The cheesesteak, duh

I stumbled upon an article on delish.com listing “The Most Iconic Sandwich in Every State” and immediately scrolled down to Pennsylvania wondering what ours might be. When I got there I felt silly for wondering. It’s the cheesesteak, of course.
But then I got to thinking, while the cheesesteak is certainly iconic, most of us refer to it as the “Philly cheesesteak,” which begs the question: is this actually the best sandwich to represent the entire Commonwealth?
If you live in these parts, you could make the case for a good, old fashioned tomato sandwich with mayo on sliced bread. Or how about porketta on a soft roll with green relish? Frankly, I prefer either to a cheesesteak.
Scanning the other 49 states, I found a surprise here and there and a few no-brainers, like a brisket sandwich in Texas, a crab cake in Maryland, a lobster roll in Maine or a salmon sandwich in Alaska. I was surprised that Massachusetts gets the fluffernutter (it appears Marshmallow Fluff was invented there), Michigan gets the classic ham sandwich (which almost could be called America’s sandwich), and Nebraska gets the Rueben, which sounds to me more like New York, except the Empire State’s sandwich is hot pastrami which is hard to argue with.
The grilled cheese belongs to Wisconsin, which makes sense (ever see the headgear on a Packers’ fan?) and Idaho claims the PB & J, but with huckleberry jam, which sounds fabulous all by itself.
All of this sandwich talk reminds me of a very bad joke, which I will tell regardless:
Why can’t you starve in the desert?
Because you can eat the sand which is there.
Get it?
For the record, the desert state of Arizona is famous for the Sonoran Dog, which is a hot dog wrapped in bacon and topped with pinto beans, grilled onion, fresh raw onion, tomatoes, jalapeno sauce, mayo and mustard. But is a hot dog technically a sandwich? Personally, I think not.

Ed Ackerman