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Orchard Beer Gardens The Summer Cure

Best Sandwiches in America 2016: Deli

Restaurant Hospitality received a record number of entries for this year’s Best Sandwiches in America contest, and the editorial staff narrowed them down to 17 finalists. See all winners >>

Winner: The Summer Cure

Restaurant: Orchard Beer Garden, Stanhope, NJ

Sandwich Creator: Chef Bradley Boyle

Inspiration: “The love of cured meats and summer.”

Key Ingredients: Prosciutto, cappicola, pancetta, house made mozzarella, fried tomato, baby arugula, balsamic reduction, basil mayo, Maldon salt and a garlic roll

Price: $9

Food Cost: $2.95

What the Judges Said: The Summer Cure features a terrific holy trinity of cured meats, and they alone would make most happy. But the addition of a fried tomato is a nice surprise. But the sandwich goes to another level entirely with the creamy mozzarella and the basil mayo. What a delightful, sloppy mess. Waiter, another napkin please!

Honorable Mentions:
• House-Cured Pastrami Sandwich, The Promontory, Chicago
• The Katz, Moody’s Delicatessen & Provisions, Waltham, MA
• Kuip, Deli Board, San Francisco
• Park Avenue Reuben, Chompie’s, Phoenix
• Hazelwood Sandwich, Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth, Frankenmuth, MI

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