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What sandwich in your area isn't matched anywhere else?

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What sandwich is your hometown's claim to fame, or is one that you can't find as good anywhere else? Never mind if it's in the news or not, what's your home town's best?

Here I would say it's Pilot Butte Drive-In's burgers Pilot Butte Drive-In Restaurant or burritos from Los Jalapenos. I do miss a great hoagie from NJ, but this stuff is the best here and it's fabulous :D
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How about a great hoagie from Philadelphia?

Here in the Tampa/St. Pete area they do a Cuban sandwich which consists of: fresh cuban bread, yellow mustard, roast pork, ham, salami, swiss cheese and sliced pickle. You can have it pressed or cold.
post #3 of 26
Maid Rites, especially from Katie's in Waterloo, IA.

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Los Angeles area

Pink's (W. Hollywood) -- chili dogs
Langer's (MacArthur Park) -- best pastrami sandwich on the planet. Yes, better than anywhere in Chi or NY. Best meat. Best bread. Ordinary mustard.
Philippe's (Downtown. Prounounced Felipes for some reason) -- Home of the Original French Dip (and it is) -- for lamb dip. Tourist Beware. Philippe's mustard is seriously hot. No matter how hot you think it is, until you've tried it, it's hotter than you think. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED. Once you've tried it, "It's Hot, But Good."
Saigon Bakery (Alhambra) -- banh mi, especially their homemade head-cheese.
Gene's (Monrovia) -- Homemade sausage grinders, Friday only. Homemade milanesa grinders, Thursdays. Pastrami dip as good as The Hat's. A local gem. Everything else's good, too. Great fries.
The Hat (SGV) -- Pastrami dip. Okay, you have to understand that a pastrami dip is nothing like a pastrami sandwich. The quality of the pastrami is completely different. For whatever reason pastrami dips are a big thing in SoCal, especially in the SGV.
Apple Pan (WLA) -- hamburgers. Don't ask me why. There's nothing you can point at to say why they're the best other than that everything works in perfect harmony.
King Tacos (ELA) -- Tortas of various sorts. My favorites are lengua (tongue), asada (grilled beef), al pastor (marinated pork), and mollejas. A torta is a sandwich made with taco meat on a Mexican roll (bolillo). Of all the wonderful taco places in LA, I chose the King chain almost at random. They're very good, but there are others just as good.

It's a big town. I'm sure I forgot a few of my own favorites, and there are plenty I don't know about or underrated.

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post #5 of 26
Brats grilled and then soaked in beer & onions. This sure says "Wisconsin" to me!
post #6 of 26
Hoagie? must be from south of the REAL mason dixon line..which is 195 in NJ:D:D:D

I'm also in NJ but nothing beats a good porkroll egg and cheese on a hardroll.
post #7 of 26
Originally from Philadelphia..haven't had a real hoagie in years..or porkroll sandwich for that matter.
post #8 of 26
"Street meat" a.k.a. a grilled sausage on a bun... which was practically the only thing that was allowed to be served on these streets for the longest time and the peameal bacon sandwich (oddly enough something I found out just a few years ago when I was reading the paper... sounds sort of made up on the spot).
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post #9 of 26
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15 miles east of Philly :roll:
post #10 of 26
Louisville, KY: The Hot Brown. Not all that good really, but definitely a local specialty.
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here is a porkroll egg and cheese from one of the best diners in the world. You haven't lived until you've eaten at THIS jersey diner. (Mastoris)

post #13 of 26
Looks good. :lips:
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Cousins Subs, Need i say more......................
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post #15 of 26
Pinks??!?! You must have been out drunk at 2am.

Oh wait, that's the point isn't it? :D
post #16 of 26
I second the other Cheeseheads here on their nominations (Cousin's Subs and beer/onion simmered, grilled brat).

I haven't had one yet, but they tell me Solly's burgers are great. I like the ones from Culver's- crisp, caramelized outside and juice inside.

But in Kenosha, where I lived for 18 years, there are two great sandwiches: a burger from Ron's (I like the T. Hurst special- burger with ham and cheese and grilled onion) and a "bomber"- a hot meatball or sausage sandwich on a chewy bun (preferrably from Paielli's bakery) with all the trimmings. I prefer Tenuta's italian sausage on mine. Fortunately, Tenuta's is across the street from Ron's, so I can get both itches scratched on the same visit. :D
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post #17 of 26
Ah yes, I almost forgot about White Rose System (yes its a system) burgers...think white castle, but better.

you say..."but it's just a burger, not really signature" ...however....if you don't know....well....you just don't know.



