Special Report

The Most Iconic Sandwich in Every State

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It’s not hard to see what makes sandwiches so popular. Whether hot or cold, sandwiches are usually quick to make and always satisfying. They can make a full dinner, a working lunch, or a fast breakfast as you hurry off to work. (Here’s a list of the the best breakfast sandwich in every state.)

And you can literally pile almost anything you want between two pieces of bread or a split bun or roll, from breaded fish to barbecued pork to peanut butter with Marshmallow Fluff. Or you can serve your sandwich open-faced – the kind you need a knife and fork to eat.  

Everybody has a favorite sandwich or two, but some have become so strongly identified with particular places that they can be considered iconic. Certain cities claim one (if you go to San Francisco without sampling an Original Joe or Buffalo without trying a beef on weck, you’re missing out) – but so do many states, by popular acclaim if not officially.  

To compile a list of the most iconic sandwich in every state, 24/7 Tempo consulted listings in The Daily Meal, Eater, Zagat, Thrillist, Taste Atlas, Insider, and Delish, as well as numerous state-specific sites.

Although meat is the starring attraction in the majority of these, other types of protein make an appearance. In Washington State, smoked salmon is the preferred choice; in Georgia, it’s pimento cheese; and Oregon’s famous vegan burger ditches the meat altogether for a mixture of plant-based ingredients. 

Despite the perpetual disagreement over whether burgers and dogs qualify as “sandwiches,” incidentally, they are included here – in a number of variations – due to their indisputably iconic status in the states in question. (Whether you agree or not, you might want to make note of the best burger joint in every state.)

Click here to see the most iconic sandwich in every state

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Alabama
> Sandwich: Chicken with Alabama white sauce
> Where to try it: Miss Myra’s Pit Bar-B-Q, Birmingham

This Southern favorite is similar to pulled pork, except that it’s made with roasted, shredded chicken. Piled on a bun, the chicken is slathered with Alabama white sauce, a mixture of mayonnaise, vinegar, horseradish, salt, pepper, sugar, and cayenne.

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Alaska
> Sandwich: Reindeer sausage
> Where to try it: Reindeer Redhots, Sitka

Reindeer were brought to Alaska from Siberia in the late 19th century to diversify the state’s food industry. Although reindeer never became the main source of meat for Alaskans, reindeer sausages are often consumed for breakfast or on a bun. To make the sausages, the reindeer meat is typically mixed with equal parts pork and beef.

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Arizona
> Sandwich: Sonoran hot dog
> Where to try it: El Güero Canelo, Tucson

If you travel to Phoenix, Tucson, or anywhere in southern Arizona, you’ll see carts lining the streets selling Sonoran hot dogs. Wrapped in bacon and grilled, the hot dog is then placed into a bolillo-style bun (a savory bread bun similar to a baguette) and smothered with pinto beans, onions, tomatoes, and condiments including mayonnaise, mustard, and jalapeño salsa.

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Arkansas
> Sandwich: Deep-fried catfish
> Where to try it: Nick’s Bar-B-Que & Catfish, Carlisle

Served with coleslaw and hush puppies, fried catfish reigns as an Arkansas tradition. And it’s easy to see why: The fish are abundant in the state – some caught in its streams, lakes, and rivers, and a lot of it brought over from Mississippi next door, where it is farmed in huge quantities. The catfish filets are first marinated in a mixture of buttermilk, water, salt, and pepper, then dredged in flour, cornmeal, and seafood seasonings. A quick fry of three minutes and the catfish is ready for the bun.

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California
> Sandwich: French dip
> Where to try it: Philippe the Original, Los Angeles

Two longtime downtown Los Angeles restaurants claim to have invented the french dip sometime in the early 1900s – Philippe’s and Cole’s Pacific Electric Buffet. Wherever it was first made (possibly by mistake when a bun dropped into a pan of meat drippings), the french dip is a mouthwatering combination of tender slices of beef nestled in a jus-soaked French bun.

