National Sandwich Day

National Sandwich DayToday is the birthday of John Montagu, the fourth Earl of Sandwich. Mr. Montagu wanted to eat with one hand during a 24-hour gambling event, so he instructed his servants to serve him his meat between two slices of bread. Tah-dah, the sandwich! And to celebrate the occasion, November 3 is now celebrated as National Sandwich Day!

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When it comes to sandwiches I can be pretty darn picky. I don’t go for boring sandwiches. Just like my salads they must be interesting. I have had pretty good luck in various spots around the world and have written about some my favorites in my post “sandwich travels.”

And it seems like I am not alone writing on the topic of sandwiches and travel. I found some really good reads on the topic:

  • A group blog called Sandwich Inventor
  • The Best Three Sandwiches I Ever Ate from Amanda of A Dangerous Business
  • Sandwich travel series from both Saveur and Travel and Leisure
  • And someone who really takes it to the next level Alpine and Sandwiches who blogs about eating sandwiches on top of mountains!

Some of my favorites this year have been:

LGBT (Lettuce Bacon Goat cheese and Tomato)
LGBT (Lettuce Bacon Goat cheese and Tomato) from the Bacon Bacon Food Truck in San Francisco
Grilled Goat Cheese from the Great American
Grilled Cheese Restaurant in San Francisco
Shredded Pork Cuban Sandwich from Portos Bakery
Shredded Pork Cuban Sandwich from Portos Bakery in Burbank, CA

I do have a sandwich bucket list that includes a Cuban sandwich in Cuba, a Vietnamese bánh mì sandwich in Vietnam and a New York deli pastrami Reuben in New York.

How about you? What’s your favorite sandwich, or what’s on your sandwich bucket list?


  1. Doug Stephens
    November 3, 2011

    Peanut butter and jelly. That’s boring isn’t it? Sorry. I also like bologna, but my wife is vegetarian so we don’t have mean in the house, and there is no way I am going to BUY a bologna sandwich somewhere. So peanut butter and jelly it is.

    1. Andi
      November 7, 2011

      @Doug, ah bologna, I haven’t eaten it in years, but wouldn’t buy a whole pack to have one sandwich. I think if you went to a really good deli it would be okay to order one without shame 😉

  2. Lindsey
    November 4, 2011

    This is exactly why I have a problem in France. Their sandwiches are boring! Plus, I don’t like butter or mayo slathered all over my sandwich. They go for simple but I like variety. I agree with Doug though, sometimes a good peanut butter and jelly sandwich can’t be beat!

    1. Andi
      November 7, 2011

      @Lindsey, they are pretty boring. You know I hadn’t eaten a PB&J sandwich in a long time and I ate one a few weeks ago and the PB gave me a headache – bummer!

  3. Amy Green
    October 10, 2016

    I have so many favorite sandwiches. They usually start with toasted bread, pickle slices, or both. Club sandwiches are right on up there for me. I am also quite partial to tuna fish and chunky pb&j.


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