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Ten Most Favorite Sandwiches

I like the idea of defining the ten best sandwiches I've ever had. It seems like a fairly good way of summarizing my whole life. Here goes in no particular order. I live in GA so much of this is skewed south, but the fun will be in everyone adding their favorites from their various regions:

1. Ham and Angel Biscuits--these are pretty much at every wedding I've ever been to (ncluding my own), but the ones I recall the most were at my aunt's wedding-- tiny buttery biscuits with a slice of country ham. Perfect. Also good when filled with tomato and cheddar, with a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Or just eat the cheese with the tomato on top. Or just eat the tomato. Or the cheese? At that point it isn't really a sandwich anymore but still, it brings tears to my eyes.

2. Central Grocery's muffaletta. Eaten while honeymooning. I finally grew up and learned to love olives while eating this sandwich.

3. Slim No. 5 from Jimmy John's: just ham, capicola, and provolone. These got me through college! Sure, it's from a chain, but it allows me to relive memories of getting off work at midnight, starving, finding less than three dollars in the wallet, and then stopping by Jimmy John's on my way to some unadivsable and terrible all-night bender. When I was particularly poor I would stop by the chain to get their day-old bread, which they sold for a quarter. We ate the day old loaves while roadtripping to the graduate school I eventually chose.

4.. Fried green tomato, bacon, and cheddar sandwich (with homemade ranch), from some random restaurant in Charleston, South Carolina. Come on, that's just a brilliant setup right there. I would take the time to look up the restaurant but the reality is that this simple sandwich could be made just as easily at home-- there's really nothing much to frying something, frying another thing in the grease left by the first something, and then covering it with various forms of fat.

5. Mike Piazza from Stage Deli in NYC. Taught me that bologna had a place in my adult life. Had an egg cream on the side. I was aghast at the flavorful mixture of ham, bologna, and russian dressing. So simple, yet flavorful. What was with the weird pickles? As a country girl, my pickle tastes skewed bread-and-butter.

6. Random cafe outside of Versailles. Tomato and cheese on baguette with mustard and vinegar, salt and pepper. I was on a tour of Europe in high school, and my school had made scant arrangements to communicate my vegetarianism to our tour coordinators. As a result, the waitresses all hated me. Versailles was closed due to the-- get this-- muesum curators strike (how very euro!)-- so we walked (all 60 of us) in the rain to a cafe and the teachers begged them to feed us all. I don't know what I was supposed to have gotten, but I do remember a slightly annoyed waitress throwing a tomato and cheese sandwich in front of me. I have no idea what kind of cheese it was-- I was 15-- but I just remember that I liked the sensation of fighting with bread, and of bread crust literally bruising the inside of my mouth, it was so chewy. Needless to say that waitress has no idea that such an insipid sandwich was so delightful to me, but then again an inspid baguette sandwich in Paris is better than any one stateside. I've tried to replicate, but never could.

7. Achim's K-Bob in Athens, GA. Bastardized kebap sandwich that basically became my hangover cure while in college. Had a sign that said "100 million Germans can't be wrong." See-- local joints just don't have the money to spend on fancy PR consultants who could tell them just how awful that statement is. Precursor to many beer festivals.

8. Mamoun's Falafel in NYC. Living off a pathetic stipend in NYC these 2.00 falafels were amazing to me. Even better when you, a country girl raised in the smokies, is introduced to such delights by a NYC native bent on showing you all the sights the city has to offer. Best after you purchase one beer from a neighboring mini mart. NYC is the only place I've ever seen beers individually priced. Love it.

9. Po-Boy's from Johnny's in New Orleans. As newlyweds, unwilling to move too far from the hotel, we ate here every lunch during our honeymoon. On the one day I insisted that we go to Central Grocery, my husband got Johnny's to go. Shrimps as big as cat heads. The roast beef is insane.

10. Trying to dig out my favorite BBQ sandwich and drawing a blank currently, there are so many good but tiny places out there...most memorable was certainly Maurice's in Columbia, SC. He's an Abraham Lincoln hating neo-confederate, but his sandwich is good enough to attract the business of real, live African Americans (I saw them with my own two eyes!) so I suppose he must be doing something right. I prefer vinegar sauces, but as far as yellow sauce is concerned, I enjoyed this very much.