Colorado
> Sandwich: Fool’s Gold Loaf
> Where to try it: Colorado Mine Company, Denver

On a visit to Denver in 1976, Elvis Presley reportedly loved the Fool’s Gold Loaf served at the Colorado Mining Company. And why not? The “sandwich” is made from a hollowed out loaf of bread stuffed with peanut butter, grape jam, and bacon strips, all baked for 15 minutes to give it a golden brown hue.

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Connecticut
> Sandwich: Hot lobster roll
> Where to try it: Abbott’s Lobster in the Rough, Noank (seasonal)

Connecticut’s version of the lobster roll features warm lobster meat instead of the cold flesh served elsewhere in New England. The warm lobster is tossed with butter and then stuffed into a toasted, buttered hot dog or hamburger bun.

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Delaware
> Sandwich: Soft shell crab
> Where to try it: Mickey’s Family Crab House, Bethany Beach

Although crabbing can be done year-round in Delaware, the peak season for crab pots is between March 1 to Nov. 30, with soft shells usually fading away in September. In the state, the soft shell crab is typically fried and then served on a bun with a variety of toppings from tartar sauce to bacon as well as lettuce and tomato.

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Florida
> Sandwich: Cuban
> Where to try it: The Floridian, Tampa

When Cubans migrated to Southern Florida, they brought along their favorite sandwich – the Cuban. Today, the sandwich has become a source of a friendly rivalry between Miami and Tampa. Whoever created the sandwich, the Cuban is a pork lover’s delight. Made with pork, ham, swiss cheese, mustard, and pickles, the sandwich is toasted in a plancha, a press similar to a panini press but without the grooves.

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Georgia
> Sandwich: Pimento cheese
> Where to try it: Fox Bros. BBQ, Atlanta

One of the few meatless sandwiches on this list, Georgia’s pimento cheese sandwich has earned a special spot at the Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta. Served on white bread, the sandwich is filled with what has been called the pâté of the South – a spread made of cheddar or processed American cheese with pimentos and mayo.

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Hawaii
> Sandwich: Kālua pork
> Where to try it: Kono’s Northshore, various locations

Kālua traditionally refers to the method of cooking the pork in an underground oven, or imu, a standard luau dish. As a popular Hawaiian sandwich filling, it’s more likely to be slow-roasted in an oven with liquid smoke, then pulled or shredded.

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Idaho
> Sandwich: Basque lamb
> Where to try it: Bar Gernika, Boise

Idaho is home to one of the largest Basque populations in the country, and the Basque lamb sandwich has risen to iconic status there. It’s similar to a sub, but made with sliced roast lamb, melted cheese, caramelized onions, and jalapeños.

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Illinois
> Sandwich: Italian beef
> Where to try it: Al’s #1 Italian Beef, Chicago

Illinois’s famous Italian beef sandwich dates back to the 1930s if not earlier, when Italian immigrants worked for Chicago’s Union Stock Yards. Today, the sandwich rivals deep dish pizza as a Chicago favorite. It’s made of seasoned slices of roast beef served on a long French roll. Toppings include giardiniera or sautéed green Italian sweet peppers.

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Indiana
> Sandwich: Pork tenderloin
> Where to try it: Aristocrat Pub & Restaurant, Indianapolis

A crispy delight, Indiana’s pork tenderloin sandwich consists of a breaded and fried piece of pork loin on a bun. The sandwich was born at Nick’s Kitchen in Huntington, which opened in 1908. The recipe is similar to that for Wienerschnitzel, except that the pork is deep-fried, not pan-fried. With Indiana fifth in the country for pork production, it’s not hard to find a pork tenderloin sandwich anywhere in the Hoosier State.

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Iowa
> Sandwich: Loosemeat
> Where to try it: Maid-Rite, various locations

Iowa’s loosemeat sandwich resembles a sloppy Joe, but there is a main difference. Iowa’s version is less saucy. Loose ground beef and chopped onions top a hamburger bun with dill pickles and yellow mustard as the final flourish.

