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Presenting Maine's Most Iconic Sandwiches

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Of course, the iconic Maine sandwich is the lobster roll, but that regional culinary treasure is not today's focus. Instead, we've rounded up a baker's dozen of other notable sandwiches, who, for 364 days a year must live in the lobster roll's long shadow. Right here, right now, is their long-awaited day in the sun. It's also a chance to pay tribute to Maine's many standout sandwich shops, including Hoss & Mary's Tasty Grub in Old Orchard Beach; Market Street Eats in Portland; Saco Island Deli in Saco; and yes, even (cue the outraged screaming) Amato's. Now, Maine is a big state, and despite help from friend-of-Eater and sandwich expert Joe Ricchio, we're sure we've missed a few. Please share your favorites in the comments.

Thank you to bloggers From Away and Map & Menu for sharing their photos.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Po'Boys & Pickles

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1124 Forest Avenue
Portland, ME 04103
(207) 518-9735
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Blackened Fish Po'Boy - fans say the secret to this and other po'boys on the menu is the authentic bread.

2. Duckfat

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43 Middle St
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-8080
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Duck Confit Panini - This Portland icon represented Maine in Food Network magazine's "50 Sandwiches, 50 States." Chef Rob Evans press the duck confit with Napa cabbage slaw, cilantro and spicy mayo.

3. Edna & Lucy's

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407 Hallowell Road
Pownal, ME 04069
(207) 688-3029
The sign on this rural gem proclaims "Wicked Good Sandwiches" and they mean it. The reuben has achieved iconic status.

4. Market Street Eats

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30 Market St
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 773-3135
Red Rooster - a huge menu here makes it hard to choose, but the combo of grilled chicken, bacon, provolone, spicy Thai mayo, red onion and pickles, perfectly wrapped, is the standout. Photo courtesy of Malcolm Bedell, From Away blog.

5. Hoss & Mary's Tasty Grub

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27 West Grand Ave
Old Orchard Beach, ME 04064
(207) 934-2411
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Double Dragon Sub - Grilled pastrami, and steak with grilled onions, nacho cheese, russian dressing and cole slaw. Just one of the over-the-top creations at this OOB icon.

6. Kim's Vietnamese Sandwich Shop

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261 St John St
Portland, ME
(207) 774-7165
BBQ Beef Bahn Mi - noteworthy banh mi in ME? Yes, at Kim's, and at astonishingly low prices, about $3/sandwich.

7. Saco Island Deli

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110 Main St Suite 1204
Saco, ME 04072
(207) 286-3842
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Turkey Roo-Ben - "I will wear my undying devotion to this sandwich like a badge of honor." - Joe Ricchio.

8. Clayton's Cafe

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447 Route One
Yarmouth, ME 04096
(207) 846-1117
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The classic chicken salad sandwich is elevated at Clayton's with blue cheese and red grapes. Photo courtesy of Malcolm Bedell, From Away blog.

9. Amato's Sandwich Shops

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1379 Washington Ave
Portland, ME
(207) 797-5514
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The Original Italian - yes, it's a chain, but when it comes to icons, Amato's Italian is the one that set the standard for the state. Disagree? That's OK.

10. Eventide Oyster Co.

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86 Middle St.
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-8538
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Oyster Bun - the newest icon on the list, this small sandwich combines the pillowy-ness of a Chinese steamed bun with crispy fried oysters and pickled onions.

11. The Cheese Iron

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200 US Route 1
Scarborough, ME 04074
(207) 883-4057
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The Bella Mortadella - Joe Ricchio's pick is a Monday only special with the original Italian bologna, fig jam and cheese. Photo courtesy of Map & Menu blog.

12. Bob's Clam Hut

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315 U S Rte, The Maine Outlet Shopping Center
Kittery, ME 03904
(207) 439-4233
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Whole Clam Roll - some gripe about the $15.95 price tag, but this is the state's gold standard in clam rolls. Don't like the bellies? Get the clam strip roll - just $8.95.

