Let’s Talk About Sandwiches

By Lindsey Johnson

Americans eat approximately 300 million sandwiches daily, averaging one per person. From grilled cheese to gourmet, sandwiches are a staple of American cuisine. Here we explore our favorite local eats, classic recipes and fun facts!


*The largest sandwich on record was created by Wild Woody’s Chill and Grill in Roseville, Michigan in 2005. It weighed 5,440 pounds and contained 3,568 pounds of bread, 1,032 pounds of corned beef, 530 pounds of lettuce, 260 pounds of cheese and 150 pounds of mustard. This record-breaking sandwich was 17.5 inches thick and 12 feet long by 12 feet wide. That’s a lot of sandwich! (Click link to see photo!)

*The sandwich was named after John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, in the 1700’s. He asked his servant to put meat between two slices of bread so he could eat on the go.

*November 3rd is National Sandwich Day.

*The first written record of the word “sandwich” was on November 24, 1762 by Edward Gibbons, an English author, scholar and historian.

*Donald Gorske, a Wisconsin resident, has eaten 32,340 McDonald’s Big Macs in his lifetime. He has been averaging two Big Macs per day since 1972.

*The average American will have eaten approximately 1,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches by the time they graduate high school.

*The San Diego Jewish Academy set a record of making 868 sandwiches in 3 minutes to feed the homeless in their community.

Breakfast Sandwich – Afternoon
Cuban Gator – Flaco’s
Turkey Sandwich – Dave’s New York Deli
Roast Beef Sandwich – The Leaning Pig
Kansas City Roast Beef – SweetBerries Eatery and Frozen Custard
The Pastrami Mami – Fehrenbacher’s Artisan Sausages
Egg and Cheddar Sandwich – Afternoon
BLT – Formaggio’s Bistro and Wine Bar
Burger – Bev’s Burgers
Cuban – Hogan’s