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Feb 10, 2008 11:17 AM

Esquire's "Encyclopedia of Sandwiches"

The new Esquire just arrived and it has a great listing of sandwiches from coast to coast. Even better, they are encouraging readers to send in other worthy sandwiches.

I can already think of two:

Felafel at Max's Kosher Cafe, Wheaten MD. Not only is the felafel first-rate, the sandwich maker is an artist of the highest order, and his palette includes an amazing array of toppings..for the palate 8>D

Number 9 Pokket at D'Angelos, RI and SE Mass. For my money, the only thing to order at D'Angelos.

Hounds, I expect to see hundreds of nominations here! As well as well-reasoned quibbles with some of Esquire's choices.

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  1. I hadn't seen the article yet but I'm interested in the topic I love a good sandwich although I don't really eat a lot of them when in a restaurant or as a take out item because I am invariably let down by them. I usually opt for making my own sandwiches. However, for a favorite spot I go to Sugar Hill Subs, Mays Landing, NJ and get their reuben(which is my favorite sandwich of all time).

    1. Here's the link:

      Now start nominating great sandwiches!

      1. I think a lot of New Orleans hounds would quibble with the Ferdi's Special at Mother's.

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        1. re: monkeyrotica

          I kinda like the Ferdi, but if I was going to get just one po'boy in New Orleans, that would not be it.

        2. I'll give him the Chick-Fil-A, but McRib?!?!?!

          Nice to see North Cackalackie representing with Allen & Son BBQ, though!!!

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          1. re: cackalackie

            I was pleased to see Cleveland represented with several mentions, in particular Michael Symon having the #1 sandwich. but the not to be missed here IMO should include the Wake & Bacon at Melt (

            1. re: cackalackie

              I was astonished to see McRib on the list. What a disgusting piece of, well, I don't even know what it is! So now I have doubts about his credibility.

              1. re: danhole

                In fairness, there are some McRib lovers right here on Chowhound -- do a search on the Chains board.

                1. re: Bob W

                  I know that, and I am not one of them. I have read the threads about it.

                  1. re: danhole

                    Well, at least it's an attempt to name a number of better sandwiches around the U. S. Still, for Chicago: Johnny's on West North Avenue over Al's. In Carolina there is only one place for eastern Carolina Q and that is not at Allen and Son; rather it is the landmark, iconic Skylight Inn in Ayden. The best lobster roll is NOT in CT, rather it is in Maine at any of a half dozen places although Abbott's is quite good. I would also nominate Tony Luke's in Philly for roast pork with rabe (which was not mentioned, either). And the best cheesesteak is at the White House in Atlantic City... I also think the best banh mi is not in Seattle but rather in Falls Church, VA at the Eden Center. And isn't a double double at In-n-out a sandwich?

                    Still, he wrote the article first.

                    1. re: Joe H

                      Double Double at In-n-Out is a double cheeseburger, and a fine one at that. Also as far as best banh mi sandwich, it has to be at one of the many great restaurants in Garden Grove or Westminster, here in OC, Ca. It is the home of Little Saigon after all.

                      1. re: 1000steps

                        I would kill for a 4 X 4 as I type this! The 5,000 mile hamburger:

                      2. re: Joe H

                        Joe: the WaPo just did a good banh mi survey, and the little place in the interior of Eden Center -- the one-woman operation -- came out on top.

                        Also, there's a recent review of the Skylight Inn on, with a fabulous pic of their sandwich.

                        1. re: Bob W

                          Several years ago Southern Living actually called the Skylight Inn "the overall best bbq in the South." A remarkable statement but they did. I think it is the best pork bbq I've ever had with the Luling City Market in Luling, TX the best brisket.

                        2. re: Joe H

                          Abbott's is not even the best lobster roll in CT, let alone the in the United States. For one (of many great lobster rolls in CT) Cove Clam Shack in Mystic is far superior to Abbott's. Admittedly, Abbott's has a lovely location but the food is overrated. Agree with Joe, however, that the best lobster rolls are in Maine.

                          1. re: chowmensch

                            But isn't the Maine lobster roll a totally different animal than the CT lobster roll? Maine's cold and with mayo; CT's hot buttered bliss. Why even compare the two?

                2. the St Paul Sandwich at any inner-city chop suey house in urban St Louis. Egg Fu Yung on white breat with tomato and mayonnaise, and pure bliss at that.

                  In-And-Out is about 2 miles from my house...want me to FedEx you a 4x4?

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                  1. re: ejs1492

                    I'll pass on the In-and-Out, but can you FedEx me a St. Paul?