St. Cloud Restaurant Week 2023: Sandwiches

Sandwich = anything between 2 pieces of bread. They’re portable, customizable, and satisfying and we’ve got the best options for handheld deliciousness.  

Located in the heart of downtown St. Cloud, Howie’s Sports Bar and Grill has been a local favorite since 1986. It was previously known as “Howie Zimmer’s 1929 Club” and the building has had several other uses in the past, including as a horse stable, restaurant supply house, and pool hall, before being transformed into the sports bar it is today.

  • Location: 101 9th Ave N, St. Cloud, MN 56303
  • Featured Menu Item: Shaved Ribeye Sandwich – Served on a toasted hoagie bun pilled high with shaved Ribeye, topped with swiss cheese, grilled onions nd green peppers, and a side of Au Jus. 


New to Waite Park in 2023, this is an upscale Japanese restaurant with a casual vibe featuring ramen, appetizers, boba tea, & more. Said to be one of the most beautifully decorated restaurants in the area, see it for yourself!

  • Location: 601 2nd Street S, Waite Park, MN 56387
  • Featured Menu Item: Char Siu Pork Bun – Hand- grilled pork belly, crisp iceberg lettuce, tany japanese mayo and a sweet eel sauce all wrapped in a soft steamed bun. 



El Cubano

Pio’s Sangwich Shop at Manea’s Meats

First-generation owners Rolando (whose nickname was Pio) and Aleida Castellanos had a beautiful Cuban accent that stuck with them over time after they came to the United States in 1968 due to the seizing of their farm and business by the Cuban Government. Over the years as they learned the English language with their family (by listening to records in their house), certain words and phrases were a bit more difficult to pronounce (for example Sandwich). The way they chose to spell “Sangwich” at Manea’s Meats is how Rolando (Pio) and Aleida would have pronounced it themselves when speaking English.

They thought the best way to continue to honor them and their legacy is to incorporate their heritage, their names, and their unique Cuban quirks into the store when and where they can. Now the next time you hear them on the radio or are reading “Pio’s Sangwich Shop”, you’ll know the history of where the name came from and why they pronounce it the way they do! They love their history and are proud to share it with you all!

  • Location: 114 2nd Ave N, Sauk Rapids, MN 56379
  • Featured Menu Item: El Cubano – featuring their seasoned and cooked in house Cuban Roast Pork, smoked in house Manea’s Ham, Swiss Cheese, Pickles, Mustard, all stacked on a freshly baked sub bun. Always panini pressed to perfection! 
  • Promotion: Free drink and chips with a cubano ordered during restaurant week. 
Hawaiian burger

Shooter’s Saloon & Eatery

Known for their Trophy burgers since 1992, this Saloon and Eatery is a local favorite of the south side. The unassuming but fun atmosphere from the outside is accompanied by the race day feel once you enter and service that can’t be beat! 

  • Location: 2223 Roosevelt Rd, St. Cloud, MN 56301
  • Featured Menu Item: Hawaiian Burger – Pineapple, cream cheese, jalapeños and bacon, need we say more? This is also available as a chicken sandwich, we know some folks don’t agree that burgers are sandwiches but that is a debate for another day! 
Sasquatch Burger

MT’S on 8th

Offering BINGO, Cash for Keys, Meat raffles, dart leagues, football season specials, a large patio, live music and more, this bar and restaurant is more than a place for food, it’s an experience. A neighborhood staple, MT’s on 8th is sure to please. 

  • Location: 2022 8th St N, St. Cloud, MN 56303
  • Featured Menu Item: Sasquatch Burger– 1/3 pound burger made with fresh, never frozen beef, piled high with bacon, pepper jack cheese, jalapeños and onions, this will be a mouth watering experience. 


Garlic Parm sandwich

Jimmy’s Pour House

Good Times Are Flowin… Jimmy’s has been a go-to destination in Sauk Rapids for over four decades. With a variety of options that cater to everyone’s tastes, Jimmy’s boasts over 300 seats, 23 tap lines, and an outdoor patio. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner alongside private dining options, ensuring that they have something for everyone. Come and experience the warmth and hospitality of Jimmy’s for yourself.

  • Location: 22 2nd Ave N, Sauk Rapids, MN 56379
  • Featured Menu Item: Parmesan Garlic Prime Philly – Thinly sliced prime rib, fried onions and parmesan cheese topped with a homemade parmesan garlic sauce on a french roll. 


Smokin’ Triple Stack

Firehouse Subs

Growing up in a family that is both entrepreneurial and built on decades of fire and police service, it seems Chris Sorensen and Robin Sorensen were destined to start Firehouse Subs®. Of course they tried other things along the way to their American Dream – rock ’n’ roll, real estate, and even Christmas tree farming. But everything they experienced on their path led them to opening the first Firehouse Subs.

  • Location: 335 5th Ave S, #160, St. Cloud, MN 56301
  • Featured Menu Item: Smokin’ Triple Stack- Stacked honey ham, smoked turkey, slow-smoked brisket, melted cheddar, sweet and tangy slaw, barbecue sauce and mayo on a toasted sub roll.
Pesto Artichoke Sandwich

The Kitchen at Copper Pony

Copper Pony is a boutique store situated in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota, offering a wide range of distinctive home accessories for everyday use and seasonal decor. They have recently relocated from St. Cloud to Sauk Rapids in 2021 and have expanded their services by adding a coffee shop that serves delightful coffees, mouthwatering sandwiches, soups, salads, and baked goods. Copper Pony is the ultimate destination for those who love to live well and give exceptionally.

  • Location: 208 N. Benton Dr., Sauk Rapids, MN 56379
  • Featured Menu Item: Pesto Artichoke Grilled Cheese – Featuring havarti cheese, artichoke, pesto and sun-dried tomato. Learn more about the sandwich below!

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