Unique Sandwiches We'd Cross the Country For

Grilled apple pie with chicken sandwich? Oh, yes. A PB&J with goose bacon and jalapeños? Mmm, hmm. Fried clam and pig ear sandwich? That’s right. Check out these fresh takes on the classics that are definitely worthy of a food pilgrimage.

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Schnitzel

Schnitzel

Grab a pint and get ready to enjoy schnitzel, an Austrian favorite, at Figlmüller Wollzeile in Vienna, Austria. Deep-fried and delicious.  960 1280

  

Sachertorte

Sachertorte

At Hotel Sacher in Vienna, make sure to order up a Sachertorte: two layers of soft and light chocolate cake separated by apricot jam and coated with a delicious chocolate icing. You’ve never had a chocolate cake quite like this before.  960 1280

  

Sopaipillas

Sopaipillas

Pass the sopaipillas, please! Eben Ezer in La Vega Chica market in Santiago, Chile serves up sopiapillas with pebre, giving the fried dish a little bit of a kick.  960 1280

  

Machas a la Parmesana

Machas a la Parmesana

Santiago’s Donde Augusto dishes out an unforgettable plate with machas a la parmesana. Clams and cheese—what’s not to love?  960 1280

  

Coney Dog

Coney Dog

The infamous Coney dog at Detroit, Michigan’s American Coney Island is an all-American classic you wouldn't want to miss. Topped with chili, onions and mustard—say no more. We’ll take two!  960 1280

  

Detroit-style Pizza

Detroit-style Pizza

In the mood for a slice? Stop by Detroit’s Buddy’s Pizza for their Detroit-style pizza—a square deep-dish pizza with the toppings on the bottom and sauce covering the top—and you’ll leave having devoured your daily intake of deliciousness.  960 1280

  

Scottish Breakfast

Scottish Breakfast

There’s no better way to start the day in Edinburgh, Scotland than with a Scottish breakfast! Pile a plate high with sausage, bacon, eggs and more and you’ll be ready to face the day. 960 1280

  

Shortbread

Shortbread

Freshly baked and absolutely scrumptious, shortbread from Edinburgh’s Pinnies and Poppyseeds with a cup of hot coffee is the perfect afternoon snack.  960 1280

  

Whisky

Whisky

But no trip to Scotland would be complete without sampling a 12-year-old single-malt whisky like this one, produced by Deanston Distillery of Doune. After one sip, it might be hard to leave—and not just because you’re hungover.  960 1280

  

Tteokbokki

Tteokbokki

Considered one of Seoul’s most famous street foods, tteokbokki combines chewy rice cakes and spicy red chili pepper broth for one incredible snack. Next time you’re walking the streets of Seoul, you'll want to give this dish a try.  960 1280

  

Patbingsu

Patbingsu

Dessert is calling, so naturally, it’s time for patbingsu: Korean shaved ice with condensed milk, and red bean jam and rice cakes added for even more flavor. And don’t forget the roasted soybean powder on top! Order this treat at Mok Myeok San Bang as a great way to end your culinary journey through Seoul…until next time.  960 1280

  

Sonoran Hot Dog

Sonoran Hot Dog

Eager for some local flavor in Tucson, Arizona? The Sonoran Hot Dog at El Güero Canelo is the way to go. (No, your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you. That is bacon.)  960 1280

  

Tamales

Tamales

When in doubt, go with tamales—perfect pockets of savory goodness, right at your fingertips. And at the Tucson Tamale Company, they know tamales.  960 1280

  

Mangoyada Raspado

Mangoyada Raspado

Sugar, spice and everything nice: Tucson’s Sonoran Delights serves up mangoyada raspado topped with tamarind candy. Your taste buds might never be the same. 960 1280

  

Deep-fried Sauerkraut Balls

Deep-fried Sauerkraut Balls

Your grandma’s sauerkraut recipe just got an upgrade. Raise a glass—er, stein—to these Deep-fried Sauerkraut Balls from Der Braumeister in Cleveland, Ohio.  960 1280

  

Polish Boy Sandwich

Polish Boy Sandwich

Freshly chopped coleslaw, French fries, original recipe barbeque sauce and an all-beef hot dog sandwiched together in a bun. Yes, this flavor-explosion has a name: It’s the Polish Boy sandwich from Seti’s Polish Boy food truck in Cleveland. Road trip, anyone? 960 1280

