Ambitious chefs are taking the once-humble sandwich into new heights of tastiness. Here are 10 sandwiches across America we love the most.
1. Spicy Korean Pork Sandwich
Heirloom Market BBQ, Atlanta, GA
What’s in it: Pork butt is rubbed down with a spicy mix of gochugaru, gochujang, chili sauce, and sriracha, smoked slowly over hickory and oak, then cubed and packed into a soft potato bun and dressed with kimchi slaw and kimchi pickles.
Why we love it: Heirloom’s owners, married couple Cody Taylor and Jiyeon Lee, meld different barbecue traditions (his: American; hers: Korean) into a spicy, smoky sandwich that’s greater than the sum of its parts. The pickles and slaw add the refreshing texture and crunch familiar to anyone who’s had a Southern pulled-pork sandwich, while the Asian elements bring unexpected layers of heat and funk.
2. Wednesday Special Green Chile Tuna Melt
Chula Seafood, Scottsdale, AZ
What’s in it: Olive oil confit of albacore tuna, Oaxaca cheese, charred Hatch green chiles, and a highly herbaceous chimichurri on thick-cut, panini-pressed bread from Phoenix’s beloved Noble Bread bakery.
Why we love it: The Anywhere, USA diner staple gets a smoky, spicy Southwestern makeover with the the addition of local green chiles and Mexican cheese. More important: Because Chula’s owners also run a commercial fishing operation, the tuna is…