Sandwich Madness: Meet the Sandwiches

Welcome to Sandwich Madness 2012! While many of you are busy filling out those other brackets, we’ve got a competition you can really devour. We want to find out what is the favorite sandwich of our users. Our selection committee narrowed the field to 16 classic sammys that represent a wide range of culinary “heroes.”

Check out the biographies of the sandwiches below and preview the bracket.

The tournament is underway. Vote here!

Classics Bracket

Seafood Bracket

This Philly favorite is beloved by many. Steak, melted cheese, sautéed onions and peppers; you can see why this sandwich has such a loyal following.

Crab Cake
Delicious served with or without a bun, the crabcake represents the Mid-Atlantic region in the competition. For anyone who loves crab, it is hard to resist a good crabcake.

Meatball Sub
The meatball sub could have been in the ‘Imports’ bracket, but is now regarded as such a typical U.S. sandwich we had to put it up there with the ‘Classics’. Meatballs, marinara sauce, and mozzarella cheese, this is definitely one of the most filling options in the competition.

Tuna Melt
The only non-shellfish member of the ‘Seafood’ bracket, the Tuna Melt combines creamy tuna-fish and melted cheese for a truly delicious combination. Will this fish sandwich swim upstream to the top of the bracket?

The poster child for the New York City deli scene is the Reuben. Delicious corned beef, vinegary sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and sweet Russian dressing make this sandwich a real contender for the top prize.

Po Boy
Fried shellfish of your choice mixed with typical sandwich toppings and served on crunchy French bread, yes please! This New Orleans local has a shot at going all the way.

Pulled Pork
What would the ‘Classics’ bracket be without some great barbeque? This tender pork served on a bun is definitely a Southern favorite.

Lobster Roll
Lobster rolls are so simple, yet so tasty. Served with just some mayo and lettuce on a hot dog bun, lobster rolls are perfect made fresh or even using leftover lobster from last night’s dinner.

Meatless Bracket

Imported Bracket

Whether you are vegetarian or not, everyone loves a good Caprese sandwich. Tomatoes, basil and mozzarella cheese are the ultimate trifecta in creating powerful flavor from such simple ingredients.

Italian Sub
Packed with various Italian meats, provolone, and your typical fixings, the Italian sub is a great representation of Italian culture and flavor in sandwich form. Will this pride of Italy reign supreme?

This Middle-Eastern delicacy has become a popular alternative to meat-laden street food because it is a healthy solution for packing in the protein.

This Mediterranean marvel of a sandwich uses such unique ingredients, like lamb and tzatziki sauce, not found anywhere else on our list. Though the name for this sandwich has a few different pronunciations, one thing is certain – the gyro is a force to be reckoned with in this match.

Grilled Cheese
This fan-favorite is not just for kids. With so many different variations, it is probably the most versatile lunch item on our list.

An import from the country of the same name, the Cuban sandwich is essentially ham & cheese with a twist. This lightly toasted Caribbean delight is crunchy, and has a kick from the mustard and pickles.

Peanut Butter & Jelly
Who doesn’t love a good ol’ PB&J sandwich? This timeless sandwich is found everywhere from kindergarten lunchboxes to work desks to kitchen counters for a midnight snack. That makes the PB&J a real contender.

Banh Mi
Our only Asian-inspired sandwich in the bunch, the Vietnamese Banh Mi combines the best of both worlds with unique Asian flavors and hearty bread. Though Pork is the most popular Banh Mi variety, tofu or seitan can be substituted for an easy vegetarian alternative. Photo courtesy of Marc Matsumoto, norecipes.com