  

Buckeyes

Buckeyes

Satisfy your sweet tooth at Malley’s Chocolates in Cleveland! The combination of chocolate and peanut butter make for one tasty, creamy candy. (And they're perfect for the holidays!) 960 1280

  

Vuelve a la Vida

Vuelve a la Vida

Seafood lovers, this one is for you: Vuelve a la Vida. Served up in Veracruz, Mexico, the cocktail is made with crab, shrimp, oysters AND octopus—proving you can never really have too much seafood in one dish—with spicy tomato sauce and avocado.  960 1280

  

Café Lechero

Café Lechero

Move over, Pumpkin Spice Latte! In Veracruz, treat yourself to a café lechero to tackle your caffeine carving. 960 1280

  

Feteer

Feteer

Sweet toppings or savory toppings, you decide. There’s no wrong way to enjoy feteer in Dubai.  960 1280

  

Pani Puri

Pani Puri

Pani puri—fried hollow shells filled with flavored water, potato, chutney and crispy balls of chickpea flour—is a dish worth booking a trip to Dubai for.  960 1280

  

Carne Asada Fries

Carne Asada Fries

Where in the world can you get these carne asada fries? San Diego, of course! At Lolita’s Taco Shop, ditch the ketchup and pile your fries high with seasoned carne asada, cheese, sour cream, salsa and guacamole. (Just make sure to ask for extra napkins.) 960 1280

  

Tostada de Pulpo

Tostada de Pulpo

Tostada de Pulpo isn’t just pleasing to the eye—it tastes great, too! Romesco’s dish combines crispy fried tostada with sautéed octopus, caramelized onion paste, chopped preserved lemon, fresh seagrass and jalapeños for extra heat.  960 1280

  

Banh Mi

Banh Mi

Say goodbye to your usual sandwich order because the banh mi might be your new go-to. In Ho Chi Minh City, this French-inspired Vietnamese sandwich combines pate, mayonnaise, cold cut, pickled cucumber, carrot and daikon all on a soft, warm baguette. Pick this one up at Banh Mi Nguyen Sinh in District 1.  960 1280

  

Oreille de Cochon

Oreille de Cochon

Soak in the energy of the South and chow down on beignets at Café de Amis in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. Stuffed with boudin and topped with cane syrup, Oreille de Cochon is one mouthwatering dish you won’t soon forget.  960 1280

  

Chocolate Babka (Isaac's Bakery, Brooklyn)

Chocolate Babka (Isaac's Bakery, Brooklyn)

The babka at Isaac’s is as beautiful as it is delicious: geologic swirls of sweetened dark chocolate and chocolate chips eddy around layers of doubled and twisted brioche dough under a dusting of streusel. Babka is thought to have gained its name thanks to its pan’s resemblance to a grandmother’s skirts, but its rich sweetness has an awful lot in common with a nana’s hug.  960 1280

  

Margherita Pizza (Di Fara Pizza, Brooklyn)

Margherita Pizza (Di Fara Pizza, Brooklyn)

Across the street from Isaac’s, Domenico DeMarco has spent half a century making every last one of his pies; Di Fara Pizza is closed when he’s not there. The most decadent thing about his classic margherita pizza (made with tomato sauce, mozzarella, Parmigiano-Reggiano, olive oil, and fresh basil) could be the time it takes to acquire it; pizza-lovers have been known to wait more than two hours for a slice.  960 1280

  

Giant Family Seafood Platter (Blue Fish, Sydney, Australia)

Giant Family Seafood Platter (Blue Fish, Sydney, Australia)

If you find yourself unable to settle on a single offering at Darling Harbour’s Blue Fish, you can take a deep breath, tie on an extra-large bib and choose them all. This two-tiered, fresh-caught feast includes oysters, steamed mussels, Queensland tiger prawns, “Moreton Bay Bugs” (known to non-locals as slipper lobster), barbecued king prawns, crumbed prawns, octopus, calamari and squid—topped with a Western Australian Rock Lobster Mornay, Atlantic salmon, and barramundi. If you’re worried that you’ve depopulated the sea, rest easy: restaurateur Glenn Boyland is committed to preserving local marine life and purchases sustainable stock from Sydney fish markets.  960 1280

  

Pavlova (City Extra, Sydney, Australia)

Pavlova (City Extra, Sydney, Australia)

