The Most Popular Sandwich in All 50 States

By: Shelly Grinfeld | Last updated: Feb 04, 2024

What could be more American than a sandwich? Every state has its most popular sandwich! From meaty, cheesy, open or closed there is a sandwich for everyone and anyone in every U.S. state. Whether you’re on the go, or enjoying a sunset picnic there is a sandwich for you.

Different types of sandwiches have become almost synonymous with certain states and a reflection of the melting pot of cultures and influences that dominate each state. Can you guess what sandwich is the most popular in your state? Full disclosure you’re about to get hungry.

1. Alabama's Pulled Chicken with White Barbecue Sauce

When in Alabama do as the Alabamans do. Their classic smoked chicken sandwich gets adorned with a mayonnaise-based Alabama barbeque white sauce. This famous white sauce is as creamy as it is tangy. The secret to getting you hooked is all in the sauce, it is made with salt and ground black pepper with a mayonnaise and vinegar base.

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You are sure to come back for seconds while in Alabama, as both you and this sandwich deserve. Alabamans love to put this sauce not just on their sandwiches but basically every food within reach, from their collared greens to their pork chops and fried green tomatoes you know they will be drenched in the sauce.

2. Alaska's Wild Salmon Sandwich

Alaskan salmon is quite famous so it is no surprise that their most popular sandwich makes salmon the star of the show… or in this case the star of the plate. The sandwich can feature smoked or grilled salmon but either way, it will be as fresh as you can get. It is often served with mayo and fresh vegetables like lettuce and tomato on thick slices of soft bread.

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Alaskans have an incredibly fishy diet, literally, they are deeply rooted in seafood-based cuisines and fresh salmon isn’t the only thing on the menu. Flaky halibut and monster king crab draw just as much attention in this state, whether it’s streamed, seared or sushi it will definitely be in the belly by bedtime.

3. Arizona's Frybread Taco Sandwich

Technically a taco but also a sandwich depending on how you define “sandwiches” but either way this is without a doubt the most popular in Arizona. Also referred to as the “Navajo tacos,” you will have a field day with this fried dough delicacy topped with traditional taco fixings like ground meat, cheese, and beans that dreams are made of.

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We can’t mention these tacos without mentioning another popular Arizona favorite, none other than Sonoran Hot Dog. Although it isn’t a sandwich per see it’s still between bread so we think it counts. In this southwestern state, it is considered one of the best things since sliced bread. This special hot dog gets wrapped in bacon and then drenched in all things delicious such as pinto beans, tomatoes, jalapeño sauce, and all your favorite condiments.

4. Arkansas's Deep-Fried Catfish Sandwich

If it isn’t fried then you aint in Arkansas. Arkansas’s Deep-Fried Catfish Sandwich is the one to beat, it’s no wonder that it’s so popular in this state. The catfish is caught locally and that’s one of the reasons it tastes so good placed between two buns slathered in butter. It is recommended to be served with some homemade fries or coleslaw. We are getting hungry just thinking about it.

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Although this is perhaps the most popular sandwich there is another sandwich that we can’t forget because it’s just as much of a staple as any other, the bologna sandwich. It is so much more than just mere deli meat. The meat is cut into thick slices about 1 inch to be exact and eaten hot off the griddle like a classic Southerner. The most common side dishes for this sandwich are your typical cornbread, collard greens, or some pinto beans, all served in generous portions.

5. California's Avocado Club Sandwich

California does love their avocado so it makes sense that it makes an appearance in their most popular club sandwich. Although they are also famous for being the birth place of the “French Dip” sandwich. No matter what you choose you can be sure that California does not disappoint.

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In Los Angeles, two different restaurants seem to be arguing over the French Dip creator title but we don’t care. As long as there is a French Dip with some hefty roast beef in between its buns with provolone cheese we are smiling.

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6. Colorado The Denver Sandwich

This sandwich is so popular in Colorado that it is literally named after a city in Colorado, known as the “Denver Sandwich.” Many dinners across the country have a version of this sandwich or omelets inspired by “the Denver” as a fan-favorite breakfast item. The Denver Sandwich or in some cases, the “Denver Omelet” is made up of scrambled eggs, cheddar, ham, onions, and sautéed peppers. We can’t forget the grilled to-perfection bread too, it’s all about that crip buttered bread after all.

