Best Sandwich in America: The Regions

Check out the 10 regions of the country Adam Richman will be visiting on his quest for the best sandwich in America.

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Adam Richman with the chicken cheddar biscuit
Adam Richman with the chicken cheddar biscuit

Adam Richman with the chicken cheddar biscuit

Adam heads to the South to taste 3 iconic sandwiches and crown one the regional winner. 960 1280

  

Time Out Restaurant in Chapel Hill

Time Out Restaurant in Chapel Hill

In Chapel Hill, NC, Adam makes a stop at Time-Out restaurant, located right next to the university. The restaurant has been a Tar Heel favorite since 1978. 960 1280

  

Time-Out owner Eddie Williams

Time-Out owner Eddie Williams

Owner Eddit Williams prepares the restaurant's signature sandwich, the chicken cheddar biscuit. 960 1280

  

Adam Richman, Eddie Williams and the chicken cheddar biscuit

Adam Richman, Eddie Williams and the chicken cheddar biscuit

Adam and owner Eddie Williams pose with the completed chicken cheddar biscuit. The sandwich includes a crispy piece of fried chicken topped with cheddar cheese resting in between a fluffy biscuit. 960 1280

  

Time-Out Customers Darnette Newlurk, Natasha Kearns and Alicia Thompson

Time-Out Customers Darnette Newlurk, Natasha Kearns and Alicia Thompson

Customers Darnette Newlurk, Natasha Kearns and Alicia Thompson make the famous Time-Out sign. Time-Out's Southern cooking is a must-eat in Chapel Hill. 960 1280

  

Chicken Cheddar Biscuit

Chicken Cheddar Biscuit

Will the chicken cheddar biscuit take the title of the best sandwich of the South? 960 1280

  

Adam Richman at Mitchell Deli

Adam Richman at Mitchell Deli

Following the advice of Nashville musician Will Hoge, Adam heads to Nashville, TN, to check out Mitchell Delicatessen. 960 1280

  

Director of Photography Dan Akiba films the exterior of Mitchell Delicatessen

Director of Photography Dan Akiba films the exterior of Mitchell Delicatessen

Director of photography Dan Akiba films the exterior of Mitchell Delicatessen. 960 1280

  

Interior shot of Mitchell Delicatessen

Interior shot of Mitchell Delicatessen

This deli is known in Music City for its high quality natural ingredients, local produce and homemade products such as roast beef and sausage. 960 1280

  

David Mitchell prepares Mitchell Delicatessen's signature sandwich

David Mitchell prepares Mitchell Delicatessen's signature sandwich

Owner David Mitchell prepares the restaurant's signature sandwich, the Asian flank steak sandwich. 960 1280

  

The Asian Flank Steak Sandwich

The Asian Flank Steak Sandwich

The Asian flank steak sandwich is only available on Mondays. Will this sandwich take the title for the Southern region? 960 1280

  

Exterior shot of Zunzi's

Exterior shot of Zunzi's

The last stop on the tour is Savannah, GA, for a taste of the chicken conquistador sandwich at Zunzi's. 960 1280

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Johnny and Gabby DeBeer

Johnny and Gabby DeBeer

Zunzi’s menu has a mixture of international flavors due to owners Johnny and Gabriella DeBeer's varied cultural backgrounds: Swiss, Italian, South African and Dutch. 960 1280

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Adam Richman and Gabriella DeBeer

Adam Richman and Gabriella DeBeer

Owner Gabriella DeBeer shows Adam how Zunzi's signature sandwich, the chicken conquistador, is made. 960 1280

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Zunzi's Chicken Conquistador sandwich

Zunzi's Chicken Conquistador sandwich

Will the chicken conquistador sandwich take the regional title? Tune in to find out. 960 1280

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The Salt Lick
The Salt Lick

The Salt Lick

Adam Richman’s first stop in the Southwest is The Salt Lick in Driftwood, TX. Owner Scott Roberts shows Adam how they make their famous sliced beef brisket sandwich. 960 1280