"Although one may fail to find happiness in theatrical life,” the Russian prima ballerina Anna Pavlova once said, "one never wishes to give it up after having once tasted its fruits." Pavlova toured Australia and New Zealand in 1926, and the airy concoction bearing her name has pirouetted across dessert menus Down Under ever since. City Extra’s Pavlova has a hard meringue shell that gives way to a chewy interior; it’s costumed with strawberries, passionfruit, banana and cream.  960 1280

  

Khai Jiao (Raan Jay Fai, Bangkok, Thailand)

Khai Jiao (Raan Jay Fai, Bangkok, Thailand)

Foodies queue along Maha Chai Road in Bangkok’s Old City for a taste of Jay “Auntie with a Mole” Fai's celebrated crab omelet (khai jiao). After whipping generous lumps of crab meat with egg and fish sauce, Jay Fai forms a cylinder with spatulas and a few flips; with a quick fry over a coal fire, she gives the omelet’s surface a regal golden exterior (known as “wok hei,” the je ne sais quoi flavor achieved by cooking with a wok over high heat). No wonder she’s been called the "Mozart of the Wok."  960 1280

  

Pad Thai (Pad Thai Thip Samai, Bangkok, Thailand)

Pad Thai (Pad Thai Thip Samai, Bangkok, Thailand)

Like Raan Jay Fai, Thip Samai sprouts a tail of several dozen hungry patrons-to-be as soon as it raises it gate each afternoon. Lovers of Thip Samai’s pad thai—sun-dried rice noodles, shrimp and egg stir-fried to smoky-sweet perfection with tamarind, palm sugar and fish sauce, then garnished with cilantro, chilies, bean sprouts and lime wedges—report that it dishes up the best version in Thailand. 960 1280

  

Soft-Shell Crab (Captain James Landing, Baltimore)

Soft-Shell Crab (Captain James Landing, Baltimore)

This Charm City delicacy looks a bit like a crab wearing a sandwich because, well, that’s exactly what it is. In Maryland eateries, soft-shell crab (caught just after they’ve molted, when they have yet to harden up) appears much as it does when it’s hauled out of the Chesapeake. At Captain James Landing, it’s battered and deep fried, then served shell, claws and all.  960 1280

  

Suppli al Telefono (Supplizio, Rome, Italy)

Suppli al Telefono (Supplizio, Rome, Italy)

Suppli al telefono, or "telephone wires," refers to the luxurious strands of mozzarella that ooze out of the deep-fried risotto croquettes at Supplizio, a small-plates bistro near Piazza Navona in the historic center of Rome. Suppli are often served as the prelude to a pizza, but they could easily constitute a (rather magnificent) all-aperitivo meal. 960 1280

  

Quesillo (Quesillos El Pipe, Managua, Nicaragua)

Quesillo (Quesillos El Pipe, Managua, Nicaragua)

For Nicaraguans, quesillo is both an ingredient (a fresh, yogurt-like cheese that’s boiled and salted) and a street food; at Quesillos El Pipe, a roadside eatery near the capital city of Managua, the quesillo (which is made on-site) is wrapped in a tortilla, doused with pickled onions and crema, then wrapped and served in a plastic bag. The most delicious convenience food on Earth, or the most convenient delicious food on Earth? Call it a draw. 960 1280

  

Candied-cherry raspado (Raspados Loly's, Managua, Nicaragua)

Candied-cherry raspado (Raspados Loly's, Managua, Nicaragua)

Eloisa Saenz perfected her recipe for dulce de leche served over shaved ice with cubes of panetela (dense cake) more than half a century ago. That achingly sweet dessert, raspado, is a national favorite; Eloisa’s family now serves it at Loly’s locations in Nicaragua and in Miami. “The raspado relleno is to die for,” one American visitor said. “And that could be literal. After consuming it you may die of a sugar overdose.”  960 1280

  

Hot Pepper Chocolate Pie (Arnold's Country Kitchen, Nashville)

Hot Pepper Chocolate Pie (Arnold's Country Kitchen, Nashville)

If you yearn for dessert with a kick to echo the sauce on your barbecue, Arnold’s Country Kitchen has the devilish dish of your dreams; the sweet chocolate-pudding filling in their hot-pepper chocolate pie carries a dash of cayenne pepper. The Arnold clan’s take on a traditional chess pie might sound unorthodox, but they know what they’re doing: They earned a James Beard Foundation Classics Award in 2009. 960 1280