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Sometimes you can even find those classic all-American hash browns tucked away for an extra surprise crunch in between the pieces of toast. Your condiments are open to your preference but don’t skip out on the hot sauce. A little kick in this breakfast sandwich will surely kick start your day for the better.

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7. Connecticut Fried Clam Roll

Connecticut may be small but they are mighty. They have a large amount of shoreline and because of such a shoreline, it is the perfect place for good ol’ classic seafood shacks. These establishments serve their most popular Connecticut Fried Clam Roll. This sandwich is most commonly found on a soft roll but tastes just as good on just about any two pieces of bread as long as it is as fresh and buttery as the clams.

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Connecticut continues to come through with another popular, yet unconventional sandwich that can only be described as a non-traditional burger. What makes this burger so special is that it is served on two slices of white toast as opposed to a bun, hold off on the condiments, you choose of onion, tomato, or cheese.

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8. Delaware's Soft-Shell Fried Crab Sandwich

Delaware also known as fish mecca is the haven for soft-shell fried crab sandwiches. This comes as no surprise considering the state is known for its muddle fish stew. Their famous sandwich is finished off with a generous portion of coleslaw and greens. Fun fact is that their official state food is peach pie, which we will gladly accept as the end to every meal, no matter the state.

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These Delaware natives also frequently enjoy some broiled chicken, biscuits, and creamed corn pudding. One word comes to mind, YUM! The residents in this state have another popular sandwich competing for their attention as well, it can be described best as Thanksgiving on a roll lovingly referred to as “The Bobbie” made up of cranberry sauce and everything else you love about Thanksgiving, pulled turkey, stuffing and mayonnaise. We’ve finally found a way to have Thanksgiving all year round. The Wilmington-founded sub shop chain, Capriotti’s invented this cult classic and it has since spread beyond the bread.

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9. Florida's Cuban Sandwich

Florida is a melting pot of various Latin cultures. From the food to the music to everything in between the influences are known and they definitely spice up life around here. With that in mind, the most popular sandwich is the Cuban sandwich (Cubano), of course. The Cuban has generous slices of ham, pork roasted beautifully, mustard, pickles, and Swiss cheese atop Cuban bread slices.

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Besides the well-known Cubanos that you can’t leave Florida without you have stone crab claws, perhaps one of the most delicious Florida foods.

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10. Georgia's Pimento Cheese Sandwich

Pimento cheese is Georgia’s favorite sandwich and we can relate, this mayonnaise blend with cheese and pimentos, also known as pickled cherry peppers, is what we dream about when we hear those hunger pains. What’s not to love? This Southern staple will have everyone talking. This sandwich is so special that it even secured it’s own spot at the annual Masters Golf Tournament in August, GA.

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If you know Georgia you also know that it is the home of the original Chick-fil-A and you can’t have a popular sandwich countdown without mentioning Georgia’s fried-chicken sandwich with lettuce, tomato, and spicy mayo. If you’re lucky, your favorite sandwich partner will let you go half and half on your next meal.

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11. Hawaii's Kalua Pork Sandwich

The kālua-style pork sandwich is the Hawaii winner. When it comes to a Hawaiian cookout this state does not mess around and will pull out all the stops and fixings. Traditional kālua-style sandwiches are made of whole pigs that have been cooked for several hours in underground ovens covered with banana leaves. This method coupled with Asian slaw and kimchee doesn’t need any further introduction for us to know why it is so popular.

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It wouldn’t be Hawaii without a hint of pineapple somewhere. Pack a punch with some pineapple coleslaw to pair with this sandwich, you won’t regret it.

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12. Idaho's Meat Sandwich

If you’re an Idaho local then Idaho’s “Meat Your Maker” sandwich needs no explanation and if you aren’t a local you certainly don’t want to miss this most popular sandwich. This meaty sandwich is made with none other than, you guessed it, meat, lots and lots of meat. Filled to the brim with steak, Italian sausage, bacon, and some spicy peppers for flavor, it is one hot sandwich in this state.

