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Old 08-12-12, 05:32 PM   #1
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What is the best sandwich you have ever eaten?

For me it is what was called a "Sloppy Joe" in Bernards Township in north New Jersey and specifically in a small Deli on the southwest corner of the downtown square in Basking Ridge, NJ, and it bears no resemblance to the gooey ground beef concoction that most people call a Sloppy Joe. It is though currently sold as the "New Jersey Sloppy Joe" on a couple of SoCal college campuses.

It consists of two Sour Dough or Rye bread slices layered on both sides with liberal dose of Russian or Thousand Island dressing, then an 1/8lb+ layer of sliced beef, ham, and turkey, and then three slices of cheddar, swiss, and colby cheese, and finally topped with a finely chopped cole slaw.

It's simple yet complex, and just plain full flavored. I still make then at home 30 years later, but they never taste quite the same as that little deli in NJ.
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Old 08-12-12, 05:36 PM   #2
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Old 08-12-12, 05:40 PM   #3
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Schlotskys a now defunct chain restaurant.

A small fast food sort of a place in Cremona Italy offering a variety of sandwiches. All good.

The turkey sandwich at Arguello Market in San Francisco.
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Old 08-12-12, 05:47 PM   #4
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OMG, I wish they had bahn mi near me. Going to Portland tomorrow, might have to have bahn mi party.

My favorite would depend on my mood, but the sloppy joe is off the list cuzza the turkey, that could never be my fave.

Sometimes Rueben, sometimes Philly Cheesesteak, sometimes Italian beef or sausage, sometimes (do hotdogs count as sandwiches?) Weinerschnitzel pastrami dog on pretzel bun, sometimes braunschweiger and mustard on white bread.
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Old 08-12-12, 05:48 PM   #5
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corned beef on rye greek gyros and meat ball subs
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Turkey and bacon w/ pepper jack, mayo, lettuce, and tomatoe.
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My local grocery store has a deli with a lot of decent food, but most of it is nothing spectacular. However, they have a Southwest chicken panini and when it's hot of the grill it's easily the best sandwich I've had. Unfortunately (or fortunately for my wallet) they don't make them very often.
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Schlotskys a now defunct chain restaurant.

A small fast food sort of a place in Cremona Italy offering a variety of sandwiches. All good.

The turkey sandwich at Arguello Market in San Francisco.
wut? There are still 350 schlotzskys nationwide, though I do acknoweldge they aren't quite the same after being acquired:

"On 21 November 2006, Schlotzsky's was acquired by Focus Brands, an affiliate of private equity firm Roark Capital Group, parent company of Moe's Southwest Grill, Carvel, Cinnabon and Auntie Anne's.[14] The following year, the company named Kelly Roddy as president, who joined Schlotzsky's from H-E-B Grocery Company. [15] With Kelly on board, Schlotzsky's began to plan for growth along with a systemwide reimage,[16] which included updated restaurants, improved menus,[17] table service, and the addition of Cinnabon[18]. The company is currently remodeling its locations across the country with a "Lotz Better" look, which includes bright, bold colors, circle-themed furniture and decor and playful slogans." (pulled from wikipedia)

They do make some killer sandwiches. Still, my fave is a local place that makes killer turkey melts. Excellent bread, bacon, turkey and thousand island - how can you go wrong??
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Old 08-12-12, 07:13 PM   #9
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Steak American (smash sandwich) in Toulon France, sold by street vendors. Eaten while drunk, in the 80's, while in the Navy. It's how I discovered that I love dijon mustard.
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I'm almost 60. I've had so many GREAT sammiches in my life there's no where near enough time or bandwidth to go into it.

The question is like: What's the best breath of air you had?
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A Philly Cheese Steak- I'm still searching for a good one. Wife and I have aspirations of touring at least the lower 48 in a decade, so will have to make it to Philly for a real sammich.

If we're talking burgers, we'd best start another thread...
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I ate a homegrown mater sammich on white bread with mayo the other day. Half a mater, salt, mayo. Eaten over the sink so the juice flowing down my elbows didn't make a mess.

Killer.

Or was it the 'Pescado" from Sammy Green's the next day. Fried fish, hot sauce, tarragon mayo, house baked sour dough roll.

Excellent.

Or the Publix supermarket brand Tarragon chicken salad on a baguette I had the next day. Hit the spot! Added some home grown patio tomato slices.
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I just ate two chili cheese hot dogs... and after reading some of these posts, I think that my dinner just plain sucked.
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I'm almost 60. I've had so many GREAT sammiches in my life there's no where near enough time or bandwidth to go into it.

The question is like: What's the best breath of air you had?
he is right,

a few weeks back
I had a club on a croissant from a grocer near me that was like dirty sex on a napkin.
Every now and then, they get it right. But saying which one is the best one, just remembers which one I remember at the moment. I can think of another in cali, that I couldnt help but sit there for a moment afterward.
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Old 08-12-12, 08:28 PM   #15
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Best open face hot roast beef I've had was at the Five Point in Seattle, hard to put open facers in the same league with other sandwiches, though.
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Old 08-12-12, 08:47 PM   #16
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I am not sure if it is the best sandwich I have ever had, but this is still fresh in my memory from my recent trip.

Smoke meat on rye from Schwartz in Montreal:



The cole slaw is pretty good as well.

About the place:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schwartz's
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the burgers at the resort in Jamaica I was at... AFTER I went to Bob Marleys Tomb
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It was a 'bacon' sandwich at I. Fratellini in Florence, Italy. The place was literally a hole-in-the wall sandwich shop. Fantastic little sandwich.
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It was a barbecued pulled-pork-shoulder sandwich. It came complete with some bangin' BBQ sauce liberally poured on top of the cole slaw which covered the meat. This masterpiece of a sandwich was encased by sesame buns. Boy was that Yummy!

I bought that sandwich at 12:30 am early one Saturday morning on the other side of town where somebody said, I wasn't supposed to be...
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Triple decker pastrami, corned beef, and tongue topped with cole slaw on rye. Cooked perfectly, just enough fat for flavor. Kosher dill pickle on the side. I almost cried when I finished it. A masterpiece that was ephremal. Too beautiful for this world.
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The pastrami from Harold's New York Deli in Edison, NJ. Enormous and delicious. One sandwich feeds two very hungry people.

Number 2 would be a pulled pork sandwich from Sims Barbecue in Little Rock
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My own home smoked Pastrami.
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These are the best three sandwiches that you will ever have:

The Cubano sandwich from Porto’sBakery, followed by their Media Noche sandwich. In third place, the French dip sandwich from Phillipe’s.

http://www.portosbakery.com/content/cubano-sandwich

http://www.portosbakery.com/content/medianoche-midnight-sandwich

http://www.philippes.com/sandwiches/
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Yeah, Phillipe's French Dip's are good. I wanted to go there and the Bay Cities Italian Deli in Santa Monica when I was in L.A. last week. Didn't manage to make it to either place.
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These are the best three sandwiches that you will ever have:

The Cubano sandwich from Porto’sBakery, followed by their Media Noche sandwich. In third place, the French dip sandwich from Phillipe’s.

http://www.portosbakery.com/content/cubano-sandwich
Hopefully the pic doesn't do it justice cuz it don't look that great. Best Cuban I've had was in Fla.
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