  

Fried Catfish and Hush Puppies (Ezell's Southern Food Express, Birmingham, AL)

Fried Catfish and Hush Puppies (Ezell's Southern Food Express, Birmingham, AL)

Ezell’s Southern Food Express is the proud descendent of Ezell’s Fish Camp, a legendary Depression-era stop for catfish, slaw and hush puppies that started with “a single hook and a fishing line.” Alabama-raised catfish comes to the table at Ezell’s on the bone, breaded and deep-fried, with savory-sweet cornmeal hush puppies—and 80 years and two generations after CA Ezell decided to make a living on the Tombigbee River, it’s still one of the most popular dishes around.  960 1280

  

Pelmeni (Café Glechik, Brooklyn)

Pelmeni (Café Glechik, Brooklyn)

Vadim Tesler named his NYC Ukranian outpost Café Glechik after the traditional clay pots used to serve pelmeni, his succulent meat-stuffed dumplings. This is Brighton Beach comfort food with a pedigree: Vadim’s grandmother and great-grandmother were famous a century ago for catering “the best and the biggest weddings” in Odessa.  960 1280

  

Cheesecake (Junior's Cheesecake, Brooklyn)

Cheesecake (Junior's Cheesecake, Brooklyn)

Junior’s opened its doors at the corner of Flatbush and Dekalb in Brooklyn on Election Day, 1950; it’s been serving the city’s most celebrated cheesecake (hand-mixed with velvety sweetened Philadelphia cream cheese on a sponge cake base, since “it’s a cake, not a pie”) ever since. How many calories are there in a piece of Junior’s c-cake? In the words of J.P. Morgan, if you have to ask, you can’t afford it.  960 1280

  

Biscuits and Gravy (Biscuit Love, Nashville)

Biscuits and Gravy (Biscuit Love, Nashville)

Brunchers in Nashville flock to Biscuit Love for light, fluffy biscuits with all the trimmings. Traditionalists can cover their plates with ham, homemade pork gravy and eggs; early risers with a sweet tooth, in turn, can opt for chocolate gravy à la carte. If you’re feeling especially adventurous, you could attempt both—though you should probably change into sweatpants first.

 

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Victoria Harbor

Victoria Harbor

Victoria Harbor not only provides Hong Kong with amazing views, but also amazing seafood. Much of the city’s delicious cuisine includes fresh fish from these waters. 960 1280

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Typhoon-shelter crab

Typhoon-shelter crab

The typhoon-shelter crab dish served at Hee Kee is made in a cooking style called Bei Feng Tang, which combines chilies, garlic, scallions and the perfect crab. 960 1280

  

Congee

Congee

A bowl of Mui Kee's signature dish, a favorite Chinese breakfast called congee, features fish, fresh meats and broth seasoned with ginger and mandarin peel. 960 1280

  

Zurich

Zurich

Situated along the lake that shares its name, Zurich is a wealth of great food. From chocolate to cheese, you can always find something rich and delicious in Switzerland’s largest city. 960 1280

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Alplermagronen

Alplermagronen

The traditional Swiss meal Alplermagronen consists of macaroni, potato, onion, cheese, cream and apple. It’s like mac-and-cheese casserole with a Swiss twist. 960 1280

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Raclette cheese

Raclette cheese

Raclette cheese is heated until the top has melted, which is then scraped off over potatoes to create a gooey but delicious dish.  960 1280

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St. Louis

St. Louis

This Gateway to the West has come to represent St. Louis since it was completed in 1965. The monument was not initially greeted with a lot of public support, but the promise of new jobs to help construct the arch quickly changed opinions. The arch sits on the west bank of the Mississippi River in downtown St. Louis and is the tallest monument in the Western Hemisphere. 960 1280

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St. Louis-Style Pizza

St. Louis-Style Pizza

You may have heard of New York- or Chicago-style pizza, but there is another city that lays claim to its own spin on the tomato pie. In St. Louis, pizza is built on cracker-thin crusts made without yeast and includes Provel cheese, which is a combination of provolone, Swiss and white cheddar cheeses. 960 1280

  

Pork Steak

Pork Steak

St. Louis natives love barbecue, so it’s no surprise that they take the same cut of meat typically used for pulled pork (pork shoulder) and cook it like a beef steak. This slow-cooked dish is a staple in any St. Louis BBQ restaurant. 960 1280

  

