The Essential Guide to Being the Ultimate Tailgater

Do you think you have what it takes to be the ultimate tailgater? From portable grills and quality food to flat-screen TVs, pop-up tents and lawn games, check out our list of tailgating essentials and see if you make the cut.

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Yardbird
The Yardbird

The Yardbird

The Yardbird is a juicy, smoked, Amish chicken breast drenched in mustard sauce, tossed with sauteed mushrooms and slathered with cheddar cheese, all piled with crispy applewood bacon. Get the recipe for the Yardbird sandwich from Slow's Bar-BQ in Detroit, Michigan. 960 1280

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Prime Rib Sandwich

Prime Rib Sandwich

The prime rib sandwich is a pile of tenderly-sliced grilled beef, sauteed onions, mushrooms and peppers on a toasted, crisp semolina bun that’s infused with the savory juices of the meat. If that’s not enough, you also have the option to dunk this delectable dish into a Wisconsin-style, butter-infused au jus. Get the recipe for the prime rib sandwich from Kroll's West in Green Bay, Wisconsin. 960 1280

  

La Torta del Rey

La Torta del Rey

The legendary Torta del Rey is made with 12 different ingredients, including breaded beef, pork, ham, chorizo, cheese, a fried egg, avocado, beans, tomatoes, onions and jalapenos. Get the recipe for the Torta del Rey from Los Reyes de la Torta in Phoenix, Arizona. 960 1280

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Fish Taco Torta

Fish Taco Torta

For the fish taco torta, deep-fried mahi mahi is placed inside a bun with tortilla chips. The crunchy combo is then topped with pico de gallo, creamy Peppadew slaw, lime juice, cilantro and habanero for an extra kick. Get the recipe for the fish taco torta from Tilia in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 960 1280

  

BBQ Brisket Sandwich

BBQ Brisket Sandwich

The sliced beef brisket sandwich -- chef Bobby Flay’s favorite sandwich -- is cooked over an open fire and served with onions, pickles and a habanero BBQ sauce. Get the recipe for the BBQ beef brisket sandwich from The Salt Lick in Driftwood, Texas. 960 1280

Jesse Knish  

Pulled Pork Sandwich

Pulled Pork Sandwich

Pulled pork topped with coleslaw and hot sauce. Get the recipe for the pulled pork sandwich from JR’s BBQ in Los Angeles, California 960 1280

  

Seared Beef Tongue Sandwich

Seared Beef Tongue Sandwich

The seared beef tongue sandwich is served with smoked green onions, red pepper relish and garlic aioli on freshly baked bread. Get the recipe for the Seared Beef Tongue sandwich from The Noble Pig in Austin, Texas.
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El Toro

El Toro

The El Toro is a chargrilled, deli-sliced tri-tip topped with special BBQ sauce on a bun. A note from the owner Phil: Don’t forget a roll of paper towels since the El Toro can be messy to eat! Get the recipe for the El Toro sandwich from Phil's BBQ in San Diego, California. 960 1280

  

Big-Ass Roast Beef Sandwich

Big-Ass Roast Beef Sandwich

This roast beef sandwich has slow-cooked roast beef and hand-cut french fries piled onto a ciabatta roll and covered with homemade bechamel sauce. Get the recipe for the roast beef sandwich from Big-Ass Sandwiches in Portland, Oregon.

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Oxtail Sandwich

Oxtail Sandwich

Called "a crazy mess" by the creator of this sandwich, the Oxtail is smothered in marinara sauce and topped with carrots, celery, onion and peppers. Get the recipe for the oxtail sandwich from Salumi in Seattle, Washington.
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Pork Belly Cubano

Pork Belly Cubano

Wanna make this sandwich for your next tailgate? Get the recipe for pork belly Cubano from Bunk Sandwiches in Portland, Oregon. 960 1280

  

The CSS Virginia

The CSS Virginia

This creation has with fried chicken livers loaded into a toasted French baguette with shredded cabbage, green onions, granny smith apple and remoulade sauce. Get the recipe for the CSS Virginia sandwich from The Blacksheep in Richmond, Virginia.

