Best Sandwich in America: West Coast Pictures

Adam heads to the West Coast to rate barbecue sandwiches in San Francisco, San Diego and Los Angeles.

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Adam Richman
Adam Richman

Adam Richman

Adam Richman is on a quest to find the best sandwich in the America. To do this he'll travel to 10 different regions of the country to crown regional champs. These winners will go head-to-head for the championships and title of Adam Richman's Best Sandwich in America. 960 1280

  

The Great Lakes

The Great Lakes

Cool summer nights call for comfort food. Green Bay's prime rib meets the fish taco torta from Minneapolis, and the Detroit Yardbird. 960 1280

  

The Gulf Coast

The Gulf Coast

You can taste the ocean breeze in every bite. The Media Noche takes on a shrimp po-boy and grouper Reuben. 960 1280

  

Mid-Atlantic

Mid-Atlantic

American history lives in these sandwiches. A top secret chicken club in DC takes on Baltimore's classic crab cake and the CSS Virginia from Richmond. 960 1280

  

Midwest

Midwest

The sandwiches stick to your ribs. But can classics like Italian beef and BLT hold their ground against a showstopper like the 4-Courser? 960 1280

  

Northeast

Northeast

Big ciities have big appetites corned beef and pastrami vs roast pork vs capicola topped with French fries. FUHGEDDABOUDIT! 960 1280

  

Northwest

Northwest

Fertile soil yields fresh ingredients. The pork belly Cubano battles pristine oxtail and a steak sandwich topped with everything. 960 1280

  

South

South

This is down home taste and creative cooking. Can the classic chicken biscuit beat the new flavors of the conquistador and Asian flank steak? 960 1280

  

Southwest

Southwest

Meat rules in cattle country. The legendary torta del ray from Phoenix takes on the big guns of Texas: smoked duck pastrami and sliced beef brisket. 960 1280

  

West Coast

West Coast

Laid back food for easy living. LA's tender pulled pork battles sliced tri-tip from San Diego, and pulled lamb from San Fran. 960 1280

  

New England

New England

Back East, Yankees love local ingredients. The lobster roll, crab grilled cheese and ultimate turkey sandwich take the stage. 960 1280

  

Adam Richman in St Louis
Adam Richman in St Louis

Adam Richman in St Louis

Adam heads to the Midwest to rate sandwiches at culinary landmarks in Chicago and St Louis. 960 1280

  

St Louis, MO

St Louis, MO

Though St. Louis is known for steaks, Italian food and BBQ, Adam visits the Gateway City to try one specific sandwich. 960 1280

  

Crown Candy Kitchen

Crown Candy Kitchen

The 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

  

Heart-Stopping BLT

Heart-Stopping BLT

Adam visits Crown Candy Kitchen for their classic sandwich the 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! 960 1280

  

Al's Italian Beef

Al's Italian Beef

Al’s Beef is a culinary landmark in Chicago; it's been serving the No.#1 Italian beef sandwich in the Windy City since 1938. 960 1280

  

Interior of Al's Beef

Interior of Al's Beef

Al's Beef was started by Al Ferreri, his sister Frances and her husband, Chris Pacelli, Sr. They created the sandwiches during the Great Depression when meat was hard to come by. Thinly slicing the beef allowed Al and Chris to make more sandwiches with the meat they had. 960 1280

  

Chris Pacelli and the Al's Italian Beef

Chris Pacelli and the Al's Italian Beef

Chef Chris Pacelli puts the final touches on the eatery's signature sandwich, Al's Italian beef. He then shows Adam the proper Italian stance to eat it. 960 1280

  

Al's Italian Beef

Al's Italian Beef

On Al's Italian beef sandwich, the tender beef is topped with sweet peppers and crunchy pickled veggies called giardiniera, and put on an Italian roll. Can it take the Midwest regional title? 960 1280

  

Adam Richman and Scott Weiner

Adam Richman and Scott Weiner

Adam's other Chicago stop is at the restaurant and bar Fifty/50. He meets with co-owner Scott Weiner to check out their 4-courser sandwich. 960 1280

  

Fifty/50 Restaurant

Fifty/50 Restaurant

Fifty/50 was created by Scott and his business partner Greg Mohr. They met while working in a seafood restaurant in Chicago and combined their ideas for the ultimate bar and restaurant. 960 1280

  

Interior of the Fifty/50

Interior of the Fifty/50

Fifty/50 has 3 levels, 2 bars and a menu full of secret sauces and recipes. 960 1280

  

Scott Weiner and Adam Richman

Scott Weiner and Adam Richman

Fifty/50 co-owner Scott Weiner looks on as Adam prepares to try the restaurant's signature offering, the 4-courser sandwich. 960 1280

  

The 4-Courser Sandwich

The 4-Courser Sandwich

The 4-courser 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. Will it be the regional champ? 960 1280

  

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