Sandwiches are considered to be a highly versatile food item and are quite popular all over the world. Website Taste Atlas has issued a ranking of the best sandwiches in the world according to food industry professionals and critics. The famous Turkish Tombik Döner – a variety of the Döner Kebab served in a round flatbread – was the critics’ first choice at a rating of 4.7/5, ahead of Peru’s Butifarra chili ham sandwich, Argentina’s sandwich de lomo (i.e. steak), New York’s Spiedie skewered meat bun and Vietnam’s pork belly Banh Mi – all rated 4.6/5.
South American sandwiches occupy two out of the top 5 ranks. In the top 10 list, there are another three sandwiches from the same region, making 50 percent of the ten highest-ranked sandwiches Latin American. The secret to the region’s sandwich success is in most cases grilled or breaded meat, a guaranteed way to make a sandwich stand out, like three Argentina entries in the top 10 show.
The highest-rated U.S. sandwich works on the same method. The less common Spiedie is nonetheless a critics’ favorite with its chunks of skewered, marinated and grilled meats in an Italian roll. The name is taken from the Italian word spiedo that means cooking spit and the sandwich originated in Binghamton in Southern Tier New York state. Another East Cost favorite, The Lobster roll – ranks sixth, while seafood is also the star of the show in Sweden’s Toast Skagen – an open-faced sandwich featuring shrimp, roe, dill and mayonnaise.
Some more U.S. items that received a go-ahead signal from the critics are the Cuban sandwich (rank 11), the Reuben (rank 20), the Philadelphia Cheesesteak (rank 21) and Pastrami on Rye (rank 24). While Taste Atlas classifies chicken burgers and sandwiches as sandwiches, classic beef hamburgers are placed in their own category and do not feature in the sandwich ranking.
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