The 10 Best Delis in North Dakota!

Sometimes the only thing that can relinquish hunger pains is a good ole sub sandwich. For decades, the sandwich has enjoyed a role as part culinary delight and part comfort food. In North Dakota, the sub is alive and well and a visit to any of the following delis will solve any cravings you may have.

1. Smiling Moose Rocky Mountain Deli, Multiple locations

Although the Smiling Moose Deli chain began hundreds of miles away in Edwards, Colorado, it quickly found its way to North Dakota. The result has been happy sub eaters all over the state. Known for its unique combinations of ingredient and its bold flavors, Smiling Moose has been a force to be reckoned with since its inception. Try the Original Mo, the deli’s first smash hit, featuring ground beef with melted American, topped with chopped romaine, tomatoes, red onions, banana peppers, mayo, oil & vinegar, and salt & pepper.

2. Schlotzsky’s Deli, Multiple locations

Ask locals where to find the best sandwich in town and many will direct you to Schlotzsky’s with little hesitation. With a menu that includes over-baked sandwiches, gourmet pizzas, delectable flatbread, and wraps, you will certainly find something to feed your appetite. Give the Original a go, which includes lean smoked ham, Genoa and cotto salamis, and melted cheddar, mozzarella, and Parmesan cheeses layered with black olives, red onion, lettuce, tomato, mustard and the joint’s signature dressing.

3. Firehouse Subs, Multiple locations

Looking for hot flavors that will ignite your passion for sandwiches? Look no further than Firehouse Subs, home of steamed meats and cheeses. Check out the Hook & Ladder Sub made up of Virginia honey ham, smoked turkey breast, and melted Monterey Jack or the Firehouse Meatball, which includes Italian meatballs, melted provolone, zesty marinara, and Italian seasonings. 

4. Grand Junction Grilled Subs, Fargo, ND

Looking for a little grilled action for your favorite sub? Grand Junction is the place for you. Every sandwich is cooked in front of you and mouth-watering homemade bread made daily. The Chicken Junction (chicken breast, onions, mushrooms, swiss cheese, teriyaki sauce, lettuce, tomatoes and Cajun seasoning) and the Junction Delight (ham, pepperoni, turkey breast, salami, provolone or swiss cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, peppers and mayo) are crowd favorites. 

5. Scotty’s Deli & Catering, Grand Forks, ND

Who says the best sandwich in town needs to come from a chain? Scotty’s Deli may be modest in size, but its foods are gigantic in flavor. With a wide variety of soups and sandwiches to choose from and specialty items like beef tips and red potatoes in a garlic cream sauce, it only takes one visit and you’ll be hooked on Scotty’s.  

6. Bonzer’s Sandwich Pub, Grand Forks, ND

A 21 and over establishment, Bonzer’s is known as much for its food as for its atmosphere. House specialty sandwiches include the Pleased to Meat You, comprised of salami, hickory smoked bacon, Swiss cheese, lettuce, mayonnaise, and mustard on rye bread, and the Meatless Monster, made up of swiss, cheddar and pepper cheese on rye with lettuce, onions, tomatoes, green peppers, mayo and mustard. Bonzer’s also has a variety of Mexican dishes and soups.

7. Magic City Hoagies, Minot, ND

The home of classic Hoagie-style subs that may be simple in concept but are anything but when it comes to flavor. Looking for something unique? Try the Magic Mile (corned beef, brisket, pastrami, and cheese), the Big Blarney (pastrami, corned beef, swiss cheese, sauerkraut, coleslaw, spicy mustard, and 1000 Island dressing), or the Tangy Porky (roasted pork, bacon, barbeque, cheese, honey mustard, and horseradish topped with crispy jalapenos). 

8. The Starving Rooster, Minot, Bismarck, ND

Known as much for its beer as its sandwiches, a visit to The Starving Rooster will be an experience you won’t forget any time soon. The restaurant’s menu includes a variety of sandwiches, paninis, flatbread pizza, and brick-oven pizza. Hungry for a pie? Try the Cyclone made with chorizo, black olives, tomato, green onions, jalapeños, shredded mozzarella, and cheddar cheese. A sandwich on your mind? You won’t go wrong with the roasted portabella, comprised of roasted portabella cap, caramelized onion, mozzarella cheese, and garlic mayo. 

9. Lucky Duck’s Deli & Catering, Bismarck, ND

Lucky’s prides itself on its authentic deli-style cuisine and friendly, inviting atmosphere. The menu includes soup, sandwiches, tacos, flatbread, and enchiladas. Give Lucky’s signature sandwich, the Lucky Duck, a try (sliced turkey breast, topped with smoked gouda and duck bacon, with lettuce, tomato, and the deli’s signature Lucky Sauce).

10. Country House Deli, Bismarck, ND

If you are looking for homemade goodness, a visit to Country House is in order. The deli makes its own bread, soups, and salads from scratch, giving their food the tender loving goodness not often found in restaurants. Their slogan “Old style, homemade goodness” says it all. The Buffalo Alice (roasted turkey & swiss cheese w/buffalo sauce, bleu cheese dressing, lettuce & tomato) and ND Submarine (roast beef, ham, bacon, Colby & swiss cheese w/lettuce, tomato, green bell peppers, red onions, pickles, house sauce & sweet vinegar) are particular favorites.

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