The American Sandwich Landscape

The American Sandwich Landscape

From sea to shining sea, the U.S. is a country of sandwich lovers. Take a peek at the map below for a guide to some of the sandwiches known as beloved hometown favorites. Whether those picks are niche or known across the States, it’s safe to say we are citizens of one nation, under bread.


1.    Alaska > Reindeer sausage sandwich

Fresh reindeer sausage with caramelized onions, peppers, spinach, sharp cheddar, and Dijonnaise sauce on a hamburger bun


2.    Arizona > Indian (Navajo) taco

Distinct for its base of the Navajo frybread sopaipilla


3.    Arkansas > Fried bologna sandwich

“The sandwich of the South,” made on grilled white bread with bologna and cheddar cheese


4.    California (L.A.) > French dip

Shaved roast beef on French bread, served au jus


5.    Colorado > Denver sandwich

Western omelet (ham, onions, and green peppers) between two slices of toast


6.    Connecticut > Lobster roll

Connecticut’s version is served hot with butter on a hot dog bun


7.    Florida (Miami) > Cubano

Ham, roast pork, cheese, and pickles on grilled Cuban bread


8.    Illinois (Chicago) > Italian beef

Italian bread topped with roast beef soaked in drippings, sautéed peppers, and giardiniera


9.    Illinois > The Horseshoe

Open-faced sandwich of Texas toast topped with burger patties and French fries, and smothered in cheese sauce


10.    Indiana > The pork tenderloin

Breaded and deep-fried pork tenderloin with mustard, onions, lettuce, pickles, and mayonnaise on a bun


11.    Iowa > Loose meat (a.k.a. the Maid-Rite)

Similar to a Sloppy Joe, but without the sauce. Served on a bun, it consists of ground beef and onions cooked in a special skillet that drains off the grease


12.    Kentucky > Hot Brown

An open-faced sandwich of turkey and bacon smothered in Mornay sauce and baked until browned


13.    Louisiana (New Orleans) > Muffaletta

The muffaletta gets its name from the Sicilian-style bread it’s served on. Inside, the sandwich traditionally consists of marinated olive salad, mortadella, salami, mozzarella, ham, and provolone


14.    Louisiana (New Orleans) > Po’ boy

Fried seafood (usually shrimp, oysters, catfish, or softshell crab) with hot sauce, pickles, lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise on French bread


15.    Maine > Lobster roll

Chilled lobster meat tossed with mayo and served on a toasted hot dog bun


16.    Maine (Portland) > Italian

Boiled ham, sliced American cheese, green peppers, onions, olives, oil, salt, and pepper on a submarine roll


17.    Maryland (Baltimore) > Lake trout sandwich

Fried whiting (“lake trout”) on white bread with a vinegar-based hot sauce


18.    Minnesota (Minneapolis) > Jucy Lucy

A hamburger with cheese stuffed inside the patty prior to grilling


19.    Mississippi > Elvis sandwich

White bread with peanut butter, bacon, and sliced bananas skillet-fried in butter


20.    Missouri (St. Louis) > The St. Paul

Egg foo yong patty with pickles, white onions, lettuce, tomato, and mayo between slices of white bread


21.    Montana (Helena) > The nuke

Ham, turkey, roast beef, cheddar, Swiss, and provolone stuffed into a hollowed-out cylindrical half-loaf of bread


22.    Nebraska (Lincoln) > The runza

Yeast-dough pocket filled with ground beef, onions, sauerkraut, and seasonings


23.    New Jersey > Sloppy Joe

A cold sandwich made on rye bread with turkey, roast beef, pastrami, and corned beef or sliced beef tongue, topped with Swiss, coleslaw, and Russian dressing


24.    New Jersey > Submarine sandwich

French bread split lengthwise and stuffed with various cold-cut meats, cheeses, and vegetables, usually seasoned with Italian herbs, salt and pepper, and oil and vinegar


25.    New York (Buffalo) > Beef on weck

Roast beef and horseradish on a salty kummelweck roll (kaiser roll baked with pretzel salt and caraway seeds)


26.    NYC > Corned beef or pastrami on rye

Spice-cured meat between two slices of rye bread, with mustard or Russian dressing


27.    North Carolina > Pulled pork BBQ sandwich with vinegar sauce

Pulled pork on a soft bun, with a vinegar-based sauce


28.    Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) > Cheese steak

A split Italian-style roll filled with thinly sliced beef and provolone or cheese sauce


29.    Ohio (Cleveland) > The Polish boy

Grilled kielbasa on a hot dog bun, covered with French fries, coleslaw, and hot sauce or barbecue sauce


30.    South Dakota (Aberdeen) > Pheasant sandwich

Cooked pheasant meat, hard-boiled eggs, grated carrots, chopped celery, pickle relish, and mayonnaise on sliced bread


31.    Virginia (Williamsburg) > Ham biscuit

Cured and smoked Virginia ham on a buttered buttermilk biscuit


32.    Washington, D.C. > Half-smoke

Half-beef, half-pork coarse-ground hot sausage with mustard, onions, ketchup, and relish on a hot dog bun


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