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Architecture of the Sandwich

From the constant changes of the Sausage Sandwich at Clyde Common to the bizarre combination of the hot dog flight at The Original, the variety of Portland's sandwiches mirrors architecture from around the country.

By Mike Thelin and Eva Hagberg October 9, 2009 Published in the November 2009 issue of Portland Monthly

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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