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