The World Cup of Sandwiches: Quarterfinals

The United States was knocked out of the World Cup by Belgium, but our nation marches on in the World Cup of Sandwiches! Last week, we asked you to vote on sandwich matchups based on the first knockout round of the soccer tournament, and we're down to the last eight. (All results are percentages.)

Germany vs. France

Döner: Defeated chermoula sandwich (Algeria) 75:25. The lingering taste of your study abroad semester is the döner kebab, a Turkish innovation that is, according to Doner Bistro, "the No. 1 hand food in Germany." The spiced slices of beef or chicken are served in a flatbread pocket with lettuce, tomato, cucumber and tzatziki. 

(Fritz Hahn/The Washington Post)
(Fritz Hahn/The Washington Post)

Croque Monsieur: Defeated scrambled egg baguette (Nigeria) 73:27So decadent is France's iconic ham-and-cheese sandwich that nobody dares to imitate its innovative cheese-atop-bread design. Available at French bistros, bakeries and cafes everywhere. 

(Tracy A. Woodward/The Washington Post)

Uruguay vs. Chile

Chivito: Defeated the arepa (Colombia) 77:23. The chivito is the national sandwich of Uruguay, and Fast Gourmet's version is so imposing -- steak, ham, bacon, cheese, egg and a bunch of other savory stuff -- Luis Suarez couldn't even bite all the way through it in one attempt. 

Fast Gourmet's Chivito (Fritz Hahn/The Washington Post)
Fast Gourmet's Chivito (Fritz Hahn/The Washington Post)

Lomito: Defeated the Maracanã (Brazil) 88:12. Sliced roast pork on a bun is a popular dish throughout South America. The Chilean-inspired version at Compass Rose adds creamy avocado and spicy 'nduja sausage to the sturdy classic. 

Lomito sandwich from Compass Rose. (Alex Baldinger/The Washington Post)
Lomito sandwich from Compass Rose. (Alex Baldinger/The Washington Post)

USA vs. Argentina

The Bobbie: Defeated Wafelburger (Belgium) 70:30. What's more American than Thanksgiving? A Thanksgiving sandwich approved by Vice President Biden. The signature item at Capriotti's, the Veep's favorite lunch spot, combines turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing and mayo on a roll.

(Fritz Hahn/The Washington Post)
(Fritz Hahn/The Washington Post)

Choripán: Defeated the Zurich (Switzerland) 64:36. The humble choripán -- a portmanteau of the sandwich's traditional ingredients, chorizo and pan, or bread -- is a typical South American sausage sandwich. But at Del Campo, chef Victor Albisu takes it up a notch, adding pulled pork and tangy greens. 

(Alex Baldinger/The Washington Post)
(Alex Baldinger/The Washington Post)

Greece vs. Mexico

Spring lamb: Defeated the Costa Rica hot dog 80:20Greece qualified for the World Cup's knockout round by the slimmest of margins. We're glad, because it offers us a chance to write about the fancy gyro at G Sandwich. The roasted lamb comes from Isabella's neighboring Kapnos, and it's topped with tzatziki, romaine, pickled onion and a bunch of zesty dill.

(Melina Mara/The Washington Post)
(Melina Mara/The Washington Post)

Torta: Defeated Amsterdam Falafelshop (Netherlands) 60:40. Imagine your ideal taco, replace the corn tortilla with a piece of pillowy bread, and you've got yourself a torta. Taco Bamba's Torta Bamba, below, should almost certainly be banned from the World Cup of Sandwiches, for it is a torta on steroids:ham, hot dogs, carne asada, chorizo, Oaxaca cheese, breaded chicken and beef milanesa fill the bread. We named it the most intimidating sandwich of 2013

(Courtesy Taco Bamba)
(Courtesy Taco Bamba)
Alex Baldinger is editor of the Going Out Guide blog, which covers food, drink, arts, music, events and other curiosities in the D.C. area. He is forever in search of a great sandwich.
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