When it comes to classic foods, most people love themselves a good sandwich. Whether you’re a fan of a panini or opt for a more traditional BLT, sandwiches are an American staple that never seem to get old—especially when there are so many delicious options!
Each part of the United States has their own way of making their sandwiches, so it would be a shame to limit yourself just based on your geographical location. Luckily, the folks at Spoon University came up with a list of the best sandwiches to try around the country. Foodie road trip, anyone? You can check out the full list of winning sandwiches here, and to tide you over, here’s a selection of 10 of the best in the country!
1. California: BLTA From Ike’s Place
If you find yourself in the Golden State, you’ll want to head to Ike’s Place. The menu is extensive and offers sandwiches with a California flair, so you’d best bet you’ll find some avocado, which is the perfect upgrade for a standard BLT.
2. New York: Pastrami Sandwich On Rye From Katz Delicatessen
Perhaps one of the most famous delis in the country, Katz Delicatessen is best known for its pastrami on rye, which towers over most other sandwiches. Fun fact: The deli has been open since 1888.
3. Florida: Cubano From Enriqueta’s Sandwich Shop
Enriqueta’s is a Miami favorite, where carnivores can get their fill of meats on the cheap. The Cubano, with layers of ham, pork and Swiss cheese, is the must-try sandwich here.
4. Arizona: No. 20 From Zookz
These North-African sandwiches are inspired by Zookz’s owner’s childhood, and they are warmly toasted to be crispy on the outside. An added bonus: The place offers their own house-made condiments. Try the No. 20, a turkey sandwich with bacon, avocado, tomatoes, cheddar cheese and Zookz’s “sweet heat mustard sauce.”
5. Colorado: Denver Sandwich From Denver Diner
The iconic Denver Diner recently reopened after some big renovations, so Colorado residents and visitors can now get their fix of delicious diner grub. One favorite? The Denver sandwich, which takes the classic omelet combo of eggs, green pepper, onion, ham and cheddar, and nestles it between two pieces of toasted bread.
6. Indiana: Breaded Pork Tenderloin From Ray’s Drive-In
As far as weird sandwiches go, Indiana takes the cake—although you might find their concoctions tasty. Ray’s Drive-In offers a sandwich with a huge crispy pork loin sticking out of a hamburger bun, and it’s something you’ll have to see/taste to believe.
7. Maryland: Crabcake Sandwich From Crabcake Factory USA
The Crabcake Factory USA’s world famous crabcakes were voted one of USA Today’s 10 Best Crabcakes in Maryland. Their crabcake sandwich, with its hefty lumps of crabs, is a fan favorite.
8. Ohio: Reuben From Izzy’s
Do you love a good Reuben? Hit up Izzy’s in one of their various locations in Ohio. They are home to the “World’s Greatest Reubens,” and with eight different varieties on the menu, there’s a Reuben for everyone. Choose from among Reubens made with battered cod, butterflied beef franks, oven-roasted turkey and, of course, classic corned beef.
9. Tennessee: Hot Chicken Sandwich From Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack
Heading to Nashville? Don’t forget to stop at Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack for their hot chicken sandwich. When a simple fried chicken sandwich served on sliced white bread wins a James Beard award, you know there’s something special about it. Prince’s opened in 1945, and it has been popular since.
10. Michigan: Tarb’s Tenacious Tenure From Zingerman’s Delicatessen
Next time you’re in Ann Arbor, be sure to check out Zingerman’s Delicatessen, a favorite of University of Michigan students. The sandwiches are fresh and made-to-order and contain ingredients such as free-range chicken. Piled high with turkey, Wisconsin muenster cheese, tomato and dressed with avocado spread and Russian dressing, the Tarb’s Tenacious Tenure is a must-try at Zingerman’s.