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Best Sandwich you ever had?

Chinese Roast Pork, golden brown on inside and red on the outside, placed on a grilled buttery toasted Garlic bread served with french fries in a bowl of brown gravey. I still dream of it and have never seen it again. I had it in high school at a shopping center in Queens.

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  1. Crab cake BLT at the Lake Las Vegas Ritz Carlton. Huge crab cakes with bacon, home-made mayo, really good buttery toast, and home made potato chips.

    Mmm... greasy....

    1. 1. Peanut butter and bacon on toasted wheat (at home)
      2. Roast Beef with everything at Primanti Brothers - Pittsburgh
      3. Crabmeat Salad Roll - Legal Seafood
      4. Fried Fish Sandwich - Wholey's Fish Market - Pittsburgh
      5. Fried Grouper sandwich - unknown place on St. Pete Beach - big as a house
      6. Spicy Chicken Daliah - The Bread Line - Washington DC - grilled chicken, fried platanos maduros, habanero peppers and peanuts
      7. Leiderkranz cheese with vidalia onion on Westphalian pumpernickel (at home)...(alone)
      8. Cream cheese and spanish olive on white - a classic
      9. The Five College Club - Carbur's - Amherst, MA
      10. A tie - Corned Beef on a Bulkie roll - The Bulkie Deli - Boston, MA (closed) and Corned Beef, tongue and swiss with Russian dressing on rye - Wolfie Cohen's Rascal House - Miami, FL

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      1. re: HSBSteveM

        STOP IT, HSBSteve! You're making me hungry, and I'm eating lunch!!!!!

        I can think of several:
        1. MediaNoche from the dearly departed Cafe Pamplona in Cambridge, MA
        2. Muffuletta from the Corner Grocery in NOLA
        3. Italian Sub from Salumeria Italiana in Boston
        4. Pastrami on Rye with cole slaw from Katz's in New York
        5. Rare roast beef on an onion roll from any good Jewish deli
        6. My own "Filet of Fish" sandwich
        7. Clam Roll (not sure where is best any more)
        8. Falafel Stuffer at Ibbys, Jersey City

        1. re: ChefJune

          ohhhh you just reminded me of our trip to Cocoa Beach a couple years ago....
          We were not successful finding a great restaurant for dinner only because it was before Chowhound, or could of asked. Anyway we ate at the pier almost daily because I was addicted to the mahi mahi sandwiches. Which I tried fried, broiled and deep fried. I loved the cajun one best and make it at home now. That is the first time I went on vacation and lost weight!!!

        2. re: HSBSteveM

          #8? just cream cheese with olive oil drizzled in between?

          1. re: alex8alot

            No, plain cream cheese with chopped spanish olives (with the pimientos) mixed in.

          2. re: HSBSteveM

            # 5 - MUST be Dockside Daves! Best (and largest) grouper sandwich ever. Even people shy around seafood fall in love. I know it is down past North Redington and Redington Beaches. We visit there whenever we can :)

          3. Potato, egg & cheese on a roll at Edie's Luncheonette in Little Silver, NJ (1983 - 1994). So easy to make, so hard to make EXACTLY RIGHT.

            One of those Mexican torta things with avocado, cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, jalapeno & mayo at the place next to Enterprise Rent-a-Car in Poughkeepsie, NY (2006). I might've just been really, really hungry that day.

            A grilled grouper sandwich somewhere in Panama City, FL (1987). I ate two of these in a row.

            Murray's scallion cream cheese, tomato, onion & nova lox on an everything bagel, New York, NY (1999 - 2003).

            1. Pastrami and chopped liver on seeded rye - so thick you wish you had a reticulated jaw like a snake - at countless jewish delis - Katz's, The Stage, Pumpernicks, New York Deli in Denver, Koch's in west Philly, etc...

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              1. re: Veggo

                I'm LOL at the "reticulated jaw" portion of this post - and also drooling remembering a certain hot pastrami on rye with sour pickles at the Carnegie Deli, NYC. And the salami at Katz's! Oh my.

                1. re: Veggo

                  what, no onion on that pastrami and chopped liver?

                2. 1) Bollito at Nerbone in the Mercato Centrale in Florence Italy. Get it bagnato(dipped in jus) with extra green and red sauces.

                  2) Muffalata at Central Grocery in New Orleans.

                  3) Chicken Schwarma with extra pickles, hot peppers and white sauce at a random food cart in Tel Aviv, Israel.

                  4) Juicy (fatty) hand cut pastrami on rye with mustard at Katz's Deli, NYC.

                  5) Beef and foie gras burger with lightly caramelized bell peppers at L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon, Las vegas.

                  6) Lobster Roll on the beach in Maine.

                  Wish I had more time, I could prolly fill a whole thread myself here ;o)

                  *edit - I live not far from Edie's and good call small h on the quality of their breakfast cooking in the old days *

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                  1. re: seal

                    Elaborate on that Bollito, please. What's the main attraction? I'm guessing slices of spiced, boiled meat, i.e. brisket, tongue?

                    1. re: HSBSteveM

                      It was definately boiled beef, and although it wasn't hugely spiced before it hit the roll, the combination of the two sauces and the jus made it the best.

                      There are quite a few threads on Nerbone and the bollito if you search the Italy board btw. Suffice it to say here that it was the best 5 euro I ever spent.

                    2. re: seal

                      Are you telling me that Edie's is no longer good? Because don't. Just don't.

                      1. re: small h

                        I won't say another word...

                        But if you are curious, check the Mid-Atlantic board and search for posts on Monmouth Co breakfast places. Also, in other local news, David Burke bought the Fromagerie and Burkified/killed it :(

                      2. re: seal

                        I've had that Bollito in the Mercato in Florence, and even better than the sandwich was the hunky guy who served them up... I have a photo of him making the Bollito, delicious

                      3. Maple turkey and cheddar on French bread with lettuce and honey mustard from a gas station outside of Charlottesville, VA. The shop is still there and the food is still very good, but the sandwiches aren't quite the sublime experiences they used to be. I'll still get one the second I hit town, of course.

                        1. Tuna salad on toasted whole wheat as made by my mother.
                          Egg salad on toasted white as made by same.
                          Love that lady :)

                          1. A bocadillo de pollo somewhere in Valencia, late at night. I am sure the overall atmosphere had much to do with it, but it totally hit the spot.

