MARCUS POP FOOD: The Sandwich

The sandwich. It's one of those foods that you can't help but love and definitely can't resist when placed in front of your face.

The sandwich is many things: flavorful and filling, stuffed with meat or veggies, and wedged in between fresh bread or some other delicious starch. But for me, there's much more to a sandwich than just yummy goodness.

I think it's the simplest yet best representation of a location, a personification of it's spirit.

If you want to taste a city, savor it's culture and feel the pulse of the people, you be sure to check out one of the down home spots and order the specialty sandwich.

That's the route I take whenever I visit somewhere new and want to learn about my surroundings.

Going to Reading Market and picking up a Philly Cheese Steak or visiting my favorite NOLA chef Leah Chase, and devouring her famous po'boy - that's how I immerse myself into the local food scene.

I love how a sandwich tells a story about a place. In Maine or eastern Long Island, a buttery lobster roll speaks to the abundance of the shellfish in the waters offshore.

Grand Central Market's tacos - yeah, it's a stretch - share LA's diverse history and rich Latin and Central American roots.

For me, it's also a humble tale, an American one. The sandwich has its beginnings in Europe but we in the US have shaped it and made it our own.

Through a sandwich, there's a sense of community and an experience of the people.

And the best part? It's affordable too. Rediscover America through the sandwich.