Sandwiches make an easy, adaptable, and portable lunch for families on the go or friends looking to bond over some freshly baked bread. If you're in the mood for a great sandwich in the Daphne area, Tameron Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Fiat rounded up some of the best. Here are five of our favorite delis and sandwich shops near Daphne, Alabama.

The Cheese Cottage

If the highlight of an excellent sandwich for you is the cheese, you can't pass up the opportunity to visit Mobile's The Cheese Cottage. A 19-minute drive from Daphne, this upscale local restaurant specializes in high-quality cheeses, so consider starting your meal by sharing a cheese board. The most affordable option is the Ploughman, which comes with seasonal fruit, local honey, one type of cured meat, and two types of artisan cheese chosen by the cheesemonger on site. Save room, though, because the sandwiches are just as delicious. 

Cheese mingles with meats and spreads to create unique flavor combinations in sandwiches like the Pimento and Gouda Bacon Jam and the smoked ham and mozzarella baguette. There are plenty of delicious cheesy options sans meat, so The Cheese Cottage is a prime destination for vegetarians. Consider trying the mashed potato grilled cheese or the spinach and artichoke sandwich. There's even a dessert cheese, The Goat, a caramelized, sweet goat cheese dish. Most sandwiches are between $10 and $12.50, but the kids' cheddar grilled cheese sandwich is only $5.50.

Sub King

A charming locally run spot with delicious submarine sandwiches, Sub King is a low-key spot to stop by for lunch. Locals rave about the staff's warm, inviting energy, so if you're seeking a welcoming neighborhood sandwich shop, this could be your newest favorite. If you're in the mood for a warm sandwich, try the Reuben, a favorite among guests. It comes with corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and Thousand Island dressing on rye bread. Another popular hot option is the turkey and bacon, which dresses up its namesake meats with Swiss cheese, spring mix, banana peppers, tomatoes, and ranch dressing.

Cold sandwiches include deli classics like tuna salad, BLT (bacon, lettuce, and tomato), and roast beef. You can also get any sandwich pressed panini-style for just 50 additional cents. Salads are available in varieties like chef salad, garden salad, and grilled chicken salad if you want a lighter option. Sub King is a Mobile chain with three locations, but the closest is at 2662 Government St., just 23 minutes from Daphne. Prices vary, but locals rave about the affordable prices, so bring the family for a bargain-friendly delight.

The Sugar Kettle Cafe

An establishment as sweet as its name suggests, The Sugar Kettle Cafe is a quaint gathering spot in Daphne. The building itself offers a piece of Daphne history. Originally built as a hurricane shelter, the 1930s home is a registered Baldwin County Historic Landmark. It became home to The Sugar Kettle Cafe in 2009. The cafe is a passion project for owner Michelle Young, a Daphne local. For just under $10, you can enjoy the Awesome Turkey Sandwich, which comes with smoked turkey, avocado, tomato, and provolone cheese, or perhaps a savory-sweet chicken salad sandwich with craisins, pecans, and spices.

For $16.98, you can upgrade your sandwich to a combo, which includes your choice of a side, dessert, and drink. Sides include deli favorites like mac and cheese or a side salad, but what sets The Sugar Kettle apart from other sandwich shops is its wide array of Southern-style sides. Consider pairing your sandwich with fried okra, pear salad, or tomato pie for a unique homestyle twist. For dessert, pick your favorite cobbler, or try your luck with the daily slice of pie or cake, as flavors rotate.

2 Sisters Panini

This locally owned and operated deli and sandwich shop has a Daphne location and a Fairhope location. Both serve a menu of inspired sandwiches, like the stuffed turkey, which tops the deli-favorite meat with a basil, cranberry, and cream cheese sauce, and the Road Runner, which puts a twist on the classic BLT by adding cheddar cheese and honey mustard on focaccia bread. As you might imagine, there are also plenty of paninis to choose from, like the spirited Roll Tide, which is 2 Sisters Panini's take on a Reuben, and the Doughboy, a chicken-bacon-ranch melt with barbecue sauce.

Wraps and salads are also available if you're not up for a traditional sandwich. All sandwiches, wraps, and salads are just under $10. Classic deli sides like potato salad and coleslaw are available for $3.95. 2 Sisters Panini uses only Boar's Head deli meats, so you can count on the quality. Stop by this local favorite for a quiet lunch today.

Panini Pete's Cafe and Bakeshoppe

Situated in Fairhope's picturesque French Quarter just 14 minutes from Daphne, Panini Pete's Cafe and Bakeshoppe is an award-winning Mobile-area sandwich shop and bakery. Chef Pete Blohme prioritizes freshness, opting for handmade ingredients whenever possible. They're known for their lemony-sweet Hip Hip Beignets!, so plan on saving room for an order. If you stop by for breakfast or brunch, try a pressed breakfast panino. The Italian panino whisks you away to the Italian coast with fresh herbs, grilled mortadella, and tomato. You could also stick to the Classic Breakfast Panino for a bacon-egg-and-cheese treat.

If it's lunch time, choose from Pete's diverse list of lunch paninis. You could choose the rosemary chicken, which comes with tangy goat cheese and garlic aioli, or the grilled chicken Banh Mi, a Vietnamese-inspired option with cilantro, jalapeño, and a soy glaze. Pete's "Muffaletta" Panini even found its way onto the Alabama Tourism Department's list of "100 Things to Eat in Alabama Before You Die," so it's a must-try. The lush patio offers a chic al fresco experience, and most sandwiches are between $9 and $12, so you can dine in style without busting your budget.

Whether you need a lunch break while running errands around the Mobile, Alabama, area or just want a great spot to bond with family over a casual meal, there are plenty of delicious, locally owned delis and cafes in and around Daphne. Let us know if we missed your favorite one. If you need a modern new vehicle for your sandwich runs and lunch dates, stop by Tameron Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Fiat and explore our expansive inventory of cars, SUVs, and trucks.

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