Bánh mì from a non-sandwich shop
Great Vietnamese sandwiches -- packed with daikon, pate, and mystery meat -- are often found in unlikely spots like jewelry stores, nail salons, or other strip-mall mainstays. If you see French bread behind a counter, pounce. Word to the wise: anything over $5 is likely hipsterized -- and hipsters were run out of Saigon years ago.
Philippe the Original (address and info)
Los Angeles, CA
This LA joint invented the French dip, reportedly named after a dude name French and not the bread. It gets submerged in a jus made of pork, lamb, and beef drippings that drip from the roasted, fresh-carved chunks. So no matter what’s between that bread, your meal is soaked in the flavors of everything on the menu.
The original Joe
Town Hall (address and info)
In New Jersey, you can get a pork roll anywhere. Only at Orange's Town Hall can you get the original Sloppy Joe. And guess what: it's not just a bunch of ground beef and ketchup. It's actually more akin to a triple-decker Reuben, with ham, tongue, and Swiss. If tongue makes you nervous, better not look at what goes into your go-to Manwich.