Jun 6, 2012  •  In Art/Design, Food

Stately Sandwiches

Here’s one for all the foodies — as well as those who have deep connections to their home states.

The Stately Sandwiches Project, started by design student Kelly Pratt, seeks to choose a sandwich that represents each of the 50 states.

It will be quite a delicious journey across the US. Before I make each sandwich I do research on the Internet, call local sandwich shops, ask foodies on twitter and check out a few books to be sure I do my best to properly represent a state.

So far, the project is only 12 states in, but Ms. Pratt has done a beautiful job of choosing, deconstructing, and photographing each sandwich on the list. Check them out below!

California: Powerhouse

Connecticut: Chicken Parmigiana

Illinois: Italian Beef

Kentucky: Hot Brown

Louisiana: Muffaletta

Massachusetts: Fluffernutter

Minnesota: Fried Walleye

New York: Reuben

North Carolina: Pulled Pork

Pennsylvania Cheesesteak

Texas: Brisket

Virginia: Ham Biscuit

Being from New York, I believed the reuben was a very appropriate choice, and I couldn’t help but wonder what type of sandwich will end up representing my current home state of New Jersey. Perhaps some type of hoagie?

Has your home state (or even your favorite U.S. state) been represented yet? Do you believe it was a good choice?

If your home state is not on the list above, what kind of sandwich do you think would best represent it?

Be sure to follow the Stately Sandwiches Projects via Twitter at @StatelySandwich, or on Facebook!

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15 Responses to “Stately Sandwiches”

  1. Allie says:

    I was wondering what Texas would be, and then as soon as I saw “brisket” I was like, Duh of course!

  2. Ann says:

    Two options came to mind for WI, cheese or brat.

    • Desarae says:

      I was thinking brat or cheeseburger for Wisconsin. 🙂 Although my dad used to do just a cheese sandwich…

  3. theresa says:

    Alaska – reindeer dog! 🙂

  4. FJ says:

    I currently live in California, but I am originally from Seattle and still consider myself a Seattleite. For Washington State, I can’t think of anything more fitting than a sandwich featuring some kind of salmon. Maybe cedar-plank grilled salmon. Or salmon smoked over coffee grounds.

  5. T says:

    Having lived in California for 11+ years I can’t say I have ever had that sandwich. Seems like a lazy choice. Sandwiches just aren’t huge around here in general though. I think they should have made it a taco for California, it would have been a lot more appropriate.

    New York is good though.

    Maryland has got to be a Softshell crab sandwich I assume?

  6. sarah says:

    NJ doesn’t eat hoagies =P well, if you’re in south jersey maybe. But NJ’s sandwich would have to be a pork roll (taylor ham), egg, and cheese!

  7. Amanda says:

    Mmm brisket is the perfect choice for Texas! My mouth started watering a bit when I saw that photo, haha!

  8. Jean says:

    I think that the California one is accurate, especially the avocado. Yum!

  9. Emily says:

    The Kentucky Hot Brown was 100% the correct choice. It doesn’t look as appetizing disassembled and cold, but they are delicious and originate in Louisville, KY. It’s a dish you can find all over the state in restaurants ranging from Mom and Pop venues to 4 star restaurants.

    Another alternative would have been a Benedictine sandwich: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benedictine_(condiment)
    It’s not as common as the Hot Brown though, so I think the design student was correct in choosing the Hot Brown!

  10. KLKHR says:

    As a native Minnesotan, I’m totally okay with the fried walleye sandwich! I love walleye in any preparation, really, and it seems quite fitting. 🙂 And now I want one!

  11. alanc230 says:

    I’m from New Jersey too. I’d be okay with either the hoagie or the Taylor ham. They’re both good.

  12. I love this! Can’t wait to see the other states! I want to try them all!

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