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2014 Best Sandwiches in America: Fish

2014 Best Sandwiches in America: Fish

Who makes the best sandwich? Restaurant Hospitality’s editorial staff narrowed down the large field in our first Best Sandwiches in America contest to 18 finalists. See all winners >>

Winner: Cajun Grouper Sandwich

Restaurant:
Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill, Clearwater, FL

Sandwich creator: Michael “Frenchy” Preston

Inspiration: “To create the freshest, best-tasting grouper sandwich on the West Coast of Florida.”

Key ingredients: Grouper, Cajun seasoning, lettuce, tomato, house-made Parmesan and Romano cheese tartar sauce on an onion roll

Why it’s special: Frenchy’s fishermen deliver grouper daily.

Price: $11.50 for a regular sandwich, $13.50 for a super

Food cost: 40 percent

What the judges said: If you live up north or away from the ocean, when you order a grouper sandwich in a restaurant, more often than not, it’s an impostor, not grouper. It’s false advertising, a bait and switch, if you will, and we don’t like it. What we do like is a place like Frenchy’s, where the cooks know the local fisherman and the catch they bring in. There is no pretense here, just a little zing from Cajun spices. A sandwich this pure and uncomplicated would have made that miserable polar vortex last winter so much more tolerable.

Honorable mentions

• The Twisted Reuben: Spur Restaurant & Bar, Jackson Hole, WY
• Grilled Tuna Banh Mi: Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House, Las Vegas
• Thai Seared Tuna Sandwich: Top of the Hill Restaurant, Brewery & Distillery, Chapel Hill, NC

 

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