GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Top 10 finalists in the 2013 Grandwich competition were announced Monday, Aug. 12.
Nearly 30 restaurants took part in this year’s competition, which challenges eateries to create a sandwich that encapsulates the city of Grand Rapids in one edible handheld package.
This year, the votes that were cast on the Downtown GR website, were kept private to eliminate any influence leading up to the Top 10 announcement.
Here are the 2013 Grandwich finalists in no particular order:
- McKay’s - Downtown Royale with Bleu Cheese ($9)
G&A Detroit Baking Co. brioche bun, S&S Lamb Ham-burger (grass-fed beef cut with ground ham), S&S Lamb candied bacon, house-made bleu cheese ice cream coin, Old World Olive Press chocolate balsamic reduction, spicy micro greens, topped with shaved pickled beet relish. All Michigan products. McKay's - 25 Ottawa Ave. SW
- Grand Rapids Brewing Co. - Colt 45 ($11)
Heffron Farms short rib, house smoked bacon, cha cha sauce, sunny egg, crunchy slaw, served on a Nantucket Baking Co. brewers grain bun. GRBC - 1 Ionia Ave. SW
- Cheshire Grill - The Cheshire ($11)
Lightly breaded pork scallopini on Nantucket Bakery Challah with chef's green apple aioli, grilled Michigan apples, fresh fried green tomatoes, creamy provolone, crispy haystack onions and served with homemade hummus and pita chips. The Cheshire Grill - 2162 Plainfield Ave. NE
- The B.O.B. - The Grand B.L.T. ($7.50)
Nantucket Baking Co. Craqueline Brioche, crispy heirloom green tomato, Jacob Acres bibb lettuce, sugar spiced bacon, raspberry honeycomb mustard and fried farm egg. Served with spicy house pork rinds and compressed watermelon skewer. The B.O.B. -20 Monroe Ave. NW
- The Bistro at Courtyard by Marriott - The Bistro ($10.95)
House-made pastrami sandwich. Sobie Meats brined brisket that has been pepper crusted, smoked and roasted in house. Pastrami is topped with slightly sweet pickled red cabbage, spicy pickle relish, and mustard using Shorts Brewing "Nicie Spicie" beer all piled onto a Nantucket Baking Company pretzel bun. Sandwich is accompanied with homemade Michigan beer battered onion rings. The Bistro - 11 Monroe Ave. NW
- Express Café - The Afternoon Delight ($7.50)
Local smoked chicken (Sobie Meats), fresh mozzarella, tomato (Freyers Market), basil (Grow Co.) pesto, balsamic vinegar reduction and fresh greens on a toasted baguette. Hold the chicken for a hearty vegetarian sandwich. Express - 200 Ottawa Ave. NW
- HopCat - Beer Ice Cream Sandwich ($4.95)
Nantucket Baking Company's brewers grain strawberry cookie, R.F. Johnson and Sons local strawberries, Palazzolo's gelato infused with Hopcat's strawberry-rhubarb Zugspitze hefewizen. Hopcat - 25 Ionia Ave. SW #100
- Rico’s Deli - A Memory of Thanksgiving ($7.95)
A generous portion of hand carved turkey breast topped with creamy havarti, layered with homemade stuffing on hand cut potato bread. Accented with cranberry aioli. Panini pressed to perfection and complimented with a turkey jus lie. Rico's Deli -940 Monroe Ave NW
- McFadden’s - Shepard's Smash ($10)
Nantucket Baking Company crusty potato and rosemary bread, creamy horseradish whipped potatoes, ground S&S lamb, spiced carrot slaw, spring peas, smoked Great Lakes cheddar, Jameson caramelized onions, Perrin's Kona brown gravy.McFadden's - 58 Ionia Ave. SW
- Peppino’s Downtown - Italiano Flatbread Club ($8.95)
Ada Valley Oven Roasted Pastrami, Salami and Mozzarella topped with local mixed greens tossed in a mustard vinaigrette and caramelized onions. All sandwiched in our fresh flatbread lightly brushed with garlic butter. Served with homemade chips and a pickle spear. Peppino's - 130 Ionia Ave. SW
Reviews of each of the finalists will be on MLive all week as my MLive colleagues John Serba and Garret Ellison and I will be trying all of them on our Grandwich Top 10 Tour.
The finale and winners of both the People’s Choice and the Judge’s Choice will be announced at a live lunch event at Rosa Parks Circle on Friday, Aug. 16 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The restaurants will be on-hand to offer samples. A suggested $5 donation to Kids' Foods Basket is encouraged.