13. Bet's Fish Fry

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20 Common Drive
Boothbay, ME 04537
Fried Haddock sandwich - this is the "whole;" normal humans order the "half," which is still a lot of super fresh fish. Bet's brother catches the fish and she makes her own tartar and dill sauce. Opens for the season in May.

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1. Po'Boys & Pickles

1124 Forest Avenue, Portland, ME 04103
Blackened Fish Po'Boy - fans say the secret to this and other po'boys on the menu is the authentic bread.
1124 Forest Avenue
Portland, ME 04103

2. Duckfat

43 Middle St, Portland, ME 04101
Duck Confit Panini - This Portland icon represented Maine in Food Network magazine's "50 Sandwiches, 50 States." Chef Rob Evans press the duck confit with Napa cabbage slaw, cilantro and spicy mayo.
43 Middle St
Portland, ME 04101

3. Edna & Lucy's

407 Hallowell Road, Pownal, ME 04069
The sign on this rural gem proclaims "Wicked Good Sandwiches" and they mean it. The reuben has achieved iconic status.
407 Hallowell Road
Pownal, ME 04069

4. Market Street Eats

30 Market St, Portland, ME 04101
Red Rooster - a huge menu here makes it hard to choose, but the combo of grilled chicken, bacon, provolone, spicy Thai mayo, red onion and pickles, perfectly wrapped, is the standout. Photo courtesy of Malcolm Bedell, From Away blog.
30 Market St
Portland, ME 04101

5. Hoss & Mary's Tasty Grub

27 West Grand Ave, Old Orchard Beach, ME 04064
Double Dragon Sub - Grilled pastrami, and steak with grilled onions, nacho cheese, russian dressing and cole slaw. Just one of the over-the-top creations at this OOB icon.
27 West Grand Ave
Old Orchard Beach, ME 04064

6. Kim's Vietnamese Sandwich Shop

261 St John St, Portland, ME
BBQ Beef Bahn Mi - noteworthy banh mi in ME? Yes, at Kim's, and at astonishingly low prices, about $3/sandwich.
261 St John St
Portland, ME

7. Saco Island Deli

110 Main St Suite 1204, Saco, ME 04072
Turkey Roo-Ben - "I will wear my undying devotion to this sandwich like a badge of honor." - Joe Ricchio.
110 Main St Suite 1204
Saco, ME 04072

8. Clayton's Cafe

447 Route One, Yarmouth, ME 04096
The classic chicken salad sandwich is elevated at Clayton's with blue cheese and red grapes. Photo courtesy of Malcolm Bedell, From Away blog.
447 Route One
Yarmouth, ME 04096

9. Amato's Sandwich Shops

1379 Washington Ave, Portland, ME
The Original Italian - yes, it's a chain, but when it comes to icons, Amato's Italian is the one that set the standard for the state. Disagree? That's OK.
1379 Washington Ave
Portland, ME

10. Eventide Oyster Co.

86 Middle St., Portland, ME 04101
Oyster Bun - the newest icon on the list, this small sandwich combines the pillowy-ness of a Chinese steamed bun with crispy fried oysters and pickled onions.
86 Middle St.
Portland, ME 04101

11. The Cheese Iron

200 US Route 1, Scarborough, ME 04074
The Bella Mortadella - Joe Ricchio's pick is a Monday only special with the original Italian bologna, fig jam and cheese. Photo courtesy of Map & Menu blog.
200 US Route 1
Scarborough, ME 04074

12. Bob's Clam Hut

315 U S Rte, The Maine Outlet Shopping Center, Kittery, ME 03904
Whole Clam Roll - some gripe about the $15.95 price tag, but this is the state's gold standard in clam rolls. Don't like the bellies? Get the clam strip roll - just $8.95.
315 U S Rte, The Maine Outlet Shopping Center
Kittery, ME 03904

13. Bet's Fish Fry

20 Common Drive, Boothbay, ME 04537
Fried Haddock sandwich - this is the "whole;" normal humans order the "half," which is still a lot of super fresh fish. Bet's brother catches the fish and she makes her own tartar and dill sauce. Opens for the season in May.
20 Common Drive
Boothbay, ME 04537