Architecture of the Sandwich
The Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles
Meatball Parmigiano at Bunk Sandwiches
A pile of melted cheese that drapes the curves of house-made meatballs, this masterpiece is expressive, over the top, and entirely weather-inappropriate.
The Freedom Tower in New York City
Sausage Sandwich at Clyde Common
This sandwich is ever-changing: sometimes there’s broccoli rabe, sometimes not; will the sausage be sliced or a link? As soon as an element becomes part of the daily routine, it vanishes from the menu, reappearing months later in different form.
The Portland Building in Portland
The Reuben at Goose Hollow Inn
A sloppy and hastily constructed mess with some political significance (the Goose is owned by former mayor Bud Clark), this sandwich is such a quintessential piece of the Portland landscape that it’s no longer possible to objectively evaluate it.
The Guggenheim Museum in New York City
BLB at Meat Cheese Bread
Simple, made with few ingredients—bacon, lettuce, beets, and aioli—yet formally and completely revolutionary.
The Sears Tower in Chicago
Reggie Deluxe at Pine State Biscuits
A combination of biscuit, fried chicken, fried egg, bacon, cheese, and sausage gravy, the Deluxe is a marvel of improbable height thanks to its compartmentalized engineering.
Bside6 in Portland
Hot Dog Flight at The Original
Surprising and initially bizarre, the Flight brings together New York–, Chicago-, and Portland-style dogs in the same way that this brand-new, improbably cantilevered building melds historical reference, badass engineering, and hometown roots.