Adam Richman's Best Sandwich in America Pictures

Adam Richman travels throughout the US to find the best sandwich and meets a variety of restaurant owners along the way.

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The W Hotel Club Sandwich
The W Hotel Club Sandwich

The W Hotel Club Sandwich

The Club Sandwich
Where: The W Hotel in Washington, DC
What: It’s a triple-decker sandwich with grilled chicken, bacon, tomatoes, lettuce, avocado, mayo and a sunny side up fried egg, all in 3 slices of sourdough bread.
For more, visit the Best Sandwich in America website.
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Crab Cakes from Faidley Seafood

Crab Cakes from Faidley Seafood

Crab Cake Sandwich
Where: Faidley Seafood in Baltimore
What: These traditional sammies are filled with 6.5 ounces of jumbo lump crabmeat, fried to perfection.
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Chicken Cheddar Biscuit from Time-Out

Chicken Cheddar Biscuit from Time-Out

Chicken Cheddar Biscuit
Where: Time-Out Restaurant in Chapel Hill, NC
What: This sandwich has a crispy piece of fried chicken topped with an oozing piece of cheddar cheese resting between a large, fluffy biscuit.
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The Chicken Conquistador from Zunzi's

The Chicken Conquistador from Zunzi's

The Chicken Conquistador
Where: Zunzi’s in Savannah, GA
What: The Conquistador consists of a baked chicken breast served with lettuce, tomato and special sauce on French bread.
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The BLT from Crown Candy Kitchen

The BLT from Crown Candy Kitchen

The BLT
Where: Crown Candy Kitchen in St. Louis
What: A mountain of thick-sliced crisp bacon is topped with tomato slices and lettuce, all sandwiched between 2 pieces of golden brown white toast.
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The CSS Virginia

The CSS Virginia

The CSS Virginia
Where: The Blacksheep in Richmond, VA
What: This creations has with fried chicken livers loaded into a toasted French baguette with shredded cabbage, green onions, granny smith apple and remoulade sauce.
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Corned Beef and Pastrami Sandwich from Katz's

Corned Beef and Pastrami Sandwich from Katz's

Corned Beef and Pastrami Sandwich
Where: Katz's Deli in New York City
What: The meats are on rye bread with mustard but Adam’s favorite way to eat this sandwich is with Russian dressing and coleslaw.
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Grouper Reuben

Grouper Reuben

Grouper Reuben
Where: Skipper’s Smokehouse in Tampa, FL
What: The sandwich is a filet of grouper topped with melted Swiss cheese, Thousand Island dressing, and warm sauerkraut placed between 2 slices of marble rye bread.
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Shrimp Po Boy

Shrimp Po Boy

Shrimp Po' Boy
Where: Domilise’s Po-Boy and Bar in New Orleans
What: It 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.
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4-Courser Sandwich

4-Courser Sandwich

4-Courser Sandwich
Where: The Fifty/50 in Chicago
What: The sandwich has smoked pulled pork with a gouda béchamel sauce, pickles, jalapeño chips, sweet potato chips with BBQ sauce and a waffle-ized macaroni and cheese, all between a smoked pretzel bun.
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Al’s Combo Italian Beef

Al’s Combo Italian Beef

Al’s Combo Italian Beef
Where: Al's in Chicago
What: 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.
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The W Hotel Club Sandwich

The W Hotel Club Sandwich

The Club Sandwich
Where: The W Hotel in Washington, DC
What: It’s a triple-decker sandwich with grilled chicken, bacon, tomatoes, lettuce, avocado, mayo and a sunny side up fried egg, all in 3 slices of sourdough bread.
For more, visit the Best Sandwich in America website.
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Crab Cakes from Faidley Seafood

Crab Cakes from Faidley Seafood

Crab Cake Sandwich
Where: Faidley Seafood in Baltimore
What: These traditional sammies are filled with 6.5 ounces of jumbo lump crabmeat, fried to perfection.
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Chicken Cheddar Biscuit from Time-Out

