The World Cup of Sandwiches: Semifinals

In the semifinals of the World Cup of Sandwiches, the host nation looks to be the favorite, while the formidable chivito faces a tough matchup with a döner kebab. Polls will stay open through Thursday.

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USA vs. Greece

The Bobbie: Defeated Choripán (Argentina) 74:26. 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)

Spring lamb: Defeated torta (Mexico) 54:46. Greece 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)

 

Uruguay vs. Germany

Chivito: Defeated El Lomito (Chile) 65:35. 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)

Döner: Defeated Croque Monsieur (France) 53:47. 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)

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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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