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Unwrapping the History of the Club Sandwich

The Club Sandwich, with its layers of deliciousness stacked between slices of toasted bread, is a classic culinary creation that has stood the test of time, But have you ever stopped to think why it’s called a “Club” sandwich? Join us this month as we share some history and fun facts about one of our favorite sandwiches. And in the meantime, when you’re craving the best food in town, rest assured we can satisfy your cravings at Rizzo’s Roast Beef & Pizza!

The Birth of an Icon

The Club Sandwich’s origins are believed to have emerged in the late 19th or early 20th century in the U.S. One prevailing theory attributes its birth to the Saratoga Club in Saratoga Springs, New York. As the story goes, the sandwich was crafted for the elite patrons of the club, hence earning the name “Club Sandwich.”

The Triple-Decker Evolution

What sets the Club Sandwich apart is its distinctive triple-decker structure. Typically made with three slices of bread, it includes layers of roasted turkey or chicken, crisp bacon, fresh lettuce, juicy tomatoes, and mayonnaise. The sandwich is often secured with toothpicks, making it easier to handle and enjoy!

However, like any culinary masterpiece, different variations evolved over time. Some interpretations include ham, cheese, or even a fried egg, showcasing the adaptability of the Club Sandwich to different tastes and preferences. 

Fun Facts

  • In 2004, the largest Club Sandwich ever made weighed an astonishing 5,440 pounds. This accomplishment earned a coveted spot in the Guinness World Records.
  • Various U.S. presidents have expressed their love for the Club Sandwich. President Lyndon B. Johnson was known to enjoy them for lunch. It was also rumored to be a favorite of President Richard Nixon. 
  • The Club Sandwich has made its mark in Hollywood as well. It has been featured in numerous films and TV shows, often depicted as a go-to meal for characters in diners, cafes, and upscale restaurants. Its on-screen presence has solidified its status as a symbol of classic American cuisine!

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Craving a Club Sandwich after this blog? We have you covered over here at Rizzo’s with plenty of options to choose from. To explore all of our delicious food options, we encourage you to check out our online menu, order online, or stop in and dine with us today.

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