The drafting of the Magna Carta. Man walks on the moon. These are just two events in history that barely rival the first time someone put together meat and two pieces of bread to make a sandwich.
Beyond being the perfect food combination, the phrase “sandwich” or “sandwiched” is part of the everyday language. People use it in a variety of situations; “That running back got completely sandwiched by tacklers,” or “Joe in accounting and Susan in purchasing are sandwiching my time!”
Many scholars point to the 1st century B.C. as possibly the recorded first manufacture of a sandwich. Hillel the Elder, a Jewish sage, is noted to have been fond of a bit of lamb and bitter herbs placed in between some matzah. The Middle Ages saw the use of stale bread as a plate for the rest of the meal that was either eaten or discarded at the end of dining. The next time you have a chipped beef open sandwich, you can thank these visionaries.
What about that “Earl of Sandwich” guy? Didn’t he invent the sandwich? Is he real or just a sandwich urban legend? John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich was an 18th century aristocrat in, well, Sandwich. While the modern sandwich is quite possibly named after the Earl, it certainly wasn’t invented by him. The legend contends that the Earl was a compulsive gambler who didn’t want to get greasy meat hands all over the playing cards. He ordered a servant to bring him two pieces of bread with some meat in the middle. Upon seeing this marvelous creation, his gambling cohorts would say “the same as Sandwich” when demanding their food order. An enduring figure, the Earl even has a motel named after him and a sandwich shop in Vegas!
The beauty of sandwiches is the endless combinations that can be created through choice of meat, cheese, sauce, toppings, and spreads. No other type of food is as customized and ordered to individual taste! Those who favor minimalism can go with meat and maybe a slather of hot mustard. For those that like a lot of toppings stacked high, the Dagwood Sandwich was developed after the main character in the “Blondie” comic strip.
Belgian Waffle Works is the perfect venue to appreciate your sandwich history lesson. Offering a wide array of sandwiches from our salsa chicken sandwich to a delectable Parmesan roast beef sandwich, Belgian Waffle Works has the right sandwich to fit your mood. We bake all of our buns from scratch along with biscuits, and cinnamon loaves. We are also known for our famous walnut chicken sandwiches, grilled turkey, club, egg salad, albacore tuna grilled. Our sandwiches are served on sourdough, marbled rye, white or wheat berry breads. Our express lunch is served with a cup of soup. And we carve our own deli meat. During your meal, raise your glass to the Earl and other figures who bravely paved the way for this culinary marvel.
The Belgian Waffle Works is a full-service family restaurant featuring 17 original specialty Belgian-style waffles, homemade soups, fresh market salads, gourmet sandwiches, juicy burgers, homemade breads, Espresso, Cappuccino, premium desserts, wine, beer, specialty drinks and more. Belgian Waffle Works’ waffles are made from an exclusive mix, which is available for sale onsite and online. Come join us for breakfast, lunch or dinner. You’ll be glad you did!