One True Sandwich

There’s a sub shop not too far from where I live that serves one kind of sub:


Their grammar and punctuation skills are about on par with my abilities as a photographer. And they don’t have mustard or mayo or different kinds of bread or cheeses. Your choices are as follows: whole or half.

It’s not my favorite sandwich in the entire universe, but it’s good enough that I’ll drive several miles to get one every now and then.

My favorite sandwich is one I make about once a year. I got the recipe from a Food Network program, I think, but have modified it a bit. Anyway, it consists of bacon, freshly carved turkey, jack cheese, avocados and balsamic mayo on grilled ciabatta bread.

I am also fond of the post-Thanksgiving leftovers sandwich: turkey and mayo on Cuban bread with a few dollops of stuffing and a slathering of homemade cranberry sauce.

What’s your favorite sandwich?

179 replies
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    Booger says:

    Costco’s tuscan bread, mayo on all four faces, cheddar cheese and sauerkraut, grilled to perfection. Kind of a mockery of a reuben, but dayamm.

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    boatboy_srq says:

    There used to be a fantastic sandwich shop in SFO (just BARELY SOMA) that did a grilled chicken with pesto and gorgonzola on onion foccaccia.

    There still is one more (on California at Market) that does the biggest, most overstuffed hoagies I’ve ever seen: “roast beef on a roll” translates to one whole steer on a loaf of bread.

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    Punchy says:

    “consist’s”? So Consist has ownership here? “Pickle’s”, “Tomato’s”?? Really, this guy has WAY too many apostrophes in his arsenal.

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    cleek says:

    i’m partial to Schlotzky’s turkey-bacon club, no mayo, no tomato.

    but a DiBella’s Godfather is pretty awesome, when i can get one. (wow. website says they have 40 locations now. i was thrilled when they opened #2)

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    Mnemosyne says:

    Pan con lechon. Closely followed by their chicken torta.

    If it’s a sandwich I can order anywhere, I go with a BLT, preferably with avocado, too.

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    Keith says:

    Cheesesteak about 40 miles south of where I live. Old sub shop with a similar style sign (but multiple subs). Their cheesesteak is chopped steak, sautéed onions, provolone on top, then bread, then flipped. What puts it over the top is the combo of mayo and cherry peppers (not one of those kinds that has peppers and/or mushrooms or the nasty cheez wiz).

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @Punchy: I was thinking about that too — and the sign is one of those types where you have to push the letter tabs in, so they really worked at getting all those unnecessary apostrophes in there. Luckily they mostly stick to sandwich making.

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    ciotog says:

    Really really good ham on a good baguette with really good butter and a little salt. Perfection.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @Mnemosyne: Da-rool! I love me some roasted pork on Cuban bread too.

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    geg6 says:

    I love the grilled cheese sammys that my John makes with sourdough, bacon, brie and thinly sliced apples.

    And there really is nothing better than a BLT with peppered thick-cut bacon, fresh tomatoes from our garden and some nice Bibb or Boston lettuce on a good whole wheat (I usually get mine at Panera or Giant Eagle). Add my homemade mayo or aioli and it’s the most perfect thing on earth.

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    Napoleon says:


    (wow. website says they have 40 locations now. i was thrilled when they opened #2)

    In the last year or two they opened several in the Cleveland area. They are pretty good.

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    the Conster says:

    Lobster roll, very light touch on the mayo on a grilled hot dog bun (yum, hot dogs) with a light bed of shredded iceberg lettuce on the bottom of the bun.

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    WereBear says:

    When I was a teen I adored the Pathmark Cubans. Cuban bread, slab of pork, ham, unidentified cheese, mustard, and three pickle slices.

    But also Reuben. Roast beef with muenster and sweet red peppers. Ham and gouda with horseradish mustard.

    I make them into salads these days, unless I indulge in the gluten-free bread at the deli down the block.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Betty Cracker:

    I have never had anything bad from Porto’s. Not once. When we got married, G’s one unshakeable demand was that we get the cake from Porto’s. Other than that, I could do whatever I wanted.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @ciotog: Add a little gruyere.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    The Hue-style banh mi (Bánh Mì Huế Ngọc Hiếu) in Hanoi. Either that, or a pastrami at Katz’s.

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    scav says:

    Any other fans of the errant periods after of and with?

    ETA, Clearly, Sub Standard Spelling and Grammar, Served Daily.

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    Zifnab25 says:

    Honestly, I’m a big fan of the double-decker BLT. Whole grain bread. Roma Tomatoes. Fresh-off-the-grill bacon. I’ll take either iceburg lettuce or some good baby spinach. Just a little bit of mayo. Maybe a little salt and pepper.

    It’s always been a winner for me.

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    mai naem says:

    I like the petit english cucumber sandwiches. Good white bread. Butter, english cheddar or cheshire cheese, cucumber. Add salt and black pepper. Cut the sandwich into quarters with the crust cut off. You can add tomatoes if you want. Simple. Hell, I could eat ten of those.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @scav: I figure they’re “half-colons” — the upper dot is silent or something…

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    frank in midtown says:

    smoked turkey with goat cheese, bacon, and blueberry-jalapeno-mint chutney on an onion roll(lettuce & tomato as you see fit.) A smoky, creamy, sweet, spicy bit of incredible.