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Idaho is also known as Potato Central so it makes sense that potatoes make an appearance as a side dish, but make no mistake, this sandwich is the main character in this love story.

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13. Illinois's Horseshoe Sandwich

Illinois has fallen in love with an open-faced sandwich referred to as the “Horseshoe.” The name of the sandwich comes from the original shape of the cut of the ham first used when this sandwich was created. The sandwich is made of toasted bread cut thickly and any type of meat of your preference. Although the toppings on this sandwich we think is what makes it so special.

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The Horseshoe is then topped with french fries and extra secret cheese sauce. With cheese and french fries in a sandwich, it can’t help, but capture everyone’s attention and heart as well.

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14. Indiana's Hoosier Sandwich

Indiana seems to give itself bragging rights when it comes to the best pork tenderloin in the country. I guess you’ll have to try it to know for sure, but these Indiana natives definitely put their money where their mouth is since how else would it become the most popular sandwich in the state? Nicknamed the Hoosier Sandwich after its residents for the simple fact that there once was a contractor in Indiana named Hoosier who favored hiring Indiana employees. These workers were then eventually named “Hoosier’s men”  which was a gateway to all Indianans eventually being known as “Hoosiers.”

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This sandwich is made of thinly pounded, breaded, and deep-fried tenderloin spilling out of its bun. Many add several dill pickles and a dollop of mustard but some favor the lettuce, and tomato approach.

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15. Iowa's Loose Meat Sandwich

Getting “loose” with your meat is popular in Iowa, but not for the reason you think. Iowa isn’t playing with their food but rather plating it in the best way possible with their most popular “Loose Meat Sandwich.” This sandwich is made with a bun filled with a mixture of ground beef, it’s unseasoned meat, but it’s still filled with flavor because of the sautéed and caramelized onions. Do not be confused with the “Sloppy Joe” because there is no tomato sauce here.

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Some Iowans also love to top their “Loose Meat” sandwich with pickles, mustard, and/or ketchup. If you go for a sandwich like this just make sure you have some extra napkins on hand. You’ll definitely need the extra support.

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16. Kansas's Runza VS. Burnt Ends Sandwich

Kansas’s “Runza” sandwich also known as “bierocks” are bun-shaped bread pocket filled with beef. This tasty sandwich doesn’t just stop at the beef but is also filled with sauerkraut, onions, and a lot of seasonings. This delicacy was inspired by German immigrants who came to the Midwest and brought their favorite cuisine with them, inspiring and transforming it into Kansas’s version known today.

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If you come to Kansas you also don’t want to miss their amazing barbecue and Kansas’s Burnt Ends Sandwich is also in the running for the most popular sandwich. The sandwich is called “Burnt Ends” because the ends of this sandwich are literally crispy end cuts of smoked brisket, chopped and tossed with barbeque sauce and lathered onto a bun or sliced bread of your choice.

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17. Kentucky's Hot Brown Sandwich

The Hot Brown has been around since 1926 and is still as popular as ever in Kentucky. We don’t see this sandwich slowing down any time soon. The original sandwich was invented in Louisville’s Brown Hotel hence the name. The sandwich is an open-faced one consisting of turkey and bacon with a cheesy Mornay sauce. Monrnay sauce also referred to as a Béchamel sauce, is basically a cheese sauce. This cheese sauce is usually made with a combination of Gruyère, Emmental, and White Cheddar.

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Then this sandwich is baked or broiled until the sauce begins to brown. We are noticing a recurring theme here. It looks like this sandwich can’t get any more brown than it already has. The edges of this sandwich are as crispy as the sandwich is brown.

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18. Louisiana's Po' boy

A po’boy sandwich is literally the definition of Louisiana. It is perhaps the most iconic sandwich you can find and most Louisianans would agree. This sandwich is made on French bread topped with either roast beef or fried seafood of your choice. A classic po’boy is usually found with the usual suspects, lettuce, pickles, tomatoes and some variations of mayonnaise, onions, and hot/regular mustard.