                            A dürüm döner at Hasir in Schöneberg, Berlin with garlic, yogurt & hot sauce. They've gone downhill since, unfortunately...

                            1. One time I over-nighted in a wasteland hotel somewhere near the SF airport on my way from Colombia to Asia. I got directions to hike over to something akin to a town. Took some walking along four-lane whizzers and bridges crossing freeways and the like--nothing set up for pedestrians. Found a small shop that sold food, booze, and...sandwiches. Chose one of the breads, one of the meats, one of the cheeses, and the fixins' ... Got a pint of Jim Beam. Hiked back to the hotel. Had the best sandwich of my life. Just can't remember what was in it. But the perfect combination of lots of thinly sliced meat (pastrami, smoked lamb...?), cheese (somehting sharp), very nice bread with good crust and crunch) plus lettuce (which?), onions, tomatoes, mustard, hot sauce.....

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                              1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                                Okay, Sam I know nothing can compare to the sandwich you (think) you had! But here's a good alternative when you are not accompanied by your friend Jim!
                                The Sweet Bird at Mike's Deli in the Arthur Avenue Indoor Market. It is a sandwich that skillfully blends the sweetness of honey roasted turkey with the rich green taste of pesto and the smoothness of fresh mozzarella (smoked is a menu option but not for me) and the chewy texture of sun dried tomatoes.

                                1. re: lucyis

                                  That sounds great!! Oh, and I do leave half-full pints in my room when I check out the next day--although, believe me, I know I might have a better recollection of exactly what was in that sandwich if it were not for Jim.

                                2. re: Sam Fujisaka

                                  Yikes! I know that area and you are very brave man Sam!
                                  Me? I certainly would of drank the JB FIRST, before ever making that trek.
                                  And I can't stand the stuff!!!

                                  1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                                    I can recall some of my best non-homemade sandwiches, but rarely the place I bought them from, especially faded memories in distant countries... bánh mìs in Vietnam, buttered baguettes with gorgeous cheeses in France, muffalettas in New Orleans, etc.

                                    I love most sandwiches, and it's hard to think of the best one. From upscale to a divey diner club sandwich, I think the time, place, and story behind the sandwich is more important than the bread and fillings.

                                    Not my favourite ever, but perhaps one of the most comforting: every couple months when I return to Japan, the first thing I grab to eat is a tonkatsu sandwich from a conbini at Narita. It makes me feel like I'm home, for some reason. I particularly liked the hound that said a warm tuna sandwich on a fishing trip with dad at age 9. That for me, or something like Sam's, is the best sandwich ever.

                                  2. Roast beef poor boy in New Orleans.

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                                    1. re: speyerer

                                      What about the "debris" @ Mother's (NOLA)?

                                      Kelly's Roast Beef (Natick, MA)
                                      brie baguette w/salami, pickles and dijon in Paris

                                    2. A spicy Vietnamese sandwich from Nicky's in Manhattan. Crisp, fresh, flavorful.

                                      A "Mr Hagaar" from The Friendly Toast in Portsmouth, NH. Cheddar, tomatoes, pickles, horseradish, mustard, on oatmeal bread. All grilled in butter. Mmm.

                                      1. Interesting question, I haven't considered this previously. First thing to come to mind is a shrimp sandwich that I learned how to make and surprised me (sauteed in butter, add Worchestershire, on toast with mayo). Next is a giant roast beef sandwich that my dad used to buy me as a kid. Next is a chicken salad sandwich my mom makes (with almonds and grapes) on toast. I also happen to like grilled cheese with ketchup, weirdly.

                                        1. An atún con maiz (tuna with corn) sandwich at "Rodilla" - a sandwich shop in Madrid.

                                          A melty cuban sandwich at a Latin deli somewhere in Danbury, CT. (Forget the name of the place!)

                                          Turkey sub at Aunt Cookie's Subshop in Geneseo, NY at SUNY Geneseo(30 min south of Rochester) - always amazing. Toasted bread, oil & vinegar, shredded lettuce, tomato, mayo - sounds so simple, and I've tried to duplicate it, by my subs don't come anywhere near as delicious as Aunt Cookie's. It's the first place I go when I'm visiting my alma mater! :o)

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                                          1. re: Sra. Swanky

                                            Alma mater! You totally triggered it for me. Chicken sandwich at EBAs in Hanover, NH. Breaded fried chicken fillet w/tomato and mayo on a portuguese muffin, the world's best tasting ever bread-like substance. It's a large, sweet-ish version of an english muffin.

                                            1. re: sasha1

                                              Aren't our old college eats the best?! Your UNH sandwich sounds like it's definitely worth the trip too!

                                              1. re: Sra. Swanky

                                                It was the bread that totally put it over the top, too. Maybe 5 years after I graduated, I called up the restaurant - it's a pizza place - and asked them for their muffin source. It was a bakery in Fall River Mass. When I called them, they said they could ship - minimum of 6 dozen. I turned it down. Not enough freezer room at that point in my life. If you're ever in the Hanover/Dartmouth Coll area - try EBA's - (Everything But Anchovies).

                                          2. Shrimp po'boy outside of New Orleans. We hired a guide to do a canoe swamp tour. He had a favorite shack he was all excited about getting the sandwiches at and they were closed. Ended up getting them from a gas station, but after paddling for quite a while, tipping over and walking thru muck with heaven knows what slithering around in it, my dressed shrimp poor boy was heaven as we drifted among the mangroves and cypress.

                                            1. Roast beef poboy or fried shrimp from Parasol in New Orleans. Same with Parkway in N.O.

                                              Lobster roll from Bill's in Westbrook, Connecticut. I wonder if they are as good as I think or is it just that I've never had lobster rolls from any other restaurant to compare?

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                                              1. re: mrsfury

                                                Grilled Mahi Mahi sandwich at FISH in Sausalito, with fried green tomatoes and spicy remoulade on the side. Their Vietnamese Salmon Sandwich isn't far off, either.

                                              2. Got three candidates:

                                                1 - Roast beef poboy at Mother's in New Orleans (wonder if they're still there?). You must order with "debris" for the full effect.