Chicken Cheddar Biscuit from Time-Out

Chicken Cheddar Biscuit
Where: Time-Out Restaurant in Chapel Hill, NC
What: This sandwich has a crispy piece of fried chicken topped with an oozing piece of cheddar cheese resting between a large, fluffy biscuit.
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The Chicken Conquistador from Zunzi's

The Chicken Conquistador from Zunzi's

The Chicken Conquistador
Where: Zunzi’s in Savannah, GA
What: The Conquistador consists of a baked chicken breast served with lettuce, tomato and special sauce on French bread.
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Beau Kester  

The BLT from Crown Candy Kitchen

The BLT from Crown Candy Kitchen

The BLT
Where: Crown Candy Kitchen in St. Louis
What: A mountain of thick-sliced crisp bacon is topped with tomato slices and lettuce, all sandwiched between 2 pieces of golden brown white toast.
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The CSS Virginia

The CSS Virginia

The CSS Virginia
Where: The Blacksheep in Richmond, VA
What: This creations has with fried chicken livers loaded into a toasted French baguette with shredded cabbage, green onions, granny smith apple and remoulade sauce.
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Corned Beef and Pastrami Sandwich from Katz's

Corned Beef and Pastrami Sandwich from Katz's

Corned Beef and Pastrami Sandwich
Where: Katz's Deli in New York City
What: The meats are on rye bread with mustard but Adam’s favorite way to eat this sandwich is with Russian dressing and coleslaw.
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Grouper Reuben

Grouper Reuben

Grouper Reuben
Where: Skipper’s Smokehouse in Tampa, FL
What: The sandwich is a filet of grouper topped with melted Swiss cheese, Thousand Island dressing, and warm sauerkraut placed between 2 slices of marble rye bread.
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Shrimp Po Boy

Shrimp Po Boy

Shrimp Po' Boy
Where: Domilise’s Po-Boy and Bar in New Orleans
What: It 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.
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Alfonso Bresciani  

4-Courser Sandwich

4-Courser Sandwich

4-Courser Sandwich
Where: The Fifty/50 in Chicago
What: The sandwich has smoked pulled pork with a gouda béchamel sauce, pickles, jalapeño chips, sweet potato chips with BBQ sauce and a waffle-ized macaroni and cheese, all between a smoked pretzel bun.
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Al’s Combo Italian Beef

Al’s Combo Italian Beef

Al’s Combo Italian Beef
Where: Al's in Chicago
What: 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.
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Adam Richman and Jake Dell at Katz's Deli

Adam Richman and Jake Dell at Katz's Deli

Adam poses with Katz's Delicatessen owner Jake Dell and the restaurant's signature sandwich, corned beef and pastrami. 960 1280

  

Katz’s Delicatessen

Katz’s Delicatessen

Katz's Delicatessen opened in 1888. It has been a favorite Lower East Side restaurant for more than 100 years. 960 1280

  

Interior shot of Katz's Deli

Interior shot of Katz's Deli

New Yorkers and tourists alike head to Katz's for favorites like matzo ball soup, knishes, kugel, potato latkes, blintzes and, of course, corned beef and pastrami. 960 1280

  

Katz's Deli corned beef and pastrami

Katz's Deli corned beef and pastrami

Adam indulges in a Katz's classic, the corned beef and pastrami sandwich, and then rates it using his BITE scale. 960 1280

  

The exterior of Primanti Brothers

The exterior of Primanti Brothers

In 1933, Joe Primanti started his business by selling sandwiches to truckers off a cart. The business quickly grew into a small restaurant, and Joe was joined by his brothers and nephew. A chance creation of fried potatoes on the sandwiches led to the stuffed sandwiches that Primanti Bros. is known for today. 960 1280

  

Interior of Primanti Bros

Interior of Primanti Bros

Today, Primanti Bros. has 20 restaurants -- 17 in Pittsburgh and 3 in Florida. 960 1280

  

