9 Best Sandwiches from Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
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Steak Hogie — Sonny's Famous Steak Hogies (Hollywood, Fla.)
Sonny's goes through between 30 and 50 dozen loaves of their homemade bread every day, so there's no sandwich shortage here. The Steak Hogie is the one they're famous for — boneless rib eye, onions, butter and provolone cheese.
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The Toasted Slaw #19 — Refuge (San Carlos, Calif.)
Brined for a week and then smoked, the pastrami is as tender as it gets. The chef then dips it in a "lacquer" of its own drippings and piles it on rye with coleslaw, Russian dressing and Swiss.
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Leg of Lamb Sandwich — Smack Shack at The 1029 Bar (Minneapolis)
After the food truck version of this local favorite reached capacity, the owner looked to The 1029 Bar for help. Known for lobster, they switch things up with their Leg of Lamb Sandwich, which includes harissa, fennel seed slaw and saffron aioli.
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Duck French Dip — Beer Belly (Los Angeles)
Beer Bellly was originally all about the beer, but Chef Wes Lieberher helped to change things up by offering five-star food alongside the brew. Fried duck-skin horseradish gives the Duck French Dip a little bite, along with some shredded provolone and house-pickled shallots.
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Arepa Pabellón — Pica Pica Arepa Kitchen (San Francisco)
Venezuelan food is in the spotlight here, including the Arepa Pabellón — a corn pocket stuffed with shredded beef. Along with the chuck, the arepa gets a dose of the homemade pabellon sauce, black bean paste, sweet plantains and queso fresco.
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The Peacemaker — Mahony's Po-Boy Shop (New Orleans)
Recommended by local celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse, Mahony's is doing the po' boy 22 different ways. The Peacemaker includes fried oysters, bacon and cheddar. The name comes from the idea that any fight can be solved with a few bites.
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Parmageddon — Melt Bar and Grilled (Lakewood, Ohio)
The chef here believes that anything can be put in between cheese and bread to become a grilled cheese. The Parmageddon — named after Parma, the area's Polish neighborhood — is stuffed with pierogi, onions, cabbage and sharp cheddar cheese.
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The Knuckle Sandwich — Noble Pig Sandwiches (Austin, Texas)
From the bread to the meat to the mustard, almost everything on the Knuckle Sandwich is homemade. Beef knuckle gets a rub and then is slow-roasted for over an hour before getting piled high with caramelized onions, cheddar cheese and horseradish sauce.
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The Bat — The Stockyards Smokehouse and Larder (Toronto)
You'll have to travel north for this twisted sandwich, but Guy agrees that it's worth the trip. The Bat has freshly smoked thick-cut bacon, arugula and fried green tomatoes with lemon creme fraiche.
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