In honor of this weekend's episode of 1st Look, Best Thing Between Two Buns, we asked celebrities, tastemakers, gourmands, industry insiders, and even our crew, what they think is the absolute best thing between two buns. Here's what they said:
Plain hot dogs with just ketchup and plain cheeseburgers… and it has to be American cheese. I don't eat cheddar.
Kim Kardashian, reality TV star
Hmmm, there are a lot of great things that could go between two buns. I better not go there for fear of censorship! I have a dirty mind...
Nur Khan, co-owner of Kenmare and Electric Room
Jason Derulo, singer / songwriter
Frank Castronovo, chef / co-owner of Frankies Spuntino
Braciole and I make it into a sandwich on Grandaisy Pizza Bianca
Frank Falcinelli, chef / co-owner of Frankies Spuntino
Spotted Pig burger
Mike Chernow, general manager / co-owner of The Meatball Shop
I'm always down to stop at a Halal truck and grab a grilled chicken kabob on a hot dog bun with that spicy sauce they have.
Dan Holzman, executive chef / co-owner of The Meatball Shop
I prefer the bun to anything inside of it. In fact, give me two or three buns.
Melanie Dunea, photographer / author of "My Last Supper: The Next Course"
Spike Mendelsohn, Top Chef Season 4, chef / owner of Good Stuff Eatery and We, The Pizza
Serge Becker, co-owner of Miss Lily's, La Esquina, The Box
The pulled pork lunchtime sandwich at Dickson's Farmstand in Chelsea. At least that was last week's favorite.
Adam Platt, New York Magazine restaurant critic
Pork belly from David Chang or a hot dog from Grey's Papaya
Mario Batali, chef
And, who said those guys above are the experts at knowing what's the best thing between two buns? Here's what our food-loving crew said:
Hands down a Smith's hot dog from my hometown Erie, PA. They're skin-on wieners, so my family affectionately calls them "snappy dogs"!
Maria Sansone, host of 1st Look
Anything slow-cooked and juicy
Caroline Kim, LXTV Editorial Director
Choripán, invented in Argentina. It's grilled sausage (cut butterfly style), toasted or grilled “crusty bread," and traditional Argentine sauce, Chimichurri. It's nothing short of a palate orgasm.
Andrew Scerbo, Executive Producer of George to the Rescue
Chicken Parmesan Hero from Manganaro's Hero Boy
Brian Mait, segment producer of 1st Look
Bánh mì from Nhu Lan’s near Chicago’s Lincoln Square neighborhood. It’s lemongrass chicken made with marinated chunks of pulled chicken, pickled daikon radish, fresh carrots, hot chilies, and plenty of cilantro.
Stephanie Kurtz, supervising producer of 1st Look
The Arm Drip is a New Orleans inspired mess-of-a-sandwich made from a house-baked roll, lots of juicy roast beef, gravy, onions, swiss, and mynez (mayonnaise for you non-N’awlins folk), which can be found at Bayou Bakery in Arlington, VA.
Maureen Giannone, segment producer of 1st Look
Anything my dad makes
Steven Madura, production assistant of 1st Look
The Sausage Egg and Cheese with Hot Sauce at Happy Star Lunch Truck in Philadelphia (always at 32nd and Market). To this day, the best sandwich I’ve ever eaten. They exclusively use sriracha as their hot sauce and it’s perfect. Something about the bread they use makes it amazing too. It's 2.50 a sandwich!
John Christon, LXTV graphic designer
Peanut butter banana sandwiches! Mmm, and I definitely prefer chunky pb to the creamy junk.
Allison Jarvis, segment producer of 1st Look
Calamari in a bocadillo from any hole in the wall in Spain or the char siu in the Banh Mi Saigon at Banh Mi Saigon Bakery in Chinatown (NY). This question stresses me out…
Linda Vongkhamchanh, NBC / LXTV editor
And this age-old question is further investigated this weekend on the "Best Thing Between Two Buns" episode of 1st Look. Tune in Saturday, October 8 at 7:30PM and 1AM after Saturday Night Live!