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  1. I hope burgers count!
    (In no particular order)

    1. Buttermilk Biscuit Sandwich - Clinton St. Baking Co., NYC
    2. Croque Monsieur - Le Parisien Brasserie, Paris
    3. Cheeseburger - Peter Luger, Brooklyn
    4. Grilled cheese - Eisenberg's Sandwich Shop, NYC
    5. Pastrami reuben - Katz's Deli, NYC
    6. Joe's Combo - Lenny's, NYC
    7. Patty melt - Jumbo Joe's, Lubbock (TX)
    8. Cheeseburger - Marseille, NYC
    9. Grilled cheese - EPCC, El Paso (TX)
    10. BBQ brisket - Sonny Bryan's, Dallas


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    1. re: LeahBaila

      I hope you had the good fortune to enjoy that BBQ brisket at the original Sonny Bryan location on Inwood Rd - little shack/hovel with old-time school desks instead of tables - as opposed to one of the franchise restaurants. If you were at one of the franchises and liked it - it's imperative that you hit up the original on your next visit. Some would argue Sonny's greatness, but be sure, It will make you swoon by comparison!

      1. re: CocoaNut

        Yep...I sat in one of those school desks many times during my 2 years in Dallas. :) Oh, how I miss Texas BBQ...We've got nothin' like that here in NY.


      2. re: LeahBaila

        18 months, and no mention of a grilled grouper sandwich? LTO, tartar, Cholula, grouper fillet larger than the soft bun...my fave.
        #2 is pastrami and chopped liver on seeded rye at any reputable jewish deli
        #3 at home: proscuitto, herbed goat cheese, and Mancini roasted sweet peppers on a baguette

      3. in no order

        1) Hot Pastrami with Mustard on Rye -- Katz's Deli New York, NY (and actually, this one is definitely my #1 but the rest aren't in order)
        2) Banh Mi -- Vietnamese Place in the Eden Center Arlington, VA
        3) Chopped Beef Sandwich -- Holy Smokes BBQ Dallas, TX
        4) Double Shack Burger -- Shake Shack New York, NY
        5) Cheesesteak with onions and wiz -- Genos Philadelphia, NY
        6) Pulled Pork Sandwich -- Some BBQ Place in VA
        7) Pork and Egg Kati Roll -- Kati Roll Company New York, NY
        8) Tamea (Falafel) -- Cairo, Egypt
        9) Roast Beef, Mozzarella and Fried Eggplant -- Defontes Brooklyn, NY
        10) Bagel with Lox and Cream Cheese -- Russ & Daughters New York, NY

        1. In no particular order:
          1. Fried oyster po-boy, Acme Oyster House, NOLA
          2. Roast beef po-boy, Parkway Tavern, NOLA
          3. Cochon de lait sandwich at Jazz Fest, NOLA
          4. Bahn Mi from Bahn Mi Sao Mai, NOLA
          5. Falafel sandwich w/extra tahini sauce, Mona's, NOLA
          6. Fried clam roll, Clam Box, Ipswich, MA
          7. Pulled pork at Po-Pigs, Edisto Island, SC (the same at Lexington #1 BBQ, Lexington, NC, is darned good)
          8. Venetian Tremazzini, where the essential element is, I think, being in Venice
          9. Juicy, ripe tomatoes, mayo (Duke's, Hellman's--or Best--anywhere else), arugula, on sliced sourdough at home
          10. BLT--although I now make them with whole grain bread, thick-sliced peppered bacon and arugula, I grew up eating them for almost every summer lunch--always three slices of the cheapest thin-sliced supermarket bacon on the type of whitebread slices that could be reduced to the size of a pea when squeezed, with iceberg (but always good tomatoes and good mayo), and I loved them. And no matter where I am, if I can't find anything I want on a menu, I can always enjoy a BLT. Even if it's bad.

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          1. re: nomadchowwoman

            damn, oyster po boy, how'd i forget about that one!

            1. re: nomadchowwoman

              banh mi from banh mi sao mai is the best stuff in the world. i wish i was able to go to new orleans this weekend w/ the rest of the family just to get some.

            2. I will add only 2:

              1. Hot hand-cut pastrami on double-baked rye from Langer's deli in Los Angeles (no dressing or slaw or cheese).
              2. A sandwich called The Sportsman from a restaurant named Julie's, which used to be across from USC in LA. The place has been closed for years. It was Dungeness crab salad on toasted white bread with avocado, tomato, lettuce and bacon...essentially a BLT with avocado and crab salad. Devine.

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              1. re: TomSwift

                I will add one which is my favorite. The Newark style Italian Hot Dog; only served in New Jersey.

                1. re: hotdoglover

                  I'll bite (no pun intended). What is a Newark style Italian dog?

                  1. re: TomSwift

                    It's a fried or sauteed all beef hot dog; 2 of them for the more common double, stuffed inside a pita shaped half moon of Italian bread (called pizza bread) topped with sautedd potatoes, peppers, and onions. Delicious.

                    1. re: hotdoglover

                      I think they showed this on the Travel Channel's Top 100 places to chown down a couple weeks ago. Looked amazing!

