Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable sandwich spots in Berkeley, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to meet your needs.
1. Hummingbird Cafe
Topping the list is Hummingbird Cafe. Located at 1814 Euclid Ave. (between Hearst Avenue and Ridge Road.), the deli, which offers coffee, tea, sandwiches and more, is the highest-rated cheap sandwich spot in Berkeley, boasting 4.5 stars out of 246 reviews on Yelp.
This eatery has everything from sandwiches and bagels to juices and smoothies. Look out for notable options like the turkey avocado sandwich and the eggplant bagel.
Yelper Jacqueline H., who reviewed Hummingbird Cafe on Dec. 28, wrote, "I love this cafe. I used to buy lunch multiple times a week here when I was a student. They make the best smoothies and fresh juices."
2. Original Pollo
Next up is Downtown Berkeley's Original Pollo, situated at 100 Berkeley Square. With four stars out of 158 reviews on Yelp, the traditional American breakfast and brunch spot, which offers sandwiches and more, has proven to be a local favorite for those looking for an inexpensive option.
Expect egg-centric breakfast plates, breakfast burritos, breakfast sandwiches and waffles, among other options.
Yelper Matthew L. noted, "Seldom do I have the opportunity to enjoy a cozy and comforting breakfast in Berkeley, or, more broadly, the San Francisco Bay Area. I will be coming back for more of those home fries. Also, I loved how carefully cooked my over-easy eggs were."
3. Gypsy's Trattoria Italiana
Gypsy's Trattoria Italiana, located at 2519 Durant Ave., Suite A (between Bowditch Street and Telegraph Avenue), is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the cheap Italian spot, which offers seafood and sandwiches, four stars out of 1,768 reviews.
The full-service Italian restaurant offers a variety of pasta dishes along with such hearty sandwiches as the meatball sandwich and the eggplant sandwich.
Yelper Kay D., who reviewed Gypsy's Trattoria Italiana on Jan. 6, wrote, "Cheap and tasty. It's a very popular gem in Berkeley, especially with cheap prices and good quality Italian food."
4. Cafe Panini
Cafe Panini, a spot to score sandwiches and more in Downtown Berkeley, is another low-priced go-to, with four stars out of 110 Yelp reviews. Head over to 2115 Allston Way (between Oxford Street and Shattuck Avenue) to see for yourself.
This eatery features both hot and cold sandwiches as well as a variety of salads. Stop by for notable menu options such as the roast beef sandwich, the Caesar salad or the tuna melt.
Yelper Dayton A., who reviewed Cafe Panini on Aug. 6, wrote, "A hidden treasure tucked away and set back from the noisy streets of Shattuck and University. Surrounded by beautiful greenery, pleasant music and sunny spots. Very relaxing."