One of the catering options at Elm Street Market is the sandwich platter, which includes a variety of EMS’s most popular sandwiches and wraps. All photos are provided by ESM.

By Gabriel Schatz, Vermont Country correspondent.

While most folks don’t come to Vermont for sandwiches, a trip to Elm Street Market (ESM) in Bennington might change that. ESM has been voted Bennington’s Best Deli multiple times, including the last three years in a row (Reader’s Choice, 2021, 2022, 2023) and it’s easy to see why! 

Options for any time or place.

With a robust menu of specialty sandwiches, daily specials, soups, and salads, ESM is a prime lunch location. It also has an espresso bar for specialty coffees and great breakfast options.

lm Street Market has outdoor seating on the front porch, and Adirondack chairs and picnic tables in the grassy, shaded lawn behind the store. 

Need to feed a crowd?

ESM offers a variety of catering options from sandwich platters to salads to appetizer and dessert platters. You can also grab an ESM box lunch (a complete meal to go) and head to work, on a picnic, or off to one of the region’s many hiking trails.   

Using high-quality ingredients and Vermont products is part of what makes ESM so special.

They serve Boar’s Head Deli meats and cheeses in all their sandwiches and frequently use Vermont maple syrup to infuse the state’s signature flavor into aiolis, glazes, and dressings. The large variety of sandwiches, from shrimp salad to Reubens, and several vegetarian and gluten-free options, ensures that their menu has something for everyone. Or, you can pick up some freshly sliced Boar’s Head meat and cheese to take home and make your own.

Elm Street Market uses Boar’s Head meats and cheeses in all their sandwiches — you can also purchase packaged cold cuts and cheese to bring home and make your own sandwiches. 

ESM isn’t just for sandwiches either.

Don’t miss their carefully selected array of gourmet food products, as well as beer and wine from Vermont and surrounding areas. Then grab some Green Mountain State swag from the great selection of T-shirts, beanies, ball caps, ornaments, stickers, and more — something for everyone!

Vermont hospitality is on full display.

Owner and operator Ted Cutsumpas works alongside a dedicated team of sandwich pros to deliver excellent customer service, which has contributed greatly to ESM’s loyal following of regulars. Not only is the food prepared and delivered quickly, but the friendly staff is happy to offer any assistance they can — or just chat to pass the time during the short wait between ordering and digging in. 

Elm Street Market uses Boar’s Head meats and cheeses in all their sandwiches — you can also purchase packaged cold cuts and cheese to bring home and make your own sandwiches. 

You can visit Elm Street Market Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 251 Elm St., in Bennington. 

Gabriel Schatz is a Bennington native who visits Elm Street Market regularly. His favorite thing on the menu is the Wild Bill sandwich, but he always enjoys trying the specials. 

Vermont Country magazine

Vermont Country has a hyperlocal focus on the Green Mountain lifestyle, its personalities, events, attractions and culture. The magazine appears six times a year, designed to complement the state and four-season living. VtCo magazine is a Southern Vermont publication of Vermont News & Media.

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