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Another treat competing with the po’boy sandwich is the Muffuletta, inspired by Sicilian ingredients. Central Grocery in New Orleans is legendary and was the inspiration behind this creation. It is known as a New Orleans classic made on a sesame seed Italian loaf with mixed cold cuts such as mortadella, ham, and salami, alongside some sharp provolone cheese, a dash of olive oil, and olive salad. Whatever sandwich you end up choosing just don’t forget to grab some beignets before you go from Cafe Du Monde.

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19. Maine's Lobster Roll

Lobster, lobster, and more lobster, if it isn’t Maine’s official motto, it should be. Maine is the largest lobster-producing region in the world. This makes Maine’s popular Lobster Roll sandwich one of the best. It makes sense that it is the sandwich of choice, the cold lobster meat in this sandwich is usually prepared with celery or scallion mixed with mayo, and tarragon on a typical New England-style hot dog roll.

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It is important to make sure your New England-style roll is buttered and grilled just right for the perfect bite. You’ll thank us later. This sandwich is especially popular in the summer to help keep you refreshed.

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20. Maryland's Crab-Cake Sandwich

If Maine’s got lobster covered, then Maryland has crabs. Maryland has the freshest crabs in the U.S.A., what were you thinking? This crab-cake sandwich is the ultimate go-to among Marylanders and it’ll be yours too if you make it out. The bun is buttered and the lettuce, onion, and tomatoes are added later. The crab-cakes for this sandwich are often prepared with blue crabmeat and panko bread crumbs.

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This type of Panko bread crumbs is usually blended with a combination of egg, mayonnaise, and delicate spices in order to not overshadow the crab’s distinct flavors. If you’re feeling zesty you can squeeze some lemon and tarter sauce too.

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21. Massachusetts's Fluffernutter

Massachusetts’s Fluffernutter is all things good about marshmallows and peanut butter. The only thing that could possibly go wrong is getting it all over your fingers but that’s an easy fix. Marshmallow Fluff dates back to 1917 and was created in the Massachusetts town of Somerville, so when we say this sandwich is a childhood delicacy of almost every MASS native, it really is.

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How to build your sandwich remains an art, first the white bread, then the peanut butter, and last but not least the fluff, or else things can get even messier than usual. If you don’t want to risk messing it up, just as a native, their families have been making it basically since the beginning. They were practically already born eating it.

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22. Michigan's Corned Beef Sandwich

Michigan is known for its corned beef sandwiches and we are a fan, and so are Michigan natives so it’s no surprise that this it ranks the most popular sandwich out of all the other sandwiches in this state. The classic and known Oswald’s Mile High sandwich is made with rye bread cooked to prime textured corned beef and yellow mustard.

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Michigan’s ham sandwich which is quite possibly equally popular, holds great similarities to its corned beef cousin. This ham sandwich is historical to the Detroit area. Once upon a time blue-collared automobile factory laborers ventured into lunch spots all the time and ordered a classic glazed and house-baked ham sandwich on a poppy roll with all the toppings, pickles, and mustard included.

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23. Minnesota's Walleye Sandwich

When you think of Minnesota’s most popular and iconic sandwich you may just think of the “Jucy Lucy,” a burger cooked with cheese on the inside and you wouldn’t be wrong, well technically. We are here to tell you that there is another beloved sandwich that you cannot miss. Minnesota is nothing without the Walleye Sandwich.

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The beloved state fish of Minnesota happens to be the walleye and it does not disappoint. This sandwich breads and frys the walleye and serves it on a soft roll with onion, lettuce, and tomato smeared with some tangy sauce.

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24. Mississippi's Pig Ear Sandwich

Mississippi’s pig ear sandwich is one for the books. This sandwich is a staple in Jackson and with good reason too. Two pig ears served on a mini-sized bun with good ol’ southern-style coleslaw, hot sauce, and mustard, we are ready for you.