Munich

Munich

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Schnitzel

Schnitzel

Usually made from pork, schnitzel is tenderized, battered and fried before being served with a variety of sides, such as potatoes, peppers or a cream sauce. The dish is so popular in Germany that it has found its way into kitchens in other countries via German immigrants and is now enjoyed around the world.  960 1280

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Pretzels

Pretzels

The pretzel is one of the most iconic foods in the world. Be it from a street vendor, ballpark or bakery, this knotted dough can be found almost everywhere. But despite its global accessibility, the pretzel got its start in seclusion, most likely originating in German monasteries during the Middle Ages. 960 1280

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Ramen

Ramen

You can find a heaping bowl of ramen almost anywhere. But you won’t get the real deal unless you are in Tokyo, where the dish has been mastered over centuries. 960 1280

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Tokyo

Tokyo

Known for its electric energy, Tokyo features some exquisitely unique cuisine, from crispy, elegant shrimp tempura to sushi made with jewel-like precision. 960 1280

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Yakitori

Yakitori

At Bird Land restaurant in Tokyo, chef Toshihiro Wada serves up beautiful displays of various yakitori dishes, including skewered chicken parts of all types. 960 1280

  

Florence, Italy

Florence, Italy

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Pasta

Pasta

Perhaps nowhere else in the world can you get fresh pasta as you can in Florence. 960 1280

  

Gelato

Gelato

Gelato served up fresh and delicious from Vivoli in Florence.  960 1280

  

Boston

Boston

The Boston Harbor shining brightly at dusk. 960 1280

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Boston Cream Pie

Boston Cream Pie

The Boston cream pie is one dessert that you can find almost anywhere. But to get the original, you have to go to Boston. 960 1280

  

Boston Baked Beans

Boston Baked Beans

Boston baked beans may be the most recognizable food for a city affectionately nicknamed, Beantown. 960 1280

  

The Acropolis

The Acropolis

The Acropolis in Athens, Greece, with Lycabettus Hill in the background. 960 1280

  

Dolmades

Dolmades

These dolmades, or rolled grape leaves stuffed with rice, herbs, onions and minced meat, are from Taverna Louizidis in Athens, Greece. 960 1280

  

Spanakopita

Spanakopita

A slice of the legendary spanakopita, made from a 100-year-old recipe, at Bougatsadiko Thessaloniki in the Psirri area of Athens, Greece. 960 1280

  

The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower adds a stunning backdrop for any dining adventure in Paris. 960 1280

  

Macarons

Macarons

A gorgeous gift box of a dozen fresh macarons from Arnaud Larher in Paris. 960 1280

  

Café La Palette

Café La Palette

The fresh bread cart at Café de la Palette in Paris. 960 1280

  

London

London

A skyline view of London’s Financial District and the historic Tower Bridge. 960 1280

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Roast's

Roast's

Roast's traditional Sunday roast is topped with a healthy portion of gravy before being served to hungry customers in London. 960 1280

  

Toff's of Muswell Hill

Toff's of Muswell Hill

Fresh fish and chips are fried and ready to be devoured at Toff's of Muswell Hill. 960 1280

  

New York City

New York City

New York City is a food lover’s paradise. With so many cultural influences, there is always something new and delicious to satisfy your appetite.  960 1280

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John's of Bleecker Street

John's of Bleecker Street

The pizza from John's of Bleecker Street is a New York treat —arguably the best pizza in the city. 960 1280

  

Katz's Delicatessen

Katz's Delicatessen

The legendary pastrami sandwich from Katz's Delicatessen is a must-try for foodies young and old. The New York landmark is the oldest working deli in the United States (since 1888!). 960 1280

  

Bourbon Street, New Orleans

Bourbon Street, New Orleans

Dusk falls over Bourbon Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans. While generally known for its outrageous nightlife (especially during Mardi Gras), NOLA is a food lover’s mecca, with Cajun cuisine inspired by unique local flavors. 960 1280

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The Muffuletta Sandwich

The Muffuletta Sandwich

The muffuletta from Central Grocery is a sandwich with layers of salami, ham, cheese and olive salad that looks almost as good as it tastes. 960 1280

  

Creole Gumbo

Creole Gumbo

The Creole gumbo made by James Beard Award-winning chef Tory McPhail at Commander's Palace in New Orleans is loaded with seafood, sausage, rice and deliciousness. 960 1280

  

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