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    BGinCHI says:

    Hard to beat fried bologna and cheese, if you know how to do it.

    Also an egg sandwich once and a while is delicious.

    Normally I eat healthier, boring sandwiches so that I don’t die.

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    scav says:

    @Betty Cracker: Open-face colons!

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    geg6 says:

    Oh, as for a great sub or, as we call them here, hoagie, no one makes a better one anywhere on earth than a little pizza shop in New Brighton called Top of the Ninth. It’s got super high quality meats, using proscuitto, capicola, salami and pepperoni. Top that with shredded lettuce, lots of mozzarella, diced tomatoes, diced liguria olives, hot banana pepper rings and olive oil and red wine vinegar.

    Scrumptious. I haven’t had one since I moved to Center Township four years ago. Now I’m craving one.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @BGinCHI: Normally I eat healthier, boring sandwiches so that I don’t die

    You’ll die anyway.

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    Alexandra says:

    Brie on fresh kalamata olive bread. Merlot optional. Bit like this.

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    Citizen_X says:

    @scav: Hey, they couldn’t afford a full colon. Them periods are expensive!

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @BGinCHI: My hubby makes fried bologna sandwiches every now and then, and they’re delish! (I’d never heard of fried bologna until I met him.) He doesn’t put cheese on them, though: He fries the bologna with onions and then eats it on bread with mustard. Very tasty. Also, I agree about egg sandwiches, which can be awesome if done right, and in moderation so you don’t croak.

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    John Cole says:

    Grilled reuben with mustard instead of thousand island, french fries with gravy, coleslaw, a pickle, and a quart of ice cold milk.

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    scav says:

    @Citizen_X: Controlling periods is tantamount to birth control and thus abortion — can,t have that!

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    🍀 Martin says:

    @mai naem: I think you’re required to wear a monacle while eating them.

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    Someguy says:

    Hot pastrami on fresh Russian rye, deli mustard, plain chips and a kosher pickle on the side. Simple perfection, and like jazz or martinis, everything has to be just so or the deficiencies really stand out.

    If I can’t get that then beef on wick is a really solid alternative, though it only tastes right if I’m I’m drunk on Goldschlager and the Bills are winning by >8.

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    Best Sandwich Evah:
    Green chutney sandwich on the streets of Bombay with cucumbers, red onion, tomatoes and beets, eaten on the street while watching the sun set on the Arabian sea.

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    Chat Noir says:


    Also an egg sandwich once and a while is delicious.

    I had the most awesome egg salad sandwich years ago at a little place on Martha’s Vineyard (Edgartown) called Newes from America Pub. It was an evening dinner special — I don’t know what they used to season it but it was delish. I have been on a quest ever since for an egg salad that was on par with that one but haven’t found it yet.

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    WereBear says:

    One thing about moving to New York was the delis. Heaven! I can eat sandwich meat for every meal.

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    geg6 says:


    Beef on wick is pretty good stuff, I must say.

    For the Chicago people, what’s the name of the great place for Italian beef? I’m going crazy trying to think of it.

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    LanceThruster says:

    The free ones left over from staff meetings I wasn’t invited to.

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    NCSteve says:

    Kentucky Hot Brown. At least when it’s done right, which is almost impossible because the time of year when you have turkey and country ham leftovers is the time of year when you can’t get a decent effing tomato.

    Anyway, it’s an open faced hot sandwich. Turkey, country ham, bacon, and tomato covered, or at least surrounded, by a bechamel with a few grates of Parmesan (and no damn nutmeg) on a slice of Texas toast, and broiled until the sauce turns a bit GB&D.

    When do ’em, I use split leftover dinner rolls instead of the Texas Toast, and I replace the parm in the sauce with a few grates of a medium white cheddar.

    My other favorite sandwich is one I concocted as a teen that a deli owner I ordered it from named “the heartburn special:” salami, corned beef and sharp cheddar on your choice of bread with lettuce, mayo and dijon.

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    Randy P says:

    So many favorites. If I have to pick one, I guess it would be pastrami or corned beef on rye, thousand island dressing, cole slaw, swiss cheese, served warm. The non-kosher version of a reuben. (I tend to like my sandwiches messy). This sandwich goes by different names in different cities, but there’s usually some version of it in places that make reubens.

    I also love traditional reubens.

    But other simple favorites are (1) a good burger, made with decent meat and some strong cheese (cheddar or blue both work really well). Favorite toppings are salsa, grilled onions, raw onions, tomato slices and grilled mushrooms.(2) a really good grilled cheese and tomato, made with fancy-schmancy cheese and bread. It’s not a sandwich I usually order as it’s a little TOO simple for me to feel like paying money for (always afraid I won’t be satisfied afterward) but when I’m in the Think Coffee in lower Manhattan (a block or so from The Strand bookstore), that is my sandwich of choice, (3) being in Philly, I have to vote for a good cheesesteak. “Good” means not from either of the touristy places that claims to have invented it. I like mine with provolone, mushrooms and hot peppers. The hots are probably sacrilegious, but who cares.

    Also, why does buffalo-chicken flavor work in combination with practically everything?

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    NCSteve says:

    @geg6: Mr. Beef? Al’s #1?

    Not a Chicagan, but I’ve been taken on the lethal regional gastronomical landmark tour. The deep dish, the ribs, the Italian beef, you name it.