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BTW these burgers are best eaten at about 7 or 8am...hot. (yes, they are 24 hours)
post #18 of 26

Cheese Steak

The Philly Cheese Steak is my towns. You won't find a better cheesesteak anywhere else.
post #19 of 26
I live in Fort Wayne IN. Two things come to my mind. A Hall's Big Buster, which is two very thin hamburgers triple-decker style with tarter sauce and shredded lettuce. May sound odd, but just awesome. Second is either the BBQ beef euro or Chicken Euro from King Euro's. Standard, but wonderful.
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That bun's crust is the first thing I noticed . . . ain't no McDonald's bun.
post #21 of 26
A sandwich from a cafe that is no longer around. It was called a Springfield and is a grilled sourdough sandwich with roast beef hunks, swiss cheese, thousand island dressing and sliced tomatoes. Grilled cheese on steroids :) butter the outside, swiss first on the inside, pile on the hot roast beef, thousand island, tomato, top with more swiss. made one the other day and a panini press makes it a lot easier than the way I used to make them!
post #22 of 26
Best sandwich; I'm with OregonYeti...the Pilot Butte burger(s) are out of this universe! When ya get a hankerin' for a good old' sloppy burger, you can't bet them. And..for a spell the old owners has burned out so they changes hour to close at 3pm (for about a year) but then there was a change in ownership and are back open for dinner! You could hear the cheers for miles. ;)
post #23 of 26

CheeseSteaks Indeed

The Philly Cheesesteak, which is really a steak sandwich if you want to get technical, is the unmatched sandwich. And the trouble that others have with re-creating it, is that they don't realize what the secret is. Thin sliced beef? No, that is pretty easy to come by. The right cheese? No, provolone is available everywhere (please, don't bring up Cheez Whiz). Cooked properly? No, it's pretty easy to get right. It's the bread. Those Amoroso rolls of Philly make all the difference.

Any other town you try to get a "Philly" cheesesteak in, and you'll get something on a glorified hot dog roll. Pathetic. It's all about the bread, and you can only get it right in Philly.

Oh yeah, and the next person who tries to sell me a "Philly" cheesesteak with lettuce and tomatoes on it will get punched in the throat.
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post #24 of 26
The sliced beef barbeque sandwich from Railhead Barbeque on Montgomery here in Fort Worth, TX is amazing! As is all of Railhead's food!

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Fresh salmon is kind of our signature in the Northwest, so I would have to say my vote for best local sandwich would be ---cold cedar grilled salmon on rye with cream cheese, capers, red onion, and a shake of dried dill. I always cook extra salmon so we can have these for lunch the next day.
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post #26 of 26
Being a former F.I.B. and part-time cheese head......:D I'd have to second the Cousin's subs. Outstanding!!!!!

Here in Virginia we get nothing close not even Jersey Mikes but the burgers from Five Guy's are mighty tasty, most of the Lowe's stores here have a Kiosk out fron that is Called Dominick's Of NY. The Hot Sausage with peppers and onions is one of the better sausages I've had in a long time and they do a decent Philly style sand too. Other than that there's not much in the way of sands that we've found. Although there are some most noteable ones in cities I have called home over the years.

Chicago area- Portillos Dog, Beef with hot peppers and the Beef/Sausage combo with the same. Mickey's dogs and Italian U-boat as well as a place that was in Villa Park (not sure anylonger) called Gyro Express. Then there was the all-famous Maxwell street polish sausage. Gawd I miss those. In Elmhurst Il Jack and Dave's Silverado had an outstanding Chicken BBQ as well as a Tenderloin Steak sand.

Atlanta had the Varsity for dogs, Atkins Park Tavern for an outstanding Rueben and the Dixie Tavern for one of the best Andouillie sausage Po'Boys I've ever tasted.

In New Orleans there was a little Italian Deli, just can't remember the name, up near the Market that had a Muffelatta that I have never been able to find an equal.

KC had Fiorella's Jack Stak and the Matin City Mayor- Burnt-ends piled high on a crisp French roll with their signature sauce and slaw.

Blufton SC (Between Beaufort and Hilton Head) had a place called Moss Creek Deli that any sand was to die for.

Avon NY had Tom Wahls and their Ground steaks, Beef on weck and Hots.
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