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Chicken Club Sandwich

Chicken Club Sandwich

It’s a triple-decker sandwich with grilled chicken, bacon, tomatoes, lettuce, avocado, mayo and a sunny side up fried egg, all in three slices of sourdough bread. Get the recipe for the chicken club sandwich from the W Hotel in Washington, DC. 960 1280

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Crab Cake Sandwich

Crab Cake Sandwich

These traditional sammies are filled with 6.5 ounces of jumbo lump crabmeat, fried to perfection. Get the recipe for the famous crab cake sandwich from Faidley Seafood in Baltimore, Maryland.
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Italian Beef Sandwich

Italian Beef Sandwich

The fall-apart tender beef is piled high on top of an Italian Sausage grilled to perfection. It is topped with sweet hot peppers and Giardiniera, and is sandwiched between a hearty Italian roll that soaks up the au jus, giving it that extra burst of flavor. Get the recipe for the Italian beef sandwich from Al's Beef in Chicago, Illinois. 960 1280

  

Heart-Stopping BLT

Heart-Stopping BLT

This sandwich takes the BLT to a whole new level with a mountain of thick-sliced crisp bacon that is sure to fulfill every bacon lover's dream! Get the recipe for the Heart Stopping BLT sandwich from Crown Candy Kitchen in St. Louis, Missouri.
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The 4-Courser

The 4-Courser

The 4-courser sandwich has smoked pulled pork with a gouda bechamel sauce, pickles, jalapeno chips, sweet potato chips with BBQ sauce and a waffle-ized macaroni and cheese, all between a smoked pretzel bun. Get the recipe for the 4-Courser sandwich from The Fifty/50 in Chicago, Illinois.
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Chicken Conquistador

Chicken Conquistador

The Conquistador consists of a baked chicken breast served with lettuce, tomato and special sauce on French bread. Get the recipe for the chicken conquistador sandwich from Zunzi’s in Savannah, Georgia. 960 1280

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Asian Flank Steak Sandwich

Asian Flank Steak Sandwich

The Asian flank steak sandwich is only available on Mondays at Mitchell Delicatessen. But no need to panic, you can make it any day of the week. Get the recipe for the Asian Flank steak sandwich from Mitchell Delicatessen in Nashville, Tennessee.
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Chicken Cheddar Biscuit

Chicken Cheddar Biscuit

This sandwich has a crispy piece of fried chicken topped with an oozing piece of cheddar cheese resting between a large, fluffy biscuit. Get the recipe for the chicken cheddar biscuit from Time-Out restaurant in Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Media Noche

Media Noche

The home of this sandwich has perfected the creation that is a twist on the classic Cubano. Wanna make this sandwich for your next tailgate? Get the recipe for the Media Noche sandwich from Aguila Sandwich Shop in Tampa, Florida. 960 1280

  

The Roast Pork Sandwich

The Roast Pork Sandwich

This signature sandwich includes slow-roasted pork topped with broccoli rabe and aged provolone on a baguette. Get the recipe for the Roast Pork sandwich from DiNic’s in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 960 1280

  

The Grouper Reuben

The Grouper Reuben

This sandwich is a filet of grouper topped with melted Swiss cheese, Thousand Island dressing, and warm sauerkraut placed between two slices of marble rye bread. Get the recipe for the Grouper Reuben from Skipper’s Smokehouse in Tampa, Florida.
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Capp and Cheese

Capp and Cheese

This sandwich is made with the side dishes actually on the sandwich itself. Wanna make this sandwich for your next tailgate? Get the recipe for the Capp and Cheese from Primati Bros in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 960 1280

  

Shrimp Po-Boy

Shrimp Po-Boy

This sandwich has loads of fresh shrimp straight from the fry basket piled onto a loaf of locally made bread. It is dressed with tomato, lettuce and creole mustard with some pickles to top it off. Get the recipe for the shrimp po-boy from Domilises Po-Boy & Bar in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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Corned Beef and Pastrami Sandwich

Corned Beef and Pastrami Sandwich

Although some people prefer this sandwich topped with coleslaw and russian dressing, the meats on this sandwich are topped with just mustard. Get the recipe for the corned beef and pastrami sandwich from Katz’s Delicatessen in New York, N.Y. 960 1280

  

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University of Mississippi (Oxford, MS) - The Grove