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The Salt Lick

The Salt Lick

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. 960 1280

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The Salt Lick

The Salt Lick

On average, The Salt Lick cooks more than 750,000 lbs. of brisket per year and each batch is cooked for 20-24 hours! 960 1280

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Los Reyes de la Torta

Los Reyes de la Torta

The next contender for Best Sandwich in the Southwest is the Torta del Rey from Los Reyes de la Torta in Phoenix, AZ. 960 1280

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Los Reyes de la Torta

Los Reyes de la Torta

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. 960 1280

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Los Reyes de la Torta

Los Reyes de la Torta

Adam Richman with owner Enrique de la Torre and the Torta del Rey. 960 1280

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Los Reyes de la Torta

Los Reyes de la Torta

Adam Richman with the Torta del Rey at Los Reyes de la Torta in Phoenix, AZ. 960 1280

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The Noble Pig

The Noble Pig

Adam’s journey brings him to The Noble Pig in Austin, TX. 960 1280

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The Noble Pig

The Noble Pig

Adam Richman poses with The Noble Pig's staff in Austin, TX. 960 1280

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The Noble Pig

The Noble Pig

The Noble Pig's seared beef tongue sandwich is served with smoked green onions, red pepper relish and garlic aioli on freshly baked bread. 960 1280

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The Noble Pig

The Noble Pig

Adam Richman spends some time with The Noble Pig's chefs, John Bates and Brandon Martinez. 960 1280

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Adam Richman and The Fifty/50 Scott Weiner
Adam Richman and The Fifty/50 Scott Weiner

Adam Richman and The Fifty/50 Scott Weiner

Adam visits The Fifty/50 in Chicago where chef Scott Weiner creates a 4-courser sandwich for him. 960 1280

  

Faidley's Seafood in Baltimore

Faidley's Seafood in Baltimore

Another stop on Adam's quest brings him to Faidley Seafood in Baltimore. 960 1280

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Adam Richman and Faidley's Seafood's crab cake sandwich

Adam Richman and Faidley's Seafood's crab cake sandwich

Adam wonders if this crab cake sandwich is the best in America. Hmm, guess time will tell. 960 1280

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Adam Richman and Faidley's Seafood owners Nancy and Bill Devine

Adam Richman and Faidley's Seafood owners Nancy and Bill Devine

Faidley Seafood owners Nancy and Bill Devine try to convince Adam that their crab cakes are the best. 960 1280

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Adam Richman with The W Hotel's chef Philippe Reininger

Adam Richman with The W Hotel's chef Philippe Reininger

Adam and the W Hotel's chef Philippe Reininger whip up one of the hotel's famous club sandwiches. 960 1280

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Zunzi's in Savannah

Zunzi's in Savannah

Adam also visits Zunzi's in Savannah, GA, where international flavors are inspired by the owners' diverse backgrounds. 960 1280

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Maria J. Hernandez prepares their signature Chicken Cheddar Biscuit

Maria J. Hernandez prepares their signature Chicken Cheddar Biscuit

Time-Out Restaurant employee Maria J. Hernandez prepares the restaurant's signature chicken cheddar biscuit. 960 1280

  

Adam Richman and owner Eddie Williams

Adam Richman and owner Eddie Williams

Adam poses with Time-Out's owner Eddie Williams and the chicken cheddar biscuit. 960 1280

  

Mitchell’s Delicatessen in Nashville

Mitchell’s Delicatessen in Nashville

In Nashville, TN, Adam visits Mitchell Delicatessen, which is known for its high-quality food. 960 1280

  

David Mitchell prepares a Mitchell's Deli signature sandwich

David Mitchell prepares a Mitchell's Deli signature sandwich

Owner David Mitchell prepares Mitchell Delicatessen's signature sandwich, the Asian flank steak sandwich, for Adam to taste. 960 1280

  

