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Best Sandwich in Every U.S. State

Far & Wide logo: MainLogo Far & Wide 4 days ago Emily Monaco
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The English may have invented the sandwich, but it's safe to say the Americans have perfected it. From the humble grilled cheese to slow-cooked pulled pork, there's something for everyone at establishments across the nation.

Sandwich preferences vary widely from state to state: Some can be held in your hands, much like the original; other behemoths require a fork and knife to dig into. As far as we're concerned, a sandwich is anything between two slices of bread or halves of a roll (burgers and hot dogs notwithstanding – that's a whole other story!), and every one of the 50 states has something exciting in that regard to offer.

To create our list, we first did a deep dive into the culinary history and local specialties of each and every state in order to identify its emblematic sandwich. Once we'd zeroed in on the dish that best represented the local cuisine, we delved into reviews on Yelp, Facebook, Instagram and TripAdvisor to find the restaurants, sandwich shops and food carts that locals claimed were making the very best examples of what their state had to offer.

Did your favorite sandwich make the cut?

Alabama - BBQ Chicken Sandwich with White Sauce

Located in the heart of barbecue country, Alabama is known for its whole smoked chickens and its unique white barbecue sauce. While there are dozens of recipes for this mayo-based concoction, the best place to sample it is where it all began, at Big Bob Gibson's Bar-B-Q in Decatur. Here, chickens are smoked over hickory wood for three hours before being dunked in the tangy sauce and served on a toasted bun topped with slaw.

A handful of places in Birmingham also make a great version of this classic Northern Alabama sandwich, including our top pick: Miss Myra's Pit Bar B-Q.

Alaska - Smoked Salmon Sandwich

Alaska is known for its seafood — especially its salmon — so it's no surprise that the locals really know how to make it shine. The Saltry Restaurant, located in the remote town of Halibut Cove, is famous for its stunning views of mountains and glaciers, as well as its menu of artful, seasonal food. The standout dish: a scrumptious smoked sockeye sandwich with lemon aioli. It's no wonder people are willing to board a ferry just for a taste!

In Anchorage (quite a bit easier to access), Glacier BrewHouse does an amazing Alderwood-smoked sockeye club with a Greek yogurt dressing.

Arizona - Southwestern Panini

ZOOKZ sandwich is an experience like no other, thanks to a unique contraption that seals the sandwich’s bread around its fillings. The result is somewhere between a panini and a pastry; the #25, with thinly sliced ham, avocado, seasoned black beans, cheese and house-made chipotle sauce, offers the Southwestern flair Arizona is famous for.

A similar experience can be enjoyed at The Panini People food truck in Phoenix, where The Southwestern, stuffed with chicken, pepper jack, roasted red peppers, spinach and chipotle aioli, is a local fave.

Arkansas - Fried Bologna and Fried Catfish Sandwiches

It's a tie for best sandwich in Arkansas, depending on who you ask. For many locals, to choose anything other than fried bologna would be sacrilege — and the simpler the better. A true Arkansas fried bologna sandwich is just that: thickly sliced bologna, fried and placed between two slices of bread. That's exactly what you'll get at Johnny B's Grill in El Dorado, beloved among locals.

If fried bologna isn't your style, Arkansas is also famous for its fried catfish. While this local delicacy is usually served on a plate rather than on a roll, you can sample a spicy catfish po'boy at the aptly named Eat My Catfish.

California - French Dip

French Dip Sandwhich © Instagram/Phillipe The Original French Dip Sandwhich

California cuisine may summon images of vegan avocado toast, but the sandwich to try in the Golden State is perennial fave the French dip, allegedly invented in Los Angeles, at Philippe the Original. The Beef Double-Dip is the most famous offering at the 100-year-old restaurant, where both slices of bread are dipped in jus before being filled with tender roast beef.

For many Angelenos, Philippe's is still the best place to enjoy this classic, but another L.A. restaurant, Coles, also claims to have invented the French dip. Give both a try to see which one you prefer.

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