AMERICAN EAST COAST
Tat’strami
Tat’s Delicatessen Sweet meets savory in this brick-lined Pioneer Square storefront’s headliner sub ($8 or $11.50). Think lots of thin-sliced pastrami piled onto a soft roll along with melted swiss, cole slaw, and Russian dressing. Oy. On sunny weekdays the lunch line can encircle the room. tatsdeli.com

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AMERICAN
SOUTH
Po’boy
Where Ya At Matt A painter’s drop cloth would come in mighty handy when navigating one of Matthew Lewis’s fully dressed po’boys. The buns (faintly crusty and utterly cooperative) come stuffed with crisp-fried oysters and bacon, or slow-smoked pork butt and slender sticks of Granny Smith apple, performing a balancing act in both the literal and flavor sense, with lettuce, red pepper, and housemade mayonnaise. whereyaatmatt.com

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CUBA
Caribbean Roast
Paseo Many big-name chefs say Paseo’s pair of cash-only takeout shacks purveys the single finest menu item in Seattle: the Caribbean Roast ($8.50), dreamy marinated and slow-roasted pork shoulder with aioli and cilantro on a baguette. paseoseattle.com

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GREECE
Gyro
Mr. Gyro’s Flawlessly welcoming—friendly hello and hot mint tea while you wait!—this Greek–Middle Eastern joint redefines fast-food as good food in two cheerful neighborhood spots (Greenwood and Ballard). The fragrant, hearty gyro is a screamin’ deal at $5.49. mrgyroseattle.com

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MEXICO
Barrigóna
Barriga Llena Tortas are the sandwiches of Mexico City, and this authentic color-splashed tortería in Greenwood (with trucks, too) does them up with mouthwatering largesse in spectacles like the Barrigóna ($8.99): breaded steak, housemade chorizo, pork steak, hot dog, cheese, and avocado, with lettuce and tomatoes and mayo and a garnish of pickled peppers in a grilled bolillo-style roll. labarrigallena.com

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TRINIDAD
Jerked Chicken Sandwich
Pam’s Kitchen In this sunny corner of the Ave, a reggae backbeat is the soundtrack to a room of happy diners tearing into jerked chicken sandwiches ($9.50). Hunks of marinated fall-off-the-bone meat fill Pam’s own coco bread: sweetened slightly with coconut, then fried to a crispy finish. Delectable. pams-kitchen.com

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TURKEY
The Berliner
Berliner Döner Kebab Fladenbrot is at once cracklier and thicker than pita bread, and stands up to the goo that makes up a döner, a lamb and yogurt sauce sandwich invented by German Turks. Two locations (Pioneer Square, South Lake Union) attract wage slaves by the millions. berlinerseattle.com
This article appeared in the July 2012 issue of Seattle Met.
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