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2014 Best Sandwiches in America: Turkey

2014 Best Sandwiches in America: Turkey

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: Turkey Leg French Dip

Slater’s 50/50 Burgers by Design, Huntington Beach, CA

Sandwich creator: Executive Chef Brad Lyons and Owner Scott Slater

Inspiration: “Taking classic items and elevating them over the top.”

Key ingredients: Slow-braised whole turkey leg, crisp arugula, melted Swiss cheese, red onions, grilled sourdough and a side of green peppercorn dipping sauce

Why it’s special: It combines a classic turkey sandwich with a French dip presentation. Oh, and it comes with a turkey leg bone on the plate.

Price: $11.95

Food cost: 32 percent

What the judges said: Hey, when you “design” burgers like Slater’s, nobody expects you to come up with a decent turkey sandwich. But these guys, for god’s sake, are taking hours to braise turkey legs for a tasty, full-flavored sandwich. Do you need the green peppercorn dipping sauce? No! Will you swim in it like Michael Phelps? Hell ya! Do you need a turkey leg bone to dress up your plate? No! Will you use it to smack the hand of anyone trying to grab a bite of your sandwich? Hell ya!

Honorable mention

• Roasted Turkey and Preserves: Bar 145, Toledo, OH
• Student Athlete: The Dean’s List, Boston

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