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    Roger Moore says:

    Reuben. It’s a very hard sandwich to make just right- the balance of ingredients is very important, and even one that’s made right will get soggy and gross almost as fast as I can eat it- but the hunt is worth it.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @Chat Noir: I wish I could find a good egg salad recipe. I’ve never found one that was more than so-so.

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    fidelio says:

    Rae’s Gourmet Sandwiches, in downtown Nashville. Go to the gourmet sandwiches section of the menu, and hover the cursor over a menu item for the description. I will not be held responsible for drool-on-device incidents.

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    Alexandra says:


    Ha. Been there before. It was usually, but not always, the fishy ones that were left behind.

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    Cheryl from Maryland says:

    1)TABS – BLTs with avocado

    2) toast sourdough. On one side, spread major grey’s chutney. On the other, spread a mixture of blue cheese crumbles and mayo. Place thinly sliced green apples on the chutney side. Place turkey slices on the blue cheese side. Layer leaf lettuce and Swiss in between.

    3) toast 7 grain or German black bread or Brittish brown bread. Cover bread with horseradish cream. One half can be mustard if you like. Drain peppedews ( best) or roasted red peppers or a jar of sliced pimentos and add to on the horseradish side. Layer roast beef, cheddar and lettuce to finish.

    4) dip Hawaiian bread into egg as for French toast and brown in a skillet. Brown both sides. Cover inner sides of bread with mayo mixed with roasted or pre mashed garlic. Add Cubano sandwich fixings – ham, turkey, roast pork, cheese, etc. Add one layer of those flat sliced pickles. Close sandwich, heat gently in skillet until cheese melts.

    Thank you for this post – I love sandwiches for dinner.

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    Ash Can says:

    I wouldn’t mind a Schwartz’s smoked meat sammich right about now.

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    catclub says:

    Mutton, lettuce and tomato, when the mutton is sliced really thin.
    Also, spam, spam, spam, baked beans, spam and spam.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Apostrophes before the plural s. Periods, instead of a colon, before a list. A missing definite article (before OVEN). Harrumph.

    I wonder if the sandwich-shop proprietor can read the health regulations well enough to understand them, let alone comply with them. I’m kind of glad I couldn’t eat those decidedly non-halal sandwiches anyway.

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    hoodie says:

    A local place makes something called Felix the Cat that I’m partial to. Tortilla encrusted catfish, black beans, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, green demon pesto and salsa with caesar dressing on flat bread. Nothing can beat a fried oyster po-boy with remoulade on crispy french bread, though.

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    MomSense says:

    Since I’m no longer doing meat I guess it would be homemade garlic chickpea hummus in a wheat pita with lots of veggies and some balsamic vinaigrette on top.

    If anyone wanted to throw things at Mitt Romney on Sunday when he dissed the President over Russia, you will enjoy the President’s answer to Jonathan Karl–full of win. I don’t have a link but worth finding and listening to in full.

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    inkadu says:

    @Punchy: He did as well as he could with only two periods to split between the two colons. Never thought I’d say this about a sandwich place: not enough colons.

    Favorite sammy to make at home: sourdough tuna melt. Remember to press the crap out it while its frying.

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    @hoodie: Sounds delicious, want!

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    burnspbesq says:

    Pastrami on rye from Stage Deli. Which I will miss now that I’m eating mostly vegan.

    May need to come up with something new. I’m not being hard core about cheese, so maybe an eggplant parmigiana sub.

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    BGinCHI says:

    @Gin & Tonic: So you say.

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    Mike D. says:

    That sounds a lot like “A Wreck” at Potbelly, my lunchtime standby which I will also occasionally drive a couple miles for if I have the time. If I had a mom & pop equivalent available I’d absolutely give it shot. Loves me A Wreck.

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    Geeno says:

    Grilled ham and cheese, using sourdough bread and jalapeño/cayenne cheese.

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    Keith says:

    Some more:

    Brie on a buttered baguette (eaten Twin Peaks-style)
    Reuben from NeWorlDeli in Austin
    BLT – simple & perfect
    Chicken salad sandwich made from Costco rotisserie salad
    The moistmaker sandwich (from Friends)

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    BGinCHI says:

    @geg6: There are many. Lots of opinions on whose is best.

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    Phylllis says:

    A Cuban sandwich from the Columbia restaurant in Ybor City. Actually, the best Cuban was from a little hole-in-the-wall place in East Bradenton, but I don’t know if that place is still open. Been years since I’ve had one from there.

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    Randy P says:

    How do I know I’m an old fart? Because here I am daydreaming about great sandwiches I’ve eaten. Also because as I approach one of my favorite eateries, I can start reviewing the menu and making my choices before I even get there.

    I don’t remember great sandwiches per se in Germany, but the bread is so amazing all by itself that one of my favorite German “sandwiches” is just to buy a good brötchen (small roll, often with enough seeds to start your own farm) and a hunk of good cheese. Add a nice hefeweizen and what else do you need?

    And there’s a local student hangout near us called Hobbs, run by a couple of guys who are barely out of school themselves. They make a breakfast burrito that is the most amazing breakfast sandwich you’ve ever eaten. I couldn’t even tell you what’s in it, besides the egg, avocado and sour cream.

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    BGinCHI says:

    If ever in Montreal the smoked meat sammiches are very good. Can’t remember any place names.