Tommy DiNic’s

Tommy DiNic’s

Inside Philadelphia's Reading Terminal Market, Tommy DiNic’s roast pork and beef creations are culinary masterpieces. 960 1280

  

DiNic's employee John Mooney

DiNic's employee John Mooney

Employee John Mooney prepares a DiNic's signature sandwich. 960 1280

  

Katz's in NY

Katz's in NY

Katz's has been New York's most famous deli since 1888, recreating the flavors of the old world. 960 1280

  

Chef Chris Pacelli of Al's

Chef Chris Pacelli of Al's

Chef Chris Pacelli prepares Al's signature Italian beef sandwich, a favorite in Chicago. 960 1280

  

Skipper’s Smokehouse in Tampa, Florida

Skipper’s Smokehouse in Tampa, Florida

Skipper's Smokehouse in Tampa, FL, serves up a killer grouper Reuben sandwich which is popular with locals. 960 1280

  

Primanti Brothers in Pittsburgh

Primanti Brothers in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh's Primanti Bros. has 20 mega-sized sandwiches on the menu -- so multiple visits are in order. 960 1280

  

Crown Candy Kitchen in St Louis

Crown Candy Kitchen in St Louis

Crown Candy Kitchen has one of America's oldest surviving soda fountains. Crown Candy's homemade malts, sundaes and chocolate candy have been legendary in St. Louis for generations. 960 1280

  

Adam Richman with owner Andy Karandzeiff

Adam Richman with owner Andy Karandzeiff

Adam and Crown Candy Kitchen owner Andy Karandzieff admire the restaurant's BLT, a bacon lover's dream. 960 1280

  

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Jumpin' Jay's Fish Café

Jumpin' Jay's Fish Café

Adam Richman heeds the advice of seasoned traveler (and Portsmouth, NH, native) Samantha Brown, and pays a visit to her hometown for a sandwich at Jumpin' Jay's Fish Café. Here, Adam strikes a pose with executive chef Marty Rumley and his crab grilled cheese sandwich. 960 1280

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Crab grilled cheese

Crab grilled cheese

The crab grilled cheese is assembled by filling 2 pieces of locally-sourced ciabatta bread with lump crab meat and sharp cheddar cheese. 960 1280

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Jumpin Jay’s

Jumpin Jay’s

Jumpin Jay’s is the place in Portsmouth to find all of your seafood favorites, whether it’s the fresh daily catch or exotic fish from locations like New Zealand. 960 1280

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Portsmouth Harbor

Portsmouth Harbor

Picturesque Portsmouth Harbor. 960 1280

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Zesty Lemon Lobster Roll

Zesty Lemon Lobster Roll

Adam picks the lobster that will be sacrificed to make his Zesty Lemon Lobster Roll at The Galley in Naples, ME. 960 1280

  

The Galley Restaurant & Pub

The Galley Restaurant & Pub

Lemon-pepper seasoning adds a zesty twist to the lobster roll at The Galley Restaurant & Pub, where 1/3 lb. of fresh Maine lobster meat comes on a grilled, toasted, New England-style hot dog bun. 960 1280

  

Naples, ME

Naples, ME

The seaside town of Naples, ME. 960 1280

  

Zesty Lemon Lobster Roll

Zesty Lemon Lobster Roll

Adam Richman with The Galley's owners Matt and Meghann Sullivan and their Zesty Lemon Lobster Roll. 960 1280

  

New Haven, CT

New Haven, CT

Next, Adam ventures to The Book Trader Café in New Haven, CT, in the heart of Yale University’s campus. 960 1280

  

Tale of Two Turkeys

Tale of Two Turkeys

Adam Richman and chef Jennifer Lift share a “Tale of Two Turkeys” sandwich. 960 1280

  

Tale of Two Turkeys

Tale of Two Turkeys

The Tale of Two Turkeys is made with oven-roasted turkey, Swiss cheese, homemade coleslaw and Russian dressing on onion rye bread. 960 1280