                      1. re: boogiebaby

                        Yes, they did. The segment was taken from another program on the Travel Channel called Hot Dog Paradise. I'm the guy in the Jimmy Buff's tee shirt talking about New Jersey hot dogs.


              2. burger with the works at Clover Grill, Bourbon St, New Orleans.
                from childhood - egg salad with chopped green olives
                pulled pork - my husband's home smoked! :) lucky me

                that's all I can think of. :)

                1. I'm still narrowing down my answers, but that could take awhile.
                  In the meantime, last year Esquire magazine did a pretty lengthy feature on sandwiches. One section of it was a "Best Sandwiches in America" feature compiled by various writers, some food critics, some not. The entire article can be found here:

                  1. I typically only eat sandwiches when I'm busy, which means I'm usually working and/or on the go. That said, I've had some great ones:
                    1. Banh mi dac biet - Banh Mi Saigon, NYC
                    2. Horshoe - Springfield, IL
                    3. Patty Melt - Minneapolis, MN
                    4. Reuben - My Kitchen
                    5. Paratha kabab - Chicago, IL
                    6. Falafel - Palestnian friend's resto in Chicago, IL
                    7. Italian Beef - Elmwood Park, IL
                    8. Torta Milanesa - Taqueria y la Fonda Mexicana, NYC
                    9. Gyros - Chicago, IL
                    10. White Castle - A location near you

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                    1. re: JungMann

                      Please describe:
                      1. Banh mi dac biet - Banh Mi Saigon, NYC
                      2. Horshoe - Springfield, IL
                      5. Paratha kabab - Chicago, IL
                      6. Falafel - Palestnian friend's resto in Chicago, IL
                      8. Torta Milanesa - Taqueria y la Fonda Mexicana, NYC

                      1. re: gpwood

                        1. Sweet and slightly caramelized charsiu with Vietnamese ham and a pate whose unctiousness is highlighted by mayonnaise, but also tempered by tangy daikon pickles, cucumbers, jalapenos, cilantro and spicy Sriracha. All this bursts from a crackly baguette held together with a rubber band and aspiration.
                        2. Thick sliced bread is topped with ham, french fries and smothered in a tangy, slightly spicy cheddar cheese sauce. It is the type of sandwich that will make your cardiologist cry.
                        5. Finely ground lamb is mixed ground chickpeas and spices to form the tenderest croquettes which nearly melt with every bite. These croquettes, more properly called shami kababs, form the filling for a buttery paratha, slightly crisp and slightly flaky, topped with onions, cilantro, yogurt, lemon juice and spicy green chutney. It should be just spicy enough to make your lips tingle through every bite and messy enough to have sauces dribble from your fingertips.
                        6. These are the ur-falafel for me. Each chickpea ball was crisp on the outside but light and moist on the inside. They would come 4 or 5 tightly packed into a pita with lettuce, onions, thick quarters of juicy tomatoes and a generous dressing of tahini and yogurt.
                        8. A bolillo roll will sizzle on the grill as the cook fries your breaded beef cutlet. Once browned, the rolls are covered with a layer of mayonnaise, followed by lettuce, then the meat, then quesillo cheese, jalapenos, tomatoes, avocados and a final layer of black beans. The sandwich is bursting with flavors and textures perfectly apportioned in every bite. The crunchy milanesa contrasts with creamy avocadoes and the melted quesillo, which stretches out like mozzarella, just puts this over the top.

                    2. Here’s my list of top ten sandwiches, in no particular order:

                      R&O Special - R&O’s
                      Roast Beef Poboy – R&O’s
                      Cuban Sandwich – Jazz Fest, NOLA
                      Cocon de Lait poboy – Jazz Fest, NOLA
                      Ripper – Rutt’s Hut, New Jersey
                      BLT – my kitchen
                      Vito’s Hot – Vito’s deli, Hoboken NJ
                      Breaded pork chop sandwich, Barrett’s Barley Corn, Omaha, Nebraska
                      French Fry Poboy – Crabby Jack’s, NOLA
                      Foie Gras and jelly sandwich – Empire Hotel Rooftop Bar, NYC

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                      1. re: roro1831

                        here's my top 10 in no particular order
                        1. lobster roll --Neptune Oyster, Boston
                        2. Special (Italian) sandwich -- Amighetti's, St. Louis
                        3. Lobel's prime beef sandwich -- Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY
                        4. Peter Luger Burger, Brooklyn, NY
                        5. Italian Beef (wet, hot, and sweet) -- Al's No. 1, Chicago
                        6. Philly Cheesesteak --Steve's Prince of Steaks, Philadelphia
                        7. Fresh Mozzarella and Roasted Peppers Hero, Fiore's, Hoboken, NJ
                        8. Sauerbraten on Rye, The Berghoff, Chicago
                        9. Fried Green Tomato, lettuce and bacon -- Sweet Potatoes, Winston Salem, NC
                        10. Gyros -- Lefteris Gyro, Tarrytown, NY

                      2. I am working on my 10, but the top of the list would be: Thads #76 at Zingermans in Ann Arbor, Mi. Roasted chicken on toasted sourdough with avocado and a red pepper sauce.