University of Mississippi (Oxford, MS) - The Grove

Hotty Toddy, Gosh Almighty! Like many schools around the country, Ole Miss claims to have the best tailgating scene around, and one trip to Oxford may leave you convinced. The reason? The Grove. This 10-acre quad/park at the heart of campus transforms into downtown tailgate town on Rebel’s game days. A sea of blue and red cover this grassy area as fans dressed in their Saturday’s best parade from tent to tent, sampling delicious food and drink. It is a true taste of southern hospitality that can’t be missed. 960 1280

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Texas A&M University (College Station, TX) – Midnight Yell

Texas A&M University (College Station, TX) – Midnight Yell

No one, and I mean no one, may like their football as much as the natives of West Texas. For many of them, that means heading to College Station every Saturday to tailgate for the Aggies of Texas A&M. If you plan on joining the party, make sure to get there the night before for the Midnight Yell. Students and A&M supporters pack Kyle Field (sometimes up to 40 or 50,000!) to practice cheering for the game in one of the more unique college football traditions. 960 1280

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Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, LA) - The Food

Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, LA) - The Food

For real estate, it’s all about location, location, location. For tailgating, it’s all about the food, food, food. Perhaps no school demonstrates this better than LSU. It seems that every tailgate in Baton Rouge is well planned and well seasoned with everything from jambalaya and ponce to crawfish. And make sure to come hungry, because there is always enough for seconds, thirds and fourths. 960 1280

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Clemson University (Clemson, SC) – The $2 Bill

Clemson University (Clemson, SC) – The $2 Bill

This tradition is one that hits the road with its fans. Starting in 1977 after Georgia Tech refused to play Clemson, Tiger fans now stock up on $2 bills, freshly stamped with an orange tiger paw, to spend in opposing cities in an attempt to note all the money that tiger fans bring in to their market. The result is a lasting and clever way to leave a Clemson footprint on rival teams and economies. 960 1280

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University of South Carolina (Columbia, SC) – The Cockaboose Railroad

University of South Carolina (Columbia, SC) – The Cockaboose Railroad

Ever tailgate on a train? No? Well look no further than then University of South Carolina. Roughly 50 yards from Williams-Bryce Stadium are 22 railroad cars that you can rent out on game day for your tailgate party. Each car is uniquely decorated, but all feature top-of-the-line interiors, flat screens, full kitchens and rooftop decks. This is a tailgating tradition truly unique to the Gamecocks of South Carolina. 960 1280

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University of Tennessee (Knoxville, TN) – The Vol Navy & University of Washington (Seattle, WA) – Husky Harbor

University of Tennessee (Knoxville, TN) – The Vol Navy & University of Washington (Seattle, WA) – Husky Harbor

Both of these fine institutions feature what we so humbly call boatgating. Their waterside stadiums offer the perfect opportunity for fans to bring their pre-game festivities dockside. In Tennessee, they call it The Vol Navy, and in Washington, it’s Husky Harbor. But no matter what you call it, tailgating plus boating equal greatness. 960 1280

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Penn State University (State College, PA) – Nittanyville

Penn State University (State College, PA) – Nittanyville

The scene in Happy Valley on a fall Saturday morning is something to see for yourself. Thousands of fans, dressed in white from head to toe, camp out in tents, campers and RVs to prepare for the Nittany Lions next game. The pop-up community of Penn Staters is affectionately called Nittanyville and boasts some of the most passionate tailgaters you’ll find in the country. 960 1280

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University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA) – Charter Hill

University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA) – Charter Hill

Better known to the Golden Bears faithful as Tightwad Hill, this popular tailgating and viewing venue is unique to the University of California. Just over the east side from California Memorial Stadium is the small foothill, providing an amazing – and FREE – view of Cal games each Saturday. For 90 years, students, alumni and faculty have climbed Charter Hill to enjoy this amazing game-day tradition. 960 1280

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University of Florida vs. University of Georgia (Jacksonville, FL) – The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party

University of Florida vs. University of Georgia (Jacksonville, FL) – The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party

One of the most anticipated matchups of the college football season takes place in Jacksonville, between border rivals Florida and Georgia. This game always has one of the largest tailgate parties with nearly as many fans staying in the parking lot to keep the party going as actually going inside for the game – hence the unofficial title, "The World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party." 960 1280

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Ohio State University (Columbus, OH) – Mirror Lake Jump