    There used to be an amazing Jewish deli in downtown Indy called Shapiro’s I think. Great corned beef but I try never to go there ever. Indy I mean.

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    LanceThruster says:


    It allows me to try ones I wouldn’t have normally requested for myself, and often I’m pleasantly surprised.

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    BGinCHI says:

    Now I am fucking starving and it’s halfway between lunch and dinner.

    Thanks Cracker.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @the Conster:


    I love a simple sandwich on a good baguette.

    And Dot’s Back Inn (restaurant) in Richmond VA had a tuna melt with homemade potato crisps that was worth the drive.

    ETA: their website:

    And whaddyaknow, they’ve been featured on Diners and Drive Ins.

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    Roger Moore says:

    Another great one is cream cheese and smoked salmon on a bagel. Especially good with homemade bagels and cream cheese; I haven’t tried home smoking the salmon yet. Other ingredients are optional.

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    Felonius Monk says:

    Hot Roast Beef Grinder made with onions, M*ncini Fried Peppers, rare roast beef, tomatoes, and provolone on a really good sub roll.

    Best I ever had was at a place in Warehouse Point, Connecticut nearly 50 yrs ago.

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    Elizabelle says:

    Has anyone mentioned a very good BBQ sandwich yet? Pulled pork!

    Can’t remember the details, but have had a fabulous fried fish sandwich somewhere too … real simple, but very good.

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    catclub says:

    @BGinCHI: “If ever in Montreal the smoked meat sammiches are very good. Can’t remember any place names.”

    this is wonderfully amusing. “Schwartz’s smoked meat” is essentially one word up there.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    For the Chicago people, what’s the name of the great place for Italian beef?

    What are you trying to do, start a fistfight? Asking a Chicagoan what the best place for Italian beef is is like asking what the best deep-dish pizza is. Relationships have broken up over the question.

    (No, seriously, Gino’s East used to run radio commercials that had a woman breaking up with her fiancé because he’d never been to Gino’s East.)

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    John O says:


    You can get a fine Italian Beef, with or without hot or sweet peppers and cheese at any of the Portillo’s location in Chicagoland.

    I’m a fan of the old BLT, unadorned, with light spread of Miracle Whip *gasp* (I know), preferably with thick cut applewood-smoked bacon, and of course the tomatoes are critical.

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    kathy a. says:

    I used to get a carved turkey and avocado on fresh S.F. sourdough, with mayo mustard pickles onion lettuce — this was 30 years ago, and the shop is long gone. That was the sandwich I desperately wanted when I was pregnant and living in Japan (where you can just forget about finding the turkey or good sourdough or perfect avocado). Have never had one so good; never could replicate it at home.

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    JPL says:

    My son gave me some bacon jam that i used to make grilled cheese sandwiches and they were wonderful. I’ve been nagging him to make more of the bacon jam,

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    aimai says:

    A couple of excellent sandwiches:

    caramelized onions and cheese as a panini, served with pickles, grainy mustard, and maybe some chutney.

    Just had a killer pastrami with pickled onions, some kind of pickled turnip, and russian dressing.

    Roasted pear, pickled onions, goat cheese, and walnuts.

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    lethargytartare says:

    Leno’s Original

    Ham, turkey, bologna, lettuce, tomato, red onion, and homemade italian dressing on a gonella roll. Been my favorite since the 1st time my dad took me there as a wee lad in the mid 70’s.

    They’ve changed owners since then, but not the recipe. May have to stop there on the way home tonight…

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    Central Planning says:

    Chicken parmigiana. Something about the breaded chicken with some cheese and marinara sauce… It’s delicious.

    If you’re local to Rochester, we have a couple decent sub shops. DiBella’s, Amiel’s, and Pellegrino’s are all ones we like.

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    catclub says:

    @John O: Blend together salsa and sun dried tomatoes, mix into mayo for amazing tomato mayo for that sandwich.

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    srv says:

    I love all sandwiches, but a late night cold grandma’s garlic onion meatloaf recipe is the awesome.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    I’ve never had a sandwich I’d consider memorable. Schlotzky’s did once try setting up in Malaysia in the early 1980s, I think — they had interesting bread — but failed. So did Arby’s. Arby’s had okay meat in their sandwiches, but they also had this weird brown mystery goop on them. This brown goop was often topped with another, saltyish yellow mystery goop, which was supposed to be cheese or something.

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    scav says:

    Some days all I want is rillettes on a fresh baguette.

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    @Mnemosyne: Deep dish pizza is no pizza at all.

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    LanceThruster says:

    I miss the diner that used to serve an open face turkey sandwich smothered in gravy. Haven’t gotten a good one since.

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    Roger Moore says:

    A good old fashioned grilled cheese can be hard to beat. Real sourdough bread and West Country Farmhouse Cheddar. Accept no imitations for the cheese; the real stuff will make you understand what everyone else in the world is trying and failing to copy.

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    Randy P says:

    Catfish Po’ Boy.

    My sandwich neurons are just firing randomly now.

    Fried catfish is just exactly the right thing to put together with the other ingredients that make up a Po’ Boy.

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    Schlemizel says:


    There is a motorcycle shop here that used to have a big sign, “We rent Harley’s” I always wondered Harley’s what? Is Harley OK with that? Apparently they took so much grief about it that they have now painted over the apostrophe.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    In your part of the world, you’re probably better off seeking out Vietnamese sandwich shops. They took what the French brought and what the Americans brought and created possibly the finest sandwich in the world: the bahn mi.

