Searching For The Best Sandwich

sand⋅wich –noun Two or more slices of bread or the like with a layer of meat, fish, cheese, etc., between each pair. Trying to find the best sandwich out there!
New Buffalo, MI: Fried Egg, Chorizo, and Chili Mango Cream Cheese at David’s Delicatessen
This was a very creative sandwich when it came to flavors. There was a great mix of spicy and sweet, which simultaneously would be hot and then cooled by the cream cheese. Nice to see chorizo on a breakfast sandwich also, definitely check this spot out if you’re in New Buffalo!

New Buffalo, MI: Fried Egg, Chorizo, and Chili Mango Cream Cheese at David’s Delicatessen

This was a very creative sandwich when it came to flavors. There was a great mix of spicy and sweet, which simultaneously would be hot and then cooled by the cream cheese. Nice to see chorizo on a breakfast sandwich also, definitely check this spot out if you’re in New Buffalo!

Santa Monica, CA: House Cured Salmon at Huckleberry Cafe
The salmon here was super fresh and really the star, but the cream cheese and cucumber were perfectly portioned. The bread was a bit on the tough side though.
http://www.huckleberrycafe.com/

Santa Monica, CA: House Cured Salmon at Huckleberry Cafe

The salmon here was super fresh and really the star, but the cream cheese and cucumber were perfectly portioned. The bread was a bit on the tough side though.

http://www.huckleberrycafe.com/

New York City: Prairie Breeze and Pickles at Lucy’s Whey
This was grilled cheese perfection. The prairie breeze cheddar is amazingly flavorful, and was wonderfully combined with the thinly sliced pickles. Grilled to just the right crispiness bread finished this off, so go eat it!
http://www.lucyswhey.com/

New York City: Prairie Breeze and Pickles at Lucy’s Whey

This was grilled cheese perfection. The prairie breeze cheddar is amazingly flavorful, and was wonderfully combined with the thinly sliced pickles. Grilled to just the right crispiness bread finished this off, so go eat it!

http://www.lucyswhey.com/

Boiceville, NY: Roast Turkey Club at Bread Alone
The best part of this sandwich was the flavor from the “overnight tomato”, a preparation I was not familiar with previously but now love. It added great and unique flavors to an otherwise somewhat bland sandwich. The avocado aioli didn’t add enough moisture of avocado flavor really either unfortunately.
http://www.breadalone.com/boiceville

Boiceville, NY: Roast Turkey Club at Bread Alone

The best part of this sandwich was the flavor from the “overnight tomato”, a preparation I was not familiar with previously but now love. It added great and unique flavors to an otherwise somewhat bland sandwich. The avocado aioli didn’t add enough moisture of avocado flavor really either unfortunately.

http://www.breadalone.com/boiceville


Santa Monica, CA: The Godmother at Bay Cities Italian Deli
This sandwich was highly recommended to me when I was in LA, so as a New Yorker I was curious to see how well LA could do an Italian. I was not disappointed! As mentioned with another sandwich from here, the bread is just perfect, crunchy outside and chewy inside. The ratio of meat was spot on, and the spicy peppers were just hot enough but also sweet. There is a wait at this spot for a fresh one though so be prepared!
http://www.baycitiesitaliandeli.com/

Santa Monica, CA: The Godmother at Bay Cities Italian Deli

This sandwich was highly recommended to me when I was in LA, so as a New Yorker I was curious to see how well LA could do an Italian. I was not disappointed! As mentioned with another sandwich from here, the bread is just perfect, crunchy outside and chewy inside. The ratio of meat was spot on, and the spicy peppers were just hot enough but also sweet. There is a wait at this spot for a fresh one though so be prepared!

http://www.baycitiesitaliandeli.com/

New York City: Chopped Brisket at Hill Country Barbecue 
Don’t be fooled by the chain restaurant appearance of the outside here, this place is a solid Texes style barbecue spot in NYC. The chopped brisket was so tender and full of smokey flavor. The cubed size meat worked much better on a sandwich then pulled or sliced, especially when you got a delicious charred bit. I highly recommend this one!
http://www.hillcountryny.com/

New York City: Chopped Brisket at Hill Country Barbecue

Don’t be fooled by the chain restaurant appearance of the outside here, this place is a solid Texes style barbecue spot in NYC. The chopped brisket was so tender and full of smokey flavor. The cubed size meat worked much better on a sandwich then pulled or sliced, especially when you got a delicious charred bit. I highly recommend this one!

http://www.hillcountryny.com/

Indianapolis, IN: Hoosier Tenderloin at Lincoln Square Pancake House
The pork tenderloin is the sandwich of Indiana, and having spent a lot of time here it was high time I tried one. While not the original, this one was solid and simple. Not overly breaded, but also not overly flavorful. I’m all for pork in it’s many forms, and there was nothing wrong with this one, but maybe i need to go to the origin restaurant of this sandwich to really understand the love…
http://www.eatatlincolnsquare.com/

Indianapolis, IN: Hoosier Tenderloin at Lincoln Square Pancake House

The pork tenderloin is the sandwich of Indiana, and having spent a lot of time here it was high time I tried one. While not the original, this one was solid and simple. Not overly breaded, but also not overly flavorful. I’m all for pork in it’s many forms, and there was nothing wrong with this one, but maybe i need to go to the origin restaurant of this sandwich to really understand the love…

http://www.eatatlincolnsquare.com/

Santa Monica, CA: Burrata Caprese at Bay Cities Italian Deli
I love a good mozzarella caprese sandwich, so i was intrigued when I saw a Burrata version. It was very different in a very good way, the cheese was so fresh, creamy and delicious. The bread is just perfect from this place, and there was just enough flavor from the onions, basil, oregano and olive oil/vinegar to make the sandwich really pop. Highly recommended!
http://www.baycitiesitaliandeli.com/

