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Esquire's "Encyclopedia of Sandwiches"

  • Bob W Feb 10, 2008 11:17 AM

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: http://www.esquire.com/features/sandw...

      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 (www.meltbarandgrilled.com)

            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: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/292192

                      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 roadfood.com, 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?

                  2. Just thanking you for posting this. I live in SF, so I can get behind the Saigon Sandwiches mention, otherwise though, I think I'm just going to experiment in my kitchen with great bread and tasty middles - thanks for the inspiration.

                    1. Okay, so let me get this straight.

                      He puts the McRib and the Chick-Fil-A sandwich on there but no Philly Cheese Steak?? No Oyster Po' Boy from ______ in NOLA??
                      What's wrong with this picture??

                      One of the best sandwiches I ever had was at a small bar and grill in Sharpsburg, just outside of the Antietem National Battlefield Park. They had a bunch named after various Civil War Officers. I believe it was called the Stonewall Jackson but I'm not sure. Whatever it was it was fantastic.

                      DT

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                      1. re: Davwud

                        What goes in a Stonewall Jackson sandwich? I hope it wasn't his leg.

                        1. re: monkeyrotica

                          It was basically a spin off of the Cuban if I'm not mistaken. It was a while back and should've taken a picture.
                          I'd love to know the name of the place. It took forever for the food to arrive but when it did, it was top notch

                          DT

                          BTW, it was his arm that he lost.

                          1. re: Davwud

                            I wish you could remember the name of the place. I sometimes go tubing down Antietam creek in the summer and would be willing to give it a try.

                            I would TOTALLY try a Stonewall Jackson's Arm Cuban Sandwich.

                            1. re: monkeyrotica

                              Sharpsburg isn't a big town. I'm sure if you ask someone could point the place out to you.
                              It was a real dive. Very dingy inside if memory serves.
                              I did find a place with sandwiches named after colonels and such but it don't think it was the same one.

                              I'll try and do some more digging.

                              DT

                        2. re: Davwud

                          Davwud -- it's not meant to be comprehensive and they specifically ask for more nominations. New Orleans oyster po'boy: Casamento's? Acme?

                          I won't even get into the possible bad jokes about Civil War generals.

                          1. re: Bob W

                            I understand that but c'mon. McRib?? If you're talking about Iconic maybe but not nearly the best. What about the Big Mac then?? Or the Quarter Pounder??

                            I've never been to NOLA but here so much about oyster PB's so I make them at home and Mrs. Sippi, who has been there says they're excellent.

                            DT

                          2. re: Davwud

                            No beef on weck, either.

                          3. The Shrimpburger at El's Drive-In in Morehead City, NC...fried shrimp, cole slaw, tarter sauce...just a little Texas Pete hot sauce and its heaven on a bun!

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                            1. re: carolinadawg

                              Alright, Carolinadawg. Ever had a Cham at TJ's Deli? Fried whole chicken breast, sliced deli ham, melted provolone, mayo/lettuce'tomatoe on a deli bun.

                              Amazing. One of the best bites ever.