Ohio State University (Columbus, OH) – Mirror Lake Jump

One of the biggest games every year is the heated rivalry between Ohio State and Michigan. Each year, thousands of THE Ohio State students meet the week before the game for a midnight party and tailgate on Mirror Lake, a shallow pond on campus. If you dare (and many do), take the frigid plunge into the lake with the other co-eds. Mind you, the game usually takes place in mid-to-late November every year; so don’t forget a warm winter coat for when you exit the lake. You don’t want to miss the game because of frostbite. 960 1280

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Syracuse University
Syracuse University - Syracuse, NY

Syracuse University - Syracuse, NY

A triangle-shaped park, Hanover Square was the first commercial district in Syracuse, NY, and comprises 17 historic buildings. Now the setting for many cultural gatherings and live music, the square was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. 960 1280

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Syracuse University - Buffalo Wings

Syracuse University - Buffalo Wings

In a state like New York — known for their iconic pizza — it’s hard to imagine another food breaking the cycle and taking over the top spot of most iconic food. With that being said, Buffalo wings may have originated down the road, but they’ve slowly made their way down I-90 from Buffalo to Syracuse, to make a serious push to the top that list, in the hometown of the Orangemen. 960 1280

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University of Arizona - Tucson, AZ

University of Arizona - Tucson, AZ

In Tucson, AZ, the university's athletics teams were nicknamed the "wildcats" after the LA Times praised Arizona for showing "the fight of wildcats" in a 1914 football game against Occidental College. The image stuck as the school's official mascot. 960 1280

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University of Arizona - Sonoran Hot Dog

University of Arizona - Sonoran Hot Dog

"Bear Down" on the Sonoran hot dog, a staple on the campus of the University of Arizona in Tucson. Wrapped in bacon and topped with beans, onions, tomatoes, mayonnaise and more, this one-of-a-kind dog is sure to make your taste buds jump for joy. 960 1280

  

University of Kentucky - Lexington, KY

University of Kentucky - Lexington, KY

Surrounded by bars and restaurants serving up the finest bourbon in the world and plastered in UK apparel and keepsakes, downtown Lexington, KY, is one of, if not the, premiere college basketball town in America. Being the winningest program in NCAA history has its perks, and Big Blue Nation never lets you forget that. 960 1280

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University of Kentucky - Burgoo and Bourbon

University of Kentucky - Burgoo and Bourbon

Kentucky Burgoo, a stew typically made with 3 or more different kinds of meat and assorted vegetables like okra, lima beans and corn, has been a staple in Lexington for over 150 years. However, it doesn’t seem right to have anything else representing the state of Kentucky in the food and beverage debate other than bourbon. So, we’ve combined the two for a delicious burgoo and bourbon tailgate party. 960 1280

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University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, NC

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, NC

Considered the social hub for university students, Franklin Street was named after Ben Franklin and has been in use since the university's construction began in the 1790s. The street is celebrated for its festivals, nightlife and myriad of shops.  960 1280

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University of North Carolina - Pulled Pork Sandwich

University of North Carolina - Pulled Pork Sandwich

On Tobacco Road, it’s a never ending blue-blood battle when it comes to basketball, and the same can be said for their barbecue. When you’re heading to Chapel Hill, NC, for a game, make sure to try a slow-smoked, hickory-wood flavored pulled pork sandwich. They may be the best in the south! 960 1280

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Marquette University - Milwaukee, WI

Marquette University - Milwaukee, WI

The largest private university in Wisconsin (and one of the largest Jesuit universities in the country), Marquette is located 1 mile from Lake Michigan, and is responsible for Milwaukee's reputation as one of America's great college basketball towns. 960 1280

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Marquette University - Bratwurst

Marquette University - Bratwurst

It’s hard to imagine heading to America’s Dairyland and not having cheese as the top choice, but when it comes to tailgating in Milwaukee, one dish reigns supreme — the bratwurst. Pair your brat with a delicious local beer and your well on your way to an epic tailgate. 960 1280

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University of Texas - Austin, TX

University of Texas - Austin, TX

With more students than any other college in Texas, the University of Texas at Austin has been recognized as "America's Best Sports College" by Sports Illustrated. The Texas Longhorns have long been revered as a powerful football team. In recent years, their men's basketball team has also made their name among the elite. 960 1280

