An English noble in the eighteenth century wanted a one-handed meal during a twenty-four hour gambling event, so he instructed his people to serve his lunch meat between two slices of bread. This was just the start of something that would eventually lead to National Sandwich Day.

From the eighteenth century to the twenty-first, sandwiches have become a culinary staple. Thick or thin. BLT. Peanut Butter and Jelly. Grilled Cheese. There are so many crowd favorites and we love making them at home just as much as we love getting them from our favorite local deli, sandwich shop, or iconic restaurant. What about some not so popular sandwiches? Have you tried any of these?

Dagwood – a tall multilayered sandwiched, named after the popular TV character from Blondie.

Pilgrim – also known as the Thanksgiving leftover sandwich.

Muffuletta – a sicilian sandwich filled Italian meats and olive salad piled high on a loaf of round bread

Po’ Boy – a Lousiana staple consisting of meat or fried seafood (shrimp, crawfish, oysters, crab) served on a New Orleans French bread known for its crisp crust and fluffy center

Hoagie – the fancier name for a sub sandwich

Go visit your favorite local deli or sandwich shop to get a specialty sandwich for lunch or dinner on this very special National Sandwich Day. 

Still not sold? It’s also National Vegan Month so maybe try a vegan sandwich and kill two birds with one stone! However you’re celebrating – vegan, specialty, classic – there’s endless ways to enjoy this special day!