10 Most Iconic Sandwiches in the US
August 14, 2014 | by Kailley Lindman | Food & Drink News
From meaty monstrosities to ooey-gooey desserts, we're naming our country's most iconic sandwiches—including one from Miami—in honor of National Sandwich Month.
When in New York, do as locals do and eat a pastrami sandwich at Katz.
The city: New York
The sandwich: Pastrami
Great delis are a dime a dozen in New York City, but it’s the pastrami sandwiches that separate the average Joes from the beef-slinging deities. Katz’s Delicatessen, the Lower East Side institution of When Harry Met Sally fame, has been cutting pastrami to order since the late 1800s and shows no sign of slowing. 205 E. Houston St., New York, 212-254-2246
The city: Boston
The sandwich: Fluffernutter
Grape jelly, eat your heart out; Bostonians are all about their peanut butter and marshmallow fluff sammies. Local 149’s sinful rendition is dunked in a deep fryer, sprinkled with confectioner’s sugar, and paired with a side of Nutella for dipping. Because everything’s better with Nutella. 149 P St., South Boston, 617-268-4110
Go hog wild with Franklin BBQ's Tipsy Texan.
The city: Austin
The sandwich: Brisket on toast
We know two things to be self-evident: Texans know their barbecue, and everything is bigger in Texas. Both statements hold up with Franklin BBQ’s magnum opus: the Tipsy Texan. The towering sandwich is loaded with chopped brisket, sliced sausage, barbecue sauce, pickles, slaw, and onions, and will likely require a fork for shoveling it all in. 900 E. 11th St., Austin, 512-653-1187
The city: Washington, DC
The sandwich: Half-smoke
The Passenger’s rendition of DC’s beloved chili-smothered, hot dog-esque sandwich comes coated in spunky, finely diced onions, offering a bit of crunch to balance out the otherwise thick and meaty masterpiece. 1021 Seventh St. N.W., Washington, DC, 202-393-0200
Philippe's French dip is the best thing since sliced bread.
The city: Los Angeles
The sandwich: French dip
Despite a century-long debate over which City of Angels sandwich king was the true originator of the French dip, we have to hand it to Philippe the Original’s hot and steamy beef dip and its off-the-charts flavor factor. Get yours with Swiss, Philippe’s house-made hot mustard, and a little extra jus. 1001 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles, 213-628-3781
The city: Chicago
The sandwich: Italian beef
Forget deep-dish and ketchup-less hot dogs—every true Chicagoan knows that nothing’s more quintessentially Chicago than hot Italian beef, and no one does Italian beef better than Johnnie’s. The seemingly perpetual line out the door is part of the experience, so for what that juicy, spiced gravy-laden sandwich is worth, you might as well embrace all the pomp and circumstance. 7500 W. North Ave., Elmwood Park, IL, 708-452-6000
Chow down on Miami's best Cuban sandwich.
The city: Miami
The sandwich: The Cuban
Little Havana’s Versailles, a cult-favorite Cuban restaurant that’s been around for nearly half a decade, dishes out a quintessential Cuban with all the classic fixings: sweet ham, succulent roast pork, and Swiss on toasty, pressed Cuban bread laden with mustard and pickles. 3555 S.W. Eighth St., Miami, 305-444-0240
The city: Philadelphia
The sandwich: Philly cheesesteak
John’s Roast Pork’s James Beard Award-winning cheesesteak is about as authentic as they come. Between the delightfully seedy, crusty bread, fresh-cooked sliced ribeye, and melty provolone, we promise you won’t miss the Whiz. 14 Snyder E. Ave., Philadelphia, 215-463-1951
Dig your claws into Bostwick's lobster roll.
The city: The Hamptons, NY
The sandwich: Lobster roll
Head to Bostwick’s, a legendary ocean-side seafood haven in East Hampton, for a classic New England-style lobster roll. The bun-busting sandwich comes with six ounces of tender, fresh-caught lobster tossed with mayonnaise, celery, and parsley, microgreens for garnish, and a side of tangy coleslaw and potato chips. 277 Pantigo Rd., East Hampton, NY, 631-324-1111
The city: Las Vegas
The sandwich: Catfish sloppy joe
Undeniably Vegas’ most hyped-up sandwich, RM Seafood’s catfish sloppy joe hits all the right notes with light, perfectly flaky catfish sautéed with aromatic onions, bell peppers, paprika, and house-made barbecue sauce. The sliced pickles and potato chips are the veritable cherry on top. 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, 702-632-9300
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