Guess she hasn't got to the Pork Tenderloin for Indiana, yet.
I'd bet Iowa would arm wrestle you for that one!
Iowa at least has the Maid-Rite as a fallback...does Indiana have anything other than the BPT?
If I had to pick between Iowa and Indiana for the breaded pork tenderloin sandwich, despite the pride of both states, I would have to pick Indiana if only one gets to claim the sandwich. Despite what Iowans think, they are more pervasive in Indiana and extend into more restaurants of all strata. Does Indiana have an alternative? A fried catfish sandwich was suggested by another site reviewing state sandwiches but I had always known catfish as a plate dinner and not a sandwich in Indiana.
For many years the Maid-Rite loose meat sandwich was Iowa first and foremost when it came to mention. I think the Iowa Pork Producers Association elevated the BPT over the Maid-Rite in just the past decade with its best pork tenderloin sandwich contest - a stroke of marketing genius.
I associate Maid Rite's with Iowa not the BPT. So on that, Iowa should be a MR.
BPT for Indiana.
I was also thinking, for Kentucky, the Hot Brown of course. Although in the eastern half the Chili Bun would be the choice.
New York almost has to be cut in two. Pastrami on Rye in NYC area and Beef on Weck in WNY.
West Virginia and Virginia could both use the Hot Dog "All the way"
The Coney Dog for Michigan although the Pasty may qualify.
Ohio could also use the Coney Dog however it would have to be with Cinci Chili as well they could use the Double Decker.