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Nov 22, 2013 12:05 PM

50 States, 50 Sandwiches -- Zagat

Zagat nominates a specific sandwich for each state, plus DC, and tells which restaurant gives the best rendition. Your comments?


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  1. I'm impressed that they gave the Roast Pork sandwich its due for Pennsylvania (really Philadelphia). At least they didn't choose that abomination from Primanti's in Pittsburgh.

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    1. re: Philly Ray

      Here's another new list that ranks sandwiches across America (Top 10). The roast pork beat out the cheesesteak here too...


      And they picked a po' boy (shrimp) for New Orleans over the muffaletta.

    2. I'd agree with the Italian sub for NJ. I lived here a good while and sub makers take great pride in their in house versions and Jerseyians will argue until the day is long over which house makes the best one.

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      1. re: HillJ

        While the Whitehouse hoagie is great... I would suggest that the Italian Hot Dog is a better choice for New Jersey as it originated there.

        Likewise Beef on Weck is great and should be recognized for NY, but I would suggest a Pastrami Sandwich from Katz's would be a very close second.

        1. re: cwdonald

          Some states are good enough to have two sandwiches.

          Didn't read the article (what's wrong with a nice, simple, text list rather than interminable clicking through pictures?), but I'm surprised they picked beef on weck. It's one of the three things I must have when I'm in the Buffalo area, but I don't think I've seen it in the rest of the state. I'd have gone with a good NYC-style pastrami on rye. With pickles, of course.

          1. re: tardigrade

            I was thinking Louisiana would be the poboy but there are too many variations.

            1. re: roro1831

              the Muffaletta is truly a New Orleans thing... if you were to do a Po Boy I would submit it should probably be an oyster po boy.

              1. re: cwdonald

                My vote would be for the roast beef poboy. If I am eating oysters they are raw.

            2. re: tardigrade

              I was thrilled that upstate NY got its due for a change.

            3. re: cwdonald

              I was focused on the style of the sandwich (sub) rather than the actual location preparing them. An Italian sub for NJ in this Zagat study sounds pretty accurate to me.

          2. They are really stretching for some states..... and just making things up for others.
            A salmon sandwich for Washington state? Hahaha. I have never had one. A salmon burger might be a smidge closer, yet ....NOT.
            Peanut butter for Oregon? With a nod to Portland? Jeez.

            Why just make stuff up?

            1. Kansas should be a bierock.
              The Brisket should be for Missouri.
              Oregon does have an ocean which they seem to have missed.