                        1. 1 - Peanut butter and Jelly - on toasted sourdough with Black Raspberry Jam and potato chips

                          2- Tomato - warm tomatoes from the neighbor's garden, white bread, mayo, salt and pepper

                          3 - BLT - toasted or not, says summer.

                          4 - Fried Egg - toasted or not, but please don't over cook the yolk.

                          5 - Grilled cheese - Mr CF made one for me that will live forever. Sourdough with swiss, cheddar and munster grilled slow and low with tomato soup.

                          All from home... and only 5... I can't think of any better sandwiches for me.

                          1. In no particular order...

                            *A good BLT on toast with lots of mayo - home

                            *Prosciutto and a thick slathering of butter on a fresh baguette - home but inspired by Nancy Silverton, who turned me on to this simplistic but tasty treat

                            *Burger @ The Spotted Pig - NYC

                            *Hot dog w/ pimento cheese, chili, onions and mustard at Fincastles Winston Salem NC

                            *Italian Hoagie - Ed's Market, Williamsport PA

                            *Cheesesteak with onions, peppers, wet peppers and mayo at Joey's Place, Williamsport PA

                            *Ham & Cheddar or Gruyere hot on toast with a sunny side up egg - home

                            Media Noche - friend's condo bldg's store in South Beach - Miami

                            *Eastern Style 'cue on a roll and topped with cole slaw, don't forget the hushpuppies - various NC bbq stops -

                            *PB&J - sometimes with chunky Jiff, and I alternate between strawberry and grape jam.

                            1. 1. Lobster Roll - Lenny and Joe's Fish Tale, Madison, CT
                              2. Clam Roll - Clam Box, Ipswich, MA
                              3. Fish Sandwich - Cove Fish Market, Stonington, CT
                              4. Zoar Burger - Lake Zoar Drive-In, Monroe, CT
                              5. Bagel with smoked salmon, cream cheese, cucumber, and red onion - H&H Bagels, New York, NY
                              6. Burnt Ends Sandwich - Blue Ribbon BBQ, West Newton, MA
                              7. Hot Pastrami on Rye with Russian and Slaw - Katz's Delicatessen, New York, NY
                              8. New Yorker Dog - Super Duper Weenie, Fairfield, CT
                              9. Tuna Club Triple Decker - Kimberly Diner, Milford, CT
                              10 (tie). Bacon, Egg, and Cheese on a Hard Roll - Lake Zoar Drive-In, Monroe, CT
                              10 (tie). Grilled Cheese with Bacon - homemade

                              1. 1. Fried green tomato, goat cheese, thick peppered bacon, caper mayo on sour dough at The Meadowlark, Dayton, OH.
                                2. Beef on Weck at The Beef -n- Barren, Olean, NY
                                3. Beefo on Weck at Beefeaters, Bradford, PA
                                4. Reuben at The Jewish Mother, Virginia Beach, VA
                                5. The California Turkey Melt at Village Inn, Virginia Beach, VA
                                6. BLT in my kitchen.
                                7. Tuna fish in my mother's kitchen.
                                8. Grilled Cheese and Tomato soup, Panera Bread or at home.

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                                1. re: KristieB

                                  I forgot to mention the pepper jack cheese and mayo on #5.

                                  9. Reuben at The In-Laws in Gurnee, Illinois.

                                  1. Ditto on Mamoun's I'm also a big fan. I'm 20 so I haven't really traveled much outside of NYC.
                                    I'm listing 10 all in or near NYC (I have not tried the last 3 but those are my top 3 sandwiches that I want to try)
                                    My favorites
                                    1. Super Heebster- Russ and Daughters (amazing!)
                                    2. Double Shake Stack-Shake Shack (the fried portabello mushroom stuffed with cheddar cheese adds another dimesion)
                                    3. Pork Patacon-Patacon Pisao 2 in Elmhust, Queens (pork with fried cheese, tangy mayo sauce, lettuce and tomatoe all piled between 2 huge, fried and flattened plantains)
                                    4. Gyro -- Lefteris Gyro in Mt. Kisco, Westchester
                                    5. Bahn mi-Thai son (have not had much bahn mi so i don't know if this sandwich is really that special)
                                    6. Chopped Liver on rye-Katz (Never had chopped liver before so i don't know if this sandwich is any special)
                                    7. White Castle
                                    Top 3 that I want to try
                                    8. Grilled cheese-Resto http://nymag.com/bestofny/food/2008/g...
                                    9. Uni Panini-El Quinto Pino http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2009/0...
                                    10. Pork and egg bun-Momofuku Milk Bar