                                                2 - Veal sandwich at Cammiso Bros. & Racco bakery in Toronto; this is an Italian bakery, and they serve a wonderful veal sandwich with a very zesty tomato sauce, with mushrooms, peppers, and onions. Yum!

                                                3 - It's gone now, but Mother's Subs in downtown Toronto made a great veal sub, covered in mozzarella, and with a fantastic crusty roll - not like the soft, squishy stuff you get at Subway or Quizno's. Wish they were still around.

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                                                1. re: KevinB

                                                  Mother's was still there as of this past October. I find it kind of stressful. The ordering system seems very haphazard & I'm afraid someone will steal my food.

                                                  1. re: KevinB

                                                    Mother's is still there. If you want a good poboy do yourself a favor and try some other places next time you're here.

                                                    1. re: mrsfury

                                                      You know, I've been all over the world, and I still remember that sandwich at Mother's. I also remember the muffaletta from Central. But if you have suggestions as to where I might find a better poboy, I'm all ears!

                                                        1. re: KevinB

                                                          My personal favorite places are the two I mentioned above, Parkway and Parasol. Liuzza's By The Track has good bbq shrimp poboys and a roast beef with horseradish mayo that is very good. You can get a good poboy at so many places.




                                                    2. My mom special red meat for a Vietnamese sandwich. But a close favorite would be the grilled chicken from another Vietnamese shop. Just discover this small diner in the town I live in, a great egg salad sandwich.

                                                      To KevinB- Mother's still exist in New Orleans from the last I heard but I have never been there.

                                                      1. Got this somewhere in NYC when I worked there - sliced fresh turkey (not deli turkey) and Brie with Russian dressing on this incredible pumperknickel bread. OMG

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                                                        1. re: mrsbuffer

                                                          Reminds me a bit of a sandwich I very much enjoyed in DC int the 70s (at a place called Booeymongers) a "Patty Hearst": sliced turkey, bacon, Russian dressing, and melted swiss, on a toasted english muffin. Oh, so good.

                                                        2. ok

                                                          Cuban Sandwich-The Columbia- St. Armands Key, FL
                                                          Blackened grouper-Salty Dog-Longboat Key, FL
                                                          Fully dressed oyster po' boy-Domilise's-New Orleans
                                                          Roast Beef Po' Boy(my first and only so far)-Vic and Natly's(sp?)-Covington LA
                                                          Pork Sandwich-DiNics-Philadelphia(thanks again Philly Chowhounds)
                                                          Half a ham and provolone-Milanos-Dayton, Ohio(hometown fave)

                                                          Here on NoVa-Chutzpah Deli, the special. Can't seem to make it to Breadline when it is open but it's on The List.. Does a gyro at Skorpios in Vienna, VA count?

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                                                          1. re: rHairing

                                                            The Roast Pork Sandwich with provolone and greens from DiNics as an incredible sandwich. Probably better than any cheesesteak I ever ate in Philly.

                                                            Among all the other great things at the Reading Terminal Market, that sammy sticks out.

                                                          2. Italian combo or roast beef and provolone at V & S Deli in Boca Raton. The bread is just right and they slice that RB right onto the bread(good, moist and red)and lately Lulu B's Vietnamese sandwhiches in Austin Tx. A good Rachel at Toojays in SFlorida. They slice the pastrami thin and roll it up on the bread.

                                                            1. the best sandwich ever was a slab of seared garlicky pork loin on fresh bread that had been griddled in the pork juices, with an ice cold beer, eaten in the afternoon sun on a desolate patio in toledo, spain. a close runner up was the sandwich we made and snuck out of the hotel's continental breakfast, of more pork loin, sliced, with fresh tomato and garlic oil, on more delicious bread, enjoyed alongside the other. the spanish bread was crispy outside, like a baguette, but fluffy and softer inside rather than lean and airy. we had made a second sandwich for the next day's plane ride - the british airways food was miserable - and it got LEFT BEHIND when we switched planes. i still haven't forgiven my bf for that one.

                                                              1. Sirloin tips sandwich at The Fours in Quincy, MA. Must've had that one about 80 times in the two years I lived up there.

                                                                Chased down with a Harpoon IPA on tap, of course.

                                                                1. The best sandwich I have ever had is the #7 at the Eastside Italian Market and Deli on Alpine street just west of Chinatown, Los Angeles. It consists of an italian roll hot roast beef and pastrami with provoline cheese, cooked peppers all in a special maranara sauce, if you ever get a chance try one of these. Anytime you see a place that is jammed with city workers at lunchtime you know it is good.,


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                                                                  1. re: malibumike

                                                                    Been there, done that. Excellent. How about the beef dip at Phillipps (not sure about that spelling) I'm sitting in the cold in Coeur d'Alene dreamin about those sandwiches.

                                                                    1. re: grumpyoldman

                                                                      See my post below. My dad was the head cook there (its Phillippe's The Original)... and he did a special version for me, friends & VIPs. Basically, for the mainstream product they use the cheapest rolls from Frisco Bakery... but they always get an extra carton of a finer roll for VIPs (the Police Chief, Mayor, Celebrities, friends of the Owners etc.,)... then my dad would make a version of Au Jus that was less salty... and serve me a bowl of that for dipping the triple meat sandwich turning it into a Sandwich soup... it was really, really good.

                                                                      1. re: Eat_Nopal

                                                                        French Dip w/blue cheese (not a VIP)

                                                                  2. The Reuben at Zingerman's Deli in Ann Arbor, MI with two sour pickles and a can of Vernor's.

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                                                                    1. re: heathermb

                                                                      Mmm, Zingerman's. I grew up 5 minutes from there, and while I don't loooove everything there, I do miss their Reuben! Do we have anything comparable in Boston?

                                                                      1. re: Prav

                                                                        Not really. I've resorted to mail order on a few desperate occasions. Closest would be the Reuben at Mike's in Coolidge Corner, but it is steamed, not grilled. My plan is to make one at home one of these days with the best rye bread i can find, fillings from mike's and homemade russian dressing - cooked on my fancy-schmancy sandwich press.

                                                                        I would suggest you try the Reuben at Pop's in the SE - only served at lunch and on Monday nights - it's a good sandwich, but no Zingermans.

                                                                      2. re: heathermb

                                                                        Oh, I used to live in Windsor, and work in Detroit. I lived across from the famed Essex golf course, and my friends would occasionally take me out there. They served a drink there that was half chocolate milk and half Vernors. It was really delicious! I'm diabetic now, so it's out of bounds, but it was really great!

