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5 Essential Sandwiches in Portland, Maine for Your Summer Picnic Basket

It’s time to grab a cozy blanket and pack your basket full of treats for a picnic on the Eastern Promenade. If you don’t have time to prepare your own picnic fare at home, place an order at these sandwich shops around Portland’s Peninsula.

Sisters Gourmet Deli’s Macintuscan

Turkey, crisp bacon, sliced apple, cheddar, honey mustard, and mixed greens all on the famous Sisters fresh bread. This will fit nicely in your picnic basket next to some fresh ice tea and some kettle cooked potato chips.

"The Macin-Tuscan" from @sistersgourmetdeli with cheddar, apple, turkey, bacon, honey-mustard, mixed greens

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Amato’s Classic Ham Italian

It’s obligatory to include an Amato’s sandwich on any essential sandwich list, no matter the occasion. The pickles make the sandwich (in my opinion) but all of the classic ham Italian flavors will take your picnic to the next level.

A culinary masterpiece @ham_italian Stain certified

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SaltBox Café’s Lobster Grilled Cheese Sandwich

If you’re lucky, the SaltBox food truck trailer will be parked along the Eastern Promenade. Everything on the menu is delicious, but I dare you to approach the window without being tempted by the lobster mac and cheese.

Ohno Cafe’s Turkey Gouda Breakfast Sandwich

Ohno Café creates stellar breakfast and brunch sandwiches from their little West End location. These sandwiches are also scientifically proven to ease your hangover struggle. All laboratory trials were conducted by me.

Dutch’s ‘Señor Dutch’ Sandwich

Could a meatball sandwich get a little messy in a picnic setting? Yes. Is it worth the mess? You bet. You can’t go wrong with anything at Dutch’s for breakfast or lunch, but this sandwich is at the top of my list.

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