The Philadelphia Sandwich Register

DiNic's Pulled Pork Italiano Photo: Mike Persico

"The most crucial component of any sandwich is balance: of flavors, of textures, of bread to filling," Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld write as a preface to their list of New York's 101 best sandwiches. Not to be outdone, Grub Street compiled a list of our own noteworthy sammies. Our meat-centric city boasts more than a few good pork sandwiches (including, but not limited to, the Arista at Paesano's and the Cubano at El Cafeito), a breakfast sandwich encased in a butter-dipped pretzel, and a fried lasagna creation that we won't dare question. The only thing missing from our list of 29 entries is a cheesesteak. Do not adjust your screen: we did this on purpose. When a sandwich doubles as a city mascot, it's time to see what else is happening in the meat and bread departments. See for yourself by viewing our slideshow, and then enter our sandwich sweepstakes to win a year's worth of sammies.

Plus: Top sandwiches for Los Angeles, New York, Boston, San Francisco, and Chicago.