Episode 11: Hot Dog-ish (Sandwich or Not a Sandwich, that is the question)
Bumper w/ Music
It's time to pick a side! Is a hot-dog a sandwich?!
Merriam-Webster offers two definitions (Lets be honest these raise even more questions…but we will discuss that later)
Two or more slices of bread or a split roll having a filling in between
One slice of bread covered with food (According to these definitions the answer is YES.)
Named after John Montagu, who was the fourth Earl of Sandwich
Although he didn’t invent the sandwich as people were eating them before they had a name.
Legend says Montagu was a notorious gambler and asked for . (a meal he could eat with one hand while playing cards with the other hand.
Open vs Closed Sandwiches
The Seam Argument
The Filling Argument
The Hot Dog
According to NYC Historian, Michael Quinn, the hot dog is NOT a sandwich.
The first hot dog was made in 1867, the year BEFORE the word “sandwich” was added to the dictionary.
It also didn’t originally come in a bun. The inventor, Charles Feltman, intended for his legendary frankfurter to be eaten by hand…like a sausage.
Maybe Everyone is Wrong
The Cube Rule of Food
Identifies dishes based on starch location
The Sandwich Alignment
A chart showing the various alignments of popular sandwiches. The two dimensions of the Sandwich Alignment Chart are both based on what a person accepts as being a sandwich. One end of each scale is more strict (it accepts fewer things as being a sandwich), and one more permissive (it accepts more things).
What's the Verdict?
Barry Popik (Etymologist/Writer) - YES
Anthony Bourdain (Chef) - NO
Joey Chestnut (Hot Dog Eating Champion) - NO
Jeff Mauro (Food Network Host, The Sandwich King) - YES
Meryl Streep - YES
Jimmy Kimmel - ,NO
Justin Trudeau - YES
Ruth Bader Ginsburg - by definition YES
Matt Damon - NO
The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council - NO
USDA - In order to tax, YES
New York - YES. Officially decreed a hot dog is a sandwich in 2011
Pennsylvania - YES for tax purposes
Massachusetts - YES for tax purposes
California - YES for tax purposes
South Carolina - YES for tax purposes
Nic opinion -
Brandy opinion - I agree with RBG, based on the definition alone, YES.
Is a hot dog a sandwich? - Poll Results
Other Questions this Controversy Raises
In trying to answer this highly debated topic we just create more chaos and more questions.