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University of Texas - BBQ Brisket

University of Texas - BBQ Brisket

They say everything is bigger in Texas, and that saying holds true when it comes to the local barbecue. If seasoned and cooked correctly (which should generally take about 12 hours in a smoker), the Texas-style barbecued brisket found in Austin is some of the most tender and juicy in the entire country. 960 1280

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Indiana University - Bloomington, IN

Indiana University - Bloomington, IN

Located in the heart of Bloomington, IN, Kirkwood Avenue is lined with bars, shops and restaurants. It was named for astronomer Daniel Kirkwood in 1895, whose observatory can be seen from the avenue.  960 1280

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Indiana University - Hoosier Sugar Cream Pie

Indiana University - Hoosier Sugar Cream Pie

Oh my, sweet sugar cream pie. Filled with vanilla-flavored cream and baked to perfection, no trip to Hoosier country is complete without a taste of the state’s rich, custard pie. 960 1280
Vanderbilt University - Nashville, TN

Vanderbilt University - Nashville, TN

Located a little more than a mile from downtown Nashville, Vanderbilt University started calling its sports teams the "Commodores" or the "'Dores" after the university's namesake Cornelius Vanderbilt, who made his fortune in shipping.  960 1280

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Vanderbilt University - Hot Chicken

Vanderbilt University - Hot Chicken

This dish may look like your average fried chicken, but we promise this Nashville specialty is unlike any other around the country. Dipped in a heavily-marinated paste that has been doused with cayenne pepper, this spicy treat is a must-try when marching through Commodore nation. 960 1280

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Ohio State University - Columbus, OH

Ohio State University - Columbus, OH

South Campus Gateway is a hub of entertainment in Columbus, OH. Considered the Main Street of Columbus, it is frequented by university students and neighborhood residents alike because of its many shops and restaurants. 960 1280

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Ohio State University - Buckeye Donuuts

Ohio State University - Buckeye Donuuts

Columbus, OH, may be considered the fast food capital of America, but on game days, it’s not fast food leaving it’s footprint on tailgating scene, it’s the delicious Buckeye donut. This chocolate donut with a peanut butter center is named after its resemblance to the buckeye nut and is the perfect way to end your tailgate with a bang. 960 1280
Georgetown University - Washington, DC

Georgetown University - Washington, DC

In Washington, DC, M Street is part of a major shopping district in the Georgetown neighborhood. Georgetown University is the oldest Jesuit and Catholic university in the US. To this day, no one is quite sure why the university's team is called the "Hoyas." 960 1280

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Georgetown University - Half-Smoke

Georgetown University - Half-Smoke

This smoked, half-pork / half-beef sausage, is a specialty localized to the Washington D.C. area. Spiced with herbs, topped with onions and smothered in chili sauce, the half-smoke is a local favorite of the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama. 960 1280

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Duke University - Durham, NC

Duke University - Durham, NC

The American Tobacco skyline is home to Duke University, which changed its name to Duke in 1924 for tobacco industrialist James B. Duke. Durham, NC, embraces college basketball with fervor, selling out every men's home basketball game. 960 1280

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Duke University - Hush Puppies

Duke University - Hush Puppies

Separated by just 8 miles from "that other school" in Chapel Hill, Durham — the home of Duke University — also specializes in the barbecue game. However, there is one tasty, deep-fried side treat found in bbq joints across Durham that can rival it’s deliciousness: the small cornmeal cakes known as hush puppies. 960 1280

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Michigan State University - East Lansing, MI

Michigan State University - East Lansing, MI

The pride of East Lansing, MI, Michigan State University is not only home to a championship-winning men's basketball team, but it is also considered one of the country's "public Ivies." Meanwhile, Grand River Avenue is the hub of shopping and entertainment at the university. 960 1280

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Michigan State University - Pasty

Michigan State University - Pasty

A favorite of Sparty, students in East Lansing and Michiganders far and wide, this delightful pie-crust turnover, stuffed with assorted seasoned meats and potatoes, can be found all over the the northern part of the state. 960 1280
University of Kansas - Lawrence, KS