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Kansas
> Sandwich: Burnt ends
> Where to try it: Roscoe’s BBQ, Edwardsville

Considered a delicacy, burnt ends are the pieces of meat cut from the “point” half of a smoked brisket. Because of the high fat content in the brisket point, cooking time is long and slow. Popularized in Kansas City, the flavorful burnt ends are often served alone, but also make a great filling for sandwiches.

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Kentucky
> Sandwich: Hot Brown
> Where to try it: Brown Hotel, Louisville

Created during the Roaring 20s, the hot brown was first served at the Brown Hotel in Louisville to satisfy famished guests. It’s basically an open-faced sandwich made with thin slices of roasted turkey and tomato, sometimes with ham and/or bacon added, all topped with a cheesy mornay sauce. Best to use thick slices of Texas toast when making a sandwich this substantial.

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Louisiana
> Sandwich: Oyster po’boy
> Where to try it: Olde Tyme Grocery, Lafayette

The oyster po’boy is a Louisiana staple. Although the po’ boy may also be stuffed with other meats, including roast beef, shrimp, or crab, Louisiana French bread is what holds it all together. With its fluffy center and crisp crust, the bread is the perfect pocket for the po’boy. One theory as to the origin of the name is that it was first made and served at a New Orleans restaurant that fed striking streetcar workers for free.

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Maine
> Sandwich: Lobster roll
> Where to try it: Red’s Eats, Wiscasset

Different from Connecticut’s warm lobster roll, Maine’s traditional lobster roll is made with chunks of fresh cold lobster meat tossed with mayonnaise and sometimes celery for a bit of crunch. The mixture is then stuffed into a buttered and toasted split-top hot dog roll.

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Maryland
> Sandwich: Pit beef
> Where to try it: Chaps Pit Beef, Baltimore

Since the 1970s, the East Baltimore area has been known for its pit beef – basically sliced roast beef cooked over charcoal and served with a horseradish-mustard sauce and sliced raw onion – but the sandwich gained real popularity after Chaps Pit Beef began serving the barbecue favorite in 1987.

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Massachusetts
> Sandwich: Fluffernutter
> Where to try it: The Big E (Eastern States Exposition, Sept. 16-Oct. 2, 2022), Springfield

A favorite lunch sandwich for Massachusetts schoolchildren, the fluffernutter is a sweet and salty concoction of peanut butter and Marshmallow Fluff spread on white bread. The marshmallow confection, originally called Marshmallow Creme, was invented in the early 20th century, but the fluffernutter name was coined by an advertising agency only in 1960. Today, the fluffernutter is a mainstay in kid’s lunch boxes across New England. It’s rare to find it in a restaurant, but it’s a staple at Springfield’s annual Eastern States Exposition.

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Michigan
> Sandwich: Boogaloo
> Where to try it: Chef Gret’s Soul-in-the-Wall, Detroit

Detroit’s version of the Sloppy Joe originated in the 1960s. This relative of the sloppy Joe starts with loose ground beef topped with sautéed onions and American cheese on a grilled submarine bun. What sets this sandwich apart is the addition of a slightly sweet, herb-flavored barbecue sauce originally called Jean’s Sauce of the Island.

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Minnesota
> Sandwich: Walleye
> Where to try it: Tavern on Grand, Minneapolis

The walleye or walleye pike is Minnesota’s state fish. After the filet is breaded and fried, it’s put on a soft bun and topped with lettuce, tomato, onion, and sometimes a dash of tangy sauce.

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Mississippi
> Sandwich: Slugburger/Doughburger
> Where to try it: Johnnie’s Drive-In Bar-B-Q, Tupelo

The Slugburger or Doughburger was introduced to Northeast Mississippi in 1917 when Chicagoan John Weeks took his hamburger recipe with him to Corinth. Weeks asked local butchers to grind his burger meat with potato flakes and flour. Today, the classic Slugburgher is a pork-and-beef patty mixed with a meat extender (typically soybeans). Deep-fried, the burger served on a bun with pickles, mustard, and onion.