                                                                        1. re: heathermb

                                                                          I'm with you on this one. I'm mostly a veggie, but once a year I need a Zingerman's Reuben. It's un-godly expensive, but good.

                                                                          1. re: nliedel

                                                                            People think I'm nuts when I tell them I have a sandwich coming by FedEx (actually the fixings for 4 VERY large sandwiches). Then I invite them over and make it for them and they see the light.

                                                                        2. Grouper Po' Boy at the Pelican Pub, Dauphin Island, Alabama. Absolutely incredible.

                                                                          I also really like my pastrami and cheese (old white cheddar) on sourdough with pickles, thinly sliced sweet onions and spicy mustard, grilled panini style that I make at home.


                                                                          1. A chicken club brought to me by room service in a high-end English countryside manor-style hotel. Fresh crusty bread, sublime fresh-roasted chicken, good English bacon (much meatier than ours, kind of a cross between American-style and Canadian bacon), crisp lettuce and a touch of mayo. That was nearly ten years ago and I can't get it out of my mind!

                                                                            1. 1a) Italian Beef Sandwich with hot peppers - Johnnies - Elmwood Park, IL.

                                                                              1b) Philly Steak with sweet and hot peppers - Dontis' Del - Naperville, IL.(closed)

                                                                              1c) Rueben Sandwich - Manny's Deli - Chicago, IL.

                                                                              2a) Italian Sub - Augustino's - Carol Stream, IL.

                                                                              2b) American Sub Augustino's - Carol Stream, IL.

                                                                              3) Breaded Pork Tenderloin Sandwich - Carretto's Bar and Bowling - Ottawa, IL.

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                                                                              1. re: swsidejim

                                                                                Wow, Jim! We gotta get over to IL and soon!! :)

                                                                                1. re: Sra. Swanky

                                                                                  kind of lucky, Chicago is kind of a big melting pot, decent traditional deli's, italian & polish meat markets, as well as some sandwiches from other areas like the Pork Tenderloin, and the Philly Steak(although sadly Donti's went out of business). The Italina Beef, or the Beef and Sausage Combo is my all time favorite.

                                                                              2. A Doner Kabob from a shop in Barcelona - my friend and I were invited to a guy's house (he was making dinner). We showed up @8 hungry - @ 11, dinner was not ready so we slipped out (under the guise of making a beer run), starving, and went to the corner Kabob place and shared the sandwich walking back to his place - sooo messy, soooooo good!!!

                                                                                1. This is a very hard thread to post to, why? there is not one sandwich on this list that jfood can buy in his neighborhood.

                                                                                  The NJ Sloppy Joe - Goodman's (Elizabeth), Kartzman's (Union) Tabatchnicks (Livingston)
                                                                                  Pastrami Sandwich - Katz
                                                                                  Woody Allen - Carnegie Deli
                                                                                  Muffaletta - Central Grocery (NOLA)
                                                                                  Hamburgers - Don's (Livingston NJ); Camellia Grill (NOLA)
                                                                                  Hot Dogs - CT Version - Super Duper Weenie; Swanky's; NJ Version - Don's, Tommy's (Elizabeth)
                                                                                  College - Blimpies Tuna Salad with Sweet Peppers or a Patty Hearst from Booeymongers

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                                                                                  1. re: jfood

                                                                                    jfood, I'll give you one you can drive to this summer. Ever been to Leno's Clam Bar on Shore Rd. in New Rochelle (a.k.a. Greasy Nick's)? Awesome fried fish sandwich. Even more awesome burgers. I loved the burgers with grilled onion more than the fish, but the fish is pretty darned good. I don't know what kind of beer they have now, but in its heyday in the mid-late 80s they had cans of Knick Natty and Piels. Last time I was there a few years ago they still had Hoffman sodas. Just watch out for the pigeons.


                                                                                    1. re: Panini Guy

                                                                                      OK love the photo of the burger. It reminds jfood of a clam shack in Dennis Mass.

                                                                                        1. re: jfood

                                                                                          jfood and Panini Guy -

                                                                                          Swanky's as in Swanky Franks? Oh man, I grew up in Norwalk (CT) and after my basketball and softball games my mom and dad used to take me there......excellent skin-on fries which I dipped in Tartar Sauce, and the dogs were to die for. Later on after college I moved into New Rochelle and greasy Nick's was right down the road from me, I moved to Naples, FL in late '04, but before then the burgers, fries, and even their fried clams used to totally rock! I can't speak for the present, but a couple years ago they had great beer and excellent greasy cheeseburgers and grilled onions....if you're still in the area, definitely give it a try....


                                                                                      1. re: jfood

                                                                                        OMG, Kartzman's in Union was wonderful!! to bad they closed so many years ago.

                                                                                        1. re: Barbarella

                                                                                          Yeah, so many years ago, but look at jfood's list, Kartzman, Tabatchniks, Don's all closed. Our poor children will not understand half of what a great sandwich really is. QuizNo's? blech

                                                                                          1. re: jfood

                                                                                            I was so wanting Don's to still be open??? I graduated LHS in '64 and wanted to bring my daughter there this July.

                                                                                                  1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                    gotta be from the milburn deli, for my money

                                                                                        2. re: jfood

                                                                                          Hey another Patty Hearst fan! I also went to school in Hillside NJ around 1970, but as a kid didn't get to the places you mention (lived in Plainfield), all I remember is the White Castle.

                                                                                        3. The fried eggplant sandwich from Mustachio at the St. Lawrence market in Toronto, you can also have it with veal parmesan

                                                                                          1. This is jake's fave:
                                                                                            sauteed lemon pepper chicken breast (pounded flat/thin) then coated with extra spicy bbq sauce
                                                                                            applewood bacon, crispy
                                                                                            ny sharp cheddar
                                                                                            red leaf lettuce
                                                                                            garden tomato
                                                                                            philly cream cheese
                                                                                            on garlic texas toast

                                                                                            mine is:

                                                                                            fontina, tillamook cheddar, crispy bacon, brown sugar pecan mustard toasted on rye.