University of Kansas - Lawrence, KS

The home of the University of Kansas, downtown Lawrence, KS, is full of culture. It's home to an annual film festival, as well as a festival for buskers, or street performers. Lawrence is also filled with history; it  was named one of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's "most distinctive destinations." 960 1280

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University of Kansas - Kansas-Style Ribs

University of Kansas - Kansas-Style Ribs

Smothered in a dry rub consisting of brown sugar, dry mustard, cayenne pepper, paprika and garlic powder, these slabs of spare ribs are a must-try on any trip to land of the Jayhawks. 960 1280

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The Yardbird

The Yardbird

The Yardbird is a juicy, smoked, Amish chicken breast drenched in mustard sauce, tossed with sauteed mushrooms and slathered with cheddar cheese, all piled with crispy applewood bacon. Get the recipe for the Yardbird sandwich from Slow's Bar-BQ in Detroit, Michigan. 960 1280

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Prime Rib Sandwich

Prime Rib Sandwich

The prime rib sandwich is a pile of tenderly-sliced grilled beef, sauteed onions, mushrooms and peppers on a toasted, crisp semolina bun that’s infused with the savory juices of the meat. If that’s not enough, you also have the option to dunk this delectable dish into a Wisconsin-style, butter-infused au jus. Get the recipe for the prime rib sandwich from Kroll's West in Green Bay, Wisconsin. 960 1280

  

La Torta del Rey

La Torta del Rey

The legendary Torta del Rey is made with 12 different ingredients, including breaded beef, pork, ham, chorizo, cheese, a fried egg, avocado, beans, tomatoes, onions and jalapenos. Get the recipe for the Torta del Rey from Los Reyes de la Torta in Phoenix, Arizona. 960 1280

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Fish Taco Torta

Fish Taco Torta

For the fish taco torta, deep-fried mahi mahi is placed inside a bun with tortilla chips. The crunchy combo is then topped with pico de gallo, creamy Peppadew slaw, lime juice, cilantro and habanero for an extra kick. Get the recipe for the fish taco torta from Tilia in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 960 1280

  

BBQ Brisket Sandwich

BBQ Brisket Sandwich

The sliced beef brisket sandwich -- chef Bobby Flay’s favorite sandwich -- is cooked over an open fire and served with onions, pickles and a habanero BBQ sauce. Get the recipe for the BBQ beef brisket sandwich from The Salt Lick in Driftwood, Texas. 960 1280

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Pulled Pork Sandwich

Pulled Pork Sandwich

Pulled pork topped with coleslaw and hot sauce. Get the recipe for the pulled pork sandwich from JR’s BBQ in Los Angeles, California 960 1280

  

Seared Beef Tongue Sandwich

Seared Beef Tongue Sandwich

The seared beef tongue sandwich is served with smoked green onions, red pepper relish and garlic aioli on freshly baked bread. Get the recipe for the Seared Beef Tongue sandwich from The Noble Pig in Austin, Texas.
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El Toro

El Toro

The El Toro is a chargrilled, deli-sliced tri-tip topped with special BBQ sauce on a bun. A note from the owner Phil: Don’t forget a roll of paper towels since the El Toro can be messy to eat! Get the recipe for the El Toro sandwich from Phil's BBQ in San Diego, California. 960 1280

  

Big-Ass Roast Beef Sandwich

Big-Ass Roast Beef Sandwich

This roast beef sandwich has slow-cooked roast beef and hand-cut french fries piled onto a ciabatta roll and covered with homemade bechamel sauce. Get the recipe for the roast beef sandwich from Big-Ass Sandwiches in Portland, Oregon.

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Oxtail Sandwich

Oxtail Sandwich

Called "a crazy mess" by the creator of this sandwich, the Oxtail is smothered in marinara sauce and topped with carrots, celery, onion and peppers. Get the recipe for the oxtail sandwich from Salumi in Seattle, Washington.
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Pork Belly Cubano

Pork Belly Cubano

Wanna make this sandwich for your next tailgate? Get the recipe for pork belly Cubano from Bunk Sandwiches in Portland, Oregon. 960 1280

  

The CSS Virginia

The CSS Virginia

This creation has with fried chicken livers loaded into a toasted French baguette with shredded cabbage, green onions, granny smith apple and remoulade sauce. Get the recipe for the CSS Virginia sandwich from The Blacksheep in Richmond, Virginia.