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    Dee Loralei says:

    My favorite sandwich is a Monte Cristo. I’ve never been able to make a good one. It’s a silly sandwich to be sure, but I love the french toasty bread with the powdered sugar on top and a bunch of French’s mustard. Most days I eat smoked turkey with Swiss and Miracle Whip on a really good 9 seeded bread. I love Cuban sandwiches. And the Spanish Ham , Jamon(?), manchego cheese and quince paste grilled on a really good ciabatta. I love Ruebens, but with mustard instead of thousand island and I prefer them grilled. And I had this really great grilled ham and brie on a baguette with a blackberry jam and spicy mustard and arugula that was amazing. I love French Dips and when we lived in Buffalo I’d get beef and ‘wick. I love sandwiches. Rarely I’ll have brunschweiger with yellow mustard sliced red onion on a good rye. Oh and a good pastrami.

    I make a smoked pepper/ jack Daniels turkey breast and for sandwiches, I add swiss cheese and homemade basil mayo on sourdough or a fresh croissant.Heaven. And I love a good Italian sub with salami, cappicola and prosciutto, lettuce, toms, red onion and an Italian vinagrette. Sometimes I put spicy Italian sausage links on it for dinner and lots of pepperoncini on the side.

    And I love Schlotsky’s Original regular. I’ve never been able to recreate their bread and it is one of my all time favorite breads. Oh and a good BLT preferably with avocado. Or a good club sammy. In the summer I have to eat at least once a week a homegrown tom sandwich on white bread with tons of salt and pepper, miracle whip and American cheese. That just screams summer to my mouth.

    I do truly love sandwiches.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Midweek matches from the English Premier League: Manchester Untied fell behind 1-nil to City in their derby match — at home! Inside the first minute! — and have conceded again in the second half. I cannot see United manager David Moyes keeping his job through next August.

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    BGinCHI says:

    @Mnemosyne: People who diss deep dish pizza usually have never had a good one.

    Or else they are fucked in the head.

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    GR says:

    No love for the Jessica Alba sandwich?

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    “consist’s.” Arrrgh. Damn, people. Apostrophes aren’t hard.

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    BGinCHI says:

    @Amir Khalid: Did they go through against Olympiakos?

    They really are not on form at all, are they.

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    Elizabelle says:


    Meatloaf sandwich.

    Yesh. A prime reason for making meatloaf in the first place.

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    BGinCHI says:

    @Elizabelle: There was a bar in Buffalo that had the bestest meatloaf sandwich ever. Right off (or on) Hertel Ave.

    I mean, this was a good sandwich. Plus, since it was Buffalo, huge.

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    I also love gyros and banh-mi.

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    I’m not a big sandwich person. My go-to is usually tuna salad on whole wheat with lettuce and that’s it.

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    Elizabelle says:


    Bacon jam!?

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    Elizabelle says:


    That sounds wonderful. With a big amber ale to go with it.

    ETA: And probably half of the sammy to take home!

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    Peanut butter with bacon. It comes with a side of Lipitor.

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    Robert says:

    There used to be a little deli in Ross, in Marin County, CA, that served one called a “European.” It was a sweet baguette with sweet (unsalted) butter, slices of ripe brie and black forest ham. They may have sprinkled a tiny bit of salt and pepper on the ham, but that was it. Man those were delicious.

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    Laertes says:

    They forgot the apostrophe in s’alami.

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    burnspbesq says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    If all of the current results hold, ManU will be five points behind Spurs for sixth place with seven matches to go. Which raises the following question: if Arsenal wins the FA Cup and qualifies for Champions League, who gets the Europa League slot that normally goes to the FA Cup winner?

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    Howard Beale IV says:

    @BGinCHI: Don’t forget that that are may variants of deep dish-me, I’m fond of the Detroit variant.

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    Joel says:

    Pastrami on rye, Reuben is also acceptable.

    Favorites are Katz’s in NYC or Dot’s in Seattle.

    Also excellent is anything that Gina Batali wants to serve at Salumi’s.

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    BGinCHI says:

    @Howard Beale IV: When I think of Detroit, delicious pizza does not leap to mind.

    I’m gonna trust you on this one.

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    BGinCHI says:

    Going to St. Louis in a few weeks for a conference and need some eating and drinking recs. Staying right down by the arch but driving down so I will have wheels.

    Please to help, jackals.

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    🍀 Martin says:

    It’s not all bad news out there, kids.

    SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court unanimously upheld the constitutionality Tuesday of two San Francisco laws that regulate gun storage and ammunition.

    A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the city had adequately justified an ordinance that requires gun owners to keep weapons either stored in a locked container or disabled with a trigger lock when not carried.

    The panel also upheld a San Francisco ordinance that bans the sale of hollow-point ammunition, designed to expand or fragment upon impact. The city argued that such ammunition was more lethal than other kinds.

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    catclub says:

    @Laertes: Is that the halal/kosher version?

