A Maine culinary staple was recently listed as a favorite food by a worldwide audience. The lobster roll is a global delicacy, folks.

The popular culinary site LoveFood recently published a list of the best sandwiches worldwide. The site actually went ahead and ranked the best 40, and sure enough, the lobster roll easily made the cut. The popular crustacean handheld came in at a very respectable 17th.

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This list of sandwiches is a 1927 Yankees-like murderer's row lineup. Just heavy hitter after heavy hitter. Sandwiches like cheesesteaks, tortas, banh mis, and BLTs are just a small sample of what can be found in the rankings. So, it's pretty special to see a dish that Maine has nearly cornered the market on find itself on this prestigious list.

While it may have its origins in Connecticut, nobody has perfected the lobster roll like Maine. And nowhere else is it more prevalent. It can be found from fast food joints to fine dining restaurants. In fact, I can get a lobster roll from at least seven different places within five miles of my house, and I live in a rural community.

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Maine lobster rolls come in every variety imaginable, with every possible topping you could think of. And we haven't even gotten to the bread options yet. I have seen lobster rolls on the classic hot dog bun, to large sub rolls, and even on beautifully golden puff pastry. The options and creativity seem endless.

Here is a little of why LoveFood included the lobster roll in its top 40.

New England is famed for lobster, and particularly for the lobster roll: a fluffy bread roll that's split and generously packed with sweet, delicate meat, then drenched in melted butter...served cold, a mayonnaise mix is de rigueur. A side of salty fries is a classic accompaniment.

Founded in New England. Perfected by Maine. Loved by all. It's a true American classic that the whole world has fallen for. Just another example of how Maine and New England continues to show how to live right.

Oh, and if you are wondering, the grilled cheese got the #1 ranking. I can live with that.

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