Carolyn Kruse

Carolyn Kruse

Some say it’s what’s on the inside that counts. That’s true, but when it comes to a sandwich, the outside is almost as important as the inside. So, let’s take a look inside the favorite sandwiches of New Englanders. The best sandwiches in every New England state are revealed here and may surprise you!

The website Foodies 1st complied a list of the best sandwiches in every state in the U.S. Each represents what is locally a favorite and is representative of the state.I found some of these “bests” to be surprising and others what you might expect. Anyway you slice it, it’s all good…food. So, dig in and see what you think.


  • Vermont

    The Vermonter

    The exact description of a Vermonter sandwich varies from one source to another, but for the most part you can count on most of the following ingredients: Vermont cheddar cheese, oven-roasted maple turkey, onions, and an apple. Some add bacon, and sourdough bread is recommened. Trip Advisor reviewers recommend Noonie in Middlebury for your Vermonter. Foodies 1st says the best place to get it is Craftsbury General Store in Craftsbury, VT.

  • Maine

    Lobster Roll
    Now, what sandwich would you expect to Mainers to claim as their own? Of course it’s a lobster roll! Maine lobster is what everyone wants.  But who serves the best lobster roll? According to Foodies 1st it’s the Clam Shack in Kennebunkport. Yankee Magazine says it’s a tiny place in South Thomaston called McLoon’s Lobster Shack. I’m betting pretty much wherever you go in Maine, it’s going to be good, and fresh.
    lobster roll

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  • New Hampshire

    Fried Haddock Sandwich.

    Fried fish sandwiched between a bun, lathered with Didn’t see this one coming, but it is New Englan,d and we love our seafood. Foodies1st says the fried fish sandwiched between a toasted bun and lathered with tartar sauce is the best. Add a pickle and slaw and lunch is complete. Simple and delicious. Where’s the best place to get it? Some Trip Advisor reviewers like Petey’s Summertime Seafood in Rye, and Foodies 1st says Nadeau’s in Manchester is the best.

    fish sandwiches

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  • Connecticut

    Connecticut Style Lobster Roll

    You don’t have to be on the ocean to appreciate seafood. Connecticut is bounded by Long Island Sound, so not directly on the ocean, but close enough to call their own version of a lobster roll the best. According to Maine Lobster website, a classic New England lobster roll is made with cold lobster salad in a bun. Connecticut serves it up with warm lobster, with warm butter poured on top, and put in a top-split hot dog bun.

    If you are heading to CT this summer, Foodies 1st recommends the Lobster Landing in Clinton for your CT style sandwich, and Yankee Magazine agrees!

  • Rhode Island

    Italian Grinder

    The little state has a big Italian population, which explains their favorite sandwich. In fact, the town of Johnston, R.I. has the most people of Italian heritage in the United States. They have 46.7% of it’s population claiming to be of Italian ancestry, according to the New England Historical Society. Rhode Island is a popular place for seafood, but the Italian grinder wins. You can’t go wrong with a sub roll, salami, ham, pepperoni, provolone, lettuce, mayo, some hots, tomatoes, and italian dressing. Ok, so where to get one? The Reddit community claims it’s Italian Corner in East Providence and Foodies 1st says it’s Tomaselli’s at Rosario in Providence.

    Italian sub sandwich

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  • Massachusetts


    Confused? Me too. I thought for sure it would be a seafood sandwich in Massachusetts. But Foodies 1st says the fave in Mass is a spuckie? What’s a spuckie? It’s another name for a submarine sandwich. But it’s not any ordinary sub. According to Wikipedia, a spuckie is made with spuccadella, which is an Italian roll with a long, pointed shape. “It is used in the preparation of the spuckie sandwich, which is what the Italian sandwich is referred to in East Boston, Massachusetts.”

    Foodies 1st says Cutty’s in Brookline Village is famous for it’s spuckies. And it’s so well known, you can easily find it’s recipe at Serious Eats. It’s made with hot capicola, fresh mozzarella, finocchiona (fennel salami), mortadella, roasted red peppers, garlic, green olives, black olives, carrots and olive oil and vinegar. 

    Spuckie | Cutty's

    Cutty's is a lunch spot in Brookline Village that sells skillfully crafted sandwiches, ultra-fresh salads, seasonal soups, homemade snacks and cookies.


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