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                                    1. re: daffyduck

                                      adding a few more
                                      Carteles- Deep fried cuban sandwich and sloppy joe sandwich
                                      Katz-Pastrami reuben
                                      Knife and Fork Inn-kobe sliders! (Atlantic city)
                                      Momofuku-Pork buns

                                    2. Two from birthday party days of long ago, seldom seen now but worth reviving, especially with afternoon tea: 1) "Egg & olive" (mashed hard-boiled egg with sliced pimiento-filled green olives and mayonnaise) and 2) Cream cheese mixed with black olives and chopped pecans. Both are best on whole-wheat bread.

                                      1. Just one, my first California hamburger at the Plush Puppy Coffee Shop in Redondo Beach CA. A juicy burger with, OMG! --LETTUCE, onion, tomats and French dressing!
                                        A strictly SoCal experience that I enjoy looking back on.

                                        1. In no particular order:

                                          * Roasted lamb piled on a crusty baguette with fresh frittes - random food trailer near Montmartre in Paris

                                          * Sliced warm roast chicken, melted Swiss and cranberry chutney on a warm cibatta roll - my kitchen

                                          * Mushroom burger - 1/2 lb fresh ground patty, melted Swiss, and loads of mushrooms sauteed in wine, butter and garlic. So juicy and drippy and just plain good. Sylvester's in Los Osos, CA

                                          * Cracked Pepper Turkey on Squaw bread - so simple, just roast turkey, avocado, leaf lettuce and Monterey jack cheese, but there's something really tasty about how it all works. Sequoia Sandwich Company, Bakersfield, CA

                                          * Croque Monsieur - Le Chalet de Gruyeres, Gruyeres, Switzerland. Bonus was getting to watch and help make cheese in the traditional way. Total tourist trap, but very fun.

                                          * Grilled chicken gyro style, with homemade tzatziki - random food both at the Baycrafter's Renaissance and Fantasy Faire, Bay Village, OH

                                          * Coney dog - Gillie's Coney Island, Flint, MI

                                          Ok, so not ten, but those are the ones that stand out in my mind.

                                          1. I don't think I can remember the name of most of the places I've gotten truly great sandwiches. These are not in order

                                            1. Fresh from the garden tomatoes and provolone on freshly baked semolina with mayo - mom
                                            2. Grilled Cheese with tomato and bacon - pretty much anywhere
                                            3. Peanut butter with banana and bacon - home
                                            4. Italian Combo - Mona Lisa (Scarsdale/Eastchester)
                                            5. Fried Shrimp Po Boy - some random place in NOLA
                                            6. Bleu Cheese Burger w/bacon - Piper's Kilt, Eastchester
                                            7. Chicken Baguette - Stephen's Green, Crestwood
                                            8. Lebanon Balogna Hoagie - Reading Terminal in Philly
                                            9. Grilled Mozzarella with basil pesto and roasted peppers - home
                                            10. The Thanksgiving - Chubby's Express (Eastchester) and Wolf's Tavern - Wolfesboro, NH

                                            1. Well, it's not too old a thread. I'll add mine. First of all, I think I've eaten at the places cpilgrim84 talked about in his/her #6. I was with my parents outside Versailles and we had lunch at one of those bistro cafes and the description was better than anything I could do. I too got the tomato/cheese sandwich on baguette and it was heavenly..I believe there was a layer of butter on each piece of the bread.. But as was mentioned, the worst sandwich in France, or central Europe as a whole, beats the crap out of anything we get in the States. That being said....I lived in Europe for 9 years so I'm a bit biased. The rest of my list.........

                                              1. Any Doner Kebab in Germany or England. Pure heaven. A lot like Gyros, but not quite the same.
                                              2. Chicken Kebab Wrap -- The Red Onion, Incirlick Village, Turkey
                                              3. Italian Sub -- Mr. Sub, Toms River, New Jersey (I don't think that place exists anymore)
                                              4. Frikedelle on Broetchen with Middle Sharp Mustard -- Any winefest in Germany
                                              5. Double Cheeseburger with everything -- Jalama Beach Cafe, Jalama Beach, CA
                                              6. Kalua Pork Sandwich -- The Big Kahuna, Honolulu, HI
                                              7. Patty Melt with onions and mushrooms -- Hearthstone Kitchen, Calhan CO
                                              8. Philly Cheesesteak -- Trivelli's, Colorado Springs, CO
                                              9. Gelbwurst and Edam Cheese on Broetchen with butter -- Anywhere in Germany
                                              10. Carolina Style Pulled Pork with Homemade slaw -- My own recipe.