                                                                                            1. The Veggie Special at the Herring Choker Deli in Nyanza, Cape Breton. I don't know what made it taste so very good -- maybe the home-made whole wheat bread or the thin slices of onion, but after a hard week's work and a lot of french fries on the road it was heaven! I had it for the first time almost 25 years ago, and the last time I stopped there it was just as good!

                                                                                              1. Combo with Turkey and swiss (russian dressing and cole slaw) at the Hideaway in Ocean, NJ.
                                                                                                Fig and marscapone pannini at Home Grown in Newark, De.

                                                                                                Wish I was headed to one place now!!!

                                                                                                1. I've had to narrow my list down a bit to get it to fit!

                                                                                                  1) Old Time Deli (RIP)- the club sandwich there was food for the God's! Made with pastrami and corned beef, and so thick that no one could take a full bite- you would have to take a bite from the upper half, then one from the lower part, then one out of the middle...

                                                                                                  2) Muffalettas and poboys from some place in New Orleans that is no longer there- I can't remember the name, but it was back in the '70's, they were near Cafe DuMond, and would have the meats cooking in the front window. Another RIP...

                                                                                                  3) Lil Ray's, Gulport, MS- hands down best shrimp poboy on the planet. Always cooked to order, always uses regular shrimp instead of those popcorn things, always perfectly fried, and always uses great bread from New Orleans. Still on limited hours because of Katrina...

                                                                                                  4) Chan's- Pensacola Beach, FL- Grouper Club sandwich- yes I know this is a tourist place, but in this case it doesn't matter- even tourist places can do something right on occasion, and this place really hit the mark with this....

                                                                                                  1. Finding a good sandwhich is always one of life's greatest conquest. I look for them in the most unusual places.

                                                                                                    The cafeteria at UMASS Medical Hosptial has a great deli bar. My favorite combo, (and that's the trick to a good sandwhich, the right combo)
                                                                                                    Soft Bulki Roll
                                                                                                    Rare Roast Beef
                                                                                                    6 strips of crispy bacon
                                                                                                    hoseradish sauce (creamy with very mild horsereadish flavor)
                                                                                                    fresh tomato slices
                                                                                                    and mayo
                                                                                                    It really is a great sandwhich and I'm sure can be recreated at home.

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                                                                                                    1. re: othervoice

                                                                                                      After hockey one day a bunch of us went for some wings, etc. One of the guys ended up ordering a sandwich and remarked, "Sometimes there's nothing like a good sandwich." To which I replied, "Always there's nothing like a good sandwich."
                                                                                                      It's all about the bread. It doesn't matter what the filling is, without the right platform it's not gonna be good.


                                                                                                    2. The Susie Sorority from Sausage Deli in Tucson, AZ. (Turkey, Havarti, Lettuce, Tomato & Sprouts on \Whole Wheat with Mayo) They used the softest, tastiest whole wheat bread. With Saguaro potato chips on the side.

                                                                                                      I haven't been back to Tucson in years, and my friends and I often wonder -- was it really good or was it just the nostalgia? I almost don't want it after all these years since I don't want to ruin the memories!

                                                                                                      1. Lobster club at Postrio in S.F.
                                                                                                        #19 at Langer's in L.A.

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                                                                                                          1. re: BobB

                                                                                                            #19 - PASTRAMI, SWISS CHEESE and COLE SLAW Russian Style Dressing $12.25


                                                                                                        1. My favorite is also a roast pork sandwich. I had it street-cart style at the trial run of Amsterdam Public. Mario Batali's crew brought a whole roasted pig, sliced it fresh on the spot, and served it on a soft, chewy, seasoned roll with salsa verde. It was so simple and so yummy. I can still remember the flavors like it was yesterday!

                                                                                                          1. I've got a couple.

                                                                                                            1) I wish for the life of me that I could remember the name of the place, but it was a chicken rotisserie in Paris, that was one of the few options for late-night dining in the late 1980s. The sandwich consisted of roast chicken on a bagette with mayo, dijon mustard, capers and lettuce. Ridiculously simple, and amazingly delcious! It's still one of my favorite sandwich combinations, although I don't think I've ever had one as good anywhere else.

                                                                                                            2) Following the Paris experience, I searched far and wide for a like roast chicken sandwhich in NYC, and found one that came close at a place called Pamela's, which was on 4th Street just west of Broadway in the late 1980s/early 1990s.

                                                                                                            3) Lobster Roll at a roadside stand in Kennebunk, Maine (mid-1990s). Don't remember the name of the place, but it was delicious!

                                                                                                            4) Late-night gyros and souvlaki from street stands on Mykonos (1989, 1998).

                                                                                                            1. Lobster Club in Montreal, in a restaurant that was on a lower level, somewhere near Alcan House on the south side of Sherbrooke.The restaurant closed in the late 90s

                                                                                                              Lobster roll at Baxter's in Hyannisport

                                                                                                              1. Carnegie Deli NY- Pastromi Rueben

                                                                                                                1. A Crabmelt at the Stone Coast Brewery in Portland ME. Crabmeat mixed with mayonnaise and swiss cheese toasted on homemade sourdough bread. Served with a sour pickle and cole slaw and light beer made on the premises.

                                                                                                                  1. #1 - In Nantucket, at a sandwich shop near where the ferry docks, I had a great rare roast beef, jack cheese, red onion marmalade and horseradish on a bagette that I still remember more than 20 years later.

                                                                                                                    #2 - the chopped liver, pastrami, rye bread mess at some jewish deli in NY - it's so good!!!

                                                                                                                    #3 - grilled sharp cheddar with bacon and tomato on sourdough - at Lime Rickeys in Toronto maybe 15 years ago - it was just perfect.

                                                                                                                    #4 - the chicken salad club sandwich at Sobles in Richmond VA - had bacon, was on rye bread - I've never had anything as good since. I really miss Sobles too - they were the burger I measured all burgers against for a long time....

                                                                                                                    1. So many great sandwiches around.... some memorable ones in no particular order:

                                                                                                                      > Al Pastor Cemita... Cholula, Puebla (A Cemita is a Torta made with a slightly sweet, Lebanese sesame seed bun)... a mountain of memorable vertically roasted, achiote marinated Pork, Onions & Pineapple... black bean spread, goat milk fresco & fresh Papalo herb.

