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Winner: Oregon Tuna Steak
Restaurant: RegionAle, Ellicott City, Md.
Food cost: $3
Ingredients: Center-cut yellowfin tuna cured with sugar and salt and cooked sous-vide in olive oil, lemon juice and basil, served with balsamic Dijonnaise (mayonnaise, whole-grain mustard, balsamic vinegar, red pepper flake and basil), arugula, tomato and red onion on multigrain bread topped with sunflower seeds.
What makes it special: The owners were inspired by the high quality of canned tuna they found in Oregon. They decided to elevate the product to chef level and serve it as part of a delicious sandwich.
What others are saying: “Even though the ingredients are simple, that’s what makes this sandwich so good,” one Yelp user wrote.