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                                              1. re: BobbyG

                                                Have you ever seen how they make the stgreet meat for the doner kebab. It was shown on a ramsey show. Its one of those things that you rather not know how its made...kind of like nuggets

                                                1. re: Just Plain Craig

                                                  No, I didn't see it. LOL. You're right, it's probably best I don't know. I love hot dogs, but I don't think I want to go visit the Oscar Meyer factory anytime soon either. :-)

                                              2. oh man, i miss sandwiches :(

                                                favorite ones from memory in no particular order (and omitting grilled cheese because that alone would be 10 variations):
                                                - hot turkey with gravy on crusty Italian bread from the now-defunct Italian Gourmet in Tenafly, NJ
                                                - Rachel (turkey reuben) from the original Sol & Sol Deli in Fort Lee, NJ
                                                - a Kossars bialy with nova and chive cream cheese from Zabar's, sliced tomato, red onion and capers
                                                - homemade egg salad on toasted pumpernickel
                                                - rare roast beef and spicy mustard on marble rye
                                                - roast turkey, smoked gouda, avocado, sprouts, tomato and honey mustard on focaccia (sometimes with bacon)
                                                - scooped, toasted sesame bagel with low fat tuna salad from the Bagel Buffet in Secaucus, NJ
                                                - fried egg on a buttered Jersey hard roll
                                                - Mom's chicken salad crammed into a toasted whole wheat pita
                                                - toasted whole wheat with PB, honey and crispy bacon

                                                honorable mention goes to Houston's veggie burger, because i don't think burgers & dogs should count here - that's a separate category!

                                                ok, now i REALLY miss sandwiches.

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                                                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                  GHG, I tried a gluten-free diet because of some issues I was having and it was hard! I usually have a piece of toast with an egg in the morning - but switched to Udi's bread or a Van's waffle. Lunch I would typically have a half of a sandwich on wheat but instead toasted a slice of Udi's and had a hot open-faced sandwich. It was great for a couple of days, but grew old quickly. I tried substituting small corn tortillas for bread also. And again it was okay for a couple of days, but...

                                                  So, I'm back to grains. I feel for those who have to give up wheat and gluten due to illness. That's a tough one.

                                                  p.s. I am a self-described chicken salad connoisseur - and I love it in a pita. Oops, sorry. But I do love it on a salad with a vinaigrette some nuts and grapes too! ;-)

                                                  1. re: lynnlato

                                                    it gets easier when you have no choice but to stick with it :)

                                                    but yeah, the one thing i miss more than anything is the different bread varieties that you just *can't* make GF - pumpernickel, sourdough, Jewish rye, even whole wheat...ugh, what i wouldn't give for a good piece of *any* of those! i don't care about the pasta, or the cookies, or the cakes, or the crackers. but i. want. that. bread.

                                                    oh, and re: chicken salad, i make far better renditions than Mom's (sorry Mom!), but that was all about the nostalgia - most often consumed standing around the kitchen island with friends at 2 a.m. after a night of partying :) my favorite varieties are curried and chipotle.

                                                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                      "it gets easier when you have no choice but to stick with it "

                                                      So true. At least for those of us who value our good health. ;-)

                                                      Curried and chipotle? Wow, that is out there, ghg. Can you elaborate?

                                                      1. re: lynnlato

                                                        not together - i have a feeling that's what you thought i meant!

                                                        - curried: yogurt & mayo, Dijon, curry powder, tamarind, cumin, ginger, red onion, toasted cashews or almonds, currants (sometimes chopped dried apricots), fresh herbs (mint/basil/cilantro/parsley), a pinch of sugar or drizzle of honey...and of course S&P

                                                        - chipotle: yogurt & mayo, chipotles in adobo, lime juice, red or green onion, smoked paprika, S&P, and fresh cilantro.

                                                  2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                    Gonna have to reply on the grilled cheese GoodHealth - DS just made a fontina cheese, on sourdough w/ arugala. Wow!