                                                                                                                      > Pork Banh Mi from a truck sitting outside a Vietnamese mall in L.A.'s Chinatown... god the blend of Star Anise, raw Jalapenos & asian Basil with the smokey charred pork.

                                                                                                                      > Lamb French Dip from Phillippe's The Original... specially prepared by my dad who was the head cook there (in charge of baking the Lamb legs, the Au Jus & the other major proteins)

                                                                                                                      > Torta Gringa... stall at the La Loma Tlanemex wednessday night farmer's market... basically a spicy version of Philly Cheesteak with better ingredients...

                                                                                                                      1. Corned beef from the Artichoke in Wichita.

                                                                                                                        And then there's the Monte Cristo. I've only had it the one time, from a little place not far from here, so I don't know if it's the best one ever, or if any other ones are anything like this one. But OMG.

                                                                                                                        1. I guess it would be a BLT. It's gotta be made right, though...
                                                                                                                          1. Soft chewy apple cured bacon.
                                                                                                                          2. Bradley tomatoes (Greatest tomato I ever ate. Bradley county is in Ark., btw. The skins are so thin that they're only available within a 50 mile radius or less of Dermott, Ark., unfortunately.)
                                                                                                                          3. Crisp lettuce
                                                                                                                          4. Lots of Miracle Whip
                                                                                                                          5. Slightly toasted hamburger bun
                                                                                                                          6. MacDonald's french fries

                                                                                                                          Enjoy it your way!

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                                                                                                                          1. re: thegrindre

                                                                                                                            Sounds great, but I'd personally substitute the Miracle Whip for Hellman's Mayo (Hellman's in Canada, I think it's Best Foods in the US). I never really understood the Miracle Whip - it's far too sweet for my liking. God knows I'm addicted to mayo, though.

                                                                                                                          2. It's called "Joy's Special." It's on the menu at the "House Without A Key" restaurant at the Halekulani Hotel in Hawaii. The recipe is a closely guarded trade secret, apparently. People come from all over for that sandwich. It's the most delicious crab salad you've ever had -- with applewood smoked bacon and avocado -- served on soft whole weat bread, with the crusts cut off.

                                                                                                                            1. Fried shark in between a johnny bake with achar and hot pepper sauce on Maracas Beach, Trinidad WI

                                                                                                                              1. Tomatoes and fresh mozarella with basil on some kind of wonderful fresh bread from a little deli in Monteriggione, in Tuscany, after hiking there from San Gimigniano on a warm summer's day.

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                                                                                                                                1. re: Judith

                                                                                                                                  Um, yes! Take me there next time you go, please....?

                                                                                                                                2. The best sandwich I've ever had was strangely found at an airport (LAX). It was turkey, brie and slices of green apple on a baguette, grilled panini-style. So, so good.

                                                                                                                                  1. Roast Turkey at the Calico Cupboard in Mt. Vernon, Washington. It has
                                                                                                                                    roast turkey (real breast cut up; no processed crap)
                                                                                                                                    red onion
                                                                                                                                    cream cheese
                                                                                                                                    cranberry sauce
                                                                                                                                    All on their fresh baked bread. I think it's toasted.

                                                                                                                                    I've only had it twice, latest in Aug 2007, and before that about ten years ago. I dreamt of it many times in that decade.

                                                                                                                                    And though it isn't a 'sandwich,' I had a falafel in Paris in Le Marais that was phenomenal. That is definitely something I dream about.

                                                                                                                                    Other than that, theres the local Naanwich. The take fresh naan (they bake it then make your naanwich) and top it with Indian-inspired filling, like Butter Chicken or Beef with ginger. My favourite is garbanzo bean curry. They cook the filling on a flat-top, then add toppings (lettuce, pickles, red cabbage, bell peppers, cheese are some) and sauce (raita, yogurt, mango chutney, tamarind chutney, creen chile hot sauce). They roll it up and ta-da! It's a naanwich! It's like fast food, but it's fresh. They do all the veg prep themselves. I love them.

                                                                                                                                    1. The French sandwich at the takeout counter at Lucky Seafood, a Vietnamese market in Mira Mesa (San Diego). I’m not exactly sure just what was inside, but between the crispy toasted slices of French roll were delicate slices of meat and pate, sweet vinegared vegetables—shredded carrots, cucumbers, maybe jicama), sprigs of cilantro and slices of jalapeño. In one bite, you get cool and hot, sweet and tangy, and a quick punch of fire from the pepper slices. Quite simply, it’s one of the best sandwiches I’ve ever eaten.

                                                                                                                                      1. In the day before continuous I-95 travel between NY and FL (I know I know, I'm old :-) we used to drive down every year to visit relatives.

                                                                                                                                        My grandmother would always make two "for the trip" sandwiches, scrambled egg and chicken, both on untoasted white bread.

                                                                                                                                        They usually got us six (Dad&Mom, Granddad&Mom, Bro and me) through the first day of travel. The trip took about two days of pretty much straight through driving if I remember correctly. After the sandwiches, we basically drove through the next day or so with maybe a stop here and there for some fried chicken or simple breakfast food. No chains around to choose from, thankfully, I now realize.

                                                                                                                                        But honestly, after the sandwiches, I really do not recall anything standing out. In retrospect, it is too bad Chowhound wasn't around back then! But how could it be? Al Gore hadn't invented the Internet yet!

                                                                                                                                        Now back to those sandwiches. We would have the egg ones for lunch and they where as fluffy and moist (in a good way if you know what I mean) as any I have had. Their only drawback being the need to roll down all windows about half hour or so after consuming cause of the "exhaust" (we kids loved the fresh air LOL, and who the heck cares about hairdos in a time of crisis anyways?).

                                                                                                                                        The chicken ones where equally delicious and would be eaten for an early dinner, before the sun went down (we called it supper back in the day). The chicken was simply baked with s&p and torn into pieces. Perhaps it was because of my gramdmom's love in making them, but they also tasted "sweet" and were perfectly juicy with the whitebread soaking some of the goodness up (no mayo needed and I am guessing it would have spoiled in any case).

                                                                                                                                        We would have these same sandwiches every trip for 5 or so straight years and never tired of them. Then my grandparents moved to FL and we started to fly to visit them and the relatives. Looking back, this was probably a good idea since I do not think Mom could have duplicated Grandmom's sandwiches.