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If you’re already in Mississippi then you can’t forget their Shrimp Po’ Boys as well. Although this sandwich is iconic New Orleans, Mississippi is giving them a run for their money. Found all throughout Mississippi battered and tossed in spicy garlic sauce, these shrimps are to die for. Why choose when you can have both? We vow that no Po’ Boys get left behind, do you agree?

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25. Missouri's Hot Salami Sandwich

Missouri’s Hot Salami Sandwich is the sandwich to beat in this state. It is simple but the perfect balance to everything you love about a sandwich, they aren’t shy about the salami slices on this sandwich in addition to the cheese, lettuce, and tomato. When you try it, you’ll understand.

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We can’t mention Missouri without giving proper recognition to another popular classic, the Gerber. This famous sandwich is an open one on top of French bread. This is yet another simple sandwich but when simple is done right it becomes extraordinary. It is a sandwich with all your favorites, ham, Provolone, garlic butter, and some paprika seasoning. Why it’s called the Gerber? we’ll tell you, the Gerber was originally invented in St. Louis’ Ruma’s Deli, it was named after the owner’s neighbor, his last name being no other than “Gerber.” It must have been one hell of a neighbor to have a sandwich named after him. We tip our hats to you Gerber, the sandwich too.

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26. Montana's PB&J with huckleberry jam

Montana is famous for its fresh and abundant huckleberries so huckleberries making an appearance in their most popular sandwich just makes sense. Huckleberries and Montana go together like peanut butter and jelly, pun intended. This state’s most iconic sandwich is quite famously huckleberry jam and peanut butter, think of it as an elevated PB&J sandwich.

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When you are in the state don’t forget to check out another famous Montana sandwich, the pork chop sandwich. In this state, their pork sirloin is breaded, battered, and deep-fried with mustard pickles and more. We expect nothing less from Montana.

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27. Nebraska's Reuben Sandwich

Nebraska has the undisputable Ruben Sandwich. One can’t argue with its corned beef filling, it’s what other corn beef sandwiches strive to become. This sandwich has become especially popular on Irish-themed menus during St. Patrick’s Day. The Ruben is the best balance of corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and a thousand-island dressing. Fun fact, this sandwich was created in Omaha as an after-poker game snack.

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You can find this sandwich served on rye bread alongside french fries or some juicy dill pickles.

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28. Nevada's Patty Melt

Think of a tuna melt but better. Las Vegas, Nevada was the birthplace of the patty melt. It all started in the Golden Gate Hotel and Casino and the rest is history. Think of the grilled cheese sandwich we all know and love but with a burger patty and grilled onions added to the mix. You can choose the cheese, you can’t do wrong.

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If we are already speaking about burgers it’s worth mentioning the famous Las Vegas restaurant Heart Attack Grill known for tipping the scales, literally with calories that your scale’s nightmares are made of, but it is quite famous. Visit if you dare, some burgers contain 5 burgers.

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29. New Hampshire's Monte Cristo

Americans love their breakfast foods so it makes perfect sense that New Hampshire is obsessed with their Monte Cristo sandwich. New Hampshire is extremely proud of their syrup and so any excuse to pour some they are already on it, their Monte Cristo sandwich is no exception. This sandwich is made up of fried ham and cheese, another American classic, with a drizzle of good old-fashioned maple to taste.

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We also can’t forget about New Hampshire’s roast beef sandwiches, they have become somewhat of a go-to staple over the years.

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30. New Jersey's Italian Hoagie

New Jersey loves their Italians so their most popular Italian sandwich seems to be in sync. Thin slices of soppressata, mortadella, and additional cold cuts are embedded in between slices of provolone and mozzarella. Add some tomatoes, lettuce, onions, and peppers and it has the makings of an authentic New Jersey Hoagie.

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We mentioned that Americans love their breakfast foods so we can’t proceed without also mentioning New Jersey’s favorite breakfast sandwich. This sandwich is also a favorite with some thick ham and eggs on a classic bagel of your choice.

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31. New Mexico's Green Chile Cheeseburger

New Mexico’s Green Chile Cheeseburger is the burger we all know and love but better. Minced green chiles are their signature condiment, the more the merrier, these chiles paired with melted American cheese will have you begging to come back even before you’ve left.

