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
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
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
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
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
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