                                                  3. I don't know if I have 10 favorites. So here we go
                                                    1-Italian Sub -Casapullas in Elsmere DE (Just outside of Wilmington)
                                                    2-My Aunt Marie's Tuna Fish Sandwich. I always wondered why it was so good. She made it the day the before to let the flavors marry. It had celery, relish, onion, Hellmans Mayo on Pepperridge Farm bread
                                                    3-Chili Dog from Twin Kiss in Newport DE, they have been closed for 35 years but they cursed me with a love of chilidogs.
                                                    4-Chili Dog from the Patio Wilmington DE So close to Twin Kiss. The people ask me how many as soon as I walk in. You should see the look on peoples faces.
                                                    5-Fried Fish Sandwich Wilmington DE Theres this red truck that sets up by the prison and they sell the best fish. Sometimes there are 20-25 cars in the this little lot waiting for their order
                                                    6- Italian Sub Tidewater Cheesesteaks Norfolk Va. My car caught on fire and after I put it out (small fire and I'm a firefighter) it was either get a sub or go home....it was so much better after that walk home.

                                                    Yeah I know I have 2 chilidogs and 2 italian subs. but I know what I like and stick with it.

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                                                    1. re: Just Plain Craig

                                                      JPC - # 6 is such a great story! Favorite sandwiches would include chili dogs (my own) and Italian subs - no doubt about it. There's NY deli (Frank's Deli in Phx) nearby that sells an Italian sub that is indeed my absolute my fave.

                                                    2. The Roast Pork Sandwich at Denic's at the Reading Terminal in Philly! Anyone that has had it knows.

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                                                      1. re: daffyduck

                                                        Me too! It's DiNic's ;-)
                                                        A good hoagie
                                                        A really, really good club sandwich brings me right back to being a kid and lunching at the Crystal Tea Room at John Wanamaker's in Center City, Philadelphia.
                                                        Oh, reuben's melt my heart!
                                                        Grilled ham and cheese

                                                        Don't get me wrong, I love some really fancy sandwiches, but the classics and basics are where it's at for me.

                                                        1. re: daffyduck

                                                          The pork on that sandwich was one of the best things I ate all last year. How do they make it???

                                                        2. Here are my top 10 in no particular order:

                                                          1. Roast Beef Grinder -- Hamilton Market, New London, CT. I'm a big eater but the large must be split with two other people! I order it with lettuce, tomatoes and pickles and a little mayo. Heavenly...

                                                          2. Cheese Steak Grinder -- Hamilton Market

                                                          3. Cheese Steak Sub -- Doogie's, Newington, CT

                                                          4. Famous Ferdi Po Boy. Mother's, NOLA

                                                          5. Lobster Roll -- Lenny and Joe's Fish Tale, Westbrook, CT. They offer hot (with melted butter) and cold (with mayo). I opt for the cold.

                                                          6. Turkey Club -- Somewhere in Time, Mystic, CT. Fresh roasted turkey. I usually get it on Sourdough.

                                                          7. Tongue Sandwich -- Stage Deli, NY, NY. Simply done with mustard on rye. Gotta have a Doctor Brown's black cherry soda with it...

                                                          8. Fish Sandwich -- Cove Fish Market, Stonington, CT

                                                          9. Salmon Club with aioli on toast -- Bosc, Simsbury, CT (unfortunately out of business)

                                                          10. Burger -- Joe Pizza, Canton, CT.

                                                          1. Great thread -- I am a fan of many of these types of sandwiches -- muffuletta, lobster roll, felafel, cheesteak, roast pork, fried oyster po-boy, chopped liver, egg salad, NC barbecue, smoked brisket..damn cholesterol....

                                                            Anyway, for felafel I recommend Max's Kosher Cafe in Wheaton MD. The felafel balls are fresh made and the sandwich maker knows how to layer felafel and toppings so each bite presents a unique taste sensation (the array of toppings is amazing).

                                                            For fans of Italian cold cuts, the Deluxe Grinder and the All'Italia at the Sandwich Hut in Providence are both outstanding.

                                                            And has anyone nominated a soft-shell crab po-boy (NO) or sandwich (Baltimore)?

                                                            1. just had to share this when i saw it in this morning's paper.

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                                                              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                excellent! i forgot one--PB&J with potato chips crushed in there. delicious.