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Chicken Club Sandwich

Chicken Club Sandwich

It’s a triple-decker sandwich with grilled chicken, bacon, tomatoes, lettuce, avocado, mayo and a sunny side up fried egg, all in three slices of sourdough bread. Get the recipe for the chicken club sandwich from the W Hotel in Washington, DC. 960 1280

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Crab Cake Sandwich

Crab Cake Sandwich

These traditional sammies are filled with 6.5 ounces of jumbo lump crabmeat, fried to perfection. Get the recipe for the famous crab cake sandwich from Faidley Seafood in Baltimore, Maryland.
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Italian Beef Sandwich

Italian Beef Sandwich

The fall-apart tender beef is piled high on top of an Italian Sausage grilled to perfection. It is topped with sweet hot peppers and Giardiniera, and is sandwiched between a hearty Italian roll that soaks up the au jus, giving it that extra burst of flavor. Get the recipe for the Italian beef sandwich from Al's Beef in Chicago, Illinois. 960 1280

  

Heart-Stopping BLT

Heart-Stopping BLT

This sandwich takes the BLT to a whole new level with a mountain of thick-sliced crisp bacon that is sure to fulfill every bacon lover's dream! Get the recipe for the Heart Stopping BLT sandwich from Crown Candy Kitchen in St. Louis, Missouri.
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The 4-Courser

The 4-Courser

The 4-courser sandwich has smoked pulled pork with a gouda bechamel sauce, pickles, jalapeno chips, sweet potato chips with BBQ sauce and a waffle-ized macaroni and cheese, all between a smoked pretzel bun. Get the recipe for the 4-Courser sandwich from The Fifty/50 in Chicago, Illinois.
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Chicken Conquistador

Chicken Conquistador

The Conquistador consists of a baked chicken breast served with lettuce, tomato and special sauce on French bread. Get the recipe for the chicken conquistador sandwich from Zunzi’s in Savannah, Georgia. 960 1280

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Asian Flank Steak Sandwich

Asian Flank Steak Sandwich

The Asian flank steak sandwich is only available on Mondays at Mitchell Delicatessen. But no need to panic, you can make it any day of the week. Get the recipe for the Asian Flank steak sandwich from Mitchell Delicatessen in Nashville, Tennessee.
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Chicken Cheddar Biscuit

Chicken Cheddar Biscuit

This sandwich has a crispy piece of fried chicken topped with an oozing piece of cheddar cheese resting between a large, fluffy biscuit. Get the recipe for the chicken cheddar biscuit from Time-Out restaurant in Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Media Noche

Media Noche

The home of this sandwich has perfected the creation that is a twist on the classic Cubano. Wanna make this sandwich for your next tailgate? Get the recipe for the Media Noche sandwich from Aguila Sandwich Shop in Tampa, Florida. 960 1280

  

The Roast Pork Sandwich

The Roast Pork Sandwich

This signature sandwich includes slow-roasted pork topped with broccoli rabe and aged provolone on a baguette. Get the recipe for the Roast Pork sandwich from DiNic’s in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 960 1280

  

The Grouper Reuben

The Grouper Reuben

This sandwich is a filet of grouper topped with melted Swiss cheese, Thousand Island dressing, and warm sauerkraut placed between two slices of marble rye bread. Get the recipe for the Grouper Reuben from Skipper’s Smokehouse in Tampa, Florida.
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Capp and Cheese

Capp and Cheese

This sandwich is made with the side dishes actually on the sandwich itself. Wanna make this sandwich for your next tailgate? Get the recipe for the Capp and Cheese from Primati Bros in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 960 1280

  

Shrimp Po-Boy

Shrimp Po-Boy

This sandwich has loads of fresh shrimp straight from the fry basket piled onto a loaf of locally made bread. It is dressed with tomato, lettuce and creole mustard with some pickles to top it off. Get the recipe for the shrimp po-boy from Domilises Po-Boy & Bar in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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Corned Beef and Pastrami Sandwich

Corned Beef and Pastrami Sandwich

Although some people prefer this sandwich topped with coleslaw and russian dressing, the meats on this sandwich are topped with just mustard. Get the recipe for the corned beef and pastrami sandwich from Katz’s Delicatessen in New York, N.Y. 960 1280

  

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