The Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles

Meatball Parmigiano at Bunk Sandwiches

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A pile of melted cheese that drapes the curves of house-made meatballs, this masterpiece is expressive, over the top, and entirely weather-inappropriate.

The Freedom Tower in New York City

Sausage Sandwich at Clyde Common

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This sandwich is ever-changing: sometimes there’s broccoli rabe, sometimes not; will the sausage be sliced or a link? As soon as an element becomes part of the daily routine, it vanishes from the menu, reappearing months later in different form.

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The Portland Building in Portland

The Reuben at Goose Hollow Inn

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A sloppy and hastily constructed mess with some political significance (the Goose is owned by former mayor Bud Clark), this sandwich is such a quintessential piece of the Portland landscape that it’s no longer possible to objectively evaluate it.

The Guggenheim Museum in New York City

BLB at Meat Cheese Bread

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Simple, made with few ingredients—bacon, lettuce, beets, and aioli—yet formally and completely revolutionary.

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The Sears Tower in Chicago

Reggie Deluxe at Pine State Biscuits

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A combination of biscuit, fried chicken, fried egg, bacon, cheese, and sausage gravy, the Deluxe is a marvel of improbable height thanks to its compartmentalized engineering.

Bside6 in Portland

Hot Dog Flight at The Original

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Surprising and initially bizarre, the Flight brings together New York–, Chicago-, and Portland-style dogs in the same way that this brand-new, improbably cantilevered building melds historical reference, badass engineering, and hometown roots.

This article appeared in the November 2009 issue of Portland Monthly.
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