                                                                                                                                        Anyways, perhaps it was the "thrill of the road" or more likely the sharing and closeness of our family (6 in a Chevy Impala on a 48 hour drive through trip breeds a lot of that :-), but those simple sandwiches will always standout as the "best" I will ever have.

                                                                                                                                        Then again, I am also partial to a pastrami on rye from Carnegie or Katz too!

                                                                                                                                        1. Wow, so many great ideas for new sandwiches! The first one that came to mind was found at a drug store counter cafe in El Centro, CA. The lady who ran it (Emma) made handmade pies on Wednesdays and Saturdays and there was a delicious sandwich she prepared made with Pimento Cheese (made from scratch right in front of your eyes), roasted chicken that she shredded in front of you and put on the sandwich on Wheat Toast. She could make that sandwich in under two minutes - it was fun to watch the show and it built up the anticipation for me since I knew every bite would be divine. Emma is no longer with us but the memory of those delicious pies and sandwiches live on in the minds of many...

                                                                                                                                          1. Sandwich story #2: I stated working in Vietnam in the mid-80s before the country really opened up. I quickly loved all Vietnmese food, including sidewalk pho for breakfast and banh mi anytime from the street, highway, and ferry stop glass box on legs stands. My Vietnamese colleagues looked down on banh mi so I often ended up having one alone while making crossings in the Mekond Delta...only to "have to" eat again with the group at a sit down meal a bit later. Both the banh mi and the restaurant food would be delicious!

                                                                                                                                            The fresh baguettes, the fresh pate, the fresh tomato and cucumber, the hot red chili slices!! So cheap, so good, so Vietnamese.

                                                                                                                                            1. One of many...the Euell Gibbons at Mississippi's on Com. Ave just down from Kenmore Square in Boston.....grilled asparagus on buttered wheat with sprouts and swiss, grilled. Back in the Early 80's
                                                                                                                                              Shawarma's (gyro) in Khobar, Saudi Arabia....in the late 60's/70's.

                                                                                                                                              1. In no particular order:
                                                                                                                                                1. tinned sardines, sliced shallots, sliced tomatoes on a hard shell roll in the market in Kumasi, Ghana
                                                                                                                                                2.grilled lamb with onions and tzadtziki on pita at a walk up in Istanbul
                                                                                                                                                3. Mufaletta from Central gro.
                                                                                                                                                4. Oyster Po'boy from DomElise's
                                                                                                                                                5.Lobster roll from a beach shack south of Kennebunk, ME.
                                                                                                                                                6.Sausage, peppers and scrambled eggs on Italian bread at the little deli across from the Jr. H.S. in Eastchester, NY(I can't believe I can't remember the name of the place, I ate there 2-3 days a week for 3 years)
                                                                                                                                                7.My Thanksgiving evening leftover regular; smoked turkey, cranberry relish, bacon lettuce, mayo, horsradish on toasteed egg bread
                                                                                                                                                8.Pastrami on rye at Katz's
                                                                                                                                                9. Fried pork tenderloin sandwich at Oberle cafe in Ste. Genevieve, MO(now gone)
                                                                                                                                                10. Prime Rib sandwich at the Ecco Lounge Jefferson City, Mo(a 10 oz. slice of prime rib on whole wheat with lettuce aqnd tomato with horsradish and mayo)
                                                                                                                                                11. the Reuben at Oaklawn Racetrack, Hot Springs(from before they changed to the pumpernickel kaiser roll, and just used pumpernickel toast)

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                                                                                                                                                1. re: chazzerking

                                                                                                                                                  6. Giovanni's? I used to sneak over there during track meets.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: DamnAvocado

                                                                                                                                                    That doesn't sound right. I'm talking about between '65 and '68. I 'm wanting to say it was maybe "Fay's Deli", but I'm just not sure. Besides the sausage and peppers and egg, the meatball wedges were pretty great too.

                                                                                                                                                2. A few come to mind:

                                                                                                                                                  1. Scrambled eggs, fried peppers, and provolone on a fresh hard roll
                                                                                                                                                  2. Veal Parm at Bob's in Medford, MA
                                                                                                                                                  3. Italian "Sanducci" in Schenectady, NY (The size of a football)
                                                                                                                                                  4. Fresh fresh roasted beef or turkey at Gershon's in Schenectady, NY
                                                                                                                                                  5. Bob and Ron's Fish Fry
                                                                                                                                                  6. Clam Roll at The Friendly Fisherman in Cap Cod
                                                                                                                                                  7. Fresh baked baguette with a tomato picked in the backyard in August, a little mayo and salt / pepper
                                                                                                                                                  8. Corn meal crusted Wellfleet Oysters, creme fraiche, and a couple slices of Oscar's Smokehouse bacon
                                                                                                                                                  9. A burger at some joint near Utica, NY. Perfection on a roll.
                                                                                                                                                  10. My own slow mesquite smoked pulled pork sandwich (with coleslaw of course).

                                                                                                                                                  I will make it to Katz's soon and one of the above is sure to get bumped...........

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                                                                                                                                                  1. re: TonyO

                                                                                                                                                    Your number seven is my number one! There's something magical in the combination of fresh tomato, mayo, and good bread that elevates such a simple sandwich to the sublime.

                                                                                                                                                    Instead of Katz's, try to make it to Schwartz's, in Montreal, and try their smoked meat sandwich, medium fat. Heaven on earth.


                                                                                                                                                    1. re: redearth

                                                                                                                                                      Tomato sandwiches are the best. Period. Good white bread, Hellman's mayo, tomatoes just picked from your own garden, salt, and fresh-ground pepper.

                                                                                                                                                      Done. Take it to the bank and deposit it, cuz it's gold. Best sandwich ever, end of discussion.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: uptown jimmy

                                                                                                                                                        uptown jimmy, we must be related. I can't wait 'til August. I'm growing all kinds of tomatoes in my garden this year. Oh, the sandwiches I'm gonna have!

                                                                                                                                                    2. re: TonyO

                                                                                                                                                      8. Corn meal crusted Wellfleet Oysters, creme fraiche, and a couple slices of Oscar's

                                                                                                                                                      This sounds amazing

                                                                                                                                                    3. Grilled tomato, white cheddar, and sprouts with some kind of wonderful spicy mustard on sourdough, at Tatnuck Booksellers in Worcester, MA, about 10 years ago. Don't know if they're still in business, but if I'm ever in the area again I plan to check it out!

