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Serious Sandwiches: Tony Luke's Roast Pork Italian, Philadelphia

I don't know if there's much to say about the roast pork Italian sandwich at Tony Luke's other than it's pretty near perfect. Tony Luke's is conveniently located near the junction of I-95 and I-76 in the shadow of the Walt Whitman Bridge—a quick lunchtime detour on my trip from the Big Apple to central Pennsylvania this past weekend. I probably don't have to tell you that I spent the first two hours of that trip in anticipation of finally trying one of these much-hyped sandwiches.... More

Serious Sandwiches: Johnnie's Combo Beef, Chicago

I know, with so many new restaurants opening each day and so many tasty leads to follow, sometimes I take the local food icons here in Chicago for granted. I even forsake them occasionally. But, with so many fanny pack clad tourists descending on our city in search of salad dogs, deep dish pizza, and the Italian beef, I don't really think they need me. More

Snapshots from Italy: The Queen of Porchetta

Last week, I took a little lunchtime trip to Frascati, one of a handful of little towns in the Castelli Romani, a culturally rich area just southeast of Rome shadowed by the Alban Hills and dotted with volcanic lakes. Thanks to a direct commuter train, I was there in only 30 minutes, and at the very appealing price of €1.90 (US$2.96) each way. More

Serious Sandwiches: The Aussie Burger

Add beets, and you have got an Aussie Burger. Is there anything greater than the breakfast burger? I love a decent burger, and if you top it with an over easy egg, something magical happens. And that magic is called egg yolk, covering your burger in gooey goodness. Last week I sampled the breakfast burger from Goodburger (a slightly upscale, NYC burger chain) along with some co-workers, one of whom remarked, "Add some beets to this, and you've got an Aussie Burger." Come again? Beets? Now that sounds like something I could get into.... More

Serious Sandwiches: Merguez Frites

In France, a sandwich américain is a sandwich filled filled with a chopped beef, hamburger-like substance, topped with french fries, and stuffed into a baguette. The merguez frites is a variation that replaces the hamburger with merguez sausage. More

Serious Sandwiches: Is There a Better Condiment than Guacamole?

Photograph from BKMD on Flickr With the all important Cinco de Mayo holiday less than a week away, my thoughts turn to using the day as an excuse to transform ordinary sandwiches into lessons in excess. For example, adding guacamole to every single thing I eat. From a sandwich standpoint, is there a better condiment than guacamole? In fact, I can't think of many sandwiches that couldn't be improved with a giant spoonful of guac. Here are some of my favorites.... More

Serious Sandwiches: Squeeze Burger with Cheese Skirt

Photograph from entitee on Flickr One of my favorite parts of doing a sandwich column is that now all my family members send me photos of ridiculous sandwiches from all around the country. Take this one, for example, which my brother in law sent me from Sacramento. The Squeeze Burger with Cheese Skirt, as it is widely known in and around California's capital, is clearly a feat of modern engineering. And while the actual burger that is hidden underneath there (somewhere) is not necessarily anything to write home about, this sandwich has many other secrets that make it quite the serious sandwich.... More

Serious Sandwiches: Thuet's Smoked Pork Loin and French Toast

Photograph courtesy of thewx4.com Despite being subjected to the familiar "don't play with your food" parental instruction throughout my childhood, as an adult I can't help but succumb to a little makeshift breakfast sandwich action. The most popular (and easiest to assemble), has got to be the irresistible pancake-bacon combo, or you can get a little more serious, as in the case of the waffle sandwich I posted about here last September. It's always fun to create your own monstrosity, but I have a tremendous amount of respect for the chef who saves you (and by that I mean my wife) from the embarrassment of a self-made sandwich at the table. Such is the case with the seared smoked... More

Serious Sandwiches: SXSW Sandwich Checklist

Photograph from Fellowship of the Rich on Flickr Since my "real" job (whatever that means) is in the "music industry" (radio is still part of the music industry, right?), I've always dreamed of going to the SXSW music festival. I've heard great things about Austin, Texas, and my friends and co-workers always have amazing stories of great shows that I am bound to love that take place in a really cool town. But this year, I discovered a new aspect of SXSW that makes me feel jealous about not getting to go: all the serious sandwiches. Thanks to blogs, Flickr, and most important, the invention of the iPhone, the SXSW food porn has been pouring in since last week—and I... More