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Missouri
> Sandwich: The St. Paul
> Where to try it: Bo Fung Chinese Restaurant, St. Louis

Missouri’s St. Paul sandwich pays homage to the state’s Asian immigrants. The sandwich takes the classic egg foo Chinese-American dish and makes it into a patty. The hot patty is then nestled between slices of white bread and topped with pickles, lettuce, tomato, and mayo. Think of it as a Chinese-American version of an egg sandwich.

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Montana
> Sandwich: Elk burger
> Where to try it: The Corral, Gardiner

The elk burger is Montana’s spin on the classic hamburger, except the meat cooked is elk, not beef. Compared to beef, elk has more protein and less fat, which means it can dry out easily when cooked, so when ordering, ask for it medium-rare.

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Nebraska
> Sandwich: Reuben
> Where to try it: The Committee Chophouse, Omaha

Think the reuben originated in New York City? Maybe not. Although some reports claim the overstuffed sandwich was first served at Reuben’s Restaurant and Deli in Manhattan in 1914, Nebraskans counter it was first created at the Blackstone Hotel in Omaha in the 1920s. Whoever had it first, the reuben is a savory mixture of salty corned beef, sauerkraut, melted Swiss cheese, and Russian dressing on rye bread.

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Nevada
> Sandwich: Pastrami
> Where to try it: Greenberg & Son’s Delicatessen, Las Vegas

Pastrami descends from cured, seasoned meat originally from Romania and possibly Turkey. It was brought to New York by a Lithuanian immigrant in the late 19th century, and quickly became a deli essential. Just why it should be so popular in Las Vegas isn’t certain – other than the fact that the city boasts many great delis, in casinos and otherwise – but many sources name it as Nevada’s most popular sandwich meat.

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New Hampshire
> Sandwich: Moe’s Original Italian
> Where to try it: Moe’s, various locations

Moe’s Original Italian actually refers to the shop where the sandwich got its name in 1959. Owner Phil “Moe” Pagano sold only one type of sandwich – a sub made with mild salami, provolone, onions, peppers, tomatoes, olives with a splash of olive oil. But New Englanders couldn’t get enough of the salty savory treat and today Moe’s Italian sandwiches are sold throughout the region.

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New Jersey
> Sandwich: Pork roll/Taylor ham
> Where to try it: Slater’s Deli, Leonardo

Although some historians say Taylor ham originated during the Revolutionary War, the more likely scenario dates back to 1856 when John Taylor sold his special pork roll in Trenton. New Jerseyans continue to argue over whether to call the salty processed meat (think of it as a relative of Spam) Taylor ham or pork roll – it depends on what part of the state you’re from – yet they all agree it is a perfect accompaniment to an egg and cheese on a bun.

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New Mexico
> Sandwich: Green chile cheeseburger
> Where to try it: Santa Fe Bite, Santa Fe

The green chile cheeseburger was first served at restaurants along Route 66 in New Mexico during the 1920s and 1930s. Today, the sandwich is simply a classic American hamburger of cooked ground beef topped with melted cheese and green chiles.

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New York
> Sandwich: Breakfast sandwich
> Where to try it: New York City, New York

New York state could claim many different sandwiches as its most iconic, from the kebab-like spiedie of upstate Binghamton to the beef on weck of Buffalo to the inevitable bagel with lox and a schmear. Somehow, though, none of these seem as definitive as the classic New York breakfast sandwich: a combo of eggs, cheese, and sometimes bacon or ham or sausage on a bagel, roll, or English muffin.