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You’ve been warned though, these spicy and flavorful chiles are not for the faint of heart. If you can’t take the heat stay out of a New Mexico kitchen.

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32. New York's Pastrami on Rye

You can’t go to New York without taking a bite of one of the most popular and easily recognizable sandwiches of the state, the iconic pastrami on rye. This sandwich is a celebrity in its own right and has cemented itself in New York culture and pop culture alike. This sandwich appears in classic film scenes such as ‘When Harry Meets Sally” and at establishments like Katz’s Delicatessen, places that have been with New York since the beginning, literally. It’s the oldest deli in NYC and hey’ve been making this sandwich for three decades and counting.

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Katz’s opened its doors in 1888 so that’s saying a lot. Many would consider it to be the most famous in the country, their pastrami on rye is at least as famous as they are that’s for sure. Celebrities and politicians from all over come to New York for the real local NYC experience and it is undoubtedly filled with pastrami on rye to the brim. Good thing there is lots of walking to be had.

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33. North Carolina's Pulled Pork Sandwich

North Carolina’s most famous sandwich is the pulled pork sandwich for the simple reason that they can’t get enough of that falling-off-the-bone meat, marinated in barbecue. How could anyone say no? This pork is slow-cooked and can be pulled or chopped, it’s all about your personal preference. The real secret is in the sauce though, it keeps you hooked even after you’ve taken that last bite. The sauce is made of vinegar and pepper as opposed to the more common sweet sauces in other parts of the nation.

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The tanginess of the sauce in this sandwich is what makes it stand out among many meats and a timeless classic among the trends with a time stamp.

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34. North Dakota's Sloppy Joe

North Dakotans don’t call it a “sloppy Joe” for no reason. Saying that North Dakotans aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty would be an understatement with this sandwich. Most Midwestern folks have encountered at least several sloppy joes over the years but when it comes to North Dakota they do it with their own special twist. Also known as “slush burgers” they have their own unique ground beef and onions, tomato mix that makes it a different experience than you’ve ever had.

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Another popular sandwich worth mentioning here is Scandinavian-inspired because this state has a large Scandinavian population that can’t go unnoticed. This feast for the eyes is called a Smørbrød, good luck trying to pronounce it if you haven’t heard of it before. It is traditionally served open-faced and made most commonly with rye bread, roast beef, smoked salmon, butter, lettuce, cheese, honey mustard, cucumber, hard-boiled eggs, and pickled herring.

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35. Ohio's Polish Boy

Ohio’s Polish boy is THE sandwich. Some may think it’s a strange sandwich but we are here to tell you otherwise. The sandwich is made up of sausage covered in excess french fries, BBQ sauce, hot sauce, and coleslaw. The sandwich is native to Cleveland and has a kielbasa link that takes front and center in this bun.

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Some additional famous Ohio dishes worth mentioning are Cincinnati Chili and Cleveland-style Pizza. Make sure you try at least all three while you’re there.

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36. Oklahoma's Chicken Fried Steak Sandwich

It doesn’t get more real than chicken-fried steak and if Oklahoma does something right it’s this Southern food favorite. This sandwich consists of a thick steak cutlet covered in seasoned flour and fried. Oklahomans love topping this sandwich is gravy and adding a bun.

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For the toppings you have room to play around but we recommend anything that doesn’t take away from this gravy, you may just want to put double the amount and call it a day.

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37. Oregon's Fried Chicken Biscuit Sandwich

Fried Chicken strikes again in Oregon but no one does fried chicken quite like this, fried chicken inside a buttered homemade biscuit is something you can’t come back from after you’ve tried it. This sandwich will change the way you look and eat chicken.

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Nicknamed the Reggie Deluxe the original and recommended way to eat it is to add bacon, cheese, and thick gravy to the chicken, and an egg for extra texture.

