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50 In 50: Best Sandwiches In Each State

By Parker Diakite

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There is so much to love about a sandwich. Of the many reasons to love the traditional dish served with two slices of bread and whatever in between is the fact that it’s so easy to make.

But what makes a sandwich stand out from the rest is the art of spices, cheeses, condiments, and other secret sauces that sandwich-makers use to leave your craving for more.

After a little research from various discussion websites, publications, and social media, we have compiled a list of the best sandwich in each state.

Alabama

The rumors around the state of Alabama is that a “barbecue” chicken sandwich made with “white barbecue sauce” made with mayonnaise and vinegar is a favorite among Alabamians.

If you’re looking for an alternative to that mayonnaise and vinegar combination, try the “Big Daddy Bar-B-Que” sandwich at Dreamland BBQ.  

Alaska

Alaska and fresh fish are almost synonymous so it should come to no surprise that the Halibut BLT is at the top of this list. 

Enjoy a ¼lb. Alaskan Halibut fillet with tartar sauce and lettuce on a bone at Lucky Wishbone.


Arizona

According to Reddit Users,  the “wildcat” from Bison Witches in Tucson, Arizona is the best in the state. The sandwich includes thin slices of roast beef and smoked turkey with melted smoked gouda cheese.  To top it off, its complimented with honey-based spicy Russian mustard.

California

There’s no mention on Reddit on exactly where but a “Dungeness Crab Melt on Sourdough” is by far the winning sandwich among users

Colorado

You may not consider a burger but according to Reddit users,  Bud’s Bar  offers the best “burger in America.” 

Connecticut

Louis’ Lunch is a hamburger restaurant in New Haven, Connecticut which claims to be the first restaurant to serve hamburgers and the oldest hamburger restaurant in the U.S. as it was opened in 1895.  

Delaware

The “Bobbie Sandwich” at Capriotti’s is the best-seller, so it comes to no surprise that Reddit users rated this as the best in Delaware.  It’s made with turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, and mayo.

Florida

The Cuban Sandwich is to Florida what the beach is to people in the Sunshine State:  it’s part of their DNA.

There’s no better place to try such an iconic dish than Versailles Restaurant in Miami.

Georgia

Ann’s Snack Bar is home to  “The World-Famous Ghetto Burger” which has been named the best burger in Atlanta by Citysearch Atlanta and the best burger in the country by The Wall Street Journal. 

Hawaii

The Paia Fish Market in Lahaina and Kihei is home to the “fish burger,” a fillet of fish on a bun, topped with coleslaw, tomato, cold shredded cheese, and housemade tartar sauce.

Photo courtesy of Paia Fish Market

Idaho

Bar Gernika’s “Spicy Lamb Grinder” was voted Idaho’s best.  Served with jalapeños and pepper jack cheese, this sandwich can be purchased for $11.25.

Illinois

The results are in and Reddit users say that Buona’s Italian Beef is the best in Illinois. 

Indiana

In Indiana, a breaded pork tenderloin sandwich is where it’s at and the good news is that you can find them anywhere in the state.

Iowa

The Tavern in West Des Moines is home to Iowa’s best sandwich: The Italian Grinder.

The sandwich consists of Italian sausage simmered in a special sauce topped with mozzarella cheese and oven-baked on a fresh hoagie bun.

Kansas

The Burnt End Sandwich from Gates BBQ is the popular choice among Reddit Users. Just be sure to get it with extra hot bbq sauce.

Kentucky

The Hot Brown is a Louisville tradition with worldwide appeal. It’s an open-faced turkey sandwich with bacon and a delicate Mornay sauce. The Brown Hotel is where to go. 

Louisiana

We wouldn’t dare put anything in this box except a Po’boy: a traditional sandwich from Louisiana that (for the more part) consists of meat, including fried seafood, often shrimp, crawfish, fish, oysters or crab served on a French-like baguette.

Maine

Two words: Lobster Roll. If there’s a place in America to try a lobster roll then it’s definitely in Maine.   

Maryland

Crab Cake is the clear winner for the state of Maryland’s and if you ask residents where to go: Koco’s Pub in Baltimore.

Instagram | @kocos_pub

Massachusetts

Curried Chicken Sandwich from Judie’s restaurant in Amherst is served with chicken breast, bananas, cranberry sauce, a peanut-coconut-raisin mix, and curry glaze.

Michigan

If you’re trying the best sandwich in Michigan, make sure you go hungry.   The Cudighi is a spicy Italian sausage that is commonly made for pizza and in Michigan:  a sandwich.  Native to the Upper Peninsula,  the Cudighi is a patty of Italian sausage served on a hard roll with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese, sometimes with grilled onions, peppers, and mushrooms.

Minnesota

While some say the Jucy Lucy classifies more like a burger,  Minnesotans will beg to differ.  The Jucy Lucy is a cheeseburger with the cheese inside the meat instead of on top, which results in a melted core of cheese.  

Two bars in Minneapolis claim to have invented the burger: Matt’s Bar and the 5-8 Club.

