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 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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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

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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