Club SandwichWhat makes a sandwich a Club Sandwich? I ask because many times I see a Club Sandwich on the menu at a restaurant and what arrives on my plate varies. My research (wiki) defines the club as:
"A club sandwich is a "double-decker" sandwich with two layers of fillings between 3 slices of bread. It is often cut into quarters and held together by cocktail sticks. The traditional club ingredients are turkey on the bottom layer, and bacon, lettuce, and tomato on the top."
History of the Club Sandwich defines the club as:
"The Club Sandwich is a sandwich with cooked chicken breast and bacon, along with juicy ripe tomatoes and crisp lettuce layered between two or three slices of toasted bread with mayonnaise."
On an earlier post I ask myself what constitutes a club sandwich vs a regular sandwich to which I answered:
"In my opinion a club sandwich should have three slices of buttered toast, cut into quarters, and contain chicken or turkey, ham or bacon, crispy lettuce, juicy tomatoes (which I usually leave off as it can make a mess of things), and mayo."
So basically a Club Sandwich can simply be a turkey and bacon with lettuce, tomato, and mayo. Lame. When you put Club Sandwich on the menu, I think the standard should be three slices of buttered toast and cut into quarters at a minimum. The rest of the options are yours to play with.
I bring all this up due to my recent visit to McKay Cottage. I selected the Three Sisters Club from the lunch menu with fries. Three Sisters Club - Avocado, oven roasted turkey, applewood bacon, cheddar cheese, lettuce and tomato, layered between slices of grilled foccacia $9.75
For a turkey and bacon sandwich, it was very good. Excellent bacon, the avocado was ripe and plentiful, and the foccacia was light and fluffy.
My favorite Club Sandwich in Bend is from Krista's at Widgi Creek. The club served at Krista's is on three slices of buttered toast with smoked chicken, ham, American and Gruyère cheese, red onion, tomatoes, avocado, lettuce, mayo, and of course bacon. THATS what I'm talking 'bout!!! (The Wife loves when people/athletes yell that line)
The Downtowner also serves up a mean club sandwich. Turkey, ham, smoked Gouda, bacon, and the rest. I recommend getting your house style which means they put on some of Mom's homemade mustard. A secret recipe that resembles Hickory Farms Sweet Hot mustard.
Tony's Deli makes a decent Italian Club - turkey, pancetta, tomato, avocado, pesto, romaine, mozzarella and mayo on sourdough. Very fresh and bright, clean flavors. I thought the pancetta instead of bacon was a great change of pace as well as the pesto. It was a very good club for being Italian. BUT, don't get the club sandwich at Tony's, get the Cheesesteak, best in Bend!
Bo Restobar had a good King Crab Club which consists of crab cakes, bacon, avocado, and lettuce on toasted egg bread. This bad boy was a killer club and followed most of the traditional requirements that I enjoy (aside from the crab cake).
Pita Pit is ass. There was barely any meat at all in that huge ass pita. It was about one deli slice of ham, a slice of turkey, and two McDonalds thin slices of "real" bacon. Real thin bacon is more accurate. With all the bread and veggies, I could barely taste the meat.
Applebee's = yuk face. Remember the green yuk face stickers? I'd put one on Applebee's if I could.
My favorite comment from lunch came as we were getting up from the table and my friend says (and I know this isn't a topic to make jokes about but it summed up lunch perfectly in my mind) "I wish I was bulimic".
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