The sandwich is a staple of American food culture. Who, exactly, created this ever adaptable food is up for debate (was it truly the famed Earl of Sandwich, or is there some truth to the origin story involving Ancient Roman street food?), but there’s no denying that the United States has fully embraced all things sandwich.
It’s easy to see why: The country is home to some of the most delicious versions of bread-filling-bread out there. And the US largely has its immigrant communities to thank for that.
Immigrants from France, Italy, Cuba, Germany, Spain, and elsewhere have all lended a hand in crafting the best sandwiches in the US. After all, every culture around the globe has its variations on the sandwich, from South Africa’s Gatsby to the Caribbean bokit and beyond. Sandwiches in the US got regional twists wherever people were making them.
These 10 region-specific sandwiches epitomize the melting pot mentality of the US and have since become as American as apple pie.