With any luck, Ruth & I will try #11 within the next 2 weeks. When we were in St. Louis in summer 2019, we realized that our route home might include some towns with great sandwiches. Two months previously Ruth found an article in People magazine by Madison Roberts that claimed to name “The Best Sandwich in Every State”. By the time we got home we had tried 7 on her list because we had already had sandwiches at Turkey and the Wolf in New Orleans. We have a better than even chance to try what Madison judged to be the best sandwich in Arizona over the Thanksgiving weekend.
Mason Hereford, the sandwich guru at Turkey & the Wolf, was a 2019 James Beard Award semifinalist for best chef. When we were there, he was being interviewed about his shop and its sandwiches. It was fun to watch him being photographed with his favorite creation as we dined on his super delicious sandwiches that made him maker of the best in Louisiana.
While in St. Louis we had the best sandwich in Missouri at Pappy’s Smokehouse. It was great Memphis-style barbecue, and we knew immediately that Madison was really on to something with her sandwich idea. We got to Pappy’s early and the line of people waiting for lunch was already as impressive as the food. On the way home to Washington we had what Madison judged to be the best sandwiches in Minnesota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, and Montana. We could have had the best sandwich in Idaho too if we had paid better attention. Meltz Extreme Grilled Cheese will have to wait until next year. The 4 best sandwiches were the Megadeath at tagliare Deli in Missoula, the Schnitzelwich at Bread & Circus Sandwich Kitchen in Sioux Falls, the Blackstone Reuben at the crowded Crescent Moon Ale House in Omaha, and the Bánh Mì at Lu’s in Minneapolis. Matt Benzel, owner of strip mall tagliare, proudly told me that the hands in the photo of his A+ sandwich, our overall favorite, were his wife’s. That’s Megadeath below.
Since then we have had opportunities to try 3 more: Lardo in Portland, Un Bien In Seattle, and Zunzi in Atlanta. Lardo was the best and Zunzi’s Conquistador, which had too much chicken and is shown below below, was our least favorite of the 10 we’ve tried so far.
Ruth and I think that Madison has an excellent idea for a series of articles. We look forward to the best pancakes in all 50 states, the best ice cream in all 50 states, etc. We might offer to help her with research.