The humble sandwich can be a work of wonder. In a single bite, it conveys the essence of an entire meal.
Long Island is home to many between-the-bread compilations that stand out from the commonplace. Here are four favorites.
BRIXX & BARLEY, Long Beach
A superstar sandwich at this Long Beach gastropub is the roasted porchetta hero featuring roast pork lightly flecked with orange zest, broccoli rabe and provolone, everything melding together in a deliciously gooey confluence. ($12)
STORYVILLE AMERICAN TABLE, Huntington
From the Big Easy comes the muffuletta, an outsize Italian deli sandwich jazzed up with olive salad. The version served at this Huntington spot (located within Finley's of Greene Street) is as satisfying as the iconic original from Central Grocery in New Orleans. ($15.95)
PRESS 195, Rockville Centre
At this sandwich specialist, it hardly gets much better than this inventive take on a Reuben -- a potato knish that's split and stuffed with pastrami, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and roasted red pepper dressing before being grill-pressed. ($9)
CRAZY BEANS, Stony Brook
The irresistible pulled pork panino is a rich confluence of pork, pepper jack cheese, fried pickles, coleslaw and a spicy Cajun sauce on grilled sourdough. ($10.95)