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North Carolina
> Sandwich: Pulled pork
> Where to try it: Smokey’s BBQ Shack, Morrisville

North Carolina has its own style of barbecue and pulled pork is a prime example. Considered the oldest form of barbecue in the U.S., the pork is rubbed with a spice mixture before it’s smoked atop oak or hickory wood. During smoking, the meat is slathered with a spice and vinegar liquid. The meat is then pulled, chopped, or shredded and heaped on a bun or between slices of white bread.

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North Dakota
> Sandwich: Slush burger/sloppy Joe
> Where to try it: The Fabulous Kegs Drive-In, Grand Forks (seasonal)

North Dakotans call their version of a sloppy Joe a slush burger. The story goes that sloppy Joes were invented in Iowa when a cook named Joe mixed loosely fried ground beef with tomato sauce and slapped it on a bun. (Of note, Key West, Florida, also lays claim to the sandwich.) Today, Sloppy Joes are a staple of Midwestern cuisine.

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Ohio
> Sandwich: Goetta
> Where to try it: Eckerlin Meats, Cincinnati

If you go to Cincinnati, you’re sure to see goetta on the menu in restaurants. Brought to the city by German immigrants, it’s a meat-and-grain sausage, usually made with ground pork, oatmeal, and spices. Similar to scrapple and livermush, it was originally developed to extend meat over several meals, but fried crisp has become a sandwich favorite.

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Oklahoma
> Sandwich: Chicken-fried steak
> Where to try it: Kendall’s Restaurant, Noble

So beloved is chicken fried steak in Oklahoma that in 1988 the state legislature placed the dish on the official Oklahoma state meal list. Similar to German schnitzel, chicken fried steak begins with a piece of round steak, cut thin and tenderized by pounding. The meat is dipped in a milk-and-egg mixture, then dredged in flour, baking powder, salt, and pepper. The breaded meat is then fried to a golden, crisp brown, and served either on a plate (typically with gravy and mashed potatoes) or overflowing from a bun.

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Oregon
> Sandwich: Vegan burger
> Where to try it: Tin Thistle Café, North Bend

The concept of a burger made with plant-based ingredients rather than meat may have originated in London when restaurateur Gregory Sams made his VegeBurger in the early 1980s. Around the same time, however, Paul Wenner, a restaurant owner in Gresham, Oregon, mixed leftover vegetables with rice pilaf and molded them into a loaf for what he called the Garden Loaf Sandwich, and today Oregon claims the vegan burger as its own.

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Pennsylvania
> Sandwich: Cheesesteak
> Where to try it: Pat’s King of Steaks, Philadelphia

Philadelphians are fiercely proud of their signature sandwich – the cheesesteak. How the classic got invented is under debate, but some give credit to Philadelphians Pat and Harry Olivieri who started serving chopped steak on an Italian roll in the early 1930s at their hot dog stand. Today, you can go to many establishments in the city and order the treat made with thin slices of beefsteak “wit” or “witout” melted cheese.

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Rhode Island
> Sandwich: New York System wiener
> Where to try it: Olneyville New York System, Providence

The curious name of Rhode Island’s New York System weiner is a reference to the popularity of hot dogs in New York’s Coney Island. The Ocean State’s version, developed in the 1940s in Providence’s Greek community – where short order cooks prepared the dish “on the arm,” or by lining an outstretched arm with buns and and then adding the wieners and other ingredients with the other hand – is traditionally a four-inch pork, beef, and veal sausage in a steamed bun, topped with yellow mustard, onions, celery salt, and ground beef sauce – never ketchup.

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South Carolina
> Sandwich: Fried bologna
> Where to try it: Mom & Pop’s, Batesburg-Leesville

The epitome of Southern comfort food, the fried bologna sandwich takes a simple lunch meat, warms it up on a griddle, and serves it on white bread with a smattering of mustard or mayo and yellow cheese. Although bologna originated in Italy, German immigrants are said to have brought it to America, where it gained popularity as a cheap meat during the Depression.

