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The best sandwiches in America

From classic pastrami on rye bread to spicy pork banh mi and Italian subs, here are the best sandwiches in America

Lu’s Sandwiches
Photograph: Courtesy Lu’s Sandwiches

When it comes to snacking, meal times and everything in between, there’s one thing Americans can all agree on: the sandwich is king. Whether these stacked-bread behemoths are served up at the best breakfast restaurants in America, the best BBQ restaurants in America or are some of the secret  menu items across America, we can’t get enough bacon-egg-and-cheeses, beef briskets, Italian subs, classic pastrami on rye bread or spicy pork banh mi. So, the next time the craving strikes, hit up these spots to indulge in some of the best sandwiches in America.

Best sandwiches in America

Philippe the Original
Photograph: Courtesy Philippe the Original
Restaurants, Sandwich shops

French dip at Philippe's in Los Angeles, CA

3 out of 5 stars

One of Southern California’s oldest restaurants, Philippe’s opened in 1908 and, ten years later, accidentally hit upon its best-selling sandwiches—so the story goes—when Frenchman founder Philippe Mathieu inadvertently dropped a sliced French roll into a pan of hot beef gravy before layering the sandwich with sliced meat. Today, Philippe’s is still going strong and its excellent, meaty French dip is as craveable as ever. $7

Cubano at Versailles
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Shawn H.
Restaurants, Cuban

Cubano at Versailles in Miami, FL

West Little Havana
3 out of 5 stars

Lovers of Cuban food flock to this Miami standby, serving up classics such as ropa vieja, picadillo and mashed green plantains since 1971. Its sweeping dining room hung with twinkling chandeliers is the perfect place to chow down on one of the city’s best Cubano sandwiches: sliced ham, roast pork and Swiss cheese pressed inside soft Cuban bread with mustard and tangy pickles. $6.50

Bub and Pop’s
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Jeong L.
Restaurants, Sandwich shops

Pop’s Beef Brisket at Bub and Pop’s in Washington, D.C.

3 out of 5 stars

This D.C. standby layers up the best subs in the city. Its classic Italian hoagie is delicious, but we love the excellent beef brisket sandwich as well. Featuring juicy slices of slow-braised beef laced with an apple-horseradish cream and a lashing of veal jus, it’s crowned with five-year-aged gouda and served piping hot. $8

Little Deli
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Jonathan S.
Restaurants, Pizza

Harry’s Perfect Pastrami at Little Deli in Austin, TX

3 out of 5 stars

Just call it the little deli that could: this bustling Austin spot dishes out a far-ranging menu of pizzas, salads and hot and cold sandwiches. The can’t-miss ‘wich is Harry’s Perfect Pastrami: a full half pound of sliced meat piled atop rye, heaped with coleslaw, slicked with Thousand Island dressing and griddled. $12.95

Lu’s Sandwiches
Photograph: Courtesy Lu’s Sandwiches

Grilled pork banh mi at Lu’s Sandwiches in Minneapolis, MN

3 out of 5 stars

A sizeable Vietnamese population keeps the Twin Cities well fed with above-average pho and banh mi sandwiches. For the latter, we’re partial to the grilled pork specimen at Lu’s. Inside a crisp-fluffy baguette, the juicy meat is nestled against refreshing cucumbers, carrots and cilantro, along with comforting slicks of mayo and butter. $4.95