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About Us


We provide sandwiches made with the best ingredients and house-smoked meats.


All our pastrami is brined and made in-house. We use regional produce when available and local bakeries for all our bread. Our goal is to provide the best quality sandwiches and to be known as the best pastrami in the nation.  Pastrami Zombie is our food truck spin off of our Sammich Chicago Italian eatery, located in Ashland, Oregon.





To get a sense of Melissa McMillan’s no-shortcuts attitude, just sink your teeth into her signature Montreal-style pastrami sandwich, which she serves at her two eateries in Oregon. In 2013, she opened Sammich in Ashland, her first brick-and-mortar restaurant; three years later, her Pastrami Zombie food truck launched in Portland to rave reviews. Now the Sammich Queen has opened her third location, Sammich PDX in December of 2017. Each locally sourced ingredient tells a different part of McMillan’s story. She traces her obsession with homemade meats back to her childhood in Texas, the heart of barbecue country. It’s why she roasts, smokes, and cures it all in-house. Everything else she puts between two slices of bread comes from an obsession with no-gimmicks Chicago delis, something she missed when she left the Windy City. With a religious fervor for baseball, she borrows her motto from her favorite team, the Chicago Cubs: “Do simple better.” That ethos has earned her ink in national publications such as The New York Times and Sunset Magazine. She even landed on Portland Monthly’s list of top women business owners. But McMillan finds the most satisfaction when she hangs out with her four brothers, coaches baseball in her community and peers through her food-truck window at happy customers trying to smile as they stuff their faces with kick-ass sandwiches.


Oregon Live: ‘Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives’ star Guy Fieri films in Ashland at Sammich

Ashland Daily Tidings: Celebrity chef Guy Fieri visits 3 Ashland restaurants

KATU: Feast Portland Preview: Sammich

Oregon Live: Feast Portland announces 2018 lineup of events, chefs — tickets go on sale June 8

The Portland Mercury: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly: Portland Food and Drink Weekly News Wrap-Up

Willamette Week: The Top Five Places To Eat This Week


Portland Monthly: Pastrami Zombie to Open Brick-and-Mortar on E Burnside

Eater PDX: Sandwich Queen Melissa McMillan Turns on the Lights at Sammich PDX

The Daily Meal: 5 Cooking Tips from Portland’s Top Chefs

Hamptons Real Estate Showcase: EATING PORTLAND

Willamette Week: The Five Places We’re Most Excited To Eat This Week

KPTV: Portland restaurant owner, former Houston resident raising money for Harvey victims

Portland Monthly: Pastrami Zombie’s Wet, Hot, Smoked Reuben

The Oregonian: Pastrami Zombie; Portland’s best new food carts of 2016

Eater PDX: Ashland’s Sammich Sandwich Shop Announces Portland Brick and Mortar

Huffington Post: Lesbian Chef Melissa McMillan Is Taking Over The Meat Game