Finding the best sammies in America

Slashfood editors and their readers compiled a list of the best sandwiches in America.  It’s a bit more comprehensive than Esquire’s list, however. 

On one hand it acts as a great primer for someone who loves sandwichs – I now have many places to try in Portland (can you marry a sandwich?) – on the other hand, there are many dubious selections. 

For starters, The Philly Cheesesteak.  I’m sorry Philadelphia.  But you’re famous sandwich, whether from Pat’s or Gino’s is really just a slightly better school cafeteria steak’um with onions.  It’s true.  Someone had to say it. 

Also, there is a confluence of sandwiches from the Boston area, which for sure they have great sandwiches.  The Chacerero is probably the best sandwich in America, barnone.  But that seems dubious, so many sandwiches from the same city.

Especially the beef of weck from the All Star Sandwich Bar in Cambridge.  Beef on weck is a Buffalo, NY specialty.  There is no way some dingy sandwich shop in Cambridge is outdoing the people that perfected/invented the sandwich. 

Also?  It’s improbably that the best Lobster Roll is found in upstate New York.  But enough complaining.  I’ve now got about dozen places in Portland to try and great list for my next road trip. 

1. Cheesesteak from Primanti Brothers in Pittsburgh, PA
2. Cheesesteak from Pat’s King of Steaks in Philadelphia, PA
3. Steak Chacarero, spicy, at Chacarero in Boston, MA
4. Pambazo at Autentica in Portland, OR
5. Cemita at Cemitas Pueblo in Chicago, IL
6. Midnight Cuban at Paseo in Seattle, WA (two votes)
7. Cuban from Dave’s Fresh Pasta in Somerville, MA
8. Milano from The Italian Store in Arlington, VA
9. The Otto at Fraboni’s in Madison, WI (two votes)
10. Porchetta sandwich from Porchetta in New York, NY
11. Italian Beef, wet, at Al’s Beef in Chicago, IL
12. Godmother from Bay Cities Italian Deli and Bakery in Santa Monica, CA
13. Veal and Pepper at California Sandwiches in Toronto, ON
14. The Special at Gandel’s Liquors in Washington, DC
15. Muffaletta at Napoleon House in New Orleans, LA
16. Oyster or Shrimp (or Oyster and Shrimp) Po-Boy at Domilese’s Po-Boys in New Orleans, LA
17. Shrimp Po-Boy at The Galley, Metairie, LA
18. Ipswich Clam Burger at Bigelow’s in Rockville Centre, NY
19. Lobster Roll at The Red Barn in Ghent, NY (two votes, not counting mine)
20. Grilled Grouper at Harbor Docks in Destin, FL
21. Tuna Niçoise at the Bread Peddler in Olympia, WA
22. Jambon Beurre from Farmstead Lunch in Providence, RI
23. Monte Cristo from Milton’s in Del Mar, CA
24. Monte Cristo from the HMS Bounty in Los Angeles, CA
25. Pork Bun from Momofuku Ssam Bar in New York, NY
26. Baoguette Bahn Mi at Baoguette in New York, NY
27. Saigon Bacon Banh Mi at Best Baguette in Portland, OR
28. BLT on Rye at Zingerman’s Delicatessen in Ann Arbor, MI
29. BLB at Meat Cheese Bread in Portland, OR
30. The Fat Darrell, various locations around Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ
31. Sloppy Irishman at The Irish Pub in Massillon, OH
32. Parmageddon at Melt Bar and Grilled in Lakewood, OH
33. Beef on Weck at All Star Sandwich Bar, Cambridge, MA
34. Maid Rite at various locations in Wisconsin and Iowa
35. Roast Pork at DiNic’s in Philadelphia, PA
36. Pork Shoulder at Smoky Jon’s in Madison, WI
37. Pork and Fries at Earl’s Sandwiches in Arlington, VA
38. Pork and Beef BBQ at LC’s BBQ in Kansas City, MO
39. Burnt Ends at Blue Ribbon BBQ in Newton, MA
40. Garlic and Thyme Roasted Pork at Watershed in Decatur, GA
41. Fried Chicken Sandwich at Bakesale Betty in Oakland, CA
42. Coney Dog with cheese and onions at Skyline Chili in Cincinnati, OH
43. Patty Melt at Mic Duck’s, Chicago, IL
44. Crown Burger at Crown Burgers in Salt Lake City, UT
45. Reuben Sliders at Kenny and Zuke’s in Portland, OR
46. Pastrami on Rye at Katz’s Delicatessen in New York, NY (four votes)
47. Jewish Hoagie at Koch’s Deli in Philadelphia, PA
48. Corned Beef Special at Hymie’s Deli in Philadelphia, PA
49. The Natte at Hungarian Deli in New York, NY
50. Market Fried Egg sandwich at Gateway Market in Des Moines, IA
51. Grilled Vegetable at Village Baker in Bend, OR
52. Five Easy Pieces at Littlejohn’s in Charlottesville, VA
53. Chicken Salad Sandwich at Tomato Jam Cafe in Asheville, NC
54. Fern’s Problem Solver at Hi Rise in Cambridge, MA

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