I've long considered the sandwich to be a perfect food. Sure, it manifests itself in a myriad of forms, but the sandwich is the pinnacle of portable eats: a delicious, easy-to-eat meal that fits in your hand.
St. Louis has a wealth of phenomenal sandwich shops, but one could argue that The Hill neighborhood harbors the highest concentration of purveyors of portable perfection. So when I recently moved to the area, I found myself wondering which of these vaunted venues served up the perfect sandwich.
After asking a number of folks about their favorite sandwich spots on The Hill, I found myself with a list of delis and sandwiches that many mention in reverent, even hushed, tones:
- Amighetti's (The Special)
- Eovaldi's (The "Daddy")
- Adriana's (Mary's Special)
- Southwest Market (Poor Boy)
- Joe Fassi (Meatball)
- Gioia's (Hot Salami)
So, it was with much excitement and salivation that I ordered the specialty sandwich from each of these spots to see which one I could crown King Of The Hill.
Not wishing to undertake such a monumental - and diet-busting - task on my own, I enlisted the talents and tongues of Jess Luther and Annie McCance from IWentToAShow.com, guitarist Karl Eggers from The Dive Poets and fellow photographer Jonathan Gayman.
We all sampled each sandwich and put forth our thoughts (which you can read in the photo captions), and while I hesitate to crown a "winner" because each sandwich was delicious in its own right, the majority of us felt that the Gioia's Hot Salami was most universally appealing. But each sandwich stood tall on its own merits.
And, considering the vast array of delicious sandwiches available at all of these fine eateries, I encourage you to try them all and make your own decision. I know that I will certainly be continuing my research for some time.