ARIZONA: Frybread tacos
Also known as “Navajo tacos,” these are extremely popular in Arizona. The fried dough is topped with traditional taco fillings like meat, beans, and cheese.
ARKANSAS: A deep-fried catfish sandwich
Caught locally and tucked between two buttered buns, the deep-fried catfish sandwich is best paired with a side of fries and slaw.
CALIFORNIA: An avocado club sandwich
Though the famed French Dip came out of this sunny state, it’s best known for its avocados. Try one of California’s fresh avocado club sandwiches to see why.
COLORADO: A Denver sandwich
You’ve heard of the Denver omelet, but have you heard of the Denver sandwich? It’s a traditional Denver omelet filled with diced ham, onions, and green bell peppers, and then stuck between pieces of toast. Extra points if you add ham and hash browns.
CONNECTICUT: A Connecticut hamburger
Connecticut is known for its non-traditional hamburgers, which are served on white toast with a choice of onion, tomato, or cheese, but no condiments. Try one at Louis’ Lunch in New Haven.
DELAWARE: A soft-shell fried crab sandwich
Anyone visiting this fishing Mecca should try a soft-shell fried crab sandwich topped with coleslaw and leafy greens.
FLORIDA: A Cuban sandwich
The sunshine state is known for its Cuban sandwich with generous portions of ham, roasted pork, Swiss cheese, pickles, and mustard, all on two slices of Cuban bread.
GEORGIA: A fried-chicken sandwich
Those visiting Georgia — the original home of Chick-fil-A — should partake in a classic fried-chicken sandwich with lettuce, tomato, and spicy mayo.
HAWAII: A Kālua-style pork sandwich
Kālua-style pork is common fare at most luaus, but the slow-roasted and shredded meat is also amazing on sandwiches. Try yours with pineapple coleslaw for an extra Hawaiian punch.
IDAHO: The “Meat Your Maker” sandwich
The Best Sandwich Shack in Idaho really lives up to its name. Locals swear by the “Meat Your Maker” — a combo of steak, Italian sausage, bacon, and more.
ILLINOIS: A Horseshoe sandwich
Illinois is known for an open-faced sandwich called the Horseshoe, made with thick-sliced toasted bread, your choice of meat, and topped with french fries and a secret cheese sauce.
INDIANA: A Hoosier sandwich
Indiana claims to have the best pork tenderloin in the nation. Put it to the test by tasting a Hoosier sandwich, or a breaded tenderloin on bread. Purists insist on trying it with only a few dill pickles and some mustard, but you can also get it with lettuce, tomato, and other fixings.
IOWA: A Tavern or “loose meat” sandwich
This state is home to the tavern or “loose meat” sandwich. It’s made with unseasoned ground beef, sauteed onions, and sometimes topped with pickles, ketchup, or mustard on a bun.
KANSAS: “Runza” or “bierocks”
“Runza” or “bierocks” are a bun-shaped bread pocket filled with beef, cabbage or sauerkraut, onions, and seasonings. The recipe was spread by German immigrants to the Midwest.
LOUISIANA: A po’ boy
The po’ boy sandwich is one of Louisiana’s most iconic eats. The classic sub is made with French bread and roast beef or fried seafood. A “dressed” po’ boy has lettuce, tomato, pickles, and mayonnaise with optional onions and hot or regular mustard.
MAINE: A lobster roll
What else would you order in Maine but a classic lobster roll? Served on a lightly grilled bun and filled with steamed and buttered lobster, these sandwiches taste like summer.
MISSOURI: A Gerber sandwich
Feast on Missouri’s famous Gerber, an open-faced sandwich with French bread, garlic butter, ham, Provolone, and paprika, and then perfectly toasted.
NORTH DAKOTA: Smørbrød
This state’s huge Scandinavian population love their Smørbrød, a classic open-faced sandwich commonly made with rye bread, roast beef, Gravlax (a type of salmon), butter, lettuce, Jarlsberg cheese, pickled herring, hard-boiled eggs, honey mustard, or cucumber.
PENNSYLVANIA: A Philly cheesesteak
The state’s most famous food by far is the classic Philly cheesesteak. Thinly cut steak handsomely topped with cheese on a roll is delicious by itself, but don’t be afraid to add sautéed onions, peppers, mushrooms, mayonnaise, hot sauce, salt, pepper, or ketchup.
TENNESSEE: A Fluffernutter
Sink your teeth into Elvis Presley’s favorite sandwich, made with peanut butter, banana, and bacon. Just be careful — the mix of salty, sweet, and savory is highly addictive.
WASHINGTON, DC: A chili half-smoke
Stop into Ben’s Chili Bowl and order a chili half-smoke, a half pork, half beef smoked sausage served on a warm steamed bun with mustard, onions, and spicy homemade chili sauce.