Special Report

America’s 22 Favorite Sandwiches

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17. Cheese and tomato
> Really or somewhat ‘like’: 39%
> Really or somewhat ‘dislike’: 23%
> Never tried it: 20%

The cheese and tomato sandwich is usually a grilled cheese sandwich with slices of tomatoes. Cheddar cheese is often the preferred choice if the cheese is to be melted, but mozzarella is a popular alternative. Some recipes include fresh basil for extra flavor.

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16. Pastrami
> Really or somewhat ‘like’: 46%
> Really or somewhat ‘dislike’: 20%
> Never tried it: 18%

Pastrami is an American version of the salted, wind-dried beef known as pastrama or basturma in Armenia and the Balkans. The pastrami sandwich is usually served hot. It consists of cooked and thinly sliced beef pastrami with a slice of (usually) Swiss cheese, pickles, mustard, and onions (optional) on rye bread.

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15. French dip
> Really or somewhat ‘like’: 46%
> Really or somewhat ‘dislike’: 14%
> Never tried it: 23%

The French dip — thin-sliced roast beef or other meat on a long French roll whose cut sides have been dipped into the roasting pan juices — was invented in Los Angeles by a Parisian, one Philippe Mathieu. The story is that one day in 1918, a decade after he’d opened his sandwich shop in downtown LA, Mathieu accidentally dropped a roll into the roasting pan while he was making a sandwich for a local policeman. The cop ate the sandwich anyway and liked it so much that he came back the next day with his buddies for more.

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14. Reuben
> Really or somewhat ‘like’: 48%
> Really or somewhat ‘dislike’: 20%
> Never tried it: 18%

The deli classic known as the Reuben sandwich — corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and Russian dressing on rye bread — was named for a man called Reuben. Most sources say that it’s Arnold Reuben of Reubens Restaurant and Delicatessen, who is said to have created the sandwich in 1914 (however, his original was made with baked ham and roast turkey instead of corned beef).

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13. Meatball sub
> Really or somewhat ‘like’: 56%
> Really or somewhat ‘dislike’: 16%
> Never tried it: 10%

The meatball sub consists of an Italian roll filled with meatballs, almost always in a tomato sauce, with provolone or mozzarella usually added. In Italy, meatballs are served as a main course, not with pasta — much less in a sandwich.

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