Slideshow: 25 Great Sandwiches We Ate in 2012

Lobster Rolls at Eventide Oyster Co.
Lobster Rolls at Eventide Oyster Co.
A sandwich where you can order two, partly because they're small and tasty, and partly because Eventide's lobster roll comes in three iterations: dressed with house mayo, Hollandaise, or brown butter vinaigrette. Read more »
Sheep's Head Sandwich in Istanbul
Sheep's Head Sandwich in Istanbul
Muammer Özkaymak's little stand is just off the main pedestrian street İstiklâl Caddesi in Istanbul's Beyoğlu. The Kelle Söğüş (boiled sheep's head) is all he serves, in two forms: sandwich or platter. Özkaymak takes a whole head from the case and carefully slices out the edible parts—cheeks, tongue, brains—before chopping it in fine shreds, along with onions, parsley, red peppers, dried mint and oregano, and a good shake of salt. It's scooped into a sliced-open baguette, fresh from a wood-fired oven that morning. Read more »
The Lomo at Marcona in Los Angeles
The Lomo at Marcona in Los Angeles
First, there are the obvious, large pieces of fatty pulled pork jammed between slices of crusty, toasted ciabatta. You could eat bite after bite of meat and bread alone. But then comes a tangy date mustard which is so apt a complement to the pork that you wonder whether you've ever really tasted mustard before today. Read more »
The Roast Pork And Triple Cheese Panino from Craigie On Main, Cambridge
The Roast Pork And Triple Cheese Panino from Craigie On Main, Cambridge
It starts with not-too-fat, not-too-thin slices of excellent pain au levain from Iggy's (the best baker in the 'hood by a long shot), then gets piled high with slices of pork collar that's brined and slow-cooked in a fancy-pants CVap steam oven. The resulting meat has the salty juiciness of a great ham, but the meltingly tender texture of a perfectly roasted pork shoulder. Sweated leeks, shallots, and pickled ramps get added to cut through some of the porky fattiness before being stacked with Comté, Shelbourne Cheddar from Vermont, and a sharp aged Provolone. The whole thing is grilled panini-style to a crisp melty, golden brown. Read more »
Pan con Lechon at El Palacio de los Jugos, Miami
Pan con Lechon at El Palacio de los Jugos, Miami
The menu says it comes with "pierna desmenuzada, mojo y cebolla"—what you're getting is roast pork (shredded leg meat, specifically), mojo sauce, and diced onions on Cuban sandwich bread. The bread is cut lengthwise, and the assembled sandwich is cooked in a press, yielding crispy top and bottom crusts. Read more »
The Lamb Dip with Blue Cheese at Philippe the Original in Los Angeles
The Lamb Dip with Blue Cheese at Philippe the Original in Los Angeles
What you get may not look remarkable at first glance, but the first bite will clue you in. Several thick slices of tender lamb pair well with agenerous heap of tangy blue cheese. The French roll is simple but baked fresh in house. The entire sandwich is dipped in a rich meat jusbefore it reaches your plate. Upon first bite, the bread melts away, giving in to the soft cheese and juicy meat. Read more »
Fried Chicken at Sunshine Tavern in Portland, OR
Fried Chicken at Sunshine Tavern in Portland, OR
Made with crispy, tender chicken breast and topped with blue cheese coleslaw and chili mayo. The freshly made fries it comes with are great as well. Read more »
Trout Salad at The Sentinel, San Francisco
Trout Salad at The Sentinel, San Francisco
Tender, flaky pieces of smokey trout are combined with diced up apple, snappy fennel, and mayonnaise. The flavor combinations here are unreal—the trout plus the sweet apple, plus the fennel's depth, makes for a layered, complex sandwich. And it's huge! Read more »
The Roma at The Italian Store in Arlington, VA
The Roma at The Italian Store in Arlington, VA
Served on a hard or soft Italian roll with prosciutto, smoked mortadella, genoa salami, and provolone, The Roma will make you groan with longing the next time you're forced to resort to Subway. The excellent cold cuts are tender and rich; the smokiness and spices are a compelling reminder that you're eating at a quality deli. Topped off by sweet and hot peppers, lettuce, tomato, onions, oregano, and olive oil, the added sweetness and crunch lend The Roma extra complexity to the flavors and texture. Read more »
Open Face Beef Cheek Sandwich at Perla in NYC
Open Face Beef Cheek Sandwich at Perla in NYC
"Go big or go home," says this meat and egg monster posing as a sandwich, which you can find on Perla's Friday and weekend lunch menu. By big we mean two fistfulls of fall-apart how are you so tender braised beef cheek, with a brown sauce packed to bursting with meaty brawn and caramelized flavor. On an inch-thick slab of crusty bread that soaks up every stray dribble of the beef's braising liquid, and two fried eggs with golden, runny yolks and creamy whites. Read more »
The Fried Chicken Luther at ChurchKey in Washington, D.C.