Santa Monica, CA: Burrata Caprese at Bay Cities Italian Deli

I love a good mozzarella caprese sandwich, so i was intrigued when I saw a Burrata version. It was very different in a very good way, the cheese was so fresh, creamy and delicious. The bread is just perfect from this place, and there was just enough flavor from the onions, basil, oregano and olive oil/vinegar to make the sandwich really pop. Highly recommended!

http://www.baycitiesitaliandeli.com/

Three Oaks, MI: Spicy Salami at Froehlichs
The from scratch bread on this seemingly simple sandwich was wonderfully soft and chewy fresh. The mix of salami and pepperoni did give it good spice and taste, but whatever the vinaigrette on this thing was is what made it really shine. Very very tasty and sweet. A great little shop if you’re ever in Three Oaks!
http://www.shopfroehlichs.com/

Three Oaks, MI: Spicy Salami at Froehlichs

The from scratch bread on this seemingly simple sandwich was wonderfully soft and chewy fresh. The mix of salami and pepperoni did give it good spice and taste, but whatever the vinaigrette on this thing was is what made it really shine. Very very tasty and sweet. A great little shop if you’re ever in Three Oaks!

http://www.shopfroehlichs.com/

Santa Monica, CA: Fried Egg Sandwich at Huckleberry Cafe
I was excited for this one since I love Gruyere and you don’t see it often on breakfast dishes. While it was a good sandwich, it often felt a bit too rich for breakfast. Maybe it was the aioli combined with Gruyere and the runny yolk? Not sure, but there was also way too much arugula.
http://www.huckleberrycafe.com/

Santa Monica, CA: Fried Egg Sandwich at Huckleberry Cafe

I was excited for this one since I love Gruyere and you don’t see it often on breakfast dishes. While it was a good sandwich, it often felt a bit too rich for breakfast. Maybe it was the aioli combined with Gruyere and the runny yolk? Not sure, but there was also way too much arugula.

http://www.huckleberrycafe.com/

Los Angeles: Truffle Burger at Umami Burger
What made this burger so great (aside from the flavors of course) was that it wasn’t dense. It was loosely packed and tender so it just fell away when you bit it. Also, when you see a truffle filled list of ingredients it can often be too rich and overwhelming but this had just the right amount, you could taste it but it wasn’t the only thing you tasted.
http://www.umami.com/umami-burger/

Los Angeles: Truffle Burger at Umami Burger

What made this burger so great (aside from the flavors of course) was that it wasn’t dense. It was loosely packed and tender so it just fell away when you bit it. Also, when you see a truffle filled list of ingredients it can often be too rich and overwhelming but this had just the right amount, you could taste it but it wasn’t the only thing you tasted.

http://www.umami.com/umami-burger/

New York City: Italian Combo at Parm
A great example of an over stuffed Italian sub done right. All the meat was sliced really thin so though it was full, it was nice and easy to eat and not tough at all. I love the touch of the really really fine shredded lettuce, coated in just the right amount of oil. The bread was also very fresh and chewy!
http://parmnyc.com/

New York City: Italian Combo at Parm

A great example of an over stuffed Italian sub done right. All the meat was sliced really thin so though it was full, it was nice and easy to eat and not tough at all. I love the touch of the really really fine shredded lettuce, coated in just the right amount of oil. The bread was also very fresh and chewy!

http://parmnyc.com/

New Buffalo, MI: Cheeseburger at Redamak’s
They call it “The hamburger that made New Buffalo famous” so expectation was high. I was let down…it was a perfectly fine fast food style burger, honestly tasting very similar to McDonald’s, but a bit on the dry side. Not a fame worthy burger in my opinion.
http://www.redamaks.com/

New Buffalo, MI: Cheeseburger at Redamak’s

They call it “The hamburger that made New Buffalo famous” so expectation was high. I was let down…it was a perfectly fine fast food style burger, honestly tasting very similar to McDonald’s, but a bit on the dry side. Not a fame worthy burger in my opinion.

http://www.redamaks.com/

Indianapolis: Pele at Goose The Market
On this one: tesa, ricotta, dill, caper relish, and spinach. The tesa (basically a flat pancetta) had a really good and crunchy smokey flavor. The relish and dill added some great flavors and moisture, but the saltiness became a bit much by the end.
http://www.goosethemarket.com/

Indianapolis: Pele at Goose The Market

On this one: tesa, ricotta, dill, caper relish, and spinach. The tesa (basically a flat pancetta) had a really good and crunchy smokey flavor. The relish and dill added some great flavors and moisture, but the saltiness became a bit much by the end.

http://www.goosethemarket.com/

New York City: Italian Combo at G Esposito and Sons
I was excited to finally get a sandwich from this old school meat shop and I wasn’t disappointed. Served on great thin crusty bread, this over stuffed mixed meat sandwich had a really nice sweetness from the peppers and onion, not spicy or bitter at all. A very solid Italian sub!

New York City: Italian Combo at G Esposito and Sons

I was excited to finally get a sandwich from this old school meat shop and I wasn’t disappointed. Served on great thin crusty bread, this over stuffed mixed meat sandwich had a really nice sweetness from the peppers and onion, not spicy or bitter at all. A very solid Italian sub!