Top sandwich shops: Travelers pick their favorites

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  1. sobore
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    http://www.app.com/usatoday/article/57171272?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|Living|s

    Frequent business traveler Kathryn Alice wishes that someone would develop an app pointing out the country's best sandwich shops.

    "Sandwiches are quick and portable, and I am often on the hurry, needing to eat en route," says Alice, a Los Angeles-based author and speaker.

    Alice and many other business travelers often want a quick bite on the road or tasty food to bring on a plane. But they frequently don't know where to find a quality sandwich and instead settle for fast food.

    USA TODAY asked food guidebook publisher Zagat to identify the nation's top sandwich shops. It also asked its panel of USA TODAY Road Warriors — some of the world's most frequent travelers — for their favorites.

    Zagat gives its highest food scores — 28 on a 30-point scale — to Chicago's Fontano's Subs and Seattle's Paseo.

    Fontano's Subs on East Jackson Boulevard has terrific bread and deli meats for "awesome" subs, Zagat and its reviewers say: "You know it's good, because all the cops eat here."
    Paseo on Seattle's Seaview Avenue offers "magnificent, messy Cuban sandwiches stuffed with pork that melts in your mouth, practically inspiring poetry," Zagat says.

    Read More: http://www.app.com/usatoday/article/57171272?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|Living|s
     
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    Some delicious choices here!:)
     
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    I think it's also to look for places that are not national chains - some more localized chains or just local shops can be excellent!

    :)
     
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    I am surprised that you would recommend that the fine folks on this board should eat at La Carreta. There are far better places in MIA to get a good Cuban sandwich.
     
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    I hope you get to enjoy all of them on your journeys.
     
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    I mention La Carreta because there is one at MIA, because it is iconic. Frankly I am not a fan of Cuban sandwiches. The other places on that list that i know are not the ones I think are best, they're the ones that are iconic in their areas IMO. Thus my comments. That said, Katz's is the best there is in the whole wide world in my most arrogant opinion. That may be a product of having consumed their products for many too many years.:eek: OTOH, you as a Miamian might not know about Katz's:rolleyes:
    Embarrassing admission:Long ago I did like lechon assado at La Carreta, the original one on SW 8th St. I admit that. I no longer consume such things.
     
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    Hi Everyone,

    Here's a combined list of suggestions from here and FT:

    Ann Arbor, MIZingermans - http://www.zingermansdeli.com

    Boston
    Finagle A Bagel - http://www.finagleabagel.com/

    Chicago
    Berghoff Cafe (ORD) - http://http://www.theberghoff.com/

    Columbus, OH
    Katzinger's - http://katzingers.com/

    Copenhagen
    Ida Davidsen - http://www.idadavidsen.dk/en-gb/cms/Welcome

    Ghoulson/Elm Mott, Texas
    Cafe Homestead

    London
    Cafe in the Park - Russell Square
    Pret A Manger - UK: http://http://www.pret.com/; USA: http://www.pret.com/us/

    Los Angeles/Southern California
    Art's Deli (in the Valley) - http://www.artsdeli.com/

    Miami
    La Sandwicherie - http://www.lasandwicherie.com/
    La Carreta - http://www.lacarreta.com

    NYC
    Katz's - http://katzsdelicatessen.com/
    Lenny's - http://www.lennysnyc.com/main.asp
    Potbelly - http://www.potbelly.com/
    Toasties - http://www.toastiesnyc.com/

    SFO/Bay Area
    Erik's Deli Cafe - http://www.eriksdelicafe.com/

    Paris
    Paul - France: http://www.paul.fr/; UK: http://www.paul-uk.com/; USA: http://www.paul-usa.com/

    Williamsburg, VA
    The Cheese Shop - http://www.cheeseshopwilliamsburg.com/
     
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    You know, I'd pay good money for an app of gluten-free sandwich shops.
     
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    Well, you do not have to like others' opinions...I just put together the list because everyone has their preferences, which may be useful to others. The discussion was not on what shops are original to particular places - I frequen NYC, not Chicago, so IME, I have Potbelly in NY. :rolleyes:
     
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    No arguments, only opinions, I agree. I was expressing mine, with which i do not expect others to agree. After all I'd put Hillstone (formerly Houston's) Coral Gables, FL veggie burger on this list if were 100% mine. I'd not suggest that to most hardened carnivores, though. For them I'd suggest a destination trip to Katz's, for example. For the record, I am a fan of Potbelly's.
     
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    I would have to take Carnegie Deli over Katz'. I was quite disappointed with their pastrami when I went there.
     
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    Living in Los Angeles for many years and growing up eating Jewish Deli food, I would delete Art's Deli and replace with Brent's in the valley. Brents has been rated top by Zagat and others for many years now.

    If in Beverly Hills, I would have to go with Nate and Al's.

    They are both fantastic deli's.
     
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    I have to leave this forum. I am getting way too hungry now.
     
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    Carnegie Deli is where to go when your girlfriend studies at the Art Student's League while you're begging her to marry you. She did, so I'll always have a soft spot for the place. Also, if Katz's is too skimpy, the Carnegie Deli will solve the food deficiency. Not only that but the Carnegie Deli serves an incredible breakfast.
     
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    Mind expounding upon the "incredible breakfast?" I never would want to eat that much meat in a serving, but that may also be because I'm too busy chomping down the full-sours...
     
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    back to the forum after woofing down a couple of hot dogs. I forgot to mention Primanti Bros. in Pittsburgh. Great sandwiches and really filling.
     
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    Breakfast there is all the typical NYC luncheonette fare but in portions twice the size and fairly high quality too. They have the
    Menu here:
    http://www.carnegiedeli.com/menu.php#pg2

    It looks typical but the presentation is Carnegie-style, just like the rest of the menu.
     
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    What about Johnnies Hot Italian Beef in Chicago on Rick Bayless sandwich shop in ORD..Tortas Frontera!
     
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    I've enjoyed reading all the great and passionate suggestions that everyone gave and I agree with many that were mentioned. However, I noticed that The Vietnamese Sandwich, Banh Mi didn't seem to have much traction in the overall discussion, which I am a bit surprised due to the fact that, in my humble opinion, it's a simple and delicious blend of East meets West.

    So, if you're ever in Houston and want a great Banh Mi sandwich, don't hesitate to visit “Les Givral's Sandwich & Café” on Milam St in Midtown Houston. You will not be disappointed.;)
     
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    No Langer's? I love Brent's also. Nate and Al's (closest to me) doesn't do it for me. Too much schtick.
     
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    Langers is close to my office and convenient, but I think the quality is not the same as it used to be.
     
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    Johnnies is a great addition to the list.
     
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    And there are far better Cuban sandwich shops in Tampa than you could ever find in Miami.

    Back to the list i am very surprised that the Batali family owned shop in Seatlle, Salumis didnt make the list.
     
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