Our readers have already named the best iconic sandwiches in 40 U.S. states and Washington, D.C., and now we're down to the last 10 (see previous winners here, here and here). 10Best editors teamed up with Sandwich America and The Food Channel to nominate up to 20 sandwich shops and restaurants in each state, and now we need your help picking the winners.
Click on each category below to vote for your favorites, and remember, you can vote once per day for each state's sandwich.
Best Buffalo Burger in Colorado
The open plains of Colorado are dotted with herds of American bison, commonly known as American buffalo. With meat leaner than beef, buffalo has become a popular alternative on burger menus across the state.
Best Grinder in Rhode Island
What might be known as a sub, hoagie or po'boy in other parts of the country is known as a grinder in New England, particularly in Rhode Island, where Italian delis around the state serve their own variations of the classic. According to one story, the word "grinder" came from a slang term for Italian-American shipyard workers whose job it was to grind rivets off warships.
Another story credits the name to the hard rolls one used that diners would have to grind their teeth into. The traditional Italian grinder comes with layers of Italian deli meats, cheese, veggies and a vinaigrette, but there are as many variations on the grinder as there are delis serving it.
Best Hot Beef Sandwich in North Dakota
The hot beef sandwich, a favorite in North Dakota diners, is a fork-and-knife affair, and you won't find much variation on the classic from restaurant to restaurant. The sandwich – often served open-faced – features sliced beef and toasted bread, served with a scoop of mashed potatoes and smothered in a rich, brown beef gravy. If beef isn't your thing, many menus also feature a hot turkey variation.
Best Kalua Pig Sandwich in Hawaii
The Hawaiian word "kalua" refers to a method of cooking using an underground oven, called an imu. When pig is slow-roasted in this manner – an iconic luau dish – it's referred to as kalua pig. Since islanders love a good sandwich as much as anyone, this succulent pulled pork has found its way between slices of bread at restaurants throughout the islands.
Best Loose Meat Sandwich in Iowa
Not quite a hamburger and not quite a Sloppy Joe, the loose meat sandwich is an Iowa fast food favorite with a dueling origin stories. According to one local legend, Ye Olde Tavern in Sioux City began serving a sandwich made with seasoned ground beef piled inside a hamburger bun in 1924, calling it a Tavern Sandwich.
In 1926, an Iowa butcher began serving a similar sandwich he called a Maid-Rite. No matter who originally came up with the loose meat, it's now served at burger joints throughout the state, often with no more than a squeeze of mustard and a few pickles.
Best Over-the-Top Burger in Nevada
What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. We certainly hope that's the case with the calorie counts in these 20 over-the-top burgers served at restaurants in Sin City and throughout Nevada.
Best Soft-Shell Crab Sandwich in Delaware
Beginning in early summer (sometimes as early as April), blue crabs emerge from hibernation and shed their hard shells in preparation to grow new ones. For three to four hours, the shell is soft, creating an ingredient prized by chefs up and down the Eastern seaboard. Often these crustaceans get dredged in a mixture of cornmeal and flour, deep fried and served as is or between two buns as a succulent seafood sandwich.
Best Trout Sandwich in Idaho
Idaho Trout Poboy from SmokeHouse BBQ & Saloon — Photo courtesy of C. Loveland/K. Backsen
The clear, cold waters of Idaho's streams and rivers set the scene for some of the nation's best trout fishing, particularly rainbow trout. With such a bounty of local fish available, it's no surprise that trout makes its way onto menus at restaurants throughout the state, sometimes as a classic sandwich, other times in a taco, atop eggs Benedict or as a trout board. While not all our nominees are sandwiches in the traditional sense, all feature trout and some form of bread used as a vehicle for enjoying it.
Best Vermonter in Vermont
Plymouth Hunter sandwich at J.J. Hapgood General Store — Photo courtesy of Danielle Visco, Luv Lens
The Vermont food scene is characterized by its fresh, local ingredients, and there's one sandwich that exemplifies this food philosophy: The Vermonter. While the sandwich varies from deli to deli, it often includes a combination of ham, turkey, fresh apple slices, Vermont cheese and mustard on fresh-baked bread. The sandwich was the brainchild of Jason Maroney, owner of Sweetwaters American Bistro in Burlington. He came up with the idea in the 90s after recognizing how little apples were being used in local food.
Best Fried Chicken Sandwich in Georgia
While the Southern culinary tradition extends well beyond fried chicken, there's something about a crispy-on-the-outside, juicy-on-the-inside piece of perfectly browned poultry that gets our mouths watering. The history of this Southern staple was brought to the U.S. by Scottish immigrants, who fried their chicken in fat rather than baking – a method more common among immigrants from other parts of Europe.
Some of these Scottish immigrants settled in the South, and when slaves were brought over from Africa to work as cooks, they added their own twist to the dish. Today, fried chicken enjoys universal appeal with many interpretations. And in Georgia, it's found its way into the sandwich.
Remember to vote once per day in each category, and may the best sandwiches win!