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 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

  

Yardbird

Yardbird

Adam Richman with the Yardbird sandwich at Slows Bar-B-Q in Detroit, MI. 960 1280

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Yardbird

Yardbird

The Yardbird is a juicy, smoked, Amish chicken breast drenched in mustard sauce, tossed with sautéed mushrooms and slathered with cheddar cheese, all piled with crispy applewood bacon. 960 1280

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Slows

Slows

Slows lit the barbecue fire in Detroit and set the bar for everyone who followed in their footsteps. The low-and-slow smoked meats cooked here are considered to be “what barbecue should taste like.” 960 1280

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Yardbird

Yardbird

Adam Richman with Slows’ executive chef Brian Perrone and his famous Yardbird sandwich. 960 1280

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Tilia’s

Tilia’s

Next, Adam heads to Minneapolis, MN, for a taste of Tilia’s fish taco torta, recommended by Minnesota resident and Bizarre Foods host Andrew Zimmern. 960 1280

  

Tilia

Tilia

Adam Richman with Tilia owner and chef Steven Brown and some of the ingredients used for the fish taco torta. Brown’s vision for Tilia was to create a homey, timeworn restaurant with a menu of friendly flavors. 960 1280

  

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. 960 1280

  

Slows

Slows

A barbecue platter at Slows in Detroit. 960 1280

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Kroll's

Kroll's

Next, Adam Richman travels to Green Bay, WI, to try the prime rib sandwich at Kroll's. Adam poses with general manager Cheryl Dorner at the family-owned restaurant that has been in business for over 70 years. Kroll’s is known for charcoal grilling, giving the food its unique flavor. 960 1280

  

prime rib sandwich

prime rib sandwich

The prime rib sandwich is a pile of tenderly-sliced grilled beef, sautéed 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. 960 1280