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One Sandwich for Every American City


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One Sandwich for Every American City

davidnaimark | May 19, 2011 01:43 PM

Hello--haven' t posted in several years but am working on a project and hoped I could get some input. If you were visiting a particular American city and could only get ONE (1) sandwich, what would it be, how would it be prepared, and where would you get it?

Note that this is not the same question that is posed in the excellent thread "Your ten best sandwiches". Here, I'm not really looking for your favorite sandwiches or even necessarily the best sandwich on offer, I'm looking for what you'd eat if you could only eat one sandwich in a city. I realize that this may represent an impossibly anxiety-provoking task for many (i.e. the horrifying notion of going to New Orleans or Chicago, for example, and only being able to pick one of the many amazing offferings). Despite the difficulty, I will appreciate any attempts.

I'll start with a few:

1. New York City--for me, it would have to be a classic Hot Corned Beef on Rye (such as that served at Carnegie Deli). It would be annointed with deli mustard and served with a half-sour pickle. It would neither be too lean nor too fatty. It would be machine-sliced (because that is more common/iconic), even though I realize it might be better if it were hand-sliced (ala Katz). The bread would be twice baked and sour. Nothing more, nothing less.

2. New Orleans--for me it would be a Central Grocery muffuletta. Preparation is easy on this one, because there is no choice--it is prepared only one way. I would specify, however, that it should sit for at least an hour prior to consuking to ensure that the oil from the olive salad has adequate time to penetrate/lubricate the bread and meats.

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