                                                              2. Hmmmm......
                                                                Thin-sliced smoked tri-tip with smoked sharp Cheddar and tomato/garlic mayo, at Perry's deli.
                                                                The Reuben I had delivered from Moishe's pippic while waiting for my first child to be born.
                                                                A fresh-roasted turkey, tomato and swiss on grilled garlic sourdough, at the ForPlay Cafe
                                                                The first pbj my daughter ever made for me 'cause I was having a bad day. She was 4.
                                                                Cashew chicken artichoke salad on sunflower/molasses bread, from the Good Earth back when it was really, really good.
                                                                Leftover wine-braised short ribs, shredded onto toasted levain, topped with horseradish creme freeeeeeeeeeesh and a dab of apple butter. Whoa.
                                                                A homemade meatloaf sandwich with ketchup and mayo on white. Right 'chere.
                                                                Country ham with biscuits; Loveless cafe
                                                                Italian Pork with garlic braised spinach on an Italian roll, at Chink's.
                                                                Rare French dip with sweet/sour balsamic onion relish
                                                                Elk Burger with pimiento cheese, tomatoes, lettuce and bacon. Family tailgate party. Homestyle.
                                                                Breakfast "sandwich": two fresh waffles sandwiching a med-cooked large egg, housemade sage sausage patty; topped with choice of country gravy or a side of real maple. I requested both and it was heaven. Norm's Kopper Kettle, Sonoma County.
                                                                A Cubano at some little coffeeshop on Fillmore. Perfect.
                                                                Oops, I went over 10. But there were so many of them.....

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                                                                1. re: mamachef

                                                                  topped with horseradish creme freeeeeeeeeeesh
                                                                  you're killing me with the South Park reference. cracks me up every time :)

                                                                2. Grilled veggie with chicken and goat cheese sandwich drizzled with pesto or balsamic on rosemary focaccia.

                                                                  1. A baker's dozen of sandwiches:
                                                                    1. Choripán con chimi @ the homes of friends in Argentina.
                                                                    2. Turkey & brie w/ apricot mustard @ Dean & Delucca, Johnson County, Kansas.
                                                                    3. Thomas Keller's Spanglish sandwich @ home.
                                                                    4. Arepa stuffed w/ pabellón @ the homes of Venezuelan friends.
                                                                    5. Muffuletta @ Central Grocery, NOLA.
                                                                    6. French dip w/ grilled onion @ The Mall Deli, Pittsburg, Kansas.
                                                                    7. Lobster grinder @ some grinder shop in Amherst in 1980.
                                                                    8. Pulled pork w/ coleslaw @ Couch's BBQ in Jonesboro, Arkansas.
                                                                    9. Open-faced pear & brie croque monsieur (W-S recipe) @ home.
                                                                    10. Open-faced Ruben sandwich @ home.
                                                                    11. Bagel w/ cream cheese, lox & capers @ home.
                                                                    12. Welsh rarebit @ home.
                                                                    13. Gorilla burger @ Chatters Sports Bar, Pittsburg, Kansas. (Named for the local university's mascot (Gus the Gorilla). Burger, BLT, fried egg, grilled onions & peppers, sautéed mushrooms, jalapeños, pickles, Velveeta and swiss cheese, mayo.)

                                                                    1. Bacon, lettuce, tomato, and avocado on white toast with salt and pepper- period. It will shred the roof of your mouth but is totally worth it

                                                                      Biscuit and gravy with some link sausage- sandwich deconstructed

                                                                      grilled cheese- American cheese (Kraft Singles) on white bread- I think you have to be a certain age to appreciate that old classic

                                                                      grilled cheese on whole grain bread with some awesome stinky cheese and tomatoes

                                                                      The ultimate- carne asado tacos

                                                                      1. Not 10, but there aren't that many different memorable sandwiches in my life, I guess. Locally, if I love a sandwich, I tend to order it every time.

                                                                        1. Grilled Chicken Salad Sandwich - from the now defunct Heidi's Deli in Salem, OR
                                                                        2. Thai Basil Chicken Wrap - Roly Poly - also now gone from Salem
                                                                        3. Roasted Turkey & Dill Havarti - Wild Pear in Salem
                                                                        4. Muffaletta - pretty much any one I've had where the olive salad is chopped small
                                                                        5. Croque Monsieur - Most places in Carcasonne, France

                                                                        1. Pork Banh Mi at Ba Le Bakery - Orlando Fl

                                                                          Cuban Sandwich - Miami Fl - Some small place I can't remember that I will forever be searching for

                                                                          dungeness crab blt - Seatown - Seattle WA

                                                                          French Dip - Press 101 Orlando

                                                                          Fried Shrimp Po Boy - some random place in NOLA - JHopp217 I wonder if we went to the same palce. :)

                                                                          Messy Pig - 4 Rivers BBQ Winter Park Fl

                                                                          The Lobardia Panini (prosciutto di parma, fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, fresh basil, and basil pesto, extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar.) - All Italian Market & Deli - Orlando Fl

                                                                          Pastrami on Rye - Carnegi Deli- NYC

                                                                          Grouper Sandwich - Key West Fl

                                                                          Italian Beef - Joe Boston's Italian Beef - Chicago IL1.

                                                                          My Husband just found his new favorite sandwich

                                                                          The B.O.A.T (Bacon, Onion, Avacado, Tomato) at Shipyard Emporium - Orlando Fl