Mississippi

Louisiana may have the Shrimp Po’ Boy, but in Mississippi, the fried catfish Po-Boy at Penn’s Fish House is the fan-favorite.

Missouri

The Gerber is an open-faced sandwich that’s exclusive to  St. Louis.  The Gerber consists of a half section of Italian or French bread, spread with garlic butter, topped with ham, and seasoned with a sprinkling of paprika b before it’s toasted.

Montana

Inside the Staggering Ox Restaurant is the Three Mile Island Sandwich—voted the best sandwich in Montana.  It’s served with ham, turkey, beef, pepperoni, swiss, and more.

Nebraska

Even though no one formally endorsed a sandwich for the state of Nebraska on Reddit,  users did recommend a restaurant.  Bison Witches in Lincoln has a variety of sandwiches to choose from.

Nevada

Don’t let the name fool you.  The Awful Awful in Reno has the best sandwich. Just go inside and order “The Little Nugget.”

New Hampshire

The Red Arrow Diner is a 24-hour diner with four locations throughout the state of New Hampshire. The best sandwich was voted the “Arrow Burger” at the Red Arrow Diner.

New Jersey

The “Phat Lady” can be found in the heart of Princeton by Hoagie Haven.  It’s made up of an entire cheesesteak with fries and mozzarella sticks.

If you plan on making the trip, be sure to bring cash as Hoagie Haven is a cash-only sandwich shop.

Hoagie Haven Photo courtesy of Trip Advisor

New Mexico

Fiesta Burger, also known as the green chili burger from Frontier in Albuquerque is the best in New Mexico. So, what makes it great? It’s made with salad dressing or spicy honey mustard, lettuce, tomato, pickles, swiss cheese, and green chile.

New York

This was a toss-up but ultimately, the Pastramior corn-beef on Rye from Katz Deli are the favorites among Reddit users.

North Carolina

In North Carolina,  Reddit users suggest a pulled pork barbecue with a vinegar-based sauce.

North Dakota

In the town of Grand Forks,  Red Pepper is where the locals are eating. The signature menu item, however, is the beef grinder.

Ohio

Known as the “Biggest Burger in Ohio” The Thurmanator at  The Thurman Café in Columbus is known to make people feel “that they can take on anything.”

Oklahoma

Chicken Fried Steak Sandwich from Del Rancho in Oklahoma City ranks as the top sandwich.

Oregon

Oregon’s favorite sandwich is confusing at first because it’s known to be the “Dutch Taco,” which in short, are waffle sandwiches.

You can find them at the Flavour Spot in Portland.

Pennsylvania

We wouldn’t dare put anything other than the Philly Cheesesteak in Pennsylvania’s place but as to where?

Reddit users suggest Primanti Brothers or Jim’s Steaks on South.

Instagram | @jimssouthstreet

Rhode Island

Who knew that a pizza shop would be home to the best sandwich in Rhode Island?  Try the Classic Italian BMT toasted “Grinda” at Cattleman from Kingston Pizza.

South Carolina

South Carolinians call it the CMBLT:  a Mahi, Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, and Tartar Sauce sandwich served at Tubb’s Shrimp and Fish.

South Dakota

South Dakota is Buffalo country and if you’re passing through for a visit, your best bet is a Buffalo Burger.

Tennessee

Of all the sandwiches in Tennessee, a fried peanut butter and banana sandwich is top rated.  

Texas

A sliced barbecue brisket sandwich is no doubt the best sandwich in Texas but where to eat is where it gets a little murky.

Smitty’s Market,  Snow’s BBQ, and Salt Lick BBQ were top rated.

Utah

You can Utah’s best sandwich in Salt Lake City at Logan’s Heros where Reddit users say the “Italian Sandwich is the best I’ve ever had.”

Vermont

The “Sweetwaters Burger” from Sweetwaters in Vermont is served with sautéed mushrooms, caramelized onions, applewood bacon, swiss cheese, and your choice of Boyden Beef, Bison or Plant Protein Burger.

Virginia

Chiocca’s is a small family restaurant in Richmond that’s known for its Dagwood: a sandwich served with turkey, roast beef, pastrami, provolone, Swiss, thousand island, Dijon, and pickles on rye bread.

Washington

In Seattle,  Paseo is a favorite among the community that known for its Caribbean-inspired sandwiches. Try the Caribbean roast, a pork shoulder that’s marinated and slow-roasted, pulled and tucked into a toasted baguette with aïoli, cilantro, pickled jalapeños, romaine lettuce, and caramelized onions.

Instagram | @seattlepaseo

West Virginia

Country Club Bakery is home to a West Virginia goodie:  the Pepperoni Roll. 

Wisconsin

The “Great Wisconsin” sandwich served with Genoa salami, Italian prosciutto, Tuscan salami from Madison’s Underground Meats is the best of the best in Wisconsin.

Wyoming

 While there isn’t a specific place for it, you can get a buffalo burger anywhere in the state.

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