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South Dakota
> Sandwich: Pheasant salad
> Where to try it: Pheasant Restaurant & Lounge, Brookings

South Dakota is famous for two things: Mount Rushmore and pheasants. During World War II, soldiers passing through the state were handed free pheasant salad sandwiches at a canteen in Aberdeen. The salad was a mixture of pheasant, carrots, onions, celery, relish, hardboiled eggs, and mayonnaise.

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Tennessee
> Sandwich: Hot chicken
> Where to try it: Prince’s Hot Chicken, Nashville

Debuted at Prince’s Hot Chicken in Nashville, the hot chicken sandwich is a hot-and-spicy delight. The chicken is breaded and fried, but what makes it special is the sweet and hot sauce that coats the meat. Today, Nashville holds city-wide competitions for the best hot chicken sandwich.

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Texas
> Sandwich: BBQ brisket
> Where to try it: Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que, Llano

Jewish immigrants to Texas began selling smoked brisket at delis in the early 1900s. From there, BBQ brisket has become a Lone Star State tradition. Toppings may vary, but the real star of the sandwich is the slow-smoked slab of beef either sliced or chopped and put on a roll and lathered in hot sauce.

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Utah
> Sandwich: Pastrami burger
> Where to try it: Crown Burgers, Salt Lake City

Call the pastrami burger the ultimate fusion food – thin strips of pastrami cover a cheeseburger on a sesame seed bun. Toppings include sliced tomatoes, lettuce, onions, and Thousand Island-like dressing. Although the pastrami burger has origins in California, Utahans have taken it as their own.

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Vermont
> Sandwich: The Vermonter
> Where to try it: Klinger’s Bread Company, South Burlington

In the 1990s, Jason Maroney, a cook and waiter at Sweetwater’s in Burlington, reportedly created the Vermonter. Although the sandwich has many variations, its original form is made with roast turkey, cheddar, and apples on cranberry bread.

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Virginia
> Sandwich: Country ham
> Where to try it: Padow’s Hams & Deli, various locations

What makes Virginia country ham different from other hams? It’s how the meat is processed – cured and then smoked over apple and hickory wood fires. The ham is then aged in a smokehouse to give it its distinctive sweetness. Sliced thin and piled on a biscuit, it’s hard to beat.

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Washington
> Sandwich: Smoked salmon
> Where to try it: Larry’s Smokehouse, Snohomish

A Pacific Northwest food staple, smoked salmon in Washington is typically dry-brined in a solution of sugar and salt. sometimes with dill or pepper, then hot-smoked. Sliced, the fish is often served on toast or dark bread with cream cheese or a layer of ricotta (or garlic mayo in some versions), often with sliced raw onion added. Some Washingtonians also add it to a BLT.

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West Virginia
> Sandwich: Pepperoni roll
> Where to try it: The Donut Shop, Buckhannon

You can argue as to whether or not pepperoni roll is a sandwich, but it’s meat inside bread, so we’d say it qualifies. It has its origins in the early 20th century, when Italian immigrants toiled in West Virginia’s coal mines. In 1927, a Calabrian immigrant named Giuseppe Argiro had the idea of rolling the thin-sliced spicy sausage in bread dough at his bakery in Fairmont. Easy to carry and filling, it became a favorite miners’ food not just in its home state but throughout the Appalachians.

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Wisconsin
> Sandwich: Bratwurst
> Where to try it: Charcoal Inn (North or South), Sheboygan

Besides cheese, Wisconsin is famous for its “brats” or bratwurst, a German-style pork (usually) sausage made with pork – perfect on a long roll with sauerkraut and mustard. The sausage was popularized in the state beginning in the 19th century, when German immigrants made their way to the Badger State.

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Wyoming
> Sandwich: Bison burger
> Where to try it: Senator’s Steakhouse and Brass Buffalo Saloon, Cheyenne

Bison burgers are made with the meat of bison, not cows. Less fatty than beef, bison has a similar protein content. In 1985, Wyoming designated bison as its state mammal.

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