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                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Kinnexa

                                                                                                                                                        Come to think of it, I had a scrambled egg, green pepper and potato sub on a great piece of Italian bread, with some terrific marinara sauce, recently at a pizza joint in New Jersey. It all came together really, really well. An ice cold lemonade with it.

                                                                                                                                                        Now that's a sandwich: Pepper, egg and potato on a sub roll with good marinara.
                                                                                                                                                        And don't get me started on Italian Hot Dogs. A thread unto itself . . .

                                                                                                                                                      2. fishburger at palm island. sailed over from union island. wanted a hamburger. didn't happen. i saw the fish carried in from the rolly mooring field and just shut up. hour or so later deb and i had the best sandwich ever.

                                                                                                                                                        1. A breakfast burrito in phoenix from a complete hole in the wall. egg, pork. hots. whatever magic they put in it. it was the size of my forearm, i ate it 3 years ago and i still think about it. it was from heaven.

                                                                                                                                                          1. The Duke of Windsor sandwich at the (sadly) defunct Blum's on Union Square in San Francisco: grilled bread, shave ham, avocado, pineapple, chutney, melted cheddar. Heaven!

                                                                                                                                                            1. A soft shell crab sandwich on Seitz's rye at The Polanaise in Sayreville, NJ. Long gone.

                                                                                                                                                              1. a luke warm tuna fish sandwich, on squishy soaked bread, that I shared with my dad one day fishing with him when I was 9.

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                                                                                                                                                                1. re: gryphonskeeper

                                                                                                                                                                  That brought a tear to my eye, which pooled over and spilled into my tuna fish sandwich - it's much better now (it needed some salt).

                                                                                                                                                                2. Muffleletta from Central Market in New Orleans~~~I thought I had died and gone to heaven

                                                                                                                                                                  ANYTHING from Chompies Deli in Phoenix. GREAT NYC style Jewish deli with sandwiches 2 inches thick. The MishMosh soup is to die for.

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                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: CoteGal

                                                                                                                                                                    crum, I forgot about that sandwich I had at Central Market way back when. It was my first Muffletta and wow, was it good. Yes indeedy.
                                                                                                                                                                    Then there was the bagel breakfast sandwich from Brother's Bagels in Berkeley (back in the 80s). Cream cheese, fresh lox, tomato, and red onion on a plain toasted bagel.Drove about 35 minutes one Sunday morning for that one.

                                                                                                                                                                  2. A fresh picked tomato on whitebread with a shmear of Dukes
                                                                                                                                                                    Shrimp salad at Porkys in Bay Shore LI at the ferry terminal
                                                                                                                                                                    Scrambled eggs and tomato on toast after four hours in my lunch box

                                                                                                                                                                    1. rare roast beef, pepperjack cheese with red onion marmalade on a baguette from a deli in Nantucket about 25 years ago

                                                                                                                                                                      grilled cheese with bacon and tomato at Toby's in Toronto, served with really good steak fries with cheese sauce and gravy - Toby's isn't exactly the same anymore, but the fries were still pretty good.

                                                                                                                                                                      turkey club from Lime Rickey's - a kitchy place in the Eaton Center. Maybe I wouldn't even like it any more, but I loved these sandwiches - this was my benchmark for club sandwiches for a long long time

                                                                                                                                                                      I'm not sure whether the food was as great as I remember it, but those were such GREAT times, the food is elevated to absolute perfection in my mind........

                                                                                                                                                                      lobster roll from a roadside stand as I was driving from Manchester NH to Portland Maine - the roll was the perfect buttery toasted-ness, and the lobster perfect and sweet.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. Tandoori chicken salad on baguette bought in Victoria Station in London


                                                                                                                                                                        Oyster Po Boy just about anywhere in NOLA

                                                                                                                                                                        1. Roast beef NJ Sloppy Joe.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. I once worked on a week-long project in Cody, Wyoming about 10 years ago. It was a really long week, and on the last day I hadn't eaten anything all day. So at 6pm I stopped in this sandwhich shop right outside downtown Cody and ordered the "Boxcar" - who's ingredients were based on a classic italian sub (grinder/hoagie), but somehow infinitely better.

                                                                                                                                                                            I'm not sure if it was the sandwhich or the fact that I hadn't eaten all day, but it has become mythical experience. Sometimes on the weekend I'll experiment with various coldcuts to try to recreate the "boxcar" but it just wasn't meant to be.

                                                                                                                                                                            If anyone has any info on the name of the place or the ingredients of the "Boxcar" I will be in your debt forever.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. Best were the deli sandwiches at the Chevron Station Mini-mart at the junction of US 95 and Paradise Valley road north of Winnemucca, NV. Unfortunately, they decided that they were loosing money on them, and stopped selling sandwiches. Next best are the deli sandwiches at the Empire Store just south of Gerlach Nevada. A close runner up are the deli sandwiches at the Meat Shop in Bridgeport, CA.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. best recent sandwich i had was the lobster roll at pearl oyster bar here in NYC

                                                                                                                                                                                1. I'm with Mark Bittman on this one--the jabugo ham sandwich at the Viena in Barcelona. He describes it as possibly the best sandwich in the world.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. I get this a couple times a month at Sal, Kris and Charlie's deli in Queens, NY.


                                                                                                                                                                                    This monstrous sandwich is called The Bomb and it's $7.00 for nine kinds of meat, two or three cheeses and loads of other stuff. It takes me two days to finish it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Grilled tuna and cheese at the counter at Liliha Bakery (Hawaii).
                                                                                                                                                                                      Veggie vietnamese sandwich from Ba-le bakery (Hawaii).
                                                                                                                                                                                      Midnight cuban from Paseo (Seattle).
                                                                                                                                                                                      Cochon du lait po' boy in NoLA (roasted pork with gravy).
                                                                                                                                                                                      Spam and fried egg with lettuce, tomato, onion and mayo.
                                                                                                                                                                                      Lemon grass beef from the Baguette Box (Seattle).

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. The day after Thanksgiving 1980. My friend Pat made it.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Whole wheat toast, Best Foods mayo, lettuce, slice of ocean spray cranberry sauce, stuffing (cold), and sliced turkey.