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What is the best sandwich in the USA?

Adamrichman.jpgKnowingly or not, the Travel Channel’s Adam Richman has entered the Miami vs. Tampa fray over which city is the real home of the Cuban sandwich. On Adam Richman’s Best Sandwich in America, which premieres Wednesday night, Richman looks at the first of 30 sandwich finalists. And here’s the thing: The only Florida city on the list is Tampa – twice! We’re not going to argue about the Grouper Reuben at Skipper’s Smokehouse. There are terrific variations on grilled grouper sandwiches all over the state. But Miami likes to think of itself as having the best Cuban sandwiches, an honor that Tampa claims for itself. The sandwich that Richman is featuring on his show is Aguila Sandwich Shop’s Media Noche sandwich, a variation on the Cuban sandwich but with a sweeter variety of bread, and stacked with cooked ham, roasted pork, Swiss cheese, mayo, mustard and pickles. The show premieres Wednesday with back-to-back episodes – Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and New York at 9 p.m., Tampa and New Orleans at 9:30 p.m. Keep reading to see the list of all 30 sandwiches. Read about the Miami vs. Tampa sandwich fight here.

In alphabetical order by city, here is the complete list of 30 sandwiches contending for the title of “Adam Richman’s Best Sandwich in America”:


  • Austin, Texas (The Noble Pig) – Seared Beef Tongue with Smoked Green Onions
  • Baltimore (Faidley Seafood) – Crab Cake Sandwich
  • Chapel Hill, N.C. (Time-Out Restaurant) – Chicken Cheddar Biscuit
  • Chicago (The Fifty/50) – The 4-Courser Sandwich
  • Chicago (Al’s Italian Beef) – Al’s Italian Beef
  • Detroit (Slow’s Bar-BQ) – The Yardbird
  • Driftwood, Texas (The Salt Lick) – Sliced Beef Brisket Sandwich
  • Green Bay, Wis. (Kroll’s) – Prime Rib Sandwich
  • Los Angeles (JR’s BBQ) – Pulled Pork Sandwich
  • Minneapolis (Tilia) – Fish Taco Torta
  • Naples, Maine (The Galley Restaurant & Pub) – Zesty Lemon Lobster Roll
  • Nashville, Tenn. (Mitchell’s Delicatessen) – Asian Flank Steak Sandwich
  • New Haven, Conn. (Book Trader Café) – A Tale of Two Turkeys
  • New Orleans (Domilise’s Po-Boy and Bar) – Shrimp Po Boy
  • New York (Katz’s Deli) – Corned Beef & Pastrami Sandwich
  • Pittsburgh (Primanti Brothers) – Cap & Egg Sandwich
  • Philadelphia (DiNic’s) – Roast Pork Sandwich
  • Phoenix (Los Reyes de la Torta) – Torta Del Ray
  • Portland, Ore. (Big Ass Sandwiches) – Big Ass Roast Beef Sandwich
  • Portland, Ore. (Bunk Sandwiches) – Pork Belly Cubano
  • Portsmouth, N.H. (Jumpin’ Jay’s Fish Cafe) – Crab Grilled Cheese
  • Richmond, Va. (Blacksheep) – The CSS Virginia
  • St. Louis (Crown Candy Kitchen) – Heart-Stopping BLT
  • San Diego (Phil’s BBQ) – El Toro
  • San Francisco (Wexler’s) – “Pulled” Lamb Sandwich
  • Savannah, Ga. (Zunzi’s) – The Chicken Conquistador
  • Seattle (Salumi) – The Oxtail Sandwich
  • Tampa, Fla. (Aguila Sandwich Shop) – Media Noche
  • Tampa, Fla. (Skipper’s Smokehouse) – Grouper Reuben
  • Washington (W Hotel) – Chicken Club Sandwich