Serious Sandwiches: Hot Salt Beef Bagel

Photograph from drewleavy on Flickr We have no shortage of delicious bagels here in New York City. (Is there a better bagel city in the world?) We also have no shortage of fat laden, drool inducing corned beef. (Is there a better corned beef city in the world?) Yet, explain to me how London is the city that has combined the two into what looks like a pretty outstanding sandwich. It's called a hot salt beef bagel, and it leaves me wondering, "How on earth did we got scooped on this?"... More

Serious Sandwich (Press): Pro 12-Volt Sandwich Maker

I still remember my first sandwich press. I convinced my mom to let me order it after spending a day at home sick from school watching some lady make apple pies, brownies, waffles and, of course, sandwiches. I also remember my first car accident—it was caused by my fumbling for a boombox that had just tumbled off the dashboard of my Honda (the car stereo was broken). I can't help but think that S. King had me in mind when it developed the car-powered Pro 12-Volt Sandwich Maker—it's perfect for that person who is in love with cheap sandwich presses but also stupid enough to put an appliance on the dashboard.... More

Serious Sandwiches: Valentine's Day Edition

Surprisingly, I actually like Valentine’s Day. Maybe it's not that big a surprise since I have someone I love, and against all odds, she actually loves me back (food obsessions and all). I know you can do nice things for people you care about “anytime you want,” but there’s something about Valentine’s Day that I like. Maybe it’s that you have an excuse to do something on a weeknight that you may not do otherwise. Last year my wife and I had the best Valentine’s Day—it involved a movie, some wine, and, of course, a pair of serious sandwiches. Fancy dinners and expensive flowers are nice, but I think hidden food snuck into a movie (with alcohol pairing of... More

Serious Sandwiches: General Tso's Philly Cheesesteak

Photograph of General Tso's Philly Cheesesteak from DJ Grocery Coming up with a theme for this week's sandwich should have been easy. Yesterday was Fat Tuesday, but po'boys have been pretty well covered here on Serious Eats. It was also Super Tuesday, but I couldn't seem to find any mention of candidates' favorite sandwiches. Tomorrow is the start of the Chinese New Year, but "Year of the Rat" does not exactly make for sandwich inspiration.... More

Serious Sandwiches: Navajo Lamb Sandwich

Photo courtesy of chowdownphoenix.com Obviously most of us can't afford to go to the Super Bowl, and quite frankly if you don't live in New England or New York City, I don't understand why you would want to. But, if I was going to Phoenix for this year's Super Bowl, you better believe I'd be eating one of these: the Navajo Lamb Sandwich from Arizona Native Frybread. Invented by the Navajo people, frybread is normally served at fairs, pow-wows, and art shows and can come topped with powdered sugar or honey (think elephant ears) or beans, meat, lettuce, tomato, and cheese, commonly referred to as an "Indian taco." But for a truly unique and authentic savory Navajo frybread sandwich,... More

Serious Sandwiches: Zagi's Meatball Sub

Since we started the Serious Sandwiches Flickr Group at the end of last year, there have been a ton of great submissions, but my favorite photo so far has got to be this one—the "king of the meatball sandwiches" posted by made by moxie. It comes from Zagi's, a 3 year old pizza parlor in the Ballard district of Seattle—a city I've never been to, but am now seriously considering visiting.... More

Serious Sandwiches: Fried Pork Sandwich at Tina's Restaurant

I don't normally write about sandwiches from Midtown Manhattan, but I had a sandwich for lunch on Monday that to not share with you would be a disservice to Serious Eaters everywhere. I found it at Tina's Restaurant, a fast food Cuban place that I not only had no intention of eating at, but I wouldn't even consider a NYC destination or even the best Cuban food in Midtown. But then I saw it—the fried pork sandwich, with fried plantains (or as I like to call it, the "You top what with what?!?"). More

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