The Earl of Sandwich may take all the credit for this genius food’s name, but people have been putting ingredients between bread since the earliest recognizable sandwich in 110 BC (bitter herbs between two pieces of matzo). Now almost half of all Americans eat a sandwich every single day—and there’s no shortage of options to choose from. Nearly every country and region has its own take on this classic. Cubans are famous for taking a ham and cheese sandwich to new heights by combining ham, roast pork, Swiss cheese, pickles and mustard and pressing it between two slices of Cuban bread to create a crispy, melty meal that will make your mouth water. New Yorkers love a hot pastrami on rye with a slathering of mustard, while New Englanders opt for a luxe lobster roll in the summertime. F&W’s guide to sandwiches covers all your favorites, no matter where you’re from.
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Crispy Soft-Shell Crab Banh Mi with Tamarind Sauce
Tamarind crab is a classic Vietnamese dish—the tart sauce melds with fresh, sweet crab—but it can be a bit messy to eat. At Nen Restaurant in Da Nang, chef Summer Le simplifies things by switching to soft-shell crab (available year-round in Vietnam). We love it served on a baguette for a soft-shell crab banh mi.