Saturday, April 9, 2011
My guess (is as good as yours): They are called club sandwiches because they were served at clubs at which they had to accomodate for a lot of people. Thats why they are double decker, cut in to four pieces and contain many ingredients, to satisfy the varying tastes of each member.
Whats Cookin America basically says: A guy came home and was so hungry that he put everything that he could find together in one sandwich. He then introduced it to the club that he belonged to and they went crazy about it and adopted it as their own.(Which means that he put turkey on bread and was like, "this is not gonna be enough," put ham on it, "not gonna be enough," put bacon... and was still fearful that it wouldn't satisfy his giant appetite. So he made it a double decker and added cheese and vegetables!)
Wikipedia adds: One popular theory is that the club sandwich was invented in an exclusive Saratoga Springs, New York, gambling club in the late 19th century.
The sandwich is known to have appeared on US restaurant menus as far back as 1899.
And Mitch Hedburg says:
Modern day: At grimey late night diners, its one of the only safe things to eat. At such an establisment, it comes with a trough of ranch dressing for dipping to mask the mediocrity. The toast gets cold as soon as it comes out. It is rare to come across a decent club sandwich, but they are out there. The one pictured above is a really good one. Its from Home Restaurant in LA. Everything there is tasty. What seperates this club sammy from the others is the fresh ingredients. The bread is what pushes this sammy over the edge, high quality, not toasted, just right..aight.
1760 Hillhurst Avenue
Los Angeles, CA