With the help of wonderful tools of twitter and facebook, we reached out through the social media world (including former guests of The Honest Brew Podcast) to send us their all-time favorite sandwich. Some responses were absolutely definitive… others were more diplomatic.
Thanks to all who participated in this post.
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@ChrisWarcraft – (via DM)
Depends on what you’re in the mood for. Sometimes a simple PB&J can be just as satisfying as an artisanal gourmet sandwich.
Not quite the specific answer we were looking for Chris, but it’s certainly honest. But what I believe the current Oakland Raiders punter & outspoken GLBT activist meant to say was:
Depends on what you’re in the mood for. Sometimes a simple PB&J with a slight hint of the salty tears of Emmett C. Burns Jr. can really hit the spot! It’s just as satisfying as an artisanal gourmet sandwich.
By the way… Chris is in a great band called Tripping Icarus. Check them out.
— Alex Cohen (@alexmcohen) July 19, 2013
That’s a heart-stopper my friend. My description probably doesn’t do justice, so here’s the cartoon drawing of this behemoth courtesy of McNallysTavern.com
@TheHonestBrew “The Godmother” at Bay Cities Deli in Santa Monica is pretty good!
— Jay Onrait (@JayOnrait) July 19, 2013
Incredible… not even in California longer than a month and Jay’s put aside all of his earlier Canadian sandwich allegiances. But when you see the description of “The Godmother,” you’ll understand why he’d rather sleep in the sunshine state… and not with the fishes up north (it’s a long way to go for a Godfather joke… but I felt compelled).
- Genoa salami, mortadella coppacola, ham, prosciutto, provolone (no sub.)
— Ian Spring (@ianspring) July 19, 2013
The “Alice” consists of: “thinly sliced turkey breast, brie cheese, granny smith apples, Romaine lettuce, and honey mustard on your choice of bread.” Hard to go wrong there… especially with the warm brie and the apples to add a little sweetness and crunch. Nicely done, Mr. Spring.
The hilarious wife of Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy also felt compelled to tell me that one should also be sure to include extra fig spread. The sandwich includes: turkey, gorgonzola, fig & olive spread on a Sour (dough) roll, except she switches out the roll for Dutch Crunch, and adds avocado. For those of you who only associate the fig with the “newton,” I weep for you because it makes for a terrific sandwich addition. Plus, her westie Hobbes gets to lick up delicious crumbs in the process. She’s happy… pup’s happy… now all Brandon has to do is to find a way to get rid of Mitch Williams…
This is a staple of “Inside Pitch” Saturday when waking up with the MLB Network Radio host. I’m with you right up until the ketchup, Case… but instead I’d substitute a dash of cholula for a bit more bite. Breakfast food is incredibly selective, so it’s hard for me to criticize here. Growing up, I never felt compelled to only eat “breakfast food” because I found it limiting. I’ve eaten tuna noodle casserole for breakfast before… I’m also incredibly odd.
Avocado now in the lead thanks to Schultzy. Hard to argue with it as a sandwich addition… but my one issue is any time an avocado is added, it consequently becomes a “California” sandwich. What is that? That’s lazy marketing. I could put a still living dungeness crab on my sandwich, but that doesn’t make it “Seattle-style,” it just makes it a sandwich with a crawling creature on it. It does however make it a “Seattle-style sandwich” when the server doesn’t bring it to you, but chucks it at you from across the restaurant.
How about that? A sandwich place in New York city near Madison Square Garden. That really helps to narrow it down to about 1,000 places. I guess I’m not sure what stands out about this particular sandwich. Is there a spread? Something that gives it a kick? Going to grade this as an incomplete until I find out more… or the name of the place. But thanks, Dan!
Had no idea Bennigan’s was still around… good for them! Their description lists it as the “World Famous” Monte Cristo: Honey wheat bread layered with tender ham, roasted turkey, Swiss and American cheeses. Batter-dipped, gently fried and coated with powdered sugar. Served with red raspberry preserves for dipping. Important that they had the dipping raspberry preserves because there’s not enough going on with that sandwich right now…
I hope Capt’n Nemo is a real Captain… can’t take another Captain/Colonel scandal after that betrayal from Horatio Magellan Crunch. Are we at the point where he’s the Ryan Braun/Lance Armstrong of cereal cartoons? All the cool kids are making comparisons to Braun/Armstrong now…
Top-5 for me as long as it’s a fresh & homemade thousand island or Russian dressing. Makes all the difference on the sandwich.
A bit of confusion here for me. I looked on the Nancy’s BBQ site and they had a chicken debris, but no pork debris… just a different pork sandiwch. I’ll just list both and you can determine your favorite.
- Chicken Debris: 6 oz chicken with blue cheese, bacon, scallions, BBQsauce and salsa on a toasted sourdough roll
- Swine Squared: 6 oz pork Tossed with bacon and sweet BBQ sauce. Sesame Crunch slaw and sweet pickle chips on top, on a toasted sourdough roll …
Salami, Provolone, Ham & Capicola. White House Down…Below.
— Shayn Kail (@spoonlagoon84) July 19, 2013
— Ben Heisler (@bennyheis) July 19, 2013
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Abby Kail Since I do not tweet, I will post. My best sandwich? That would have to be the BBQ beef sandwiches at Russells. I was so disappointed when they got rid of Kiddieland and there would be no more Kiddieland/Russell excursions. But, the original is close to Brookfield Zoo so there is still chances to have my favorite sandwich again.
Mike Reeves A pulled pork bbq sandwich from a little place in Holcomb, Missouri called Strawberry’s Backyard Steakhouse
David Schuster Burnt Ends Sandwich at Real Urban Barbeque
David Michael Lutes Cuban Panini at Jillians in Indy…and now its gone!….Its a Titled Kilt now…ewww…lol
- Can’t imagine ending up in a Tilted Kilt… but I do I feel like I’d end up getting the one male server who takes the kilt wearing experience far more seriously than the rest of the staff. It will likely be the spokesman for Scott’s Turf Builder.
William Swiniuch the Led Zeppelin at Kuma’s Korner
Amanda Frankel Double decker grilled cheese sandwich, Ben and Amanda’s kitchen!
Zach Wilt I love a good Thanksgiving left over sandwich. There’s a place in Disney World, Earl of Sandwich, that makes a seasonal “Holiday Sandwich” with turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberries, etc. It’s the best thing ever.
Margaret Osborn My favorite sandwich is a Grilled Shrimp and Bacon Club! A delicious sandwich consisting of succulent charbroiled Shrimp, Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato & Special Sauce on Grilled Sour Dough Bread…so good! Where does one go to enjoy this heavenly delightful treat…none other then The Cheesecake Factory!
Ben Heisler is the Senior Writer for TheHonestBrew.com and the co-host of The Honest Brew podcast. He also contributes to the Huffington Post Sports Blog which you can read here. Follow him on twitter @bennyheis.