  

Book Trader Café

Book Trader Café

Located in New Haven, CT, the Book Trader Café is a favorite of Yale University students. 960 1280

  

Book Trader Café

Book Trader Café

Adam Richman with The Tale of Two Turkeys sandwich at The Book Trader Café in New Haven, CT. 960 1280

  

Book Trader Café

Book Trader Café

Adam Richman with The Book Trader Café owner David Duda and his daughters, Brooke and Skiller Duda. 960 1280

  

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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Adam in the studio kitchen

Adam in the studio kitchen

In the studio kitchen in New York City, Adam poses with the 10 regional finalists – plus 2 wildcard sandwiches! 960 1280

  

South: Chicken Conquistador

South: Chicken Conquistador

Adam heads to Savannah, GA, for a taste of the chicken conquistador sandwich at Zunzi's – a restaurant with a fusion of international flavors due to owners Johnny and Gabriella DeBeer's varied cultural backgrounds: Swiss, Italian, South African and Dutch. 960 1280

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Northeast: Roast Pork

Northeast: Roast Pork

DiNic's, located in Philadelphia's Reading Terminal Market, is famous for its roast pork sandwich, slow-roasted pork topped with broccoli rabe and aged provolone on a baguette. 960 1280

  

Gulf Coast: Domilise's Po’ Boy

Gulf Coast: Domilise's Po’ Boy

The shrimp po’ boy from Domilise’s in New Orleans, LA, took home the title for best Gulf Coast sandwich. Adam was impressed by the double-dip method of frying the shrimp – it made for a great coating! 960 1280

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Midwest: Al's Italian Beef

Midwest: Al's Italian Beef

Al’s Beef is a culinary landmark in Chicago, and the owners have been serving up Italian beef sandwiches in the Windy City since 1938. The sandwich’s tender beef is topped with sweet peppers and crunchy pickled veggies called giardiniera, all on an Italian roll. 960 1280

  

Mid-Atlantic: CSS Virginia from the Black Sheep

Mid-Atlantic: CSS Virginia from the Black Sheep

The CSS Virginia sandwich at The Black Sheep diner in Richmond, VA, is filled with fried chicken livers loaded into a toasted French baguette, along with shredded cabbage, green onions, Granny Smith apples and remoulade sauce. 960 1280

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Northwest: Big-Ass's Roast Beef Sandwich

Northwest: Big-Ass's Roast Beef Sandwich

Big-Ass Sandwiches is one of the newer food trucks on the streets of Portland, OR. Their roast beef sandwich has slow-cooked roast beef and hand-cut french fries piled onto a ciabatta roll and covered with homemade béchamel sauce. 960 1280

  

West Coast: Tri-Tip El Toro

West Coast: Tri-Tip El Toro

Phil’s BBQ has become a San Diego BBQ landmark, serving customers more than 1 million pounds of BBQ sauce since 1998. The El Toro is a chargrilled, deli-sliced tri-tip topped with special BBQ sauce on a bun. 960 1280

  

Great Lakes: Slow's Yardbird

Great Lakes: Slow's Yardbird

The Yardbird from Slow’s in Detroit, MI, is a juicy, smoked, Amish chicken breast drenched in mustard sauce, tossed with sautéed mushrooms and slathered with cheddar cheese, piled high with crispy applewood bacon. 960 1280

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Southwest: Seared Beef Tongue

Southwest: Seared Beef Tongue

The seared beef tongue sandwich from The Noble Pig in Austin, TX, is served with smoked green onions, red pepper relish and garlic aioli on freshly baked bread. 960 1280

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New England: Zesty Lobster Roll

New England: Zesty Lobster Roll

Lemon-pepper seasoning adds a zesty twist to the lobster roll at The Galley Restaurant & Pub in Naples, ME, where 1/3 lb. of fresh Maine lobster meat comes on a grilled, toasted, New England-style hot dog bun. 960 1280

  

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