According to an article from Reader's Digest and Taste of Home, the sandwiches below are the favorites in each state. In other words, these are the best sandwiches in the west!
You'd think it would be an avocado and kale sandwich, but in fact, Californians love a good French Dip. Who can blame them? With roast-beef stacked between two beautiful baguette slices, and a generous cup of au jus for dunking.
One note for the kitchen: please put the horseradish on the side, as palettes - and condiments - differ. This is my comfort food, and I'll decide how damn 🔥 hot 🔥 I want it!
Contrary to popular belief, Idahoans do not eat potatoes for every meal. Apparently they love a good peanut-butter and jelly sandwich. Make that a peanut-butter and Huckleberry jam sandwich!
We get it. Especially if we're talking north Idaho. Folks in the northwest love picking buckets full of Huckleberries for all manner of consumption: pies, milkshakes, and even beer.
For maximum Idaho-ness, build your PB & Huckleberry J sandwich on potato bread. Then let us know how it tastes, because nobody does this.
Oregon's favorite sandwich may surprise you. It looks like something Californians would eat! Of course, much of Oregon feels like a cooler version of California. By that I don't mean hipper, I mean about twenty to thirty degrees cooler.
Anyway, Portland has a large Vietnamese community, and our next sandwich originates from Vietnam (formerly French Indochina). The reason for all this exposition is that the sandwich is the very French sounding Banh Mi.
Grab a French baguette, and load it with chicken, steak, pork - whatever your protein kink is.
Top it with carrots, cucumber, cilantro, and viola! You've made yourself a Bahn mi sandwich.
Its so good, soon you'll be saying, "I want my Banh mi, mommy!" Or maybe not.
One note for the kitchen: may I substitute zucchini for the cucumber? Because I'm only eating that if it's battered and fried.
Salmon is a big deal in Washington. We have statues that feature salmon, freeway overpasses with salmon designs, our governor is a salmon (obscure conspiracy theory that I just made up).
Why all the fuss about a fish? Salmon is a staple that dates back to Native Americans hunting and gathering for their tribes. So it makes sense that a smoked salmon on wheat sandwich would be in lunch rotation for many Washingtonians.
As for me, I'll be enjoying that French dip. Or the PB&HJ. Or a French dip with peanut-butter on it! Is that a thing? Why can't that be a thing?