Americans improved the sandwich, which the English invented. Nationwide, restaurants provide everything from grilled cheese to slow-cooked jerked pork.
State sandwich tastes vary: Some can be handled like the original, while others require a fork & knife.
We define a sandwich as anything between two slices of bread or halves of a roll (burgers and hot dogs are a different issue), & every state has something exciting to offer in that regard.
We researched each state's culinary history & specialties to find its signature sandwich. After choosing the meal that best exemplified local cuisine, we searched Yelp, for restaurants, sandwich shops, & food carts that residents said were the best.
Alabama's white barbecue sauce & whole smoked chickens are famous in barbecue country. Big Bob Gibson's Bar-B-Q in Decatur is the ideal place to try this mayo-based dish.
After three hours of smoking over hickory wood, chickens are dipped in the tangy sauce & served on a toasted baguette with slaw. It's no surprise that Alaskans know how to make their fish shine, especially salmon.
The Saltry Restaurant in isolated Halibut Cove is known for its artistic, seasonal food & breathtaking vistas of mountains & glaciers. A delicious smoked sockeye sandwich with lemon aioli.
It's no wonder people board ferries for a taste! A innovative device seals the sandwich's bread around its fillings, making ZOOKZ sandwiches unique. The #25, with thinly sliced ham, avocado, seasoned black beans, cheese, & house-made chipotle sauce, has Southwestern flair.
The Southwestern, packed with chicken, pepper jack, roasted red peppers, spinach, & chipotle aioli, is a Phoenix favourite at The Panini People food truck. Arkansas' best sandwich is a tie.
Locals prefer basic fried bologna. Arkansas fried bologna sandwiches are thickly sliced, fried bologna between two slices of bread. Locals love El Dorado's Johnny B's Grill for that. Arkansas's fried catfish is very popular. Eat My Catfish serves a hot catfish po'boy.
The French dip, purportedly originated in Los Angeles at Philippe the Original, is the sandwich to try in California. The 100-year-old restaurant's Meat Double-Dip is loaded with succulent roast beef & dipped in jus.
Many Angelenos prefer Philippe's, while Coles, another L.A. restaurant, claims to have originated the French dip. Try both to decide.
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