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    Amir Khalid says:

    They did, but then again Olympiakos would struggle against any top-half EPL side. United’s next CL opponent are Bayern München, who just clinched the Bundesliga title tonight with seven matches to spare. Given that United’s only hope of European football next season depends on winnng this season’s Champions League …

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    C.S. says:

    The Zesty Feta Döner at Spitz, at various locations in Los Angeles. Although I am also partial towards the Kurobuta Pork Belly Banh Mi or Braised Lamb sandwiches at Mendocino Farms.

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    KG says:

    DW’s Subs in Anaheim. Best sandwiches, shakes, and slushes in the world. Still go there from time to time, they still remember me from high school. They have a honey mustard chicken sandwich, so incredibly good.

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    BGinCHI says:

    @Amir Khalid: They are done like dinner. Even if BM sends the B team.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Two consecutive 3-nil home defeats for Manchester United against top-four opposition. How are the mighty fallen.

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    Howard Beale IV says:

    @BGinCHI: If ya ever do get to the Motor City, visit a Buddy’s Pizza.

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    JPL says:

    @Elizabelle: I think he made it from this recipe, but I’m not sure. He makes it for his annual New Year’s eve party. I stored some leftovers in the freezer and used it on sandwiches.

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    raven says:

    Vegneck Rueben. Collards and pimento on thick bread!

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    @LanceThruster: Can’t see the youtube, what’s on it?

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    Amir Khalid says:

    I could go for the bread, but the pork in the sandwich … one bite and I’d burst into flames.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Sir Alex’s last selection has been a disappointment this season.

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    shelly says:

    I like the petit english cucumber sandwiches

    I agree. A cucumber sandwich is seen as so froo-froo. But on good buttered bread, with lots of fresh cracked pepper, it’s wonderful. Sliced radishes, again on buttered bread are great. Read somewhere that it’s supposed to taste like lobster, but can’t testify to that.
    And speaking of lobster. A classic lobster roll from a good water-front shanty in Maine is heaven’y
    And finally. A BLT with the first ripe, really ripe tomato from the garden.

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    p.a. says:

    Muffalatta anyone? Only been to Nola 3 times, so I had Central Grocery’s version. Yum.

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    Origuy says:


    Mutton, lettuce and tomato, when the mutton is sliced really thin.

    You beat me to the PB reference. Obligatory movie clip.

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    geg6 says:


    Damn. Can’t remember the name of the place, but the Italian beef sammy I had there was awesome. A huge mess, but worth it.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Last week Brendan Rodgers pointed out the vicious circle of decline awaiting Manchester United: Not having Champions League football to offer means you don’t attract the top players, which means you’re less competitive against the top sides in your league, which means you don’t have Champions League football to offer, which means …

    As Rodgers said, Liverpool themselves are only now breaking out of that same vicious circle.

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    geg6 says:

    @John O:

    That’s it! Portellos! YUM!

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    BGinCHI says:

    @Amir Khalid: They still have very deep pockets and huge name recognition. They’ll be ok.

    Liverpool finally stopped buying bad players, more or less. Although I honestly thought Suarez was going to tank his career before it got started. Give Rodgers a lot of credit for managing him.

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    geg6 says:


    Ooooo, muffalatas are delish, too. Forgot about those. That means it’s been way too long since I’ve been to NOLA.

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    jharp says:

    Favorite sandwich is corned beef on rye. Slyman’s, Cleveland, Ohio.

    Anyone here ever have a Devonshire? The Pittsburgh sandwich. I had one of those about 22 years ago that was amazing.

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    jharp says:


    I think dogs should be the next subject. Looks awesome BTW.

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    jharp says:

    @Roger Moore:

    Grilled cheese with home grown tomatoes are tough to beat.

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    jharp says:


    Been there. It is very good. I have had better though.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @geg6: Chicago definitely makes the best italian beef, but I doubt there’s agreement on which one is the best. In my house growing up, if you were picking up italian beef, you had to get both kinds: the one I liked (Carm’s) and the one my mom liked (Novi’s).

    If it’s italian beef and it’s not a big mess, you’re doing it wrong. I have heard there are actually people who order their italian beef dry, instead of wet, but I think that’s just an urban legend.

    Then there’s the whole “sweet pepper / hot pepper” thing. I’ll bet we could start a fight right here on BJ if we wanted.

    @John O: Have never tried Portillo’s.

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    the Conster says:


    There’s a scene in Spanglish where Adam Sandler (a star chef in the movie) makes himself a sandwich when he gets home from work that looks like that. Every time I watch that movie I stop it there to watch him cut it, and the egg yolk runs perfectly. Want.

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    DissidentFish says:

    Baltimore Pit Beef with horseradish and barbecue sauce. Add cole slaw if you want. Add red pepper relish if you want. But you could eat just the bun and beef and be happy.

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    JaneE says:

    If I had to pick one it would be Avocado and Onion. Sandwich bread (white or wheat), thin smear of mayo, super thin raw onion slices, thick avocado slices, a little salt and pepper.

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    LanceThruster says:

    @schrodinger’s cat:

    Jon Stewart’s riff on Chicago Style pizza —

    “When I look at your deep dish fuckin’ pizza, I don’t know whether to eat it or throw a coin in it and make a wish,” Stewart railed. “And if I made a wish, it would be that I’d wish for some real fuckin’ pizza.”

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    Keith says:

    @the Conster: FWIW, that sandwich was created by Thomas Keller for the movie.

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    Betty Cracker says:


    grandma’s garlic onion meatloaf recipe…

    Tell me more!