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38. Pennsylvania's Cheesesteak

The Philly Cheesesteak has become synonymous with Pennsylvania and there are no complaints. Not only is it a state favorite, but it is also loved by many across the borders. Many states have tried to emulate this iconic sandwich but nothing beats getting it from its original maker. You had us at fried onions, but throw in the cheese and the thin-sliced beefsteak and we are in paradise.

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Some dedicated Cheesesteak lovers throw in some mushrooms, peppers, hot sauce, salt, pepper, or ketchup but it is also good as is. Either way you can’t have a bad day with this one.

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39. Rhode Island's Dynamite Sandwich

With a name like Dynamite, you know it’s going to be Dynamite. Not the name of a child celebrity but rather an iconic Rhode Island sandwich. Unlike the other states on this list’s similar variations to a “Sloppy Joe,” this is the king of “Sloppy Joe” burgers.  A Rhode Island “Sloppy Joe” has onions, bell peppers, and celery, but it may be spicy so keep a drink within arms reach.

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Rhode Island also favors their hot wieners sandwiches, not to be confused with a regular hotdog. This local favorite is a combined beef, pork, veal, and spices wiener dog served in a steamed bun alongside a meat sauce, mustard, onions, and celery salt. Have you tried it yet?

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40. South Carolina's Tuna Melt

South Carolina’s tuna melt is said to have been born in 1965 and has been a delicacy ever since. It is considered a Charleston classic. As the story goes this creation was invented by accident when a cook didn’t notice a bowl of tuna had made its way into the grilled cheese he was making at the Woolworth’s lunch counter where he worked. The ultimate grilled cheese tuna melt has a perfect butter-to-bread ratio and one scoop of tuna salad on one side with cheddar cheese on the other.

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The ultimate grilled cheese tuna melt has a perfect butter-to-bread ratio and one scoop of tuna salad on one side with cheddar cheese on the other. You must optimize the griddle or skillet heat you’re cooking on to medium heat for that perfect crispy golden brown distribution on both sides of the bread. This is also a time-sensitive flip, so you need to pay more attention than that cook, but I guess some of the best creations were accidents. The tuna melt is living proof, just don’t burn it.

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41. South Dakota Hot Beef Sandwich

South Dakota’s Hot Beef Sandwich isn’t anything fancy but it has captured the hearts of many. Sometimes all you need is some white bread and beef for a good time, but make sure you don’t forget to add the brown gravy and an ice-cream scoop-sized portion of mashed potatoes on top to do this sandwich justice.

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More popular foods worth noting in South Dakota are their love of Indian fry bread, buffalo burgers, and mocha cakes. For South Dakota, there is nothing better than eating your favorite foods with your favorite people.

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42. Tennessee's Hot Chicken Sandwich

A hot chicken sandwich from Tennessee, yes, please! Many spots in Nashville have their own variation of this iconic sandwich and you’ll want to try all of them, so pack your sweatpants. A hot piece of fried chicken is generously placed on a slice of white bread and decorated with extra pickles in order to balance out the heat of this sandwich. Your tongue is sure to get tingly from the first bite.

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Additionally, it is interesting to note Tennessee has its own version of the Fluffernutter. Marshmallow fluff and peanut butter, if it’s good enough for Elvis Presley it’s good enough for us. Elvis Presley made his sandwich with peanut butter, banana, and bacon and it has become a staple here too. It’s savory, salty, and most importantly dangerously addictive. It may just give Massachusetts locals some competition for the title of fluffiest Fluffernutter.

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43. Texas's Chopped Brisket Sandwich

Go big or go home, because everything is bigger and better in Texas, their Chopped Brisket Sandwich is no exception. The Lonestar state doesn’t stray away from what is simply good and filling, barbecued beef. The traditional sliced brisket is also great but this newer rendition of an otherwise classic sandwich has been taking Texas by storm. The bonus is that you can even continue to customize it by adding your favorite toppings like onion and relish.

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The national dish of Texas is barbecue brisket and they are sure as hell proud of it. The only thing left to do is come on by, say “Howdy” and share a sandwich. On second thought you’ll probably want your own sandwich anyways.

