Sandwich of the Week: America’s Top 20 New Sandwiches

Brendan Spiegel of The Endless Simmer and his readers give their take on the best new sandwiches in the U.S.


Forget who piles pastrami highest or fits the most varieties of cold cuts on one hero roll. A great sandwich means more than just bigger, better, and meatier. Across the country, a new breed of sandwich artisans is taking lunchtime to a whole new level. From California to New England here are Endless Simmer’s top ten favorite new sandwiches followed by its top ten reader picks.

 

#10 The SpuckieCutty’s, Boston

Spuckie is a term used by old-school Bostonians to identify a sub sandwich, but it’s increasingly associated with this year-old Brookline shop. It’s also probably the sandwich here that most successfully merges the old-school method of overdoing it on Italian meats with the new world of artisan, veggie-centric goodness. Super-thin slices of fennel salami, hot capicola, and mortadella are layered on oversized ciabatta, then topped with gooey, hand-pulled mozzarella, and a fresh olive-carrot salad. For even less traditional sandwich-lovers there’s an eggplant spuckie. (Photo: Anthony Treuili)

 

#9 Bulgogi Steak SandwichKoja, Philadelphia

At the risk of outraging an entire city, we’re going to say it: the Philly cheesesteak is boring. No disrespect to the age-old art of slathering fake cheese on top of a mound of meat, that's just one classic sandwich ready for a creative update. Enter University City sandwich truck Koja, where chewy cheesesteak meat is replaced with bulgogi, Korea’s signature thinly-sliced, spicy BBQ beef. It’s served on a hoagie roll coated in sweet chili oil and accented by sautéed peppers and onions. Koja also offers bulgogi pork and bulgogi chicken, but the best part is the unbelievable price — $3. (Photo: My Inner Fatty)

 

#8 Crispy Drunken SandwichBaguette Box, Seattle

Have you ever dug into a steamy Styrofoam container of General Tso’s chicken and thought, “This is delicious, but it would be tastier on a bun?” Of course you haven’t, that’s insane. But crazy is sometimes genius as proven at this tiny Seattle sandwich shop, where hunks of tender chicken are deep-fried and glazed in a tangy brown sauce, then served on a crispy baguette with caramelized onions and cilantro. The result is a supremely sticky, but utterly satisfying sandwich. (Photo: Sevius)

 

#7 Cheesy Mac and RibGrilled Cheese Truck, L.A.

Another new West Coast outpost that achieves genius results by thinking outside the bun, L.A.’s great cheese-on-wheels purveyor offers several list-worthy grilled sandwiches. But none is more awe-inspiring than this one. Sharp Cheddar mac-and-cheese, strands of sweet BBQ pork, and caramelized onions are stuffed into two perfectly buttered-and-fried slices of white bread. Yes, it sounds like the horrifying 3 a.m. creation of a stoned college student. Yes, it actually works. (Photo: Grilled Cheese Truck)

 

#6 Pibil TortaXoco, Chicago

Upgrading Mexican street food has become a hot task of haute chefs around the nation. The results often have us pining for the real thing. Not so at Rick Bayless’ Chicago sandwich shop, where tortas baked in the wood-burning oven take Mexican to levels we didn’t know existed. In this sandwich, silky strands of roasted suckling pig are served on crusty bread spread with black beans and achiote paste, then finished with pickled onions and habanero salsa. The pibil may be one extra ingredient away from being a Top Chef disaster story, but as is, it’s perfection on bread. (Photo: Xoco)

 



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George Vreeland Hill's picture

These look so good.
I want one.
Well, I want all of them.

George Vreeland Hill

layla13's picture

the new luther looks delicious minus the egg

layla13's picture

the new luther looks awesome minus the egg.

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We think Los Angeles based Red Medicine's "Banh' Mi`" version of Vietnamese sandwich rules!
Red Medicine (Los Angeles)
This Beverly Hills hot spot's wildly imaginative Vietnamese food makes reservations tough to snag. Head to the bar and feast on Dungeness-crab spring rolls, Vietnamese-style steak tartare, and perfect banh mi.
Read More http://www.details.com/style-advice/food-and-drinks/201112/restaurants-w...

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Yay. In DC we get a Doughnut Burger... everywhere gets awesomeness. Why do people say we have good food in DC? I would kill for a California Salad

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good site

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The Reggie might just be what I needed to get out of my chair and finally go get lunch. Just looking at it, I'm about 20x hungrier than I was 5 minutes ago... -Helena

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The best sandwhich in Philadelphia is at John's Roast Pork in So. Philly

Pork dipped in natural gravy,greens,provolone. The best.

Good Hoagies, too.

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The "Spruckle" looks almost exactly like a Muffeletta that has been made in New Orleans for about 100 yrs. The bread appears to be the only difference. It's not "new" at all.

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Ahhhh I'm on a vegan diet-cleanse today and cannot abide the pictures of meat. If god didn't want us to eat meat (albeit cruelty-free meat) he wouldn't have made it taste so good!

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I read this on Wednesday, got the Ike's Reuben on Thursday, and then got the Bakesale Betty's Fried Chicken Sandwich on Friday. Those were some tasty sandwiches.

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Heart attack sandwiches!! Sound good though, excpt for the foi gras & the Thanks-giving-on-a-bun (LingLing).

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The Classic SPITZ @ SPITZ CAFE in Eagle Rock, CA (90041)
all the rest are posers...

STARCHY

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And as usual, there's never anything interesting in DALLAS.

:'-(,

(That's for "crying, with a spot of drool on chin")

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Well, if you're going to die of a heart attack, you might as well have enjoy a good sandwich on the way out.

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There are a lot of sandwiches that are not here that should be on the list, but then we wouldn't have the top twenty....

I would like to see some colorado sandwiches... as they are some of the best.

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Another treat I just had when in New Orleans. The St. Patricks Day Massacre @ Gott Gourmet Cafe on Magazine St. Died and gone to heaven....

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I love fried yums ( boogers) on toast.

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'pickled cucumbers'

You know what we call them in 'merica?

PICKLES.

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The chicken sandwich at Gregoire in Berkeley crushes Bakesale Betty's'.

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There is one sandwich that was not listed that I feel should be on one of the list. It's The Ferdi Special at Mothers in New Orleans. It's one of the best!!
Ferdi Special:
a po’ boy packed with baked ham, roast beef, debris and gravy, served dressed.
Debris:
the roast beef that falls into the gravy while baking in the oven.
Thank You

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There is one sandwich that was not listed that I feel should be on one of the list. It's The Ferdi Special at Mothers in New Orleans. It's one of the best!!
Ferdi Special:
a po’ boy packed with baked ham, roast beef, debris and gravy, served dressed.
Debris:
the roast beef that falls into the gravy while baking in the oven.
Thank You

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What a snob!
Just as an FYI the 3 guys who started up Pine Street Bisquits are from the "Souf". So I would say they know how to make bisquits.

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Robert Stehing of Hominy Grill in Charleston has been doing the Big Nasty for years. While we wouldn't want to bang our own drum in Charleston, in reference to Portland's biscuit - we were there first.
Do they know how to make biscuits in Portland?

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yummy!!!!!

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