The Fried Chicken Luther at ChurchKey in Washington, D.C.
"Luther," as AHT readers know, is traditionally a bacon cheeseburger between Krispy Kreme glazed doughnut halves. This sandwich is served on a lightly fried, house-made brioche doughnut, glazed with a maple-chicken jus and topped with oven-baked pecans. Between the doughnut halves lies ChurchKey's twist: buttermilk fried chicken and strips of applewood smoked bacon. In the end, what you're really eating is a child's dream: three of the best "junk foods" in a single, glorious monument to gluttony. Read more »
Shrimp Po' Boy at Domilise's in New Orleans
Shrimp Po' Boy at Domilise's in New Orleans
Meals in New Orleans are rarely a one-napkin affair, and the Shrimp Po' Boy at Domilise's is no exception. When they serve up your order, the guys at the counter hand over a small stack of paper towelettes, and with a sandwich this chock-full of juicy fried shrimp, fully dressed, you'll need 'em. Read more »
Giardina at Paesano's in Philadelphia, PA
Giardina at Paesano's in Philadelphia, PA
The Giardina—one of two vegetarian options on the menu—matches hearty, tender slices of roasted eggplant with equal parts fresh mozzarella. Both are dressed in a bold basil pesto, layered with roasted peppers, garnished with fennel and caramelized onions, and served on Paesano's brilliantly crusty Italian bread. Read more »
Meatloaf Sandwich at Fatted Calf in San Francisco
Meatloaf Sandwich at Fatted Calf in San Francisco
To be clear, this isn't a deconstructed meatloaf-like patty between two slices of bread. It's an actual slice of meatloaf. The meatloaf is delicious, as one taste of any other meat product at Fatted Calf could have supported. Made from a combination of ground beef, pork, and bacon that's been cured in-house, the loaf is well seasoned with herbs, onions, and carrots. Read more »
Smoked Meat from Schwartz's in Montreal
Smoked Meat from Schwartz's in Montreal
At Schwartz's Deli in Montréal, there is an established protocol for ordering. You can get your smoked meat sandwich—piles of spice-rubbed brisket on rye with a swatch of mustard—one of three ways: lean, medium, or fatty. Read more »
Grilled Fish at Bear Flag Fish in Newport Beach, CA
Grilled Fish at Bear Flag Fish in Newport Beach, CA
Bear Flag Fish will likely be packed when you walk in. It feels like the majority of the room just went surfing or is about to. With the California flag as its logo, BFF is part fish market, part chill fast-casual with communal tables. Slabs of fish are lined up on the smoking grills inside: wild salmon next to basa (a Southeast Asian breed of catfish), halibut, opah, and the just-barely seared albacore. You can get any of them in a tortilla or a crusty, toasted baguette. Either way you'll be happy because the fish couldn't be fresher and it's beautifully charred, not a bit greasy. Read more »
Sabih Croissant at Zizi Limona in Brooklyn
Sabih Croissant at Zizi Limona in Brooklyn
Eggplant and egg on a croissant? With potato salad and harissa? How could this possibly be any good? But we heard some very nice things about Zizi Limona in Williamsburg, enough to give this Sabih Croissant a try. And it's the best croissant sandwich we've ever tasted. Read more »
Corned Beef at City Provisions, Chicago
Corned Beef at City Provisions, Chicago
Discard any notions of what you think a corned beef sandwich should look or taste like. Unlike most versions around town, the thinly slices feature visible marks of fat, so much so that each each bite almost tastes like fine Prosciutto. This is a good thing, especially since it never tastes greasy, just flavorful. The sandwich is also built on a firm foundation of rye bread, and comes topped with a salty swiss cheese and a creamy house-made CP sauce. Read more »
The Sandwiches at Publican Quality Meats, Chicago
The Sandwiches at Publican Quality Meats, Chicago
PQM has top quality meats and freshly made bread. It didn't take long for us to realize that if you combine the two you have the potential for some truly stunning sandwiches. While the menu changes often, we loved the braised pork belly "Better than a Gyro" and the tuna muffaletta. Read more »