On July 8, over 30 restaurants entered their sandwich creations into a competition to determine the best Grand Rapids sandwich of 2014. For almost three weeks, the public was encouraged to visit participating restaurants in Grand Rapids, try the sandwiches entries, and vote for their favorites. Public vote determined the top 10 sandwiches, which are listed below in alphabetical order.
The Bistro at Courtyard by Marriott
- The B.O.B.
- The Cheshire Grill
- Flat Landerâ€™s
- Grand Rapids Brewing Company
- San Chez
- Skywalk Deli
- Stellaâ€™s Lounge
- Sweet Mellisaâ€™s
Â â€śWeâ€™ve seen restaurant staff take pride in their entries, and the public rallying around their favorite sandwiches and neighborhood restaurants,â€ť said Kristopher Larson, President and CEO of Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. â€śThe entire competition has been about encouraging the local community to support one another, so weâ€™ve carried that focus into the closing event.â€ť
The winner of the Grandwich title will be determined on August 1 at Rosa Parks Circle. From 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., guests will be encouraged to stop by the park and try samples of all 10 sandwiches after making a $5 donation to Kidsâ€™ Food Basket, a local nonprofit attacking childhood hunger to ensure that lunch is not the last meal of the day for over 6,000 kids at 32 schools in Grand Rapids and Muskegon.