The Primanti Bros. Cap & Cheese sandwich

The Primanti Bros. Cap & Cheese sandwich

Adam learns how the capp-and-cheese sandwich is constructed. The Primanti Bros. sandwiches are made with the side dishes actually on the sandwiches themselves. 960 1280

  

Adam Richman and the Primanti Bros cap and cheese

Adam Richman and the Primanti Bros cap and cheese

Adam shows off his capp-and-cheese sandwich. Adam likes to add a runny egg into the mix. How will this sandwich rate on his BITE scale? 960 1280

  

DiNic’s in Philadelphia

DiNic’s in Philadelphia

Located in Philadelphia's Reading Terminal Market is DiNic's. The sandwich shop often sees a long line for its roast beef, pork and veal sandwiches. 960 1280

  

Chef Joseph Nicolosi

Chef Joseph Nicolosi

One of the Best Sandwich cameramen captures chef/owner Joseph Nicolosi preparing DiNic's signature sandwich. 960 1280

  

DiNic’s roast pork sandwich

DiNic’s roast pork sandwich

The DiNic’s signature sandwich includes slow-roasted pork topped with broccoli rabe and aged provolone on a baguette. 960 1280

  

Adam Richman with the roast pork sandwich

Adam Richman with the roast pork sandwich

Adam enjoys DiNic's culinary masterpiece, the roast pork sandwich. Will it be good enough to take the regional title? 960 1280

  

Adam Richman at Phil's BBQ

Adam Richman at Phil's BBQ

Adam heads to California to try some of the best sandwiches throughout the state. 960 1280

  

Exterior of Phil's BBQ in San Diego

Exterior of Phil's BBQ in San Diego

The first stop is Phil’s BBQ in San Diego. Phil’s BBQ has become a San Diego BBQ landmark serving more than 1 million pounds of BBQ sauce (enough to fill Shamu the whale’s tank) since 1998. 960 1280

  

Interior of Phil's BBQ in San Diego

Interior of Phil's BBQ in San Diego

Phil’s BBQ is best known for its Santa Maria-style BBQ tri-tip. 960 1280

  

El Toro sandwich from Phil's BBQ

El Toro sandwich from Phil's BBQ

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! 960 1280

  

JR Barbeque in Culver City California

JR Barbeque in Culver City California

Adam also makes a stop at JR's Barbeque in Los Angeles. Run by mother-son team Jeanie Jackson and Bobby Johnson, the home-style restaurant strives to bring Memphis-style barbecue to LA. 960 1280

  

Bobby Johnson and Adam Richman and pulled pork sandwich

Bobby Johnson and Adam Richman and pulled pork sandwich

Bobby Johnson, owner and chef at JR's, shares with Adam his favorite creation: the pulled pork sandwich. 960 1280

  

Chef Bobby Johnson making pulled pork

Chef Bobby Johnson making pulled pork

Chef Bobby shows Adam how to prepare the pork for the sandwich. JR's guarantees that each piece of meat is as "tender as mother's love." 960 1280

  

Adam Richman with JR's Jeanie Jackson and Bobby Johnson

Adam Richman with JR's Jeanie Jackson and Bobby Johnson

Jeanie Jackson and her son Bobby love sharing their food and award-winning barbecue sauce (the ingredients of which are a family secret) with customers at JR's. 960 1280

  

Pulled Pork Sandwich

Pulled Pork Sandwich

A favorite at the restaurant is the pulled pork sandwich, which is topped with coleslaw and JR’s famous hot sauce. Can it take the West Coast regional title? 960 1280

  

The last stop is Wexler's in San Francisco's financial district. Wexler's isn't your typical Southern BBQ; chef Charlie Kleinman has given the food a sophisticated San Fran twist. 960 1280

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Wexler's Pulled Lamb Sandwich

Wexler's Pulled Lamb Sandwich

The "pulled" lamb sandwich is topped with an unusual mix of watermelon vinegar, pickled watermelon rind and red cabbage slaw. Does it have the flavors to earn the regional title? Watch to find out! 960 1280

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