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44. Utah's A Pastrami Burger

New Yorkers love their pastrami on rye but have you ever had a pastrami burger from Utah? Utah takes pastrami to a whole new level putting a quarter-pound of thin-sliced pastrami in between two buns. This creation originated at Crown Burgers in Salt Lake City and has an excess amount of Thousand Island-style sauce.

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Add your tomatoes, shaved lettuce, and onions and you’ll never eat a burger the same way again.

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45. Vermont's The Vermonter

Perhaps what makes a sandwich as good as it is is the fact that it has fresh ingredients. The fresh ingredients in a sandwich are what make a sandwich as great as it is. The freshness takes a sandwich from good to great and that is exactly why Vermont utilizes local ingredients in their sandwich. Turkey, ham, Vermont cheddar cheese, green apples, and honey mustard are what makes “The Vermonter” what it is.

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The combination of this sweet and salty sandwich is award-winning if you didn’t realize it already. Adding maple syrup to the pieces of turkey or ham alongside the Vermont cheddar creates a balance of flavors for the senses that pairs with the apple and mustard perfectly. It is certainly a show stopper.

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46. Virginia's Grilled Ham and Cheese

If the question is, Grilled Ham and Cheese, the answer is always yes, especially if it is from Virginia. Nothing is classier than this sandwich and if you’ve tried it before then you know why. Excellent cheeses and succulent ham are something that Virginia is known for and their country ham is produced in-state. It’s a good thing too because it is a local favorite.

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The Country Ham Sandwich is also not far behind as a local favorite. If you end up picking this sandwich a recommendation from locals is to eat it on either a roll of plain white bread with some mayonnaise to balance the saltiness. You could virtually add any additional toppings you like.

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47. Washington's Banh Mi

If you’re a fan of Vietnamese food then this sandwich is the one for you. Seattle, Washington has an especially large Vietnamese community and they have definitely made their mark on what has become one of the most popular sandwiches in the state. The plus side is that this sandwich is as inexpensive as it is tasty and it is incredibly tasty. Now you can enjoy it without breaking the bank. It is traditionally made with pate, crunchy vegetable coleslaw, fish sauce, cilantro, and slices of jalapeño pepper to your liking.

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Even if you usually don’t like cilantro, this is the time to give it a chance because the flavors in this are not negotiable. The sandwich is usually found on a baguette and the meat of choice is pork belly as well as additional variations of pork, grilled and otherwise.

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48. West Virginia's Apple and Turkey Sandwich

West Virginia’s Golden apples are something you don’t want to miss and since it is featured in their most popular sandwich, the Apple and Turkey Sandwich, then it is the one to meet. Cheese and apples sounds like it could be an acquired taste but don’t knock it until you’ve tried it, especially the West Virginia way.

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Add some lettuce for freshness and mustard for a kick and your lunch is good to go. You may like it so much that you’ll have it as a snack too.

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49. Wisconsin's Grilled Cheese

Wisconsin is famously known as the land of the cheese and their Grilled Cheese is the mecca of grilled cheeses. If you’re going to have a grilled cheese somewhere then this is definitely the place. If you want it sharper or gooeier than the cheese is up to you but you can’t go wrong with the locally made cheese selection that you have here. If you want a local recommendation, then mixing different types of cheeses is the way to do it. There is even an annual grilled cheese championship if you’re feeling competitive.

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The Midwest also has a large German population so it is important to note some additional iconic sandwiches that make a reoccurring appearance on all the locals alike. We have here the sausage roll and the sausage biscuit sandwich. Sausages topped with mustard, sauerkraut is already a winner but once you add that famous Wisconsin cheese curds then you’ve really done Wisconsin justice.

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50. Wyoming's Bison Meatball Sandwich

Wyoming is famous for its buffalo so it is no surprise that their most popular sandwich is a bison meatball sandwich. It’s the most famous meat after all.

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In the same breath, trout is also in Wyoming’s DNA, with top fly fishing an activity that is one of the best to do here. It is a fish caught locally so being on the lookout for a good trout sandwich in this state is something to remember. It’s a great sandwich and if you’ve had enough of bison, this one is equally as good. Bon Appétit!

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