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It doesn’t seem fair to wait until November 3 to celebrate National Sandwich Day. (I’ll tell you why we celebrate sandwiches on November 3 - it’s the birthday of John Montagu, Earl of Sandwich. He’d be 294 this year.) Maybe it’s because the new school year always signals sandwiches in my head, but I say we celebrate Sandwich Day early. Like right now.
Here, some phenomenal new sandwich spots across the country, each with something cool that, while we’re on the subject of school, earns them Extra Credit from me.
If it’s impossible to decide, go for something with corned beef, the specialty of the house. Next, Mesnick is opening up a permanent version of his pop-up 1058 Hoagie, where he’ll serve, appropriately enough, East Coast–style hoagies.
Extra Credit: You can buy whole cooked briskets for the holidays, sold by the pound.
Hillside Farmacy - Austin, Texas
Extra Credit: After winning the Austin American-Statesman's fan favorite Best Sandwich in Austin title, Hillside Farmacy served the Thank You sandwich for $6.50 (down from $8) for the month of August. The sandwich of roasted chicken, smoked mozzarella, strawberry jam and sprouts is named because it's their version of a Thanksgiving feast.
Frasca Caffe - Boulder, Colorado
Extra Credit: At Frasca Caffe, you can also stock up on hard-to-find Italian groceries, like imported sodas and black licorice, plus house-made pepper jelly.
Oven and Shaker - Portland, Oregon
Extra Credit: Besides being a destination pizza and sandwich place, Oven and Shaker is known for Ryan Magarian’s outstanding cocktail program. Super Extra Credit: You can also make their drinks at home because the menu gives you the exact recipe for coctails like the Pepper Smash.
Num Pang - New York City
Extra Credit: Num Pang recently launched a Guest Chefs Give Back Charity Sandwich. The current selection is from Top Chef Masters winner Floyd Cardoz. The Cardoz Pang features black pepper lamb on a toasted semolina baguette with chile-lime mayo and pickled carrots. Proceeds go toward Tuesday’s Children, a 9/11 charity.
Butcher & Bee - Charleston, South Carolina
Extra Credit: B&B’s hours are 11 am–3 p.m. and 11 p.m.–3 a.m. Genius! The late night menu focuses on stuff that might be “a little more greasy,” including a riff on the Arby’s beef and cheddar, made with pasture-raised roast beef and cheddar mornay sauce.
Note: sandwich shown above is a horse bologna and foie gras grilled cheese served at The Great Googa Mooga by the fine folks at M. Wells.
Got a sandwich you think stacks up? Shout it out in the comments below!
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