Grub Street, the food blog of New York magazine, posted a slideshow yesterday highlighting 41 of what it calls "hyper-regional sandwiches":
...individual creations that, for one reason or another, seem to exist only in particular pockets of America.
Among the 41 were two St. Louis classics: the St. Paul sandwich and the Gerber.
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Of the St. Paul (or egg foo young) sandwich, Grub Street writes, "If modern Chinese-American egg foo young is somewhat of an immigrant riff on a more canonical Cantonese omelette, the St. Paul sandwich...is an immigrant riff squared."
Of the Gerber, a creation of Ruma's Deli (1395 Quantock Drive, south St. Louis County; 314-892-9990), Grub Street accurately observes that it's Provel that makes this sandwich "hyper-regional": "...the only way to imitate it outside of Missouri is with provolone, which isn't quite accurate."
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