come on a local Amoroso roll, they also claim it should come “wit Whiz”. However, Cheez Whiz was invented 20 years after the sandwich! A real cheesesteak needs nothing more than griddled and seared sirloin with Provolone thrown on at the last minute to melt, all turned upside down on a sub roll. It is simple! The beauty of a cheesesteak is that even a bad cheesesteak is still delicious. Try Pasquales the next time you visit.