Best Sandwiches in the Quad Cities

I asked my fellow Quad Citizens for the best sandwiches available in the Quad Cities and they delivered. My mouth is literally watering as I write this and I can’t wait until my next lunch date! My advice: just start at the top of the list and work your way down. There’s not a single sandwich or establishment on this list that you will regret trying. Sooooo many tasty recommendations!

Top Sandwiches to eat in the Quad Cities

Antonella’s Pizzeria II in Davenport, IA: Giovanni’s Sicilian sub


Antonella’s II: Sicilian Sub. Photo cred: Susan Wahlmann

Arthur’s Garden Deli in Rock Island, IL: lots of favorites and very reasonable
“It’s the best in my opinion!”, says Tegan Moreland and Emilia Deem agrees!

Arthur’s Deli sandwich. Photo cred: Tegan Moreland

Bayside Bistro in the Village of East Davenport, IA: shrimp po’ boy or the Caribbean chicken
“The best Caribbean chicken with mango chutney….soooo good!” promises Kelley Adams.

Bayside Bistro. Photo cred: Leah Berger

Belgian Village Inn in Moline, IL: Vandereuben on raisin or the VandeRaisin
“I love that they figured out a way to keep making sandwiches to go even though the restaurant closed.” shares Jennifer Ritz.

Cafe Express Deli in Davenport, IA: the veggie, the Mediterranean, or the olive tapenade on muffaletta
“The veggie with lettuce instead of sprouts! They make their own honey wheat bread and it is just so good! It was my first meal request after the births of my kids!” shares Sarah Bradley. Kathleen Hanna agrees with the veggie: “Yes, this! Except I get mine with olive spread and sprouts instead of lettuce.” Nicole Durbin says, “The veggie sandwich with bacon. Don’t judge my addition of bacon to a veggie sandwich.”

Cafe Fresh in Moline, IL: beet and goat cheese

Cool Beanz Coffeehouse in Rock Island, IL: spicy bird panini (turkey, jaleapenos and boetjes on focaccia), the grilled cheese (cheese, basil pesto, tomatoes, and scallions) or the rise and shine breakfast sammie.
“The Spicy Bird is the best around!,” say Matt Fockler and Heather Muir.

The Spicy Bird at Cool Beanz Coffee House.

Downtown Deli in Davenport, IA: various favorites

Dr. Gyros in Rock Island, IL: the classic gyro or the kid’s gyro (minus onions)
“I love this chicken,” says my 2 year old, Simon.

Fresh Deli in Davenport, IA: 5 cheese grilled sandwich
“Oh yes! This one!” agrees Rachel Gustafson after seeing Ashley Almquist’s recommendation.

Grinder’s in various locations: a gondola

Healthy Harvest Urban Farms in Rock Island, IL: the black bean burger
“It’s great for vegans,” shares Robb McCoy

Hungry Hobo in various locations: various favorites

Igor’s Bistro in Rock Island, IL: the not so ghostly chicken and the Reuben
“Basically every sandwich on their menu is good! It’s all delicious!!!!!” vows Brad Hood.

Jersey Mike’s in Moline, IL: the club sandwich
“My daughter, Ashlynn and I are big fans!” shares Angi Benson.

Lee’s in Rock Island, IL: the cheeseburger
“It’s AMAZING!!” says Becky Clark.

Lagomarcino’s Confectionery in the Village of East Davenport, IA or Moline, IL: egg salad
“Lagomarcino’s makes a really good egg salad and you can get it on their homemade rye!” says Leslie DuPree.

Meat Heads Market in Milan, IL: grilled tenderloin

Oh So Sweet in Davenport, IA: various favorites
“Oh So Sweet has some awesome deli sandwiches – there is one with apple butter and ham that is out of this world!” promises Katie Petersen.

Pee Wee’s in Rock Island, IL: spicy sausage po’ boy or the shrimp po’ boy

QC Coffee and Pancake House in Rock Island, IL: the Philly cheesesteak
“The Philly cheesesteak is only available Monday-Thursday and so so so worth it!” swears Tracie Carls.

QC Coffee and Pancake House Philly cheesesteak. Photo cred: Tracie Carls.

Pickerman’s in Moline, IL: Lots of favorites
“They have a great Italian sandwich!” says Piper Mead.

Riverfront Bar and Grill in Rock Island, IL
“They have great gluten free options,” shares Grace Franck.

Tap 22 in Silvis, IL: Sloppy Joe grilled cheese

Theo’s Java Club in Rock Island, IL: BLT, Java club on Rye, the Rock Island Reuben, or a breakfast sandwich
“All the sandwiches are really good, honestly. Not a lot of wait time for something a bit healthier than fast food. They also have lots of vegetarian options,” shares Grace Gugelmeyer.

The Reuben from Theo’s Java Club. Under $9 which includes chips, pickle and tax. Photo cred: Robb McCoy

Village Corner Deli in the Village of East Davenport, IA: turkey Reuben, the classic and everything else
“When I was pregnant, without me even asking, they’d even cook the turkey longer so it was heated all the way through,” Katie Petersen remembers fondly.

It was this sandwich at the Village Corner Deli that inspired this blog and I don’t even remember for certain which it was because I had such a hard time deciding. I think it is Turkey Italiano without banana peppers. Regardless: It was the most amazing sandwiches I’ve EVER eaten. Go there, eat their food.

Waterfront Deli in Davenport, IA: the club and the turkey salad.
“The Turkey salad is TDF [to die for],” swears Katie Petersen.

HAVE I MISSED YOUR FAVORITE SANDWICH? Please let us know by commenting. And, let us know if you try a new place and love it!



About the author

Meghan Cooley Meghan Cooley moved to the Quad Cities from St. Charles, IL, as an Augustana College student over 20 years ago. She left briefly after graduation and then returned to work in admissions and then marketing at Augustana College for 18 years. She now works as a consultant for admissions marketing and social media. She also does copy editing and writes for the Quad City Moms Blog. Now a true Quad Cities transplant, Meghan lives in Rock Island with her husband, Luke (R.O.W.V.A. and Augustana grad and Modern Woodmen employee) and four boys. She loves living in the Quad Cities and finds it the perfect place to raise a family, plan a date night, and go on adventures.

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2 comments on “Best Sandwiches in the Quad Cities

  1. Formally Cafe indigo now Indigo Grill same owners please come check us out
    We’ve been a QC staple for almost 14 years
    Breakfast, lunch and dinner for menus online

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