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    Gozer says:

    I grew up near Domilise’s in New Orleans, so I’d guess it’d have to be a shrimp po-boy from there. There’s also a decent Asian grocery in Gretna that makes a fairly good banh mi.

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    normal liberal says:

    Be grateful for your car, as the downtown area immediately west of the Arch is a complete wasteland outside of business hours. I was there for a conference recently, and the only decent coffee was several blocks away at St. Louis Bread Co., aka Panera. I hope you’re in a better equipped hotel.

    Buttonhole a local and ask them to point you to the Italian joints on the Hill. I realize Italian seems like a silly recommendation for someone coming from Chicago, but everyone swears by this area.

    Should you wish to down some pizza on your trip to and fro, there’s the Lucca Grill in downtown Bloomington, and longstanding haven for the local Democrats huddled together for protection.

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    jayboat says:

    I’m full from the apostrophes. Killed my appetite.

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    BGinCHI says:

    @normal liberal: Thanks! I was anticipating having to go hunting for the good stuff, but that’s ok.

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    shelly says:

    Spanglish where Adam Sandler (a star chef in the movie) makes himself a sandwich

    ‘Bout the only worthwhile scene in the whole movie. Oh, that sandwich. And then he gets interupted just as he’s about to dive in.

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    normal liberal says:

    Just don’t let anyone talk you into eating gooey butter cake – it’s sugar custard with sugar on top, and it is an inexplicable local favorite.

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    Cervantes says:

    What’s your favorite sandwich?


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    Quaker in a Basement says:

    My favorite?

    One that someone else makes and sets in front of me. Bonus if it’s free.

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    rikyrah says:

    Any excellent italian-style sub …I can’t give them up. I’ll try it anywhere.

    Also love a good club sandwich.

    I’d eat the sandwich up above sans oil. Gimme some soup,and I’m good to go.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    If you could only do one thing, but do it better than anyone else? You could own the world.

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    FlipYrWhig says:

    Why did anyone ever decide that an apostrophe would indicate a plural? It makes no fucking sense. It never, ever, EVER does that.

    (The only even slightly related case is how people get confused about how to punctuate a sign on their house that displays their last name: should it be The Simpsons, or The Simpsons’, or The Simpson’s? That’s at least something that requires a moment’s thought, because you’re trying to show both plural and possession at the same time.)

    And a present tense verb? That’s even stupider. I mean, what the fuck? Why would you ever think that was right? Where would you possibly have learned that or seen that? It’s just indefensible dumbfuckery of the highest order. It’d be like taking the & character and ju&t randomly &prinkling it into & sentence&s.

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    karen says:

    Light life veggie burger, caramelized onions on sandwich sized potato roll with honey bbq sauce.

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    Elizabelle says:


    Thank you. Never heard of bacon jam, and am now intrigued.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    The sixth-place EPL club, I would guess. (That is, not Man U.) This situation must have come up before.

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    @LanceThruster: I have to agree with Stewart.

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    Just go behind the goddamn counter and steal all their apostrophes. Jesus people THE LETTER S IS NOT SCARY AND DOES NOT REQURE AN EARLY WARNING SYSTEM BEFORE YOU SEE IT.

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    Amir Khalid says:


    how to punctuate a sign on their house that displays their last name: should it be The Simpsons, or The Simpsons’, or The Simpson’s?

    Traditionally one puts one’s name on the house, rather than have it say “So-and-so’s house”, so the sign should read “Homer and Marge”.

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    milo says:

    Fried oyster loaf or po-boy. Butter and pickles only + the special ingredient: Lea
    & Perrins

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    Nutella says:


    And for God’s sake, don’t go anywhere near Imo’s. Locals love it and it’s awful.

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    I am now sitting at Panera Bread eating a turkey BLT and a cup of black bean soup.

    I blame all of you.

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    RSA says:

    One of the best sandwiches I’ve had in the past year came in the mail, a Reuben sandwich kit from Zingerman’s in Ann Arbor. (It was a gift from my brother, who was at the University of Michigan for a couple of years.) It was a fair amount of work to put it together and cook it, but the result was amazing.

    Another candidate, long ago, was my first muffuletta, in New Orleans (to second @p.a.‘s suggestion).

    And I’ve had great Cuban sandwiches in southern California; they’re harder to find at home in North Carolina.

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    @Amir Khalid:

    Pork is not actually required — it’s equally as tasty when made with chicken or tofu. As long as they make it with the nice crunchy-on-the-outside baguette, you’re in business.

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    Svensker says:

    We have to CHOOSE? ! ?

    A real Reuben

    BLT with homemade bread, some avocado in season

    Lobster roll

    French Dip.

    Montreal smoked meat on rye with mustard

    Medianoche with a side of cafe con leche

    Hoboken Vito’s fresh muzz on Italian bread, the sweet juice dripping into the bread, salt and pepper, bit of oil and vinegar.

    Baguette with fresh butter and some saucisson

    There was a place in Culver City, CA that made fried shrimp sandwich on homemade bread with mayo that was out of this world. Ships. That’s it. Ships.

    A really good Philly cheese steak.

    The Toronto version of a Philly cheese steak with blue cheese and mushrooms.

    My mom’s homemade meatloaf sandwiches on homemade white bread with mayo and ketchup. Chocolate milkshake on the side.

    A good patty melt — haven’t had one of those since I moved East 30 years ago.

    West coast open face Dungeoness crab salad on English muffin with Tillamook cheddar cheese, broiled.

    How much time you got?

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    daryljfontaine says:

    A good dark bread, pumpernickel perhaps
    Stone-ground dijon
    Ham off the bone
    A medium slice of good blue cheese
    Thinly sliced green olives (optional)


    But then, to be fair, so many of the entries in this thread also sound amazing.


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    Tom_23 says:

    The Triangle Pub near Swissvale, PA (Outside Pittsburgh). The battleship with a mixture of roast beef and corned beef. Per Pittsburgh Quarterly

    But there is one triangle from which ships emerge. The Triangle Bar & Grill, near the eastern edge of Swissvale Borough, at the threshold to Rankin, occupies an old triangular-shaped building that gives up a steady stream of Battleships and Destroyers—signature sandwiches that have filled epicurean bellies since 1946.

    There is no talk of teriyaki or chipotle chicken hoagies here. This is your father’s sandwich, easily recognized, but hard to put down after your first bite. And the formula is simple: fresh bread, cold cuts sliced on the premises, homemade meatballs and nothing frozen or pre-cut. You can dress them however you want, but the traditional Battleship gets lettuce, tomato, onion, vinegar & oil, salt & pepper and oregano

    Ahh, college memories…

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    Don K says:


    There’s a DiBella’s opened up a few miles from me. Have to check it out soon.

    Now, back on topic, I’d guess it’s the Reuben I make myself with Sy Ginsburg corned beef, Miami Bake Shop rye, Marzetti 1000 Island, German kraut, and good swiss. So bad for my heart I only make it a couple times a year, but so good.

    Other than that,
    A BLT in July and August when local tomatoes are in season.
    A good Italian sub (hoagie where I come from – has to have capicola and mortadella in addition to the salami and ham)
    A good cheesesteak (I can make that myself with shaved steak since I don’t live anywhere near Philly anymore)
    Italian Beef (have to go to Chicago for that)

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    Don K says:

    @Betty Cracker:

    To make 2 egg salad sandwiches:

    3 hard cooked eggs, run twice through an egg slicer
    just enough mayo to bind it together
    a little salt
    2 grinds of pepper
    1 tsp mustard (whatever kind you like)
    2 tsp sweet relish
    a couple of squirts of worcestershire

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    LanceThruster says:

    @schrodinger’s cat:

    It’s a personal preference that I don’t begrudge anyone but I’ve never been fond of it (though I’m I’m told I would be if I got a good one). But I love that bit for it’s snarky silliness (and the great line about sex with a corpse).

    The last time the subject came up here, some people got very homesick and I felt bad for them. But…food is like music, no excuses needed for what you like.

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    Death Panel Truck says:

    Anyway, it consists of bacon, freshly carved turkey, jack cheese, avocados

    You should use avocado’s instead. I hear they taste better.

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    reality-based says:


    This. Preferably on my homemade really sour sourdough bread. .

    However, failing great ham:

    1. Slice a long baguette into top and bottom halves

    2. Slather both haves thickly with Freshly Made Roasted Garlic mayo.
    (1.5-2 cups Hellmans + 2 heads roasted garlic, smashed together. till blended. )

    3. Grilled Tri-tip, preferably, or other sliced roast beef or steak – rare to med. rare. Room temp is best, so cook it ahead.

    4. A thick layer of Arugula, washed and well-dried.

    5. Roasted Red Bell Peppers – jarred is ok – patted dry and sliced into strips.

    6. RE-assemble Baguette, slice across into 2-inch portions, and serve with extra Roasted Garlic Mayo

    A feature of my annual garden party – I dream of this sandwich often!

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    Elie says:

    @the Conster: I gotta applaud your choice man. I also love a fried oyster po boy on a partially hollowed out baguette (allows more room for the oysters) thin shaved red onions and lettuce w just a touch of chipotle mayonnaise. Lord have Mercy!

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    Elie says:

    I am applauding your choices wildly as my mouth runs water. The meat loaf sandwich is highly underestimated. I also adore the genuine Chicago style hot dog with chopped Italian peppers, tomatoes, onions and that electric green relish w yellow mustard.

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    Elie says:

    Another wonderful sandwich that I adore.
    Also from Bmore. The magnificent gigantic blue crab cake sandwich grilled to perfection and plump filled w big lump crab meat with minimal bread or filler. Amazing

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    Ole Phat Stu says:

    What’s your favorite sandwich?

    A saturday morning threesome ;-)

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    someofparts says:

    Woody’s cheese steak –

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    ciotog says:

    @BGinCHI: There’s a good Peruvian place, Mango, downtown. Also downtown: Rooster, which is great for breakfast and lunch. There’s Brasserie in the Central West End and Franco in Soulard, for good French places. Our current favorite is probably Pastaria, in Clayton. Next door is the fun splurgey restaurant Niche. On the Hill, Lorenzo’s is great, and Modesto was great when I was there several years ago. Oh, and for pizza, go to Pi! Several locations around town.

    Two more sandwiches: the classic New York ham, egg, and cheese on a roll for breakfast. The super sub from the Tastee Sub Shop in New Brunswick, NJ…Obama ordered it when he was there!

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