Ingredients: Genoa salami, Manchego cheese, cornichon mayonnaise and greens with balsamic dressing.
Creator: Thomas Ferraro
Description: All of Breadlam's sandwiches are built on the idea that simple but high-quality ingredients make for a good creation. This is sandwich is a great example of that. A particular highlight is the house-made cornichon mayonnaise.
Long Beach, Calif.
Ingredients: Grilled broccolini, Swiss cheese and sauerkraut on rye bread.
Creator: Phillip Pretty
Description: This meatless version of a classic Reuben is a staff favorite at Heritage, a zero-waste, no-modifications restaurant. The broccolini is char-grilled and tossed in pastrami spices before being layered on toasted rye bread with house-made sauerkraut and Swiss cheese.
Candied bacon tomato grilled cheese
Daddy Mac’s Down Home
Ingredients: Candied bacon, basil, tomatoes and cheddar and pepper Jack cheeses griddled between sourdough
Creator: Scott Linquist and David McFarland
Description: Cheese melted on the outside as well as inside is a strong selling point of this sandwich, which combines elements of a caprese salad and a BLT as well as grilled cheese.
Chicken club croissant
District South Kitchen & Craft
Ingredients: Grilled chicken, guava jam, goat cheese, bacon, arugula and tomato on a toasted croissant
Creator: Cody Tiner
Description: It’s challenging to get a chicken sandwich to stand out, but this one does with the inclusion of guava jam and goat cheese. Combine that with bacon and put it on a flaky croissant and you have a harmonious yet dynamic combination of flavors and textures.
Ingredients: Jack & Cotija cheese, barbacoa braised beef, house-made chimichurri and pickled red onion on toast
Creator: Megan Yarmuth
Description: Restraint is the key to this reasonably priced and reasonably sized sandwich that gets a flavor boost from the chimichurri being included rather than served on the side.
Indiana pork tenderloin
Ingredients: Crispy pork, pickled red onion, arugula, tomato and garlic aïoli on a potato bun
Creator: Kevin Curley
Description: Pork tenderloin pounded flat, breaded with panko and fried is topped with pickled red onion, tomato and garlic aïoli and served on a locally baked potato bun for a refreshing take on a classic pork sando.
Chicken and waffles
Oklahoma City, Okla.
Ingredients: Crispy buttermilk tenders, tabasco honey and crispy leeks.
Creator: Ian Manera
Description: The crispy leeks are the standout characteristic of this sandwich, which has been a staple at Waffle Champion for close to a decade now. In fact, the owners say this sandwich, for which every ingredient is made in-house daily, is one reason why the shop has continued to have lines wrapped around the building. It has also been the flagship of the restaurant’s online and delivery program, which began with the onset of the pandemic.
Hash grilled cheese
Ingredients: Sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts , asparagus and radish with white cheddar cheese and spicy aïoli on multigrain toast
Creators: Twin sisters Lisa and Lindsey Rusch
Description: Starting with a hash of sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, asparagus and radish all cooked in olive oil, this sandwich then has a spicy aïoli and sharp white cheddar cheese, melted and then griddled for gooeyness, crunch and what its fans call a “flavor symphony.”
Havana 1957 Cuban Cuisine
Miami Beach, Fla
Ingredients: Roasted picanha beef, cream cheese chimichurri sauce, guacamole and roasted tomatoes pressed in Cuban bread topped with butter
Creator: Yunior Perez
Description: The picanha is the juicy cap of meat on a beef sirloin that is a popular cut in churrasco cooking. Here it’s used as the heart of this handsome and hearty sandwich, where it’s paired with its natural condiment, chimichurri, but enhanced with cream cheese as well as guacamole. Roasted tomatoes round out this South Florida Cubano-style sandwich that reflects flavors from different parts of Latin America.
Ingredients: Roasted and shaved suckling pig, mustard greens, grilled onion, salsa verde and provolone cheese on wood-fired bread
Creator: Amy Brandwein
Amy Brandwein’s approach to cooking has long been to tweak classics, which she does here with a traditional porchetta preparation dressed with spicy mustard greens, savory grilled onion, tangy salsa verde and melted provolone on house-made bread that has made this sandwich a staple since Piccolina DC opened in summer of 2019.
Ingredients: Pork carnitas, avocado, pickled red onion and refried beans on a telera roll “drowned” in spicy tomato sauce
Creator: Ryan Manning
This staple in Guadalajara, Mexico, is rarely seen in the U.S., but the combination of avocado with pickled onion, contrasting with the robust flavor of the carnitas, makes for an unforgettable experience, all enhanced by the spicy sauce and added creaminess from the refried beans.
Ingredients: Capicola, prosciutto, salami, olives, fresh mozzarella, marinated wild mushrooms, basil, oregano, thyme and Parmesan cheese on an 8-inch sub roll
Creator: Andrew Gruel
Description: This antipasto platter between bread transforms a traditional shared-plate tradition from Italy and makes it a convenient grab-and-go item while also pushing all the right flavor buttons.