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50 States, 50 Sandwiches -- Zagat

lscanlon Nov 22, 2013 12:05 PM

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


  1. bbqboy Nov 23, 2013 08:34 AM

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

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      sedimental Nov 23, 2013 07:37 AM

      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. HillJ Nov 22, 2013 01:46 PM

        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
          cwdonald Nov 23, 2013 07:49 AM

          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
            tardigrade Nov 23, 2013 10:59 AM

            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
              roro1831 Nov 23, 2013 03:44 PM

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

              1. re: roro1831
                cwdonald Nov 23, 2013 08:36 PM

                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
                  roro1831 Nov 24, 2013 12:47 PM

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

              2. re: tardigrade
                WNYamateur Nov 25, 2013 07:23 AM

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

              3. re: cwdonald
                HillJ Nov 23, 2013 11:55 AM

                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.

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              Philly Ray Nov 22, 2013 12:48 PM

              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
                Philly Ray Nov 24, 2013 01:50 PM

                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.

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