Planning on a cross country road trip? Sure, there are plenty of touristy sights to see, but you can find out about those elsewhere. This brief guide will set you down the right path when it comes to some of the best culinary delights in certain regions across the country. What foodstuff could be more American than the sandwich? Read on and discover some of the best hyper regional Americana sandwiches.
One of the biggest misnomers about Nebraska is that it is a boring state. Well, say what you will about it, but they know how to make a mean sandwich. Well, that is, if you can classify this dish as a sandwich. It is essentially a stuffed bread roll. The two main components of a runza are hearty beef and melted American cheese. However, there is a veritable litany of other components that are optional and delicious. This dumpling like sandwich can also be stuffed with sauerkraut, cabbage, onion, and, in a nod to true regional delicacies, garlic pickles.
Pork Tenderloin Sandwich
This is another Midwestern delight that you can find in the two Midwestern "I" states – Indiana and Iowa. The pork tenderloin sandwich requires that you pound a pork tenderloin until it is incredibly flat and wide – in fact, much wider than the width of the bun that it will eventually sit on. It is then breaded and pan fried. Place this large slab of pig on a bun and serve it with minimal accouterments – namely, a couple of dill pickles. Voila! There you have it: a crispy, odd-looking source of simple deliciousness.
Pimento Cheese Sandwich
You will be hard-pressed to find anyone outside of the deep south who has tried this sandwich – or even heard about it. Pimento cheese is actually a sort of cheese salad or medley. It consists of four types of cheese that are minced together and held together with a mayo based dressing. After it is chilled and allowed to thicken, it is then served on wheat bread. This dish makes for a surprisingly refreshing treat and is actually served as a regular meal to contestants and spectators of the PGA Masters Tournament. Some variations on this dish replace the mayonnaise with mustard, which makes for a significantly tangier and healthier alternative.
Can't find a restaurant that serves one